Add Impact with Clarity and Vibrance
So we have our presence, controls, clarity and vibrance, and I'm actually going to reset those controls for this image. And we'll take a look first at clarity if we crank up the clarity were cranking up the texture. This is sort of like sharpening, but on a bigger scale. Sharpening is individual little pixels that were adding contrast to to make the image look more in focus, so to speak. Clarity is like that, but on a bigger scale. So all the little nooks and crannies. In fact, let's go into a 1 to 1 view for this image, and there's clarity at roughly zero right about there and then all the way up were really enhancing detail or making it look more painterly or more dreamlike. Which, obviously, for this scene, not exactly a scene that works well with that kind of dreamy look, I mean kind of interesting, but generally, for a landscape like this, I would want to boost that detail by increasing the value for clarity. And one of the great things about clarity is that it automatically is so...
rt of mitigating itself, controlling itself so that it doesn't create halos, which are a concern when we're talking about sharpening an image with clarity. Generally speaking, you don't have to worry too much about adding halos about adding obvious artifacts to the image so you can push it. I mean, there is reality to contend with, and so he'll want exercise a degree of self control. But in many cases, you can get away with a relatively strong adjustment for clarity without creating a problem in image. Now, in some cases, I'm gonna mention just really briefly, we looked at that D Hayes cider. We noticed that it was there, in any event, down in effects, and that literally can help to reduce the appearance of haze or add vault, if you like in the photo. So that's the more extreme version of There was a lot of atmospheric haze, and I want to try to cut through that haze, whereas clarity is really all about trying to emphasize detail and texture in the photo and then vibrance wonderful. So vibrance allows us to boost the colors in the image. So if I increase the value, I'm increasing the saturation of colors. If I decrease the value, I'm decreasing the saturation of colors. But the beauty of vibrance is that it has built in self control. Vibrance will protect skin tones, so we don't get weird colors showing up in typical skin tones, and it also boosts the colors that need them or so colors. With low saturation, they get a big boost in saturation colors that already have high saturation. They might get just a very small increase in saturation. And so, for example, in the clouds we don't have much color. It also they're gonna be pretty well left alone. But in other areas in the sky will see those blues kick up a lot and in some of the reds but the areas that are already heavily saturated. So here, for example, the yellows are not going to be adjusted significantly in terms of really starting to become problematic. So there's that built in self control, essentially. So now we're making all the images look perfect and notice, By the way, let me just underscore that with a few basic adjustments with the controls found on that basic adjustment section, we are accomplishing a lot for our images. From there. It's really just a matter of thinking of okay, there blemishes. I need to clean up. Is there some noise or their other challenges? Are there creative effects that I wanted in yet? The image, etcetera. But just knowing how to use those basic controls really takes you a long way toward optimizing the appearance of your photos.