Output Sharpening in Lightroom

Sharpening for output is the most difficult aspect of sharpening, due to the large number of variables involved. What is the finish of the paper? What size is the print? What is the resolution of the original photo?

Fortunately, output sharpening in Lightroom is greatly simplified through the use of output sharpening presets that take the guesswork out of the equation. In Lightroom's Export and Print modules (covered in detail in Chapters 17 and 18, respectively), you'll find options for selecting both the intensity of the sharpening and the output medium. In the Export module, you're given options to sharpen for Screen, Matte Paper, or Glossy Paper along with Amount levels of Low, Standard, and High. Lightroom then calculates the correct amount of sharpening based on the specified output, image size, and image resolution.

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