Back in October of last year, I wrote a short article about a piece of software called Perfectly Clear, which is designed to enhance the detail and clarity of an image. The effects range from subtle to stunning. And because I could achieve pretty much the same result by hand, I couldn't justify spending $200 for the plug-in. Yesterday, Topaz Labs released Clarity, which does very nearly the same thing, but at a much more attractive price -- $49.99 (or $29.99 until 5/31/13 with the coupon code claritynew). I figured that for $30, I'd bite. And, I'm glad I did.

I could go on about all of what Clarity offers, but Hal Schmitt at LIGHT Photographic Workshops does a great job of talking about the vital features in this video:

When I get some free time, I'll try to post a few "before-and-after" examples of my own.


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Let Me Make This Perfectly Clear

A couple weeks back, Rick Sammon posted on his blog about a plug-in called Perfectly Clear. He also talked briefly about it during the workshop we attended. I finally got around to trying it out a little bit today.

In this case, the effect is subtle, as I'd already done a fair amount of work on the image. But, the already decent image got a lot snappier after a literally single-click adjustment.

Here are a few more I fooled around with at lunch today. Some worked really well.