Join Jan Kabili for an in-depth discussion in this video Applying clarity, dehaze, and vignette effects, part of Lightroom CC First Look.
- [Instructor] Lightroom CC has some controls in the effects panel that will often make your photos look really good. One of those is Dehaze. Now, it sounds like the Dehaze slider might be something that you would use only if you had haze in a photo, but actually it often works when you have a landscape photo like this and there's just a little bit of dull area in the background or maybe the clouds look a little blown out like this. Let's see what happens if we take the Dehaze slider and we drag to the right on this photo.
Right away, you can see a lot more texture and detail not only in these clouds, but also in the backdrop here as well as in the foreground. Now, the one thing about increasing the Dehaze slider is that it sometimes makes some of the colors too intense. So, if that happens, you can open the color panel which I'll click on here and go to the vibrance slider and try dragging that to the left to just reduce the intensity of the blues a little bit, but keep all the great detail in the clouds and in the backdrop.
Now, let's scroll in the filmstrip to another photo so I can show you another effect, clarity. I'm going to use this photo of this tall grass blowing in the wind. Now, here with the clarity slider, I could get two very different effects. If I drag the clarity slider over to the right, keep your eye on the photo and you'll see a lot more detail appear in the grass. Now, often I don't go too far with the clarity slider because it can introduce too much crispness so I'll drag back to the left until maybe just about there on this photo.
So, that's one look, but sometimes I like to take the clarity slider in the other direction over to the left and what that does is soften a photo. Let's see how it looks on this photo if I take it over this way. Maybe that's a bit too much. There we go. I really like the way that looks and this is often something that I'll do on a portrait as well to soften the model's skin. Let's do a before and after by going down to this show original button. I'll click and hold.
That's where we started and that's how the photo looks with a little bit of softening with negative clarity. And finally, let's go and find another photo here in the filmstrip, this photo of a columbine which is the Colorado state flower. This photo is perfect for vignetting because I want to draw the viewer's attention to the center of the image. So, I'll go to vignette slider and I'll drag to the left and this darkens the edges of the photo and does exactly what I said. It helps you to focus on the flower in the center.
So, those are what the three sliders in the effects panel do. Give them a try to make your own photos pop.