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The Effects, Detail, Optics, and Geometry Panels – Lightroom CC for Beginners FREE Course – 04

October 3, 2019


Hi everyone! Welcome back to this Lightroom CC training
course for beginners. My name is Jesus Ramirez and you can find
me on Instagram @JRfromPTC. in this video, we’re going to discuss the
Effects, Detail, Optics, and Geometry panel. Before we get started I would like to point
out that this is a training series. If this is the first video that you watch,
the check out the description for the link to the playlist with the rest of the videos
for this training series. Also, if this is your first time at the Photoshop
Training Channel, then don’t forget to click on that subscribe button and on the notification
bell. Ok let’s get started! The Effects panel gives you control over Clarity,
Dehaze, and Vignette. The first adjustment in this panel is Clarity
which adds contrast to edge pixels. This effect can really make your images and
pop and stand out. However, with portraits remember keep the
Clarity to a minimum since it can damage skin tones. Dehaze removes haze from photos. This photo does not have much haze, but I
will open this photo from a Rain Forrest in Costa Rica, with a lot of haze. By dragging the Dehaze slider to the right,
you will remove the haze that is found in this image. You can also Hold Alt Option on the Mac as
you drag to reveal clipped dark pixels. Those are the areas that have lost all detail
and are now pure black. Vignette, allows you to add a vignette to
your photo. Dragging the Vignette slider to the left makes
a black vignette. Dragging to the right makes a white vignette. I also want to point out that this is the
first slider that also has extra options. That is what this light gray arrow in a dark
box represents. If you click on it, you will expand the extra
options for this slider. These extra option sliders, unfortunately,
do not have an animated tool tip explaining how they work like the parent slider. Feather allows you to set how blurry the edge
of the vignette is. You can adjust the midpoint to determine how
far the vignette edges get to the center of your photo. Roundness controls how round the vignette
is. The Highlights slider controls the highlights
that will pop through the dark vignettes. In this photo, it is more noticeable in the
sky. If you reset your Vignette to slider, it will
disable the extra options. Next, select the Detail panel. This panel allows you to increase the sharpening
of your image, reduce noise, and add film grain. When working on this panel, I recommend working
in the 1:1 view. This allows you to view the actual size of
the photo. You’re viewing it at 100%, and it will give
you a better representation of the changes that you make with the adjustments in the
Detail panel. Start by increasing the Sharpening. If you hold Alt option the Mac and click on
that slider, it will hide the color. Sometimes it’s easier to see the sharpening
effect that you are applying if there is no color distracting your eye. Sharpening also has extra options. To reveal the options, click on this arrow. Radius
Adjusts the size of the details that sharpening is applied to. Photos with fine details generally need a
lower setting. Images with larger details can use a larger
radius. But never push the radius too far since it
can result in unnatural-looking edges. Hold Alt, Option on the Mac, as you drag to
see an overlay that shows you how the adjustment is affecting your photo. Detail
Adjusts how much high-frequency information is sharpened in the image and how much the
sharpening process emphasizes edges. Lower settings primarily sharpen edges to
remove blurring. Higher values are useful for making the textures
in the image more pronounced. Once again holding Alt, Option in the Mac,
as you drag reveals an overlay that shows you the edges affected. Masking
Controls an edge mask. With a setting of zero, everything in the
photo receives the same amount of sharpening. With a setting of 100, sharpening is applied
mostly to areas near the strongest edges. Press Alt or Option on the mac while dragging
to reveal a great visual representation of how this slider works. Anything that is white will receive the sharpening
effect, and anything that is black will not be sharpened. Much like a layer mask in Photoshop, white
reveals, and black conceals. And of course, we’re hiding or revealing
the sharpening effect. Next, we have Noise reduction
This image has very little noise, so I’m going to open a different Image. This photo of London has a lot more noise,
and it will do a better job showing us how this adjustment works. You can reduce the noise in this photo dragging
the Noise Reduction slider to the right. Holding Alt, Option on the Mac as you drag
removes that color so that the adjustment is easier to see. This also true for the extra option sliders
nested under the Noise Reduction adjustment. I’m going to click on this icon to expand
it and reveal those extra options. Detail controls the luminance noise threshold. Meaning, how much detail do you want in the
blurred noise. Higher values preserve more detail but can
produce noisier results. Lower values produce cleaner results but may
also remove some detail. Contrast
helps you to regain any contrast loss that might have occurred by increasing sharpening. This photo contains no color noise, but you
could use this slider to remove the color noise in your photos. The extra options are
Color Detail It Controls the color noise threshold. Lower values remove color speckles but can
result in color bleeding. Higher values protect thin, detailed color
edges but can result in color specking. Smoothing
Adds a softening effect to the speckled color tones. The Grain Slider Adds a film grain effect
to the image. Holding Alt or Option on the Mac does not
do anything as you drag. The extra options are pretty self-explanatory. Size controls how big the grains are and
Roughness controls the regularity of the grain. Basically, how rough or smooth the surface
appears. Open the optics panel. Optics gives you two options. Remove Chromatic Aberration and Enable Lens
Corrections. I’m going to go to the Film Strip and open
the Venice image and zoom into this area here. Check “Remove Chromatic Aberration, ” and
you’ll see how the color outlines are removed. Chromatic aberration is usually shown as a
magenta or a green glow around the edges in your photo. Chromatic aberration is a common problem in
lenses, which occurs when the colors are incorrectly refracted, bent, by the lens, resulting in
a mismatch at the focal point where the colors do not combine as they should. as a result, the image can look blurred or
contain noticeable color edges. Especially in high contrast areas. I’m going to fit the image to screen so
that you can see it all. then I’m going to select “Enable lens corrections.” Which corrects distortions in common camera
lenses. If you’re working with a RAW file, Lightroom
CC will know the camera and lens that you used to shoot your photo based on metadata. And it will use a lens profile to compensate
accordingly with any lens distortions and lens vignetting. You can tap on this icon to reveal the extra
options. Distortion Correction and Lens Vignetting
both allow you to customize the correction applied by the profile. The default value for both is 100 which is
what the profile indicates as the proper compensation. But you can reduce or increase that compensation
applied by the profile with these sliders. I find that the default settings usually give
me a good result. Finally, we have the Geometry Panel. The Geometry Panel allows you to remove perspective
distortions. This panel works great in photos with crooked
horizons or buildings with vertical and/or horizontal lines that aren’t straight. In this photo, there’s not a lot of distortion. So, the change will be subtle, but I will
open a different photo that will give you a much more dramatic result. Lightroom CC has four Upright modes that you
can use to automatically fix perspective ─ Auto, Level, Vertical, and Full. I always try Auto first, since Lightroom CC
does a fantastic job figuring out the adjustments that photos need. But try the other as well in case you find
something you like. After applying an Upright mode, you can adjust
the image further by manually modifying the sliders below. They are self-explanatory, so I will not go
through each one. You could also use the Guide Upright Tool
to draw two or more guides to straighten horizontal and vertical lines. You can simply click and drag lines that follow
lines along your image, and Lightroom CC will automatically make the adjustment. I’m going to go back into the Image we have
been working all along this training video. By the way, you can press the backslash key
to see the original photo. And press the backslash key again to see the
edited photo. As you can see, this is a much better-looking
image, and it was all accomplished by dragging a few simple sliders. In the next video, we’re going to talk about
Crop, Heal, Targeted Adjustments, and Presets. If this is the first video that you watch,
remember that we have a complete series. There is a link to the playlist in the description. Also, if this is your time at the Photoshop
Training Channel, don’t forget to click on that subscribe button and the notification
bell. Thank you so much for watching, and I will
talk to you again in the next video.

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