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Nik Software's Sharpening Tool Returns with New Features
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posted on Aug 1, 2008 at 12:55AM

Nik Software's Sharpening Tool Returns with New Features

By Jared Newman
  • Sharpener Pro 3.0
  • Stock sharpening tool
  • $199
(Credit: Nik Software)

Nik Software recently introduced Sharpener Pro 3.0, an alternative to the stock sharpening tools that are boxed with Adobe Photoshop and Apple Aperture. Sharpener Pro 3.0 adds what the company calls “U Point” technology, allowing editors to touch-up their photos using “control points” instead of setting up selections and layer masks. A new creative sharpening feature is designed to bring out subtle aspects of the image, while a “soft proof” tool supplies a detailed view of the applied work without the expense of test prints — an industry first, according to Nik Software.

“This new version of Sharpener Pro offers the most comprehensive tools for optimally sharpening images for any output device while also offering photographers the complete control they expect,” says Michael J. Slater, Nik Software’s president and CEO.


Additionally, Sharpener Pro 3.0 gives Photoshop users a new set of filters for printing and other output methods which bring back some of the details that can be lost after the editing process. Unlike previous versions, it is compatible with Photoshop’s Smart Objects, and the use of brush tools is enabled. For Aperture users, multi-image support allows editors to use the same sharpening settings over a series of photos.

Other tweaks from previous versions of Sharpener Pro include better control over output sharpening and an updated RAW Presharpener that enhances sharp details without boosting noise and artifacts.

Sharpener Pro 3.0 is available now from Nik Software’s Web site for $199.95, and upgrades from previous versions can be downloaded for $99.95. Select camera retailers will also stock the plug-in.


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