So I've been having this problem with both CS5 and CS6.
Every time I sharpen using Unsharp Mask or Smart Sharpen, the image would get de-sharpened after the sharpening is applied. I'm not sure why it's doing this. Here is my process:
- I select a sharpnening tool (Unmask/Smart, doesn't matter)
- I would play with the sliders, checking and un-checking preview to see if I am satisfied
- Once I'm satisfied, I would apply the sharpening
- After photoshop finishes applying, the image does not sharpen as it would look during the preview. The image IS more sharpened, but does not match what I saw
What is going on? Sometimes I have to play the guessing game and compensate by raising the Radius.