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A Peek at Lightroom 3: Improved Capture Sharpening and Noise Reduction

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In Part 2 of the four-part series on Lightroom Public Beta 3, Dan Moughamian shows you how to use the capture sharpening and color noise reduction improvements for Lightroom 3.
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This is the second in a series of four articles covering the new Lightroom 3 beta from Adobe Systems. Previously we covered the brand-new Import dialog and the many important functions it allows you to perform prior to transferring images to your preferred locations. This article focuses on the capture sharpening and color noise reduction improvements for Lightroom 3, which are available in the public beta.

New Develop Controls Layout

If you have applied capture sharpening to your images from Lightroom 2, you will find the same familiar set of sharpening sliders that are available in Lightroom 3. However, the similarity ends there. Aside from a much-improved sharpening algorithm, many of the controls in this area have been reorganized since Lightroom 2, and some new ones added that we’ll cover later in the series.

Seen in Figure 1, our Sharpening and Noise reduction controls remain the sole denizens of Lightroom’s Detail section, while Chromatic Aberration has been moved into a new section called Lens Corrections. (The Lens Vignetting controls in the same section were previously called Lens Correction in LR2.) The Post-Crop Vignetting options now reside in a new Effects area, which also includes new Grain controls, to be covered in the next article.

Figure 1 Lightroom 3 uses the same set of sharpening controls as before, but with more powerful programming under the hood.

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