As the third and final stage of a three-part sharpening workflow, Capture One Pro can add sharpening to image variants on output based on the intended device (Print (inkjet or repro) or Screen (web or email)).
Print sharpening relies on several factors, including the print size and resolution, viewing distance, and even the type of printer and paper. Therefore, the output sharpening for print tool differs slightly from the screen sharpening option. It offers the expected amount and threshold sliders as well as a tool that allows you to set the viewing distance to calculate the radius. This tool is particularly useful when you know the distance that the print will be viewed from (e.g. when displaying prints in an exhibition or gallery). However, if you prefer, you can also use the tool to set the radius based on the diagonal dimension of the print. As a rule, this can be set at either 100% or 150%.
When selecting the Output Sharpening for Screen option, the tab’s tools will change to replicate those found in the Sharpening tool under the Details tool tab and include sliders for amount, radius, and threshold. Each slider works in the same way.
Whether you are applying sharpening for print or screen, adjustments should be made after selecting the image variant’s size and resolution and with the recipe proofing option enabled. Note that Capture One comes with recipes for an A3 300dpi print-ready TIFF and 1600px wide sRGB JPEG, complete with suggested sharpening settings.
NOTE: The option for output sharpening is not present in Capture One Expres.