Captured on an iPhone 4 using ClassicPAN; post processed with Painteresque, Blender, Iris on an iPad 2.

Using PerfectPhoto to Crop and Sharpen an image

This will be old news to veteran iPhone photographers who are totally familiar with cropping and sharpening images. This app is capable of a lot more than simple cropping and sharpening but you may explore other options on your own. There are other apps one can use besides PerfectPhoto but I routinely use this for "pre" sharpening of an image before doing other processing as it is simple to use and amuses with interesting "facts" while you wait for sharpening to occur. You also get a preview that makes it quite easy to evaluate when you have overdone the sharpening effect.

For the total newbies, I'm including several screen shots to show you exactly what you will see onscreen when using PerfectPhoto for maybe the first time.

PerfectPhoto open screen
PerfectPhoto screen on opening the app, choose Load photo to load an image from your iPhone/iPad.
image loaded into PerfectPhoto
Image used for this tutorial after loading it. Across the top are icons for Home (screen on startup, butterfly), Save (up arrow), Undo (left arrow), Redo (right arrow), Tools (palette) and Effects (magic hat).

choosing Crop type in Perfect Photo
After you select the Tools/Crop option, you may also choose the type of crop (click the Free icon) before cropping your image. You may also rotate an image by 5° increments.
Select Sharpen Tool in PerfectPhoto
Scroll down in the Tools to locate and select the Sharpen option.

PerfectPhoto Sharpen tool screen
Screen showing Sharpen Tool before doing any adjustments. There are two sliders that one may use to adjust the degree of sharpening in the image. I have to confess that I simply do not understand what the "Radius" slider does. Even though I've played around with it after using the "Sharpen Amount" slider or instead of the "Sharpen Amount" slider, I simply cannot see what it does to the sharpness of an image. If anyone reading this can explain it to me, please leave a comment.

overdone sharpening
Use the Sharpen Amount slider to adjust Sharpening and you will see a close view of a portion of your image showing the before (left) and after (right) image if you were to apply the selected amount of sharpening. This screen shot shows overdone sharpening. (sometimes referred to as "crispy critters" and almost always resulting in a halo around the edges of distinct boundaries)
correctly sharpened image
Experiment with the Sharpen Amount slider until you are comfortable that you have sharpened the image but not overdone it. This takes a bit of practice but eventually you will be able to judge fairly quickly when you have gone overboard with the sharpening! This is where I used Apply to sharpen my Hydrangea image.

starting image for tutorial
cropped and sharpened Hydrangea image
The top image is the starting point for this tutorial and was obtained by merging HDR output from the native iPhone 4 camera with TrueHDR; the bottom image is after cropping and sharpening as described here. This image is the starting point for the Hydrangea processing tutorial.

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