Better Way To Finesse Sharpness

COUNTLESS SOFTWARE tools have been designed to increase the apparent sharpness in a photo, but very few of them work as well as the Clarity adjustment in Adobe Camera Raw and in Lightroom 2.0's Develop module. Clarity increases the contrast—the "pop"—in the midtones of an image. This effect appears natural because it's not applied globally—the highlights and shadows in the image stay put. Here are two examples of ways to use this tool. (No RAW file? Don't forget, ACR works on JPEGs, too.)

1 Enhance detail: If a photo appears slightly soft, as in this close-up, Clarity can provide a quick fix. Here, +35 was applied with the Clarity slider. As with Unsharp Mask, Clarity can create a halo effect when overdone, so always check your image at 100% magnification to make sure you haven't gone too far.

2 Suppress detail: As with several Adobe Camera Raw adjustments, Clarity can be set to a negative level. In this sh or esc ape. a Clarity level of -60 tones down the sharp detail in the rocks to create a visually intriguing and surreal blur effect that appears almost ghostly. &

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Adobe Photoshop can be a complex tool only because you can do so much with it, however for in this video series, we're going to keep it as simple as possible. In fact, in this video you'll see an overview of the few tools and Adobe Photoshop features we will use. When you see this video, you'll see how you can do so much with so few features, but you'll learn how to use them in depth in the future videos.

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