The clarity slider in Adobe Lightroom/Camera raw is quite a famous one, and many users of these product (ab)use it. In fact its effect seems quite complex, but used with taste, it can give a nice pop to the images.
I’ve seen people asking how to emulate this kind of effect in RT. So I’ve tried. First I tried using filters available in the
dev build, using mostly the capabilities found in the “Wavelet levels” panel.
But since a couple days, I’ve tried using a build from the
waveletnew branch, in which Jacques (@jdc) has added a “clarity” filter. By itself the clarity slider gives some clarity to the image, but combined with some other tools I got quite close (in my opinion) to the effect of the Adobe LR/CR clarity slider.
Let me show you the effects on one of my images, using the
This is the image with just the “Automatched curve” active:
This is the effect of just the “clarity” filter in
waveletnew added on top of this, with “Chroma merge” to 0, “Luma merge” to 40:
This is the effect of my “clarity” settings using basic RT tools to get close to the LR/CR clarity slider if set the maximum (100) value (the filters I used are “Dynamic range Compression”, “Vibrance”, and a bunch of “Wavelet” filters):
And this is the effect of combining my “basic clarity” settings with the “clarity” slider in
If you have a
waveletnew build installed, try this profile: wavelet-clarity.pp3 (4.4 KB)
For the sake of comparison, here’s the same image developed in Adobe Camera Raw with the clarity slider pushed to 100 (and as much of the other filters as possible disabled):
I think that using just 3 tools in RT
waveletnew got me quite close. Yes the effect is quite extreme, but it can be toned down by reducing the wavelet general slider. The only thing that is not as good as in the adobe clarity slider, is that there’s some halos. Maybe a guided filter would take care of this (and I think Jacques is actually working on it already).
What do you think?
Edit: I had uploaded the wrong first image, now it’s the correct one (white balance adjusted to get closer to the one from Adobe Camera Raw)