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Adobe Lightroom 2020: The Ultimate Guide Bootcamp

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Basics Panel: Texture, Clarity, and Dehaze

Jared Platt

Adobe Lightroom 2020: The Ultimate Guide Bootcamp

Jared Platt

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17. Basics Panel: Texture, Clarity, and Dehaze


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2 Hard Drives Duration:08:06
3 File Organization Duration:08:31
4 30,000 Foot View of Workflow Duration:05:36
5 Importing into Lightroom Duration:04:10
6 Building Previews Duration:07:14
8 Keywords Duration:06:27
9 Hardware for Lightroom Duration:06:08
10 Searching for Images Duration:07:51
11 Selecting Images Duration:14:15
12 Organizing Images Duration:04:02
13 Collecting Images for Use Duration:14:56
14 Develop Module Overview Duration:10:15
15 Profiles Duration:11:34
16 Basic Adjustments Duration:11:45
19 Tone Curve Duration:09:26
20 HSL Duration:04:48
21 Split Tone Duration:08:19
22 Lens Corrections Duration:08:32
23 Details Duration:09:34
24 Transform Tool Duration:05:52
25 Effects Panel Duration:10:00
27 Spot Tool Duration:17:51
28 Skin Softening and Brush Work Duration:07:00
29 Range Masking Duration:13:28
30 Dodge and Burn Duration:17:36
31 Working with Specific Colors Duration:08:30
33 Making Presets Duration:13:24
34 Preparing Image in Lightroom Duration:09:51
35 Content Aware Fill Duration:11:14
36 Skin Repair Duration:02:44
37 Skin Smoothing Duration:14:39
38 Expanding a Canvas Duration:04:30
39 Liquify Duration:10:22
40 Layers and Composite Images Duration:12:54
41 Sharing via Web Duration:17:52
42 Exporting Files Duration:10:47
43 Sharing with Slideshows Duration:08:00
44 Archiving Photos and Catalogs Duration:19:54
45 Designing Duration:13:35
46 Making Prints Duration:11:27
47 Color Management and Profiles Duration:13:00
48 Archiving Photos and Catalogs Duration:11:31
49 Using Cloud Storage Duration:04:09
51 Collecting for Your Portfolio Duration:18:03
53 Sharing to Instagram Duration:07:06
54 HDR Duration:15:32
55 Panorama Duration:06:41
56 HDR Panorama Duration:09:54
57 Making Presets Duration:15:39
58 Creating Profiles Duration:18:09
59 Maps Duration:07:08
60 Setup for Tethered Shooting Duration:23:21
61 Sharing with the Client Duration:05:42
62 Watched Folder Process Duration:07:04
63 Second Monitor and iPad Duration:06:09
64 Backup at the Camera Duration:03:50
65 Gnar Box Disk Backup Duration:06:45
66 iPhone and iPad Review Duration:12:52
67 Importing to Lightroom on iPad Duration:02:59
68 Cloud Backup Duration:04:39
69 Adjust, Edit, and Organize Duration:07:46
71 Lightroom Desktop Duration:05:27
72 Removing Images from the Cloud Duration:10:49
73 Profiles Duration:09:34
74 Light Duration:04:34
75 Color Duration:05:36
76 Effects Duration:15:22
77 Details Duration:08:33
78 Optics Duration:03:49
79 Geometry Duration:04:12
80 Crop Duration:04:39
82 Local Adjustments Duration:15:40
83 Healing Tool Duration:03:29
84 Synchronizing Edits Duration:04:57
85 Editing in Photoshop Duration:08:54
86 Finding Images Duration:07:09
88 Posting Images to Social Media Duration:14:01
89 Overview of Lightroom Desktop Duration:07:35
90 The Workflow Overview Duration:10:08
91 Organizing Images Duration:05:10
92 Albums and Shared Albums Duration:18:21
94 Importing and Selecting Images Duration:09:23
95 HDR and Panoramics Duration:22:44
96 Light Duration:07:47
97 Profiles Duration:07:23
98 Tone Curves Duration:02:57
99 Color Duration:08:35
100 Effects Duration:17:01
101 Details Duration:12:43
102 Optics Duration:04:05
103 Geometry and Crop Tool Duration:06:01
104 Sync Settings Duration:02:40
105 Making and Adding Presets Duration:03:48
106 Healing Brush Duration:02:21
107 Brush Tool Duration:03:14
108 Gradient Tool Duration:04:16
109 Edit in Photoshop Duration:02:53
110 Finding Images with Sensei Duration:06:32
111 Sharing Albums on the Web Duration:04:57
112 Print through Photoshop Duration:02:09
115 Archiving Images for Storage Duration:09:55
116 Review of the Workflow Duration:07:20

Lesson Info

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

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  • 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



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).

Kyosa Canuck

I hate to say this is a repetitive class due to covering much of the same things in each LR app. I appreciate Ben's classes better but this does give different perspectives. Also, Ben knows better than to use the word "super" let alone use it 10+ times per lesson.

Kayode Olorunfemi

I have been using lightroom for upwards of 6years and I still found this course incredibly useful. It can be useful learning through desperate tutorials online, but having a course that ties everything together, coupled with foundation principles, is invaluable.