Topaz Clarity Review

Topaz Labs has done it again! The software developer will release it's latest product, Topaz Clarity, today the 22nd of May 2013. I love the Topaz stable of products for their effectiveness and ease of use and Clarity, which I have been fortunate enough to beta test, is no exception.

Clarity is designed to enhance both the contrast and clarity of your images without the resulting halos and artifacts we often see.

When I first saw the product title I immediately thought about the slider in Lightroom and Adobe Camera Raw, wondering if there were any similarities. Users of these products will be happy to know that they function in similar ways but with one huge difference. Topaz's Clarity provides far more control over your end result.

Here is a before and after example.

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A nice result using a single click of one of the more than 100 presets, which are categorized by types of photography (Nature, Macro, Architecture, Wedding and more). I used the Landscape Pop III preset in this example.

Here is a quick look at some of the features:

Clarity Module- The Dynamics section of this module allows you to selectively adjust contrast in your image, without adding halos or artifacts, resulting in a very natural looking image, which is very important for my style of photography.  The contrast sliders range from micro to high, and refer to the original image contrast variations allowing you to increase or decrease the contrast in that specific variation.  The highlight of this module is the ability to adjust mid-tone contrast quickly and easily, something that would normally take many steps to achieve.

The Tone section gives you the ability to adjust the tone levels to retain a high range of tones in your image.  It includes black, white, and mid-tone sliders that can bring back details in the shadows and highlights that would normally be lost with high contrast adjustments.

HSL Module- Topaz Clarity is the first to use a quality enhancement method in the Hue, Saturation, and Luminance adjustment module, which can produce strong adjustments with much less artifacts and noise.  The HSL module allows you to selectively enhance specific colors in your image.  It works by breaking your image into 8 different colors, giving maximum control over the colors in your image.

Advanced Masking Technology- Topaz has incorporated several new features in the masking module to allow for more precise masking.  Clarity offers three different types of brushes; normal, edge aware, and the new color aware.  You now have the ability to feather the mask and control the color range.  You also have the option of choosing a gradient mask that includes linear, radial, and reflected types of gradients.  In addition, there is a separate mask for the Clarity module and the HSL module, which allows for much greater control of adjustment areas in your image.

New Intuitive User Interface- The new interface is really flexible and user-friendly. The modules themselves are streamlined for quicker and easier adjustments.  

Have a look!

Topaz Clarity User Interface
Topaz Clarity User Interface

The resulting image.

Condominium - Annapolis
Condominium - Annapolis

There are many uses for Topaz Clarity, including HDR image enhancement.  I can hardly wait to experiment further with this impressive new tool.

The list price for this will be $49.99 but you can get it now through May 31st for $29.99 by using the Promo Code claritynew.

Topaz Clarity
Topaz Clarity

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