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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!



  1. Mike Nelson Pedde 15 September, 2011 at 13:24 Reply

    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.


  2. A.Barlow 2 September, 2011 at 13:33 Reply

    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!.

  3. Mark Lewis 2 September, 2011 at 07:16 Reply

    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

  4. Andrew Keane 1 September, 2011 at 18:56 Reply

    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.

  5. Richie Williams 1 September, 2011 at 18:17 Reply

    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

  6. Kevin Graham 1 September, 2011 at 15:54 Reply

    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.

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