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>And again, I find that photographers get seduced by sharpening producing a >grainier less photographic results in the process. In fact, at the Photo Expo >last Fall, I found 90% of Epson's display prints objectionably over sharpened. > >There is no accounting for taste though....Yours, or mine. ;-) > >Harvey Ferdschneider >partner, SKID Photography, NYC Sharpening is certainly something that some people tend to overdo... but then again, it's quite handy sometimes. Sharpening is something that I think one ought to do right before shrinking an image in PS... the added noise is generally blurred with the downsampling, and the accented sharpness remains. When I started this question, I was mainly thinking of sharpening a print before it got sent to the printer... but I've also found that can lead to some interesting noise effects in dark areas. I have to play around more... maybe a smart blur is a good idea. my taste, I think, would be favoring the *slightly* blurry side with no visible noise. I think people generally won't notice it's blurry unless they see a sharper reproduction of it. It's the whole "not seeing anything bad because there's nothing to compare it to" mentality. thanks for everybody's input! wonderful stuff to think about. Here's a helper to get through the Monday: An amateur photographer was invited to dinner with friends and took along a few pictures to show the hostess. She looked at the photos and commented, "These are very good! You must have a good camera." He didn't make any comment, but as he was leaving to go home he said "That was a really delicious meal! You must have some very good pots." !john -- =================================== support the arts! www.smadness.com - Turn off HTML mail features. Keep quoted material short. Use accurate subject lines. http://www.leben.com/lists for list instructions.