Does sharpen help or hinder?
I’ve been noticing of late that some of the pictures I publish to this blog via Windows Live Writer (WLW) don’t look particularly great. Here’s one such example: http://jamiethomson.spaces.live.com/blog/cns!550F681DAD532637!1740.entry
Scott noticed as well and he contacted me about it earlier so I decided to investigate a bit further. There are 4 pictures below that are all of the same screenshot i.e. The results from the Windows Vista Live Search gadget when searching for "Billie Swamp Safari" which I visited yesterday. Two of the pictures were copied and pasted from mspaint.exe into WLW, the other two were saved from mspaint.exe and inserted using WLW’s ‘Insert Picture’ feature. Also, two of them had WLW’s ‘Sharpening’ effect applied to them, the other two did not. That gives four permutations overall. The four pictures are shown below:
- (Top left) Copy-paste from mspaint.exe No sharpening applied.
- (Top right) Copy-paste from mspaint.exe. Sharpening applied.
- (Bottom left) Insert picture from hard drive. No sharpening applied.
- (Bottom right) Insert picture from hard drive. Sharpening applied.
[Note that depending on how you view this blog entry the pictures may not appear as I described above. Hence I’ve applied watermarks to make it obvious.]
I’m no imagery expert so I’ll ask you instead, which do you think is the best? Tell me in the comments and we’ll see which comes out with the most votes.
By the way, on the blog entry linked to at the top of this one I also used WLW’s ‘Color Pop’ effect so maybe I’ll investigate the effects of that another day. It was also published from WLW beta 2 whereas this one is from WLW beta 3.