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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.
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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