Getting Started with Perfectly Clear V3 for Adobe Lightroom
Welcome to this QuickStart overview to get you running with Perfectly Clear Complete. This video will help you use the plugin with Adobe Lightroom You’ll find additional training tutorials on our website and YouTube channel that go into greater detail on all features.
Installing Perfectly Clear Complete
If you’ve purchased Perfectly Clear Complete, you should receive a download link in your email. You can also point your web browser towards http://www.athentech.com/downloads/apps-manager, to download our AppsManager software. This handles installing software, managing your licenses, and add-ons.
The installation is managed by the Athentech application manager. Run the AppsManager download. The AppsManager should launch automatically after installation. Then click the install button to install our Plug-in (ensure your host program is closed). You can activate your software right from the AppsManager or even purchase there too. If you have downloaded the trial and then purchase from AppsManager, then the activation happens automatically. The AppsManager is also useful and keeping your software up to date and showing you the latest Add-Ons as well.
An Introduction to the User Interface
There are two ways to use Perfectly Clear in Lightroom. Let’s look at the first. Select one or more photos in the Library module and choose Photo Edit In Perfectly Clear Complete V3. Choose how you want to open the selected images or if you want to work with a copy. If opening raw files, you’ll need to work with a copy of the image as Lightroom doesn’t let filters apply to raw photos.If you’re in the Develop module, only one photo will open.
The selected images open in the Perfectly Clear Complete plugin. Let’s make things easier to see by clicking the maximize window button. Your resized window state will be remembered the next time you open the plug-in.
Let’s explore the plugin.
Across the top is the toolbar.
First is the zoom in and zoom out buttons to change your view. Use the keyboard shortcuts of Cmd + or – on Mac or Ctrl + or – on Windows to zoom.
Next is the magnification amount. You can click once to fit the image or click again to zoom to 100%. Pressing the Z key also zooms you to 100%.
To judge the effect of the Perfectly Clear plugin, you can try the three different view modes. These make it easy to judge what’s happening to your image. The default view, Full Preview Window, shows only the before or after at a single time. You can click and hold on the image or press the spacebar to see the before and after state. The next button is the Double View which lets you view a side by side comparison. The third choice is Split View which shows you the before and after in one frame. You can also press the spacebar to toggle the before and after view.
Next are the presets. Click the drop-down list to switch between groups. You can click on an icon to apply a preset.
Click Learn to access online resources, Cancel to exit the filter without applying it, and Apply to update your photo with Perfectly Clear.
To control Perfectly Clear, you’ll find two panels. If you don’t see the panels, just press the Tab key to toggle their visibility.
The left panel contains both the default and user-created presets. These are organized by function and can provide either a one-click fix or a great starting point. You can also create an unlimited number of your own custom presets.
In the right panel, you can take complete control over the corrections applied to your image. To turn an adjustment off, simply click the checkbox next to it toggle on/off. You can also click on the blue dot for an adjustment group to turn off multiple effects. If you’d like to make more room, you can also collapse or expand each section.
Use the Histogram and its clipping indicators to judge the exposure of a photo. Blue indicates clipped shadows and red means a clipped highlight.
You can quickly change your view to make it easier to work. Press the Tab key to hide or reveal both panel or click the triangle here to open and close them individually.
In this view, you get a very large preview image. This makes it easy to work with just presets and the Strength slider.
If you want more control, you can open either panel. The left makes it easy to manage and browse presets and use the right panel for total control over all adjustments.
Applying a Preset
A preset is simply a combination of adjustments or a recipe, that’s been designed to solve a specific problem. You can save your own presets as well as easily modify built-in ones using the Adjustment controls.