Lightroom Video – The Clarity Super Edgy Trick

Happy Thursday. We’re gearing up for Photoshop World around here but I wanted to share a way cool trick that I just discovered this week. It has to do with the Clarity slider and the fact that it can only go to 100. I showed another edgier look showing a similar use of the Adjustment Brush a while back, but this one lets you create a preset (because you can’t create presets that save the Adjustment Brush). It’s quick and simple so I hope you’ll check it out. See ya!

22 Comments to “Lightroom Video – The Clarity Super Edgy Trick”

  • Okay, that’s a fantastic technique. Obviously, we’re not just bound to making picture “grungier”. Nice to save those multiple effects by using graduated filters presets.

  • Dude! thanks so much Matt for this great tip!!!

  • Lokking forward to getting your new book but i just bought the Nik software suite so it may be a while. You photoshop guys are very inspirational. And I love the classes on Kelby Training. Keep up the good work. Great tip also. later

  • BRILLIANT! As ever your tips are so helpful to me. Thanks.

  • Clever idea. I don’t know if I’d sue it as I have plugins that do the same, but if I was just using LR as many do, this would be a very handy tip for spicing up those gritty urban shots.

  • Great tip, Matt! I’ll be giving this a try later.

  • Awesome tip Matt! Thanks

  • Love it! :)

  • Thanks for the super duper tip. Going to create one right now!

  • Very nice. Thanks for the tip

  • Great! Thanks…

  • Very useful tip! :)

  • By the way, you don’t need to create the graduated filters inside the image and drag it outside. It’s also working if you only click outside the image.


  • Yet again Matt, another awesome tip. Tried it on a few shots and what a difference!! Many thanks for all of your amazing tricks in LR over the years. ML

  • Great tip Matt! Just made the presets and started playing with them. Thanks.

  • I have been doing something similar for a while now to create different vignette effects. You just apply the grad filter to the sides or corners the same way and change settings as desired.

    Never thought of this for “super” clarity though!.

  • Actually, you can set create adjustment brush presets, but just not from the UI.

    See for example – theres a preset that simulates perforation holes

  • As always you rock! Thank you.

  • Thanks, Matt, but what happened to “Click here to download the video to your computer. [Right-click and choose the "Save As" option]” for videos?


  • One thing I forgot to mention is that rather than creating your graduated filter in the middle, adjusting the width and then moving it, you can simply put the cursor at the edge of the frame and drag AWAY from the image. This will apply the effect to the full frame.


  • Genius workaround!

  • Mat thanks for this tip, realy cool!!

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