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Increasing image intensity

From: Enhancing a Landscape Photo with Lightroom

Video: Increasing image intensity

Our photos still needs more intensity both in terms of tone and color. For that I'm going to go to the bottom of the Basic panel to the Present section. We'll start with the Clarity slider,which controls the contrast in the mid-tones of an image. Increasing Clarity can add more contrast and a kind of sharpening effect to the midtones. It's great for bringing out midtone detail, which we have a lot of in the vegetation in this photo. So I'm going to take the Clarity slider and drag it over to the right. It's hard to see exactly what that slider has done to this image when we are zoomed so far out. So let's zoom in.

Increasing image intensity

Our photos still needs more intensity both in terms of tone and color. For that I'm going to go to the bottom of the Basic panel to the Present section. We'll start with the Clarity slider,which controls the contrast in the mid-tones of an image. Increasing Clarity can add more contrast and a kind of sharpening effect to the midtones. It's great for bringing out midtone detail, which we have a lot of in the vegetation in this photo. So I'm going to take the Clarity slider and drag it over to the right. It's hard to see exactly what that slider has done to this image when we are zoomed so far out. So let's zoom in.

First, I am going to collapse this column on the left by clicking in the bar on the far left so we have more room to see the photo and then I'll click in the middle of the photo to zoom into one-to-one view. Here you can see the section of the photo with that increase in Clarity. I am going to use the shortcut for undo, which is Cmd+Z on the Mac or Ctrl+Z on the PC to undo just the Clarity adjustment leaving all of our other adjustments in place. I'll press Cmd+Z or Ctrl+Z and you can see how the image looked without the Clarity adjustment and then if I hold the Shift key and again press Cmd+Z or Ctrl+Z to redo the Clarity adjustment that's how it looks with increased clarity.

That one slider has had a significant change. Now let's zoom back out clicking in the image to go back to the fit-on-screen view and let's come down to the Vibrance and Saturation sliders. Either of these sliders will increase the Color Saturation or the intensity of Color overall in this photo, but they act a little differently. If I try the Saturation slider we can see that it tends to oversaturated some of the colors in the image. That's because it treats all the colors the same way, saturating them all to the same extent.

I would like to put Saturation back to 0 and try the Vibrance slide instead. Here's a great trick for sending any of the sliders back to its default value of 0 and that is to double-click on the slider control, like this. So instead of the Saturation slider, I'll try increasing the Vibrance slider, I'll drag that slider over to the right, and I think that does a better job of intensifying the colors in the image without overdoing it.

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