The Detail tab

You have three sliders on the Detail tab to control sharpness and noise in your image. I suggest that as soon as you click the Detail tab, you zoom in to 200% (or even 400%) on an area of shadow in your image and drag the three sliders all the way to the left, setting them to 0 (zero). Leave the Sharpness slider at 0; do your sharpening in Photoshop's Smart Sharpen (or Unsharp Mask) filter, where you have a Radius slider to control how the sharpening is applied to the image.

Drag the Color Noise Reduction slider slowly to the right until all red/green/blue specks in the shadows disappear. Next, drag the Luminance Smoothing slider to the right until the bright specks in your shadows are reduced (but not so far to the right that detail in your image is damaged). Figure 7-7 shows a "before" and "after" comparison.

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