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  • v. To sharpen too much.


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over- +‎ sharpen


  • Because of the nature of newsprint and bleed, it's normal to really oversharpen images for print.

    Daily Mail: The Scraperboard Of Truth!

  • Obviously, the idea is not to oversharpen in the first place but I never saw this with previous versions of LR.

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  • You might even want to oversharpen the photo a little, because afterward you can use the opacity slider to back it down until it's just right.


  • As an aside, too many photographers oversharpen their work - often unacceptably.


  • Most camera phones oversharpen, so we're not complaining -- better to add a little sharpening in Photoshop if needed.


  • One must be careful not to oversharpen: details can become oversimplified and look posterized or "vectorized."


  • Then go to Filter > Sharpen > Smart Sharpen and really oversharpen the image to get a photocopy-like feel.


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