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    Okay, I downloaded a trial of Topaz Vivacity. According to the description it's supposed to:
    1. sharpen edges without artifacts or halos etc
    2. remove noise and preserve detail
    3. remove jpeg artifacts
    4. enlarge images without losing resolution
    5. do cool effects that can't be done in photoshop


    this is my test of sharpen:
    before, using my software unsharp mask:


    and same image using the topaz sharpness filter


    any thoughts? It's a 30 day trial so I'll be able to really test it.

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    The snow looks like marshmallow. It seems to have treated the ice crystals as noise and tried to smooth it out.
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    hmm you are correct. I think it smoothed out the snow and branches which made them 'funny'. It could also be that I don't know what I'm doing with it yet

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    Give Topaz Detail a try.

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    Before Detail:
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    After Detail:


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    nice effect here Jas. Detail is on the list as well.
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    Hmmm - Shot 2 looks better than shot 1 imo....but shot 1 looks way oversharpened especially in the snow.
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