My experience to-date has been as follows:...What modes do you use and any lessons learned to get the best results?
Thank you so very much for sharing this information!My experience to-date has been as follows:
-"Sharpen" mode is the least selective but most subtle with results very similar to well tweaked USM.
-"Stabilize" is intended to correct blur caused by camera shake. It appears to analyze the image and selectively corrects parts of the image that exhibit effects of camera shake. It is both more selective and more aggressive(i.e.heavier sharpening on selected parts of image) than sharpen mode. On some images it produces impressive results.
-"Focus" is intended to correct blur caused by being slightly OOF. It seems to be the most selective and most aggressive of the three modes. It also produces the most random artifacts and can also grossly over sharpen some parts of the image. For example it tends to randomly sharpen portions of water surfaces while leaving other alone. But on some images that are indeed slightly OOF it can produce impressive results.
What I've found so far is that it is not obvious which mode will produce the best results on a given image. Even on images that are obviously OOF sometimes stabilize mode works better. But there is a preview mode and it is fairly easy to try all three modes as well as various slider settings before saving results.
Another thing is the random artifacts that can be generated and/or grossly over sharpened patches of an image. This seems to be more of an issue with focus mode. Sometimes the problem I'm trying to correct(e.g.slightly OOF eyes) will look great but there will be weird artifacts elsewhere in the image. In that case it may be necessary to use an editor capable of layering to mask out problematic areas of the sharpened image.
In the image of the harbor seal that I posted in the thread linked below stabilize mode produced the best results even though it was an obvious OOF problem.
Link: Test - Topaz AI Sharpen
Hope this is useful information.
Interesting. I have used DxO Prime since 2012. I apply NR, CA and lens distortion only in DxO, save as .tif, and then do all other edits (including exposure, color profile, etc and capture sharpening) in ACR. This is the first image I've seen where DxO Prime created blurring and less detail. My experience has been just the opposite.Has anyone noticed that this has a side effect of effectively removing noise?
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Here is the output from DxO Prime:
(disabled all edits in DxO apart for brightening he scene a bit and applying the NR)
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Anyone else able to test?