If you are talking about creative and output as two separate functions one after the other, yes....that's correct. The question you have to ask yourself is whether or not using Camera Raw's capture sharpening and built in noise reduction will be a more optimal solution that capture sharpening in PKS2. Personally, even though I'm a PG member, I use ACR/LR for capture sharpening...Bruce Fraser and I consulted with the ACR engineers to get the capture sharpening pretty darn good in ACR/LR. Capture sharpening and noise reduction are two sides of the same coin so it's optimal to do both within the actual raw processing. Running your images through ACR with no sharpening (which you must do to use PKS2's capture sharpening) separates the sharpening from the noise reduction. If you know how to optimize the capture sharpening in ACR/LR, I might argue it's a better solution–although requires more skill and is less efficient that using PKS2. You're call, I would test both workflows...just don't try to use both at once :~)
Thanks Jeff, I mis-spoke and used the wrong label. My apologies.
The line should have read
"Thus, my new workflow is the same as before except that after I perform the noise reduction, I open them in CS5 and File/Automate and use PKS2
Capture sharpener and perform the capture sharpening at this point."
Essentially though, If I stick to my original workflow of light capture sharpening in ACR, I can just use the PKS2 creative and output sharpening in CS5. As I become more accustomed to PKS2 though I will start delving into it more.
I am looking at ordering the book "Real World Image Sharpening with Adobe Photoshop". I do understand you and Bruce Fraser wrote it. Is the information in there still relevant being published due to the newer versions of ACR and PS? or is the book a more generic reference for sharpening. I am trying to improve my technique re sharpening.
Thanks for your response...