Raw Processing Tips: 06 Contrast and Clarity
While Contrast affects the overall contrast of the scene, Clarity alters contrast in midtones.
An increase in Clarity can emphasise detail, but push it too far and the image becomes over-cooked.
A decrease produces a softening effect which can work wonders on skin when applied selectively.
Here we’ve set Contrast +5 for extra punch, then Clarity +22 to emphasise the detail in the landscape.
If you like a particular combination of settings it’s worth saving it as a preset in the Preset Panel so you can quickly apply it to other images.
PAGE 1: Raw Processing Tips – 01 White Balance
PAGE 2: Raw Processing Tips – 02 Exposure
PAGE 3: Raw Processing Tips – 03 Whites and Blacks
PAGE 4: Raw Processing Tips – 04 Highlights and Shadows
PAGE 5: Raw Processing Tips – 05 Saturation and Vibrance
PAGE 6: Raw Processing Tips – 06 Contrast and Clarity
PAGE 7: Raw Processing Tips – 07 Previews