Chapter Three. Sharpening Strategies: Why Use a Sharpening Workflow

In the last chapter, we saw that when sharpening, we must take into account a variety of different and often contradictory demands. In this chapter, we’ll offer a means of reconciling these disparate demands, while pointing out the potential pitfalls in doing so.

Having tried for decades to meet all the requirements imposed by image source, image content, and image use in a single sharpening operation, we’ve reluctantly concluded that it is, in fact, impossible to do so. Of course, this conclusion flies in the face of conventional wisdom, which dictates that sharpening should be applied in a single pass as either the last or next-to-last step (before conversion to final CMYK in ...

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