By Phil Ritti.
As a freelance photographer, I’m always looking for a Lightroom plug-in that can improve my workflow. Perfectly Clear can save you time in post production by enhancing images with the click of a button. There are eight powerful presets that can be adjusted further to achieve the desired look.
When you open an image, the plug-in performs an auto correction. This automatic fix did a great job with almost every photo I threw at it. Any photo that needed some extra fine-tuning was easily processed using one of the eight presets: Details, Vivid, Beautify, Beautify+, Fix Dark, Fix Noise, Fix Tint, and Landscapes. The nice thing about the presets is that you can adjust them in a toolbox with slider tools.
Perfectly Clear offers two presets that effectively enhance portraits. With the Beautify and Beautify+ presets, the plug-in can identify the face in a portrait to tune the correction specifically for the image. I found that this preset offers a realistic correction of skin tones and blemishes that looks very natural. When you apply the presets, you can click Adjust to really dive in and customize your image. In the Adjust toolbox, you can choose to select or deselect certain tools and then change the corrections further.
With this image of Sacred Falls in Hawaii, I applied the Landscape preset. With one click of a button, the Landscape preset bumped up the brightness and contrast, and added a perfect amount of sharpening to this image. The preset did an amazing job of automatically enhancing the image.
I spend a lot of time in my post-production workflow editing the white balance and tint of my photos. I shoot RAW files with my white balance set to auto. Perfectly Clear offers a Fix Tint preset that removes the tint from images to reveal what the photo should really look like when it was shot.
With many of the images I ran through the plug-In, further editing was not needed after the automatic fix. I was able to move through my workflow much faster than normal while the plug-in did the processing for me. I will definitely be using the Perfectly Clear plug-in as the first step in my post-production workflow from now on. The Beautify preset touches up the skin in portraits while keeping a realistic and natural look. With the automatic fix, eight wonderful presets and the fine-tuning adjustment tools, this plug-in is a workhorse and an easy to use post-production editing tool.
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Phil Ritti is a freelance photographer with 10 years of experience in the photo industry. He is part of the Zenfolio Customer Support Team and a Product Specialist.