Lightroom Tip - Before and After Sharpening

When sharpening in Lightroom I now use a Before | After Develop view as my working space.

I find the vertical Before | After view works well as it allows a large viewing window and you can see at once the effect of your sharpening settings.

Normally when sharpening in Lightroom you are looking at a single, full size, view of the sharpened image and toggling the preview back a forth. This way you get to compare the result in real time.

Lightroom Sharpening Setup

I try to sharpen across an area of the image which falls across the middle of the display. In the example above the curving white rock allows me to easily see the amount of sharpening that has been applied. Note, I have exaggerated the amount here so it can be seen on your display.

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