|In this case I also used Topaz Clarity to add some pop to the image.|
As you could realize, I use a lot of tools during my post-processing. Apart from Photomatix, Lightroom and Photoshop which I use virtually every time, there is a bunch of other tools that are important to my workflow although I don't use them for all images.
Among such tools are filters from Topaz Labs including Topaz Adjust and Topaz Detail.
Recently Topaz added a new tool to their impressive collection, named Topaz Clarity. What this filter does is increasing (or decreasing) clarity of the image. If you're familiar with Lightroom than you definitely know about Clarity slider in it. It's pretty powerful, isn't it? Well, it is but Topaz Clarity puts increasing clarity to a completely different level.
|User interface in Topaz Clarity is very simple and intuitive with presets on the left and settings sliders on the right.|
And the results are truly impressive with just a few clicks. The photos looks so much better. They appear to be more crisp and clear. Exactly what you would expect from a plugin increasing clarity.
User interface is similar to other Topaz products with presets on the left and settings on the right of the preview image (you can hide both panels to increase your preview area in case you need this). UI is also very easy and intuitive so after just a few clicks you'll figure out what's going on. And if you don't just move your mouse over any control and textual help will appear - very helpful. And if you still can't work out how it all works, fear not as Topaz Clarity comes with a large collection of presets for various occasions ranging from landscapes to weddings. This makes it really easy to get started.
|Topaz Clarity lets you limit clarity changes to the selected region only by providing some masking features.|
Summing up Topaz Clarity is a really great filter which became very important to my post-processing workflow no matter whether I post-process landscape or architecture photos. After loading my image in Photoshop after tone-mapping it in Photomatix Pro, one of the first things I recently do is to add some clarity using this plug-in. If you want to see this filter in action, make sure to watch my video from HDR step-by-step series, where I use it to increase clarity of my tone-mapped image. It's so great that I don't use Lightroom's Clarity slider any more! No need for that.
But be warned! Using Topaz Clarity is really addictive. After using it on a few of my images I found older ones to look flat and not crisp enough and had to rerun many of them through this filter.
- impressive results with just a few clicks
- very easy & intuitive user interface
- a lot of built-in presets
- bunch of other sliders making it possible to make small tonal adjustments
- possibility of masking
- could be faster... especially on startup
- a few less serious bugs