Using 'Custom' Optimize settings on Nikon D60

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I have a beginner question:

I noticed my jpeg processing on my Nikon D60 is usually over saturated and a bit blurry when I crop, and I started playing around with the camera settings and discovered there is a Custom image setting! I should have read the manual earlier.

Anyway, I shoot RAW+Jpeg, but mostly end up using jpeg for prints and e-mail because my Photoshop Skills are only a month old, and I am still learning how to process RAW images.

My question is what is a good setting for the following to get a natural jpeg picture:
1. Color Mode (Ia, II, IIIa)
2. Tone Compensation
3. Hue Adjustment
4. Image Sharpening

I'll admit I tried a few combinations and just made things worse. I shoot mostly family either during daylight with Tamron 18-270, or indoors with the 35mm 1.8. For the rare times I want custom settings, it would be nice to have a natural setting handy.

I realize my technique needs work more than the settings, but I would still like some assistance in this area.

Thanks in advance.
 
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Hi,
I would just leave these at their default settings, except for the Sharpening (I usually adjust this to max value). It's best to reset everything to their default values and start fresh, but this time only adjust the Sharpness.
 
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For people shots just use the Portrait picture style mode. It doesn't over-saturate and gives pretty decent skin tones.

For a custom setting, try Ia, Auto Tone, Auto Hue, Sharpening +1. Ia gives more neutral colors and IIIa cranks it up a bit more which is nice for landscapes but not people. I found skin tones to be better with just the built-in Portrait setting though so that's what I use.
 
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Nice, thanks for the replies. It sounds like I should leave the defaults alone, and increase sharpening. I've never tried the portrait setting, but will give it a go.
 

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