Deal of the day: Topaz Labs Clarity 25% off until 10/31


Topaz Labs Clarity at currently 25% off until the end of the month with coupon code Octclarity. Here is a quick description of the software:

"There are a lot of ways to increase depth and definition in a photo, but many methods will leave you with unnatural-looking contrast. The intelligent technology behind Clarity allows you to enhance contrast without over-emphasizing transitions between light and dark areas. This unique approach essentially eliminates the common problem of halos, noise, and artifacts.

Using the adjustment sliders, you can easily strengthen an image’s levels of micro, midrange, and overall contrast. You can even do this selectively by taking advantage of the masking module. With Topaz Clarity, your images will never lack visual impact!"

Here are few more Topaz Labs Clarity videos:

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  • Global

    How come when you post YouTube videos, we can’t access the controls? I think the setting is off. (Chrome browser)

    • They must have changed something again. I will check the settings.

    • I’ve been noticing that with other websites as well. I guess YouTube is trying to drive more traffic to – annoying!

  • What do you think, worth it? I’m all for quick photo processing tricks.

  • fjfjjj

    If you can’t make Photoshop actions to accomplish the same things as Topaz apps do, you’re an amateur.

    • Spy Black

      That’s who the apps are aimed at, people who aren’t proficient in Photoshop, or don’t even use it at all.

      • Neopulse

        I’m actually one of those people that don’t know how to use Photoshop at all, but LR and CO I do know how to use. Never used any Topaz plugin though.

        • Spy Black

          Right, well you may, or may not, find the Topaz suite of apps useful for you. They have trial periods for all their stuff, so if you’re curious, dig in.

          • Neopulse

            Gotcha, thanks for the tip, I appreciate it greatly. Chances are going to go back to LR because found out just recently that CO isn’t going to support a camera I’m going to be fiddling with in the future, and I don’t want to use the slow proprietary software for it and Adobe seems to be the crossroad for almost every brand out there :-S. So I’m stuck with it. Plus Topaz does look interesting, but I think when it came down to it, I’d purchase the bundle sale they tend to do about twice a year instead of buying each one individually.

          • DP Merrill

            Sounds like you’re talking about a Sigma, which LR will also never support.

          • Neopulse

            Not really actually. Although Sigma has had it’s surprises lately on the market.

          • Spy Black

            I have discovered LR has problems with some kinds of images. Granted, CO has some as well. I shot some friends playing out one night with my D600, and noticed that LR had a problem with red lighting. Below is a sample of what I mean. Look at the in-camera JPEG, the LR rendition, and the CO rendition. Those are unprocessed straight-up images as they are imported into the RAW editors. No matter what I tried, I couldn’t get LR to get any detail back in the image.

            Likewise, CO didn’t render an image I shot with my D5100 as well as LR did, which you can see in the shot of some berries I shot.

            Also note that DxO may support the camera you have in mind.

            However if you want to stick with LR and CO, you may want to stick with a camera that is supported by both LR and CO.

          • Neopulse

            It’s very noticeable the differences between one another. The first LR one was terrible and also as you said the CO one also in the berries.

            I have not researched or touched DxO at all actually. The ones I’ve used were Nikon software, LR 4, and CO7 (basic I know). Also might need to check out Digital Camera Utility one day also.

            I will check out DxO though. If any good I’ll purchase the software from them. But won’t be renting the camera until early January 2015 so I have time luckily to read up on reviews and write some emails asking about that software to people. Thanks again.

    • PhotoshopFlunky

      I’m an amateur, I need help. Photoshop is overwhelming.

      • Anything’s overwhelming when you don’t know how to do it. Once you take the time to “learn” Photoshop, the thing that would be overwhelming is if somebody took it away. It only takes about a week to learn enough about Photoshop to be dangerous. Layers are your friends, that’s almost all you need to know. Forget the books, learning PS in organized, tidy steps is impossible because PS is at heart a very untidy affair. Just start doing it and when you get confused watch videos on the ‘Tube.

  • Philip Bloom

    Topaz Labs Clarity

  • Me

    Photoshop already does this. I don’t get it.

    • Spy Black

      Because many people don’t know how to use Photoshop effectively, or even use it at all. Apps like the entire Topaz suite, as well as Nik, etc. all make their living as such.

  • In PS, you can get very similar results to Topaz Clarity with the existing Unsharp Mask filter, using settings somewhat away from normal. Amount = 20 and Radius = 60 is a good starting point that will very nicely pop up your images. Since that’s a destructive edit, like the guy in the video make a copy to a new layer first, so you can easily revert to the original and also have a before/after comparison point.

    For accentuating textural contrast, and also subtle sharpening, Topaz Detail 3 is IMHO a much better choice, and it has less tendency to clip highlights and shadows. Curious how much overlap there is in the various Topaz filters.

  • Camaman

    While I like the features this would provide me, I find the way it implemented with LR very cumbersome.
    Since it renders your file you are likely to end up with 2 copies of each photo. While that is no problem if you only use it on a few photos it starts being redundand very soon if you do more.
    Also i you use some other plugin, the situation escalates even more.

    More than any other feature upgrade in LR, I woul like to see this type of behaviour reduced and improved.

    • NoMeJodas

      Agreed. One of the biggest LR design flaws is that it does not allow plugins to work on RAW files non-destructively. Corel’s AfterShot Pro is much better in this regard . It would be great if Adobe could incorporate that type of plugin integration into future LR versions.

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