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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.
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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