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Postby Viz on Wed Dec 26, 2007 1:41 pm

Has anyone noticed the new "Clarity" slider in Adobe Camera Raw 4.3.1?

I was trying to work out what it was changing to make the image pop out, & I think that I have it.

I believe that it is the same as when you merge the image to a new layer in PS and set the layer to overlay transfer mode. Then apply the 'high pass' filter (under other in filter menu).

I have used the latter method to milk a bit more contrast out of an image, or where usm didn't fit the bill for whatever reason.

I haven't actually tested the two side by side, so please feel free to disprove the theory.
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Postby MATT on Wed Dec 26, 2007 3:13 pm

Thanks for the tip on CLarity. I use it in Lightroom . BUt its not normally part of my work flow..

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Postby Oneputt on Wed Dec 26, 2007 4:36 pm

The clarity slider works on the mid tones. there is a very good explanation somewhere in the Photoshop killer tips library.
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Postby Bob G on Thu Dec 27, 2007 12:38 am

The Clarity Slider - adds contrast to the midtones and makes the midtone areas look sharper
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Postby the foto fanatic on Thu Dec 27, 2007 6:57 am

From Philip Andrews, Australian Photoshop specialist demonstrator and author:

"Use the clarity slider to add local contrast to the details in the photo. This will increase the appearance of detail and make diffused images look sharper."

A good tip when using the clarity slider is to enlarge the image to 100% view so that you can see the change in edges as you move the slider.
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Postby Viz on Thu Dec 27, 2007 2:17 pm

Exactly. But as a tip for people without the latest PS versions, I am pretty sure they can achieve this same effect as far back as version 5.something. Now we get a dedicated slider instead of an obscure filter.
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