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This course provides in-depth training on Camera Raw 7, the Photoshop CS6 component that enables photographers to open and manipulate raw format images. Raw images are minimally processed in the camera; they're effectively the exact data recorded by the camera's sensor. Author Chris Orwig shows you how to control a raw image's appearance—exposure, shadow and highlight detail, color balance, and sharpness—with far more precision than is possible with JPEG images. The course also introduces the new workflow procedures and technical concepts and issues associated with raw content, so that photographers can best leverage this powerful format.
As I'm sure you've already noticed, v adjustments that we can make in the Basic panel, well, they're grouped together, and they're separated by this thin gray line. Here in this chapter we're going to focus in on the group at the bottom of the stack. And I am pointing out this whole idea that these are grouped together, because we're going to work on these in a way that we'll use them together. All right! Well, we're going to start off by taking a look at Clarity. Here you can see I've opened this demo file, clarity.jpg. I've opened this, because I think this file might just help us understand how Clarity works, so that ultimately we can know how to use this control.
Well, in order to understand Clarity, we first need to start off with Contrast. Contrast is an adjustment which allows us to make really big and dramatic changes to our photograph. Click-and-drag to the right, the image will become more saturated, we will have deeper Blacks, brighter Whites; click-and-drag to the left and we will lose a bit of our Color Saturation. The Tonal Range, well, it's all a bit more of the same. And so this Contrast slider, it allows us to make pretty big and bold adjustments.
Here I will double-click the Tab to take it back to a setting of 0. Well, how then does this relate to Clarity? Well, the Clarity slider, it allows us to add Contrast as well, but the Contrast that it adds is called Midtone Contrast. If I had to make say kind of a fun comparison of these two, I might call the Contrast adjustment here a sledgehammer. In other words, it's a tool which allows you to do a lot of work. Clarity on the other hand, if I had to compare this to a tool, it might be that small little finishing hammer that you use when you want to hang a picture on your wall, you use this little hammer to kind of tack in that small nail, so that you can then hang that picture on the wall.
In other words, Clarity allows you to add Contrast, yet it does so in a way that it's really focused on these midtone ranges. It allows us to add or soften texture. Let me show you what I mean. Well, here as we click-and-drag this to the right, you'll notice that we now have more texture. It's almost like these ridges on this image that I created here, well, it looks like they're more bumpy, if you were to push your finger across that. As we decrease this, we decrease our Midtone Contrast and the image becomes, well, really, really soft. All right! Well, now that we've seen how this slider works, let's go ahead and see if we can't really understand how we can use this with a few photographs, and let's do that in the next movie.
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