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Adobe Lightroom 2020: The Ultimate Guide Bootcamp

Lesson 17 of 116

Basics Panel: Texture, Clarity, and Dehaze


Adobe Lightroom 2020: The Ultimate Guide Bootcamp

Lesson 17 of 116

Basics Panel: Texture, Clarity, and Dehaze


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Basics Panel: Texture, Clarity, and Dehaze

So that is all of your basic adjustments, and then you get into texture, clarity and d hazing. Now texture is all about the skin. Um, it usedto be that they just had clarity. And D. Hayes and Clarity was. Clarity is basically contrast in your mid tones. And so that's where, like wrinkles are. So if you have a lot of contrast in the mid tones than the shadow over, wrinkle is really deep in the highlight of the wrinkle is really bright, and so you get a pretty severe wrinkle, and if you go the opposite direction and limit the contrast, then the shadow gets brighter, the highlight gets darker and you no longer have a wrinkle. Texture is the same thing on a much more more minute lead level, and so it is actually really great for taking down skin texture. So if I grab on the texture and bring it down, you can see here, look at her forehead. You can see that there's a texture to her skin, and if I grab it and bring it down, it softens up that skin. Now you'll notice that it's all off, so sof...

tening up her hair just a little bit. So here's the thing. Texture is really awesome for skin, but it's also not great for hair. So we will use that in our retouching process later, as we are able to apply texture to our negative texture to skin specifically with our brush, which is right up here. So when we talk about retouching, that's when we would want to work on texture. It's not a good idea to just apply negative texture across an entire image. You really need to apply in a brush or integrating or in a radio filter something like that, because you need targeted specifically, Um, but that being said, if we look at texture as a landscape tool, it is absolutely fantastic, Um, for foliage and mountainsides and things like that. Go go nuts with the texture. Take the texture up all day long because it's beautiful in a landscape photo or ah, in a architectural photo. Something like that. It's fantastic tool. So, uh, clarity also is useful. A lot of the times I will add a little bit of clarity to a photograph because clarity will just kind of help toe bring out this like her eyebrows and kind of sharpen up her eyelashes and things like that, especially if you have an image that's just slightly soft, that the clarity tool will help to just kind of separate things out and get rid of some of that just soft focus. You look, um, so just take the clarity up. Don't go too far with it because it gets a little bit heavy handed and then later I'll come in and bring texture out of her skin and and we'll get a really nice soft skin but nice, crisp eyes and things like that. So clarity is really useful for that. Now. D. Hayes is a completely different tool. So when we go into D hazing, that's four. When you have glare on a window or when you have fog that you need to look through. So let me quickly go. Um, let me go to an image that oh, here. Ah, here we go. So I've got some fog here. Um, and maybe we'll just go to this one here so clarity would help us to see this pull a little bit. So if I grabbed the pole and see how it's darkening up the pole, little bit so that I can see it through that fog just a bit and texture is really great for, you know, like dirt and and leaves and stuff like that. So had take texture. You can see how the rocks and the dirt and stuff are really starting toe to sharpen up, so it's really beautiful in that way. But if I want to see through the fog, watch what we get when I go for D. Hes. So if I increase the D. Hayes, it's like I just removed the fog. I pushed the fog back like I took a big fan and blew it back so that I can see all of this information here. But notice what else it does like. It really darkens up the so if there's a natural vignette to my lens, I'm going to start seeing it because I'm It's really taking the contrast and really tweaking the contrast so that I can see those things so d hes can be really useful, but it can also be very, very damaging to a photograph is well, so just be careful what you do with it. It's fair. It's fairly useful in times where you want to see something a little bit better, but one place I like it is in adding fog. So if you have fog and you wish it were foggier, then just go negative De Hayes, and you'll get a lot of extra fog. It'll just amplify all fog, or it'll add fog where no fog existed. So it's a really great way to get rid of fog, but it's also a great way to add fog to a photograph.

Class Description

All lessons are also available here for individual purchase.


  • Efficiently cull and retouch photographs
  • Manage your files to enable seamless and immediate recall
  • Get your computer and software to run faster
  • Create impressive photo books and slideshows
  • Take advantage of global adjustments
  • Improve your mobile workflow with both your iPhone and iPad
  • Deliver and share your images directly from Lightroom


Adobe® Lightroom® is the industry standard for post-production workflow and in Adobe Lightroom: The Ultimate Guide, you’ll learn Jared Platt’s gold standard for retouching and managing files quickly and efficiently.

Jared will show the ins and outs of Lightroom Classic, Lightroom Mobile, and Lightroom Desktop. He’ll demystify the difference between each and demonstrate when to use each one for maximum output.

Jared will share tips on improving every phase of your workflow – from shooting to archiving. You’ll learn how to take advantage of the latest Lightroom tools and features and become faster and more skilled at adjusting your images.


  • Beginner, intermediate, and advanced users of Adobe Lightroom
  • Those who want to gain confidence in Adobe Lightroom and learn new features to help edit photos
  • Students who’d like to take ordinary images and make them look extraordinary with some image editing or Lightroom fixes


Adobe Lightroom Classic 9.2
Adobe Lightroom Desktop 3.2
Adobe Lightroom Mobile 5.2


Jared Platt is a professional wedding and lifestyle photographer from Phoenix, Arizona. Jared holds a Masters of Fine Arts in the Photographic Studies and a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Photography from Arizona State University and has been a professional photographer and college educator for the past 12 years and has been a speaking, debating and lecturing for the past 17 years. His attention to detail and craft make him a demanding photography instructor. Jared has lectured at major trade shows and photo conferences as well as at universities around the world on the subject of photography as well as workflow. Currently, Jared is traveling the United States and Canada teaching and lecturing on photography and post production workflow. Join him online for monthly "Office Hours" at


  1. Differences Between Lightroom Desktop and Lightroom Classic
  2. Hard Drives
  3. File Organization
  4. 30,000 Foot View of Workflow
  5. Importing into Lightroom
  6. Building Previews
  7. Collections and Publish Services
  8. Keywords
  9. Hardware for Lightroom
  10. Searching for Images
  11. Selecting Images
  12. Organizing Images
  13. Collecting Images for Use
  14. Develop Module Overview
  15. Profiles
  16. Basic Adjustments
  17. Basics Panel: Texture, Clarity, and Dehaze
  18. Basics Panel: Saturation and Vibrance
  19. Tone Curve
  20. HSL
  21. Split Tone
  22. Lens Corrections
  23. Details
  24. Transform Tool
  25. Effects Panel
  26. Synchronizing for Faster Editing
  27. Spot Tool
  28. Skin Softening and Brush Work
  29. Range Masking
  30. Dodge and Burn
  31. Working with Specific Colors
  32. Edit Quickly with Gradient Filters
  33. Making Presets
  34. Preparing Image in Lightroom
  35. Content Aware Fill
  36. Skin Repair
  37. Skin Smoothing
  38. Expanding a Canvas
  39. Liquify
  40. Layers and Composite Images
  41. Sharing via Web
  42. Exporting Files
  43. Sharing with Slideshows
  44. Archiving Photos and Catalogs
  45. Designing
  46. Making Prints
  47. Color Management and Profiles
  48. Archiving Photos and Catalogs
  49. Using Cloud Storage
  50. Adding Images to your Portfolio
  51. Collecting for Your Portfolio
  52. Publishing Unique Websites Per Project
  53. Sharing to Instagram
  54. HDR
  55. Panorama
  56. HDR Panorama
  57. Making Presets
  58. Creating Profiles
  59. Maps
  60. Setup for Tethered Shooting
  61. Sharing with the Client
  62. Watched Folder Process
  63. Second Monitor and iPad
  64. Backup at the Camera
  65. Gnar Box Disk Backup
  66. iPhone and iPad Review
  67. Importing to Lightroom on iPad
  68. Cloud Backup
  69. Adjust, Edit, and Organize
  70. Using Lightroom Between Devices
  71. Lightroom Desktop
  72. Removing Images from the Cloud
  73. Profiles
  74. Light
  75. Color
  76. Effects
  77. Details
  78. Optics
  79. Geometry
  80. Crop
  81. Adding and Using Presets and Profiles
  82. Local Adjustments
  83. Healing Tool
  84. Synchronizing Edits
  85. Editing in Photoshop
  86. Finding Images
  87. Sharing and Exporting Albums on the Web
  88. Posting Images to Social Media
  89. Overview of Lightroom Desktop
  90. The Workflow Overview
  91. Organizing Images
  92. Albums and Shared Albums
  93. Lightroom Desktop Workspace Overview
  94. Importing and Selecting Images
  95. HDR and Panoramics
  96. Light
  97. Profiles
  98. Tone Curves
  99. Color
  100. Effects
  101. Details
  102. Optics
  103. Geometry and Crop Tool
  104. Sync Settings
  105. Making and Adding Presets
  106. Healing Brush
  107. Brush Tool
  108. Gradient Tool
  109. Edit in Photoshop
  110. Finding Images with Sensei
  111. Sharing Albums on the Web
  112. Print through Photoshop
  113. Exporting Images to Files or Web Services
  114. Connecting with Lightroom Classic and Mobile Devices
  115. Archiving Images for Storage
  116. Review of the Workflow



Thorough but very easy to follow. I've noticed a significant improvement in my work since starting this course a couple weeks ago, and I'm also spending noticeably less time editing my photos. I appreciate that it's up-to-date as of October, 2020, so the info is current (I wish CL would take down some of the older courses, since software changes make some of them obsolete).


Marina Greene