Enhance your photos with NASA’s sharpening technology

Incredible space photos like those from NASA don’t look as stunning straight out of a telescope. They require significant processing, and a crucial part of that is sharpening.

This fascinating video from Unmesh Dinda with PiXimperfect explores the APF-R plugin, developed by award-winning astrophotographer Christoph Kaltseis. APF-R stands for Absolute Point of Focus and is designed to enhance photo detail without creating halos or artifacts. This technology has been used by space agencies with telescopes such as the James Webb and now you can use it in Photoshop. The plugin enables non-destructive editing, meaning you can adjust the radius and level of detail without permanently altering your image. This feature is crucial for astrophotography, where preserving original detail is vital.

The video shows how APF-R compares to Photoshop’s built-in sharpening tools. The plugin offers multiple rendering methods, each suited for different types of images. For example, the “Center Weighted” method provides a balanced sharpening effect without making the image look overprocessed. Dinda explains how to fine-tune these settings to get the best results, and makes it clear why this plugin is a game-changer for photographers who want to enhance their images with precision.

A standout feature of APF-R is its ability to work with a variety of image types. The video shows how the plugin enhances not only space photos, but also landscapes and portraits. For portraits, APF-R can bring out skin textures and eye details without creating the unwanted halos that traditional sharpening methods often produce. Dinda also shows how you can combine APF-R with other Photoshop tools, such as Smart Sharpen, for even better results. This versatility makes APF-R a valuable addition to any photographer’s toolbox.

The plugin retails for $50, which Dinda considers a steal considering its advanced capabilities. There’s also a Creative Bundle subscription that includes APF-R and 20 other tools, which is a great value for those looking to expand their editing options. Dinda offers discount codes in the video description, making this advanced tool more accessible. Watch the video above for the full Dinda review.

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