Sharpening model in 2.0 is still WAY TOOOO AGRESSIVE

I use Photo-AI in my workflow for processing wildlife images and I find that the sharpening model is almost useless with settings generated automatically. It almost always leads to a lot of image artificacts that make the image quality very much worse. I hoped that the improvements claimed for the 2.0 sharpening model would solve this problem, but the situation has not changed. It’s partucularly noticeable with any fine detail such as feathers/fur/scales. Is the model trained at using wildlife images?

Maybe try the strong sharpening. In opposite to its name it seems to handle images more sensitive. I also noticed that the denoise option tends to add a strong sharpening effect.

Do you have files you can send me for the sharpening? I can reproduce the results with the originals and share with my team so we can tweak the sharpening model.

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We also have new Autopilot Preferences that let you control the default strength of the sharpening. In your case, you likely want to decrease the strength.

I’ve uploaded an example where the defaults have produced some very obvious artifacts around the white neck feathers

Thanks for sending the file. I just tested and it looks like this is due to how we are displaying the image at low zoom.

If you zoom in the artifact should go away.

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