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« Reply #20 on: September 06, 2009, 12:49:31 PM »
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...You can sign up for his Insights free JPC Insights and that gives you access to a bunch of stuff for no charge.
That does the trick, including the local contrast enhancement PDF.
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« Reply #21 on: September 06, 2009, 12:54:23 PM »
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Super - glad it worked for you.
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« Reply #22 on: September 06, 2009, 05:45:49 PM »
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Hello,

I have lurked around these forums for a while but felt I would finally enter a discussion as I have something to contribute.
I purchased Topaz Details recently and have found it to be great value. I used Lucisart 3 before that but was wanting to upgrade to a 16 bit application. It was (much) more expensive to upgrade to Lucisart 6 that handled 16 bit and gave some more control over the effect. Topaz Detail  handles 16 bit and has excellent control over the efect. Lucisart I found tended to add alot of contrast and sometimes a colour cast whereas Topaz allows me to adjust this aspect to my taste. Very nice I for what I want.

As some have mentioned the effect can be over the top but if used gently it can increase the clarity of the image to a point I find acceptable.
If you want an idea have a look at the landscape section of my site. Most of these were treated with either Lucis or Topaz. Some are quite obvious in the effect but this is what I wanted. Others are a bit more sublte. It is all about how heavey handled you want to be.

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« Reply #23 on: September 07, 2009, 07:14:59 AM »
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The one particular characteristic I've noticed (and it is certainly one of Topaz's key marketing points) is the lack of edge artifacts - no halos, which is why I prefer it over the local contrast usm technique.
Can't you suppress halos by rolling off the highlights using the Blending Options dialog, after applying contrast USM in a duped layer?
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« Reply #24 on: September 07, 2009, 07:56:35 AM »
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Can't you suppress halos by rolling off the highlights using the Blending Options dialog, after applying contrast USM in a duped layer?

Well, supposedly you've done this and can tell us about/share outcomes?
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« Reply #25 on: September 07, 2009, 06:13:53 PM »
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Can't you suppress halos by rolling off the highlights using the Blending Options dialog, after applying contrast USM in a duped layer?

I'm not talking about halos from traditional output sharpening.  The halos from a local contrast method of USM amount 20% radius 50 pix, threshold 0 aren't all that amenable to the "blend if" adjustment, certainly not without impacting other elements of the image.
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