Be in Complete Control with Finishing Tools

We’ve got two important options at the end of your imaging pipeline (also known as the last steps in the control area in Perfectly Clear). You’ve probably already discovered LOOKs where you can easily add a quick color grade or film stock simulation to your image. Right below that, you’ll find the new Finishing Tools.

What are Finishing Tools?

Finishing tools are just that– the final adjustments you’re likely applying to get the perfect look or image. Maybe it’s a small change to Contrast, a little boost to Vibrance, or a shift in Color Temperature. These are the changes you might have made after applying Perfectly Clear in the past. Now you don’t have to leave Perfectly Clear to make those final tweaks. This is a big time-saver and lets you treat every image with precision to get the perfect look.

We offer ten sliders for complete control over the entire image. These should be used AFTER taking advantage of your favorite Perfectly Clear preset, and are adjusted image by image. Finishing Tools are not part of a preset; rather, they are subjective controls that you can tweak for each image.

What Can You Enhance?

The ten controls in the Finishing Tools section let you adjust with a dual direction slider. All of the tools are set to zero to start, but you can drag to the right to increase a value or to the left to subtract. This flexibility gives you even greater control over each image.

  • Color Temperature — Try moving the slider to the right to corrects a photo taken with a cooler color temperature of light You can move the Temperature slider to the left corrects a photo taken with a warmer color temperature of light.
  • Tint — This overrides the white balance to compensate for a green or magenta tint. Decrease Tint (by dragging to the left) to add green to the image; increase Tint (by dragging to the right) to add magenta.
  • Exposure — This slider affects the overall image brightness. It is like opening and closing the aperture on a camera which controls the total amount of light.
  • Contrast — This slider affects the midtones mostly. As you increase contrast, the middle to dark areas will be darker, and the middle to light areas become brighter. Effectively this increases the difference between light and dark areas when you drag to the right. If you use a negative value, then image tones are inversely changed as you decrease contrast.
  • Highlights — This controls the brighter areas of an image. Drag to the left to recover blown out highlights or to the right to brighten highlights while minimizing clipping.
  • Shadows — This affects the darker areas of an image. Drag to the left to darken the shadows while minimizing clipping. Conversely, you can drag to the right to brighten shadows and recover shadow details.
  • Whites — This slider control clipping of the white point. Drag to the left to reduce clipping in highlights. Drag to the right to increase highlight clipping.
  • Blacks — This slider control clipping of the black point. Drag to the left to increase clipping in shadows. Drag to the right to decrease shadow clipping. A lower value gives you a purer black.
  • Vibrance — Vibrance is useful to adjust saturation in specific areas. It is useful to minimize clipping as color approach full saturation. This means that it changes the saturation of all lower-saturated colors with less effect on the higher-saturated colors. Practically it tends to affect areas of blue and green with greater affect. Vibrance is also useful in that it can prevent skin tones from becoming oversaturated.
  • Saturation — This slider adjusts the saturation of all image colors equally. A value of -100 produces a monochrome image, while +100 doubles the saturation.

Tone it Down

These sliders are quick and easy to adjust but are applied to each image uniquely. If using our Lightroom plug-in or standalone application, you’ll need to adjust each image independently or the perfect look. Additionally, if you decide that a set of adjustments is too much, just use the Blend Slider to bring back the original image. As you drag to the left, the Finishing Tools are mixed back with the previous image state.

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