Nik Sharpener Pro Review

Nik Sharpener Pro is now part of the Nik Collection

In March of 2013 Google announced that all Nik Software plug-ins would be bundled together into the Nik Collection for just $149! The bundle includes HDR Efex Pro 2, Color Efex Pro 4, Silver Efex Pro 2, Viveza 2, Sharpener Pro 3 and Dfine 2.

Nik Sharpener Pro

Nik Sharpener Pro 3.0 is a fine product. It does exactly what it advertises. I find the sharpening to be a grade better than what is in Photoshop by default.

I am always surprised when I use this software! I usually shoot on a rock-steady tripod. This gives my camera incredible sharpness. I zoom into 100% in Photoshop and it looks great to me! And THEN I run Sharpener Pro and I am shocked. It has a little loupe where you can compare the “before and after”… and then I look at what I thought was sharp before and suddenly it looks blurry in comparison.

I have posted a few shots below for you.


Sharpener Pro 3.0 - postThe Output sharpener brought great details.  Check the Loupe on the right (before left / after right)

Sharpener Pro 3.0 - zoom 100
The Raw Presharpener ads some nice details and pop.  Before is on the left and the after is on the right.

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