Currently Being ModeratedMar 23, 2013 8:19 AM (in response to Illedill)
what is your Aperture version exactly? The sharpening tool changed between Aperture 2 and Aperture 3 considerably.
If you are using sharpening brushes in Aperture 3, use the "Edge Sharpening" brush, not "Sharpening". Sharpening in only provided for compatibility reasons (with Aperture 2) and should no longer be used in Aperture 3. It has been reported in this Forum, that "Edge sharpening" exports better than the old "Sharpening".
Currently Being ModeratedMar 23, 2013 9:05 AM (in response to léonie)
It's Aperture 3.
Thank you, I haven't read anything about that yet, but I will give it a shot!
I normally use the sharpening brush to apply sharpening to only certain areas of the pictures ( mainly the eyes).
Currently Being ModeratedMar 23, 2013 9:16 AM (in response to Illedill)
one more thing though- this is a screenshot of a current picture. The one to the right is the original, unedited RAW file in Aperture. To the left is the exported JPEG.
it's pretty obvious that the pic to the right is sharper.
Why is that?
I didn't add any shaprening or anything to the original to the right, so even if the export doesn't give good results for sharpening brushes, I didn't use that tool for this picture.
Is that an Aperture bug?
Currently Being ModeratedMar 23, 2013 9:40 AM (in response to Illedill)
Yes, the difference is noticable.
Perhaps you could also post a screenshot of your export presets - open the presets in "Edit" mode to check them, sometimes the name suggests a higher quality, but the preset has been changed.
You may want to have a look at this article, by rwboyer: Aperture 3 - Brushed Sharpening Export
Currently Being ModeratedMar 23, 2013 1:08 PM (in response to Illedill)
The presets look good.
If you are using the edge sharpening instead of sharpening, then the sharpness should be preserved.
Just a hunch - can it be that your edited versions are stacked and you are accidentally exporting the wrong version from the version stack - not the edited one ?
Currently Being ModeratedMar 25, 2013 9:28 AM (in response to JasoninaJeep)
Each new adjustment will add a new brick. The "Sharpen Quick Brush" will add a "Sharpen" brick with standard presets, not an "Edge Sharpen" brick. Tryit on an image that not yet has any adjustments.
Currently Being ModeratedMar 25, 2013 10:10 AM (in response to JasoninaJeep)
It isn't clear if the brush uses the new or old sharpening.
You are right. The controls do look different. And I found no documentation at all, which of the two "Sharpen" adjustments are used by the quick brush version. I simply assume from the name, that the brick is named "Sharpen", that it will add an "Sharpen" adjustment and not an "Edge Sharpen" adjustment.