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Creating an ethereal effect with Clarity

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In some cases, there's an effect that I like to apply to my images, that isn't really within Photoshop per se, but rather in Adobe Camera Raw, and that means you can apply that effect as you convert your raw capture for use in Photoshop. I have just such a raw capture here, and so I'll open that image, and because it is a raw capture. Rather than opening directly within Photoshop, it will open up in Adobe Camera Raw. And here, I can apply a variety of adjustments to the image. I can adjust the overall color temperature and tint if I want to alter the color appearance in the photo, I can adjust exposure and contrast, I can brighten or darken highlights, shadows, whites and blacks.

Creating an ethereal effect with Clarity

In some cases, there's an effect that I like to apply to my images, that isn't really within Photoshop per se, but rather in Adobe Camera Raw, and that means you can apply that effect as you convert your raw capture for use in Photoshop. I have just such a raw capture here, and so I'll open that image, and because it is a raw capture. Rather than opening directly within Photoshop, it will open up in Adobe Camera Raw. And here, I can apply a variety of adjustments to the image. I can adjust the overall color temperature and tint if I want to alter the color appearance in the photo, I can adjust exposure and contrast, I can brighten or darken highlights, shadows, whites and blacks.

And I can also adjust clarity and this is one of the more interesting effects. Generally speaking, you would increase clarity in order to increase clarity and it's sort of like sharpening. It enhances overall contrast and detail within the image but, without the artifacts and the halos that you might see when you sharpen an image a little bit too much. But we can also reduce clarity. We can apply a negative clarity value to an image and that creates something of an ethereal glow effect, we're sort of toning down a lot of the detail within the image.

And making things look a little bit softer, a little more delicate. This effect can work very nicely for flower photos, for portraits, and for other images that you want to present in a somewhat soft way. You could also apply other adjustments of course. I might, for example, increase contrast in order to enhance some of the other details. I might increase or decrease the overall color saturation with vibrance. I think in this case, I might reduce vibrance just a little bit to tone down. Those colors and to really add to that softening effect for the image, but the key is really that clarity slider. We can adjust the degree to which we want to soften up the image in order to reduce the amount of detail and just give a more ethereal appearance to any photo. When you're happy with the result, you can click the open image button and your raw capture will be processed and then opened in Photoshop with the adjustments applied to it so you can continue fine tuning the overall effect for the photo.

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Photoshop Creative Effects and Filters

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  1. 1m 24s
    1. Welcome
      1m 24s
  2. 16m 23s
    1. Adding a single filter
      3m 21s
    2. Using the Filter Gallery
      4m 51s
    3. Using Smart Filters
      4m 2s
    4. A flexible filter workflow
      4m 9s
  3. 36m 0s
    1. Creating an ethereal effect with Clarity
      2m 13s
    2. Creating a black-and-white interpretation of an image
      3m 12s
    3. Adding a monochromatic tint effect
      2m 27s
    4. Using a gradient map preset
      2m 42s
    5. Creating a gradient map preset
      7m 48s
    6. Adding a vignette
      3m 17s
    7. Adding film grain
      5m 25s
    8. Oversharpening
      3m 17s
    9. HDR tone mapping
      5m 39s
  4. 37m 47s
    1. Creating a filtered edge effect
      4m 6s
    2. Producing a dreamy look with Surface Blur
      3m 4s
    3. Iris Blur with a twist
      4m 32s
    4. The Tilt-Shift blur effect
      3m 52s
    5. Creating an oil paint effect
      4m 36s
    6. Adding selective motion blur
      4m 36s
    7. Adding lens flare
      5m 21s
    8. Adding a lighting effect
      5m 6s
    9. Adding an ethereal glow
      2m 34s
  5. 24m 21s
    1. Applying a wild curve
      3m 1s
    2. Playing with blend modes
      4m 0s
    3. Creating a painterly effect with Find Edges
      2m 41s
    4. Creating a sketch effect
      5m 26s
    5. Crystallizing pixels
      3m 6s
    6. Getting extreme with Mezzotint
      3m 42s
    7. The Solarize filter
      2m 25s
  6. 38m 38s
    1. Smearing with Liquify
      7m 0s
    2. Going fish-eye with Polar Coordinates
      3m 38s
    3. Using the Spherize and Pinch filters
      3m 18s
    4. Using the Ripple, Twirl, Wave, and ZigZag filters
      5m 45s
    5. Getting blocky with Mosaic
      2m 44s
    6. Creating huge pixels with Pointilize
      3m 0s
    7. Creating tiles
      3m 42s
    8. Creating blocks with Extrude
      4m 29s
    9. Mapping the image with Trace Contour
      2m 44s
    10. Creating a stylized wind-blown effect
      2m 18s

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