Lightroom Sharpening

Jan 19, 2012
So I am new to lightroom. How do you all use the sharpening features? In lightroom the pics look great after playing with sharpening/luminance but after I export to jpeg for flickr and other places I see a lot of noise. Any suggestions? How much sharpening should I be using? Also do you use the sharpen option when you export?


Jan 18, 2012
I have been using Lightroom for about 3 yrs now. I use a MAX of 40 sharpening on my pictures with a radius of 1. A lot of time I don't sharpen them at all, or very little. The noise you are seeing in Flickr and other places is most likely from the compression of the images as they are loaded. Are you using the plug-in inside Lightroom to upload to Flickr? If the pictures are going to be viewed online I always check the sharpen box in the export module and then select "screen" and "standard" for the sharpening settings. When uploading pictures for online viewing, you also want to make sure you get the appropriate pixel dimensions as this can make a big difference. Another reason for seeing a lot of noise is over-sharpening. Try backing off a little and see if the noise goes away.


Jan 17, 2012
I avoid the the sharpen on export option especially if you've already sharpened the image.
Are you holding down the ALT key when applying your sharpening? This is every important when setting your masking. Also always make sure your doing noise reduction first, followed by edits, then sharpen right before you export.

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