Join Richard Harrington for an in-depth discussion in this video Quick presets to improve tone, part of Enhancing Photos with Perfectly Clear.
- While I did a lot of fiddling there to show you how the different sliders and options to refine tone, I really do like some of the presets that are inside of Perfectly Clear. Let me show you how quickly they can enhance an image. With this photo selected here of a bird, I'm going to bring it out a little bit. I'll just choose Filter, Athentech Imaging, Perfectly Clear. Now, this will run the filter distractively. Using the Presets slider here, Details versus Vivid are quite effective at really separating the object.
Notice how Vivid brings out the intensity of the reds, yellows and greens and really makes that background feel more alive. Details, on the other hand, just improves the overall contrast but doesn't quite get aggressive on the color. Landscapes, however, really starts to push the greens and the blacks, making for a very rich photo. So it's up to you to decide which one you like. If the image is a bit dark, Fix Dark can lift things up. And Fix Noise also does a bit of exposure correction, in this case, making a slight adjustment to the background and removing some of the noise in the shadow areas.
Now, I think I like the fix Landscapes preset. But remember, if something feels just a tad too strong, the fastest and easiest way to tweak it is to go over to Adjust and just split the difference with the Opacity slider. That allows you to mix in the Before and After state. Click OK, and the image takes in the new look. Let's try that once more. We've got a photo here that's opened as a Smart object from the Raw workflow. We'll explore Smart objects more a little later in our course.
And I'll re-invoke that: Filter, Athentech Imaging, Perfectly Clear. If you take a look at the two presets here, Details does a very nice job. Vivid, on the other hand, starts to bring out the color a little bit more. You'll notice that the black areas or the darkest areas are lifted up a bit more. Details just pops things while Vivid reaches the colors and takes some of the shadow areas and makes them a tad brighter and more saturated.
On the other hand, with this particular image, Landscapes could be quite useful for a rich image or Fix Dark dramatically recovers some of the areas in the palm tree that were becoming quite muddy in the photo. Remember, choose the preset that works for you. And if you decide that it's not quite enough, you can always jump over to the Adjust tab, and quickly drag a slider like Vibrancy or Exposure, or split the difference with the Opacity slider to mix the original state with the preset or the adjusted state.
When you're satisfied, just click OK to make the change, and you'll see that the image takes on the new exposure properties. In this case, it was a well-exposed photo that was properly shot, but the use of Perfectly Clear just lifted some of the top exposure areas and quickly made a fix without having to get into a complex selection.
- Installing Perfectly Clear
- Applying Perfectly Clear in Photoshop and Lightroom
- Choosing presets
- Refining adjustments manually
- Controlling exposure
- Restoring and removing color
- Sharpening images
- Removing noise
- Retouching skin, eyes, and other features
- Working with raw files
- Using the Lucid desktop and mobile apps