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Beginner Workflows in Lightroom

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Add Impact with Clarity and Vibrance

Tim Grey

Beginner Workflows in Lightroom

Tim Grey

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7. Add Impact with Clarity and Vibrance

Lesson Info

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.

Class Description

Take your first steps into a more organized photography practice! Join Tim Grey for an extensive introduction to Lightroom's capacity for increasing your efficiency and improving your workflow. Learn how the program is organized, and begin to apply its powerful tools to your own photo storage system. Tim will share examples of his photo workflows and learn how to share existing files with ease.

Software Used: Adobe Lightroom CC 2015 - 2015


Pamela Richardson

I enjoyed Tim's friendly and professional style of presentation. I appreciated that he was methodical in his approach, and was very clear in his explanations of every step that he was taking. It is quite clear that he has extensive experience in teaching. He presented at a good pace so that I was able to make notes and absorb the information. I have used Photoshop since August 2015, but I have steered clear of Lightroom. I had been afraid to use Lightroom because I was confused about the process of switching back and forth among Bridge, Lightroom and Photoshop. I have been doing extensive photo editing using other software since 2002, but am new to the Adobe products. After watching Tim's class, I have gained enough confidence to start using Lightroom, because I now understand that it is very powerful, can be used to process raw files, and has excellent tools for creating both panoramas and HDR photos (that are still raw which is great!), and more. I learned a great deal from this course, and would highly recommend it! I am very grateful to Creative Live for providing Photoshop Week 2016, and also grateful to the many amazingly talented and knowledgeable presenters for graciously sharing their knowledge and experience.


This is a great class to help get you started. Tim is a great presenter. Would love Creative Live to have Tim back to teach.


Thank you so much for your straight forward and comprehensive lessons. I am new to LR and have been waiting to import my photos until I watched this lesson. Now, I feel like I can move ahead with confidence.