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Increasing Clarity

From: Photoshop CS6 for Photographers: Camera Raw 7

Video: Increasing Clarity

Here we are going to dig deeper into understanding how we can work with Contrast, Clarity, Vibrance, and Saturation. We'll start off with this photograph here that I captured in San Francisco, in Chinatown. Let's take a look at how this picture will appear if we change the overall level of the Contrast. If we click-and-drag to the left, well, the image will become muted and desaturated. Drag to the right, and as expected, we now have these rich vibrant colors, this deep contrast. Here's that before and then after. All right! Well, let's reset the Contrast slider.

Increasing Clarity

Here we are going to dig deeper into understanding how we can work with Contrast, Clarity, Vibrance, and Saturation. We'll start off with this photograph here that I captured in San Francisco, in Chinatown. Let's take a look at how this picture will appear if we change the overall level of the Contrast. If we click-and-drag to the left, well, the image will become muted and desaturated. Drag to the right, and as expected, we now have these rich vibrant colors, this deep contrast. Here's that before and then after. All right! Well, let's reset the Contrast slider.

We will do so by double-clicking on the icon. Well, how then does that relate to Clarity? One would expect that if you were to increase the Clarity slider all the way to the right, well, you would get this deep rich saturation, but you don't. The color palette, it's a little bit muted, but what you will notice is if you zoom in on the picture a little bit, is that you have this really nice texture. Take a look at this. You can see there is our before, and now here is our after. Clarity allows us to bring out texture and Midtone Contrast in a fascinating way.

Let's take a look at another photograph so that we can see this even more clearly. Here I will click on this picture, and next what I want to do is modify the Clarity. I'm going to exaggerate here for a moment, so I know that this won't look good, but I think it will help you understand this control. As I increase this to 100 points, all of a sudden it looks like I processed this image with a special filter or I applied some sort of a unique effect. You can notice that the color is really desaturated. Here is before and now here is after.

The reason I point this out and the reason why I've taken all this time saying this is because a lot of times what we'll do with Clarity is we will just add a little bit, maybe 10 or 15 or 20 points, but what we don't realize is that while we are adding this nice midtone snap or Contrast, we are also desaturating a little bit. Therefore, as you use Clarity, you may need to kind of accommodate for that. You might want to increase your Vibrance and also your Saturation a touch. We will be talking more about these sliders here in a moment, but for now I just want to point out that the reason why these sliders are located next to each other is because you'll want to use them together.

They could have put Clarity right next to Contrast, yet when you work with Clarity, you're affecting the color in kind of an interesting way. You're adding an overall presence to your photograph. You then may need to customize or modify your Vibrance and Saturation. In doing so, as you can see here with this picture, here is our before and then our after, you can sometimes add this really nice texture or feel to your image. In other situations, you may want to go even further in order to create a little bit of kind of a special effect type of esthetic.

Or on the other hand, you might want to soften your photograph a little bit, and here I will double-click my Vibrance and Saturation sliders to take those off. By adding this negative amount, well, it can kind of create a nice soft appeal with certain photographs. If you look now, here's that before-and-after. Let me zoom in a bit more so you can see this up close, and let me exaggerate this a little bit further too. Now here you can see the before and after of that softening effect. Let's compare that to increasing the Clarity, here we are adding texture.

Here is the before and then after. So as you dial in the appropriate amount of Clarity for your own photographs, just know that it can be positive or negative, and that as you make these adjustments, you also might need to make some other color adjustments as well in order to modify and process your image so that it will look its best. All right! Well, now that we have introduced Clarity, let's also talk about these two other sliders, Vibrance and Saturation, and let's do that in the next few movies.

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Photoshop CS6 for Photographers: Camera Raw 7

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  1. 9m 3s
    1. Welcome
      1m 2s
    2. Should I use Camera Raw or Photoshop?
      3m 22s
    3. What is Adobe Camera Raw?
      3m 45s
    4. Using the exercise files
      54s
  2. 21m 13s
    1. An overview of Bridge and Bridge preferences
      3m 19s
    2. Setting Camera Raw preferences
      3m 9s
    3. Exploring RAW vs. JPEG or TIFF files
      4m 3s
    4. Choosing a native raw file or a digital negative (DNG)
      4m 25s
    5. Converting or saving to the DNG format
      6m 17s
  3. 29m 36s
    1. Project overview: cover photo shoot
      1m 33s
    2. Auto-toning and correcting white balance
      2m 19s
    3. Cropping and composing
      3m 21s
    4. Enhancing color and tone
      2m 44s
    5. Removing distractions
      3m 58s
    6. Sharpening and noise reduction
      2m 59s
    7. Converting to black and white
      2m 11s
    8. Adding a vignette
      1m 45s
    9. Making a localized correction
      2m 53s
    10. Creating snapshots of memorable looks
      2m 1s
    11. Re-editing camera raw settings
      1m 38s
    12. Working with multiple adjustments
      2m 14s
  4. 15m 2s
    1. Navigating the interface and the toolbar
      2m 15s
    2. Exploring image-adjustment tabs and panels
      1m 32s
    3. Using the histogram
      5m 12s
    4. Previewing the before and after of different adjustments
      2m 43s
    5. Working with multiple files
      3m 20s
  5. 29m 28s
    1. Opening raw files in Bridge
      4m 35s
    2. Opening JPEGs and TIFFs in Bridge
      4m 43s
    3. How to open a photo in Photoshop and skip Camera Raw
      1m 47s
    4. Accessing Camera Raw from Mini Bridge
      3m 9s
    5. Resizing in Camera Raw with workflow options
      6m 35s
    6. Opening an image as a Smart Object
      3m 3s
    7. Saving from Camera Raw
      3m 17s
    8. Creating a duplicate file
      2m 19s
  6. 11m 19s
    1. Recomposing with the Crop tool
      2m 58s
    2. Clarifying your voice by cropping
      3m 20s
    3. Straightening and cropping
      2m 54s
    4. Cropping creatively
      2m 7s
  7. 9m 9s
    1. Improving color balance
      4m 21s
    2. Color correcting with white balance cards
      1m 48s
    3. Using the White Balance tool and controls
      3m 0s
  8. 18m 32s
    1. Deconstructing the basic adjustments
      3m 33s
    2. Correcting overexposure
      2m 52s
    3. Correcting underexposure
      3m 13s
    4. Making exposure enhancements
      2m 52s
    5. Recovering highlight and shadow detail
      3m 38s
    6. A speed tip for making basic adjustments
      2m 24s
  9. 14m 14s
    1. Demystifying Clarity
      2m 36s
    2. Increasing Clarity
      3m 52s
    3. Understanding Vibrance and Saturation
      1m 50s
    4. Improving color with Vibrance
      3m 52s
    5. Making creative color adjustments
      2m 4s
  10. 11m 48s
    1. Learning about the parametric and point-tone curves
      4m 4s
    2. Using the parametric-tone curve
      2m 19s
    3. Using the point-tone curve
      3m 22s
    4. Creating a unique color look with the point-tone curve
      2m 3s
  11. 15m 38s
    1. Introducing the Spot Removal tool
      3m 42s
    2. Removing distracting background elements
      3m 12s
    3. Removing blemishes on a face
      3m 29s
    4. Removing dust on the lens or the camera sensor
      2m 58s
    5. Removing red-eye
      2m 17s
  12. 51m 20s
    1. Introducing the Adjustment Brush
      6m 18s
    2. Correcting exposure
      6m 23s
    3. Working with Auto Mask
      4m 16s
    4. Changing the background color
      4m 30s
    5. Changing the color temperature
      3m 15s
    6. Making multiple color and tone adjustments
      5m 47s
    7. Enhancing the color, tone, and sharpness of the eyes
      5m 11s
    8. Whitening teeth
      3m 20s
    9. Brightening shadows and darkening highlights
      2m 51s
    10. Creating a black-and-white effect
      5m 36s
    11. Removing moiré patterns
      2m 19s
    12. Creating Adjustment Brush presets
      1m 34s
  13. 10m 0s
    1. Enhancing the foreground and background of an image with the Graduated Filter tool
      4m 7s
    2. Reducing exposure with the Graduated Filter tool
      3m 0s
    3. Exploring creative effects with the Graduated Filter tool
      2m 53s
  14. 13m 23s
    1. Exploring noise reduction
      3m 27s
    2. Applying input sharpening
      4m 9s
    3. Using the Basic and Detail panels together
      3m 33s
    4. Edge sharpening an architectural photograph
      2m 14s
  15. 12m 53s
    1. Introducing HSL
      2m 8s
    2. Enhancing color and tone
      2m 7s
    3. Using the Basic and HSL panels together
      2m 24s
    4. Removing colors with HSL
      3m 1s
    5. Making color changes
      3m 13s
  16. 21m 57s
    1. Using the black-and-white controls
      1m 44s
    2. Exploring simple black-and-white conversion
      6m 17s
    3. Using multiple panels to create a black-and-white image
      6m 17s
    4. Creating a dramatic black-and-white landscape
      7m 39s
  17. 11m 1s
    1. Exploring traditional black-and-white toning
      3m 19s
    2. Adding split toning to color photographs
      3m 49s
    3. Creative toning of a color photo
      3m 53s
  18. 16m 49s
    1. Removing extreme distortion with a lens profile
      2m 2s
    2. Working with the manual Lens Correction controls
      2m 33s
    3. Improving a portrait with lens corrections
      3m 26s
    4. Adding a darkening vignette effect
      1m 28s
    5. Combining lens corrections with creative cropping
      3m 35s
    6. Adding distortion for a creative effect
      2m 29s
    7. Correcting chromatic aberration and defringing
      1m 16s
  19. 15m 10s
    1. Understanding the effects controls
      7m 8s
    2. Adding film grain and darkening edges
      3m 56s
    3. Cropping and brightening edges
      2m 32s
    4. Creating a defined edge
      1m 34s
  20. 9m 29s
    1. Introducing the Camera Calibration panel
      3m 41s
    2. Creative color with the Camera Calibration controls
      3m 25s
    3. Exploring camera calibration resources
      2m 23s
  21. 5m 14s
    1. Introducing presets
      3m 19s
    2. Exploring free and fun ACR presets
      1m 55s
  22. 10m 19s
    1. Quick raw processing of multiple files
      2m 21s
    2. Applying raw processing in Bridge
      2m 34s
    3. Recording an action
      3m 37s
    4. Batch processing multiple images
      1m 47s
  23. 7m 52s
    1. A creative color mini-project
      5m 12s
    2. Using Camera Raw controls in a non-traditional way
      2m 40s
  24. 6m 24s
    1. Additional resources
      1m 25s
    2. Camera Raw and Lightroom
      4m 19s
    3. Goodbye
      40s

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