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The Nik Collection is free and compatible with Mac OS X 10.7 through 10.10; Windows Vista, 7, 8; and Adobe Photoshop through CC 2015. We have no plans to update the Collection or add new features over time.

RAW Presharpener Tour

Global Sharpening

1 Adaptive Sharpening
The Adaptive Strength slider controls the amount of sharpening applied to the whole image. Decreasing this slider will reduce the amount of sharpening applied to the whole image while increasing this slider will increase the amount of sharpening applied to the whole image.

2 Edge Balance
The Edge Balance will control where the sharpening is applied. With the Edge Balance slider, adjusting the slider towards Sharpen Areas will sharpen those regions between the edges of objects more than the edges, while adjusting the slider towards Sharpen Edges will sharpen the edges more than the regions between the edges of objects. In the middle, the sharpening is applied equally between the areas and edges.

3 Image Quality
The Image Quality control has two options for adjusting how the sharpening is applied. Using the Normal setting will sharpen based on the normal information presented in an image. The High ISO image setting will work to prevent any noise left in the image from being enhanced by the sharpening process.

Image by Jay Goodrich

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