Originally Posted by cr136124
Any chance you can post a couple of pics with and without the Darbee? TIA
Well cr I gave it shot last night. Unfortunately, I am not expert enough with my camera to capture comparison photos in a way that do the difference justice. The shots were ending up overexposed and the camera was doing weird things with autofocus and face detection. I just didn't have the patience to make sure I took two consecutive identical photos, partly because my house is a mess while moving around a lot of furniture.
I will say, though, that the comparison gallery on Darbee's site are not exaggerations. If you want to know what the difference will look like, those are pretty accurate.
Also, I will retract what I said previously about there being absolutely no artifacts produced by Darbee. I discovered one. When the image contains a serifed font (e.g. Times or Garamond) in a light color like white over another non-black colored background, Darbee produces small horizontal lines between the tips of the serifs on adjacent letters. It's literally like a spider has crawled around on the letters and spun single threads (not full webs) between the tips of letters. You can see this in the opening credits of Game of Thrones. I have not seen this happen with non-serifed fonts (like Helvetica). Also, the effect is not visible when it's a white font on a black background (closing credits).
Obviously this is an incorrect modification to the source image, but unlike other types of artifacting such as ringing/halos, it doesn't really look bad or displeasing. In fact, if you didn't know it was an artifact, you might actually think the fonts are supposed to look that way. I've definitely seen similar connecting lines done in other cases as intentional typographic styling. Even though it's wrong, it's kind of cool. Don't get me wrong, I would prefer it didn't do this, but bottom line is it only happens in very specific circumstances (opening credits with particular fonts and color combinations), and doesn't actually look ugly to me, so I'll live with it to get the sharpening/depth benefits the rest of the time.