Photoshop CC - Smart Sharpening - Inaccurate Preview at other than 100%, New and Legacy modes

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1. Pick sharpening settings for a photo previewing them on main on-screen image (as opposed to the preview on the tool palette) at 50% magnification.

2. Click OK and put the cursor (now an hour glass) next to some feature on the image.

3. The instant the sharpening is applied and the cursor turns from an hour glass into a normal cursor, the visible amount of sharpening decreases very noticeably.

There is no difference between the tool palette preview and the main on-screen image preview, but the tool palette preview vanishes as soon as you click OK so the sharpness change is not quite so obvious.

Basically, the preview is inaccurate at any magnification other than 100%, showing much more sharpening than is actually applied. I checked PS CS6 and the displayed previews exactly match the on-screen image after sharpening is applied. Note also that the "Legacy" mode in PS CC has the same problem, but PS CS6 does not.
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Dean Chriss

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Posted 5 years ago

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