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Aperture RAW conversion & sharpening

540 Views 6 Replies Latest reply: Sep 14, 2013 10:03 PM by azartguy RSS
azartguy Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Sep 13, 2013 11:09 AM

If I use Aperture 3, edit in Photoshop CC (PS6) does that mean:

  • Aperture applies sharpening when converting a RAW file?
  • If so, is Apereture applying the default sharpening normally applied in Adobe ACR?
  • If not, can use the NIK Capture sharpening plugin in Aperture, before editing in PS?



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  • Frank Caggiano Level 7 Level 7 (22,820 points)
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    Sep 13, 2013 11:56 AM (in response to azartguy)

    1. If sharpening is set in the Raw Fine Tuning brick.

    2. Most likely not. Different programs different algorithms

    3. Yes

  • Frank Caggiano Level 7 Level 7 (22,820 points)
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    Sep 14, 2013 6:41 AM (in response to azartguy)

    The only way you will be able to correlate the setting in one converter to another is to run tests on each and compare the images. The numbers aren't useless they just don;t do want you would like them to.


    If you use PS as Aperture's external editor you are going to be seining PS a tiff or psd file not the Raw file so  I'm not sure your concern is justified.



    All I can do now is throw out the Fine Tuning default, set everything to "0" and go back to doing everything manually in Photoshop.


    Well if you are doing the conversion in PS then the settlings in Aperture have no effect anyway. And if you are doing the conversion in Aperture you are sending a tiff or psd file to PS (a I wrote above) and then the PS converter doesn't come into play.


    The only way your concerns would be something to worry about is if you are doing two separate conversions, one in Aperture and one in PS, and wanted the two separate images to be identical but I'm not sure why you would want to do this.



  • Frank Caggiano Level 7 Level 7 (22,820 points)
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    Sep 14, 2013 8:18 PM (in response to azartguy)

    A digital image doesn;t really have a 'size' until it is printed out. It has an aspect ratio and a resolution, so many pixels by so many pixels but those pixels can cover a wide range of screen real estate.


    You set the size of the image on export in Aperture, just look at the Image Export presets, you'll see a box labled Size To: you  set the size there.


    In addition if you print directly from Aperture the size of the print can be set in Aperture's print dialog.




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