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Old Aug 12, 2008, 7:12 AM   #1
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Hi guys

Just a quick question regards CS3/LR's clarity setting - What value should you set for this ?

The reason I ask is that I've noticed that the RAW files from CS3/LR are notably softer than the in camera jpeg's even after applying USM to the converted RAw file in CS3. Now I have read on a few posts on dp that Oly Studio/Master produce possibly the best converted RAW files - esp in terms of detail and sharpness. Currently I'm only applying 20-30% with the clarity tool but what do others apply ?

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Old Aug 12, 2008, 9:31 AM   #2
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Guess I need to read up on some of these new features that have come on since the move from CS2, which is where I'm stuck until I upgrade my computer. Are you using USM in those programs, or do they still offer the Smart Sharpening filter? That was producing a lot nicer-looking results for me while I was using Photoshop and ACR to process RAW files.

Since picking up my E510 I've upgraded by Studio ver 1.51 to version 2.0 and love the results I get using that to convert my Olympus RAW files adding no additionalsharpening at all in the conversion process to files where I had the camera set to minus 2 sharpening. Smugmugadds a default sharpening that I've never fiddled with or turned off.
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Harj, the Clarity slider is not so much for sharpening, just adjust while you are zoomed in on the pic and you will see the adjustment, it's more for contrast enhancement and depth, but does seem to add sharpness...USM and Smart Sharpen are better tools for this task though, I do, however user the clarity slider quite a bit to add punch.
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Hi Guys

I had ago at Stuio and Master and just gave up - terrible UI's. I've been confused by the calrity tool - I never used it until a couple of weeks ago and noticed how the images gain some punch (esp detail and sharpness) when Ive used it - even more so when a bit of USM is applied.

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Found this on the clarity tool:

http://www.oreillynet.com/digitalmed..._the_favo.html

"Clarity: New Control available in the Basic panel. Clarity adds depth to an image by increasing local contrast. "

http://www.prophotohome.com/forum/ph...ty-slider.html

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Old Aug 14, 2008, 11:49 AM   #6
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One of the things that Studio and Master do by default is boost the mid range contrast and this is what people say 'wow' about. The Clarity slider increases the mid range contrast before RAW conversion so does pretty much the same thing. I usually just leave it on around +25 (the new ACR 4.5 can also give you negative values should you want to soften skin texture etc).

There are two other ways to adjust the mid range contrast in PS3. One is Image/Adjustments/Shadows Highlights (more options)/Midtone Contrast . Just zero all the other sliders and move the contrast until you have it right. The other method is to use the USM tool. Set the Amount to something like 8, the Radius to around 120 and the Threshold on 0, press OK and you will get the 'pop' but without sharpening the image. I like the later way best.



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