Chapter 9: Issue Fixers

This set of filters is designed to solve image problems.  They are useful to enhance detail, sharpen an image or remove glare and unwanted color.  These filters can be useful to compensate for camera issues or challenges in the shooting environment.

Clarity

Adjusts the overall image clarity. By increasing the value of the slider, the number of visible details increases. If values are much larger, halos may appear on the contrast edges of the image. A best practice is to be careful when raising the value of the slider above 50.

  • Amount. Controls the amount of clarity added to the image.

Dehaze

This filter provides a proprietary blend of contrast, clarity and color adjustments to help eliminate the effects of fog and haze often found in cityscapes, landscapes, and aerial photos. It's especially helpful when editing photos shot through glass or if there is a lot of mist or fog in the scene.

  • Amount. Move this slider to the right to help cut through fog and haze.

Denoise

Upon close inspection, you may notice unwanted and distracting noise or grain in your digital image. Often, This is typically caused by shooting photos with a high ISO setting on a digital camera, but it can also be caused by underexposure or a long shutter speed. A lower-quality consumer camera is also more likely to exhibit noise problems. Fortunately, Luminar Flex offers an easy filter to reduce or remove noise.

  • Luminosity. Removes grayscale noise from an image.

  • Color. Removes color noise from an image.

  • Boost. Increases how aggressive the Denoise filter is.

Details Enhancer

The Details Enhancer filter helps you create dramatic photos and brings crystal-clear sharpness to your images. With the proper detail enhancement, you can make your photos look great and sharp with no halos or extra artifacts.

  • Small Details. Small sets sharpness of fine details. At 0, the effect is not applied. Moving the slider to the right will intensify the clarity of small details while moving to the left, on the contrary, will somewhat wash out the fine details.

  • Medium Details. This option sets medium-sized parts sharpness. At 0, the effect is not applied. Moving the slider to the right increases the sharpness, while moving the slider to the left decreases it.

  • Large Details.  Use this choice to set sharpness of global contours of objects in the image. At 0, the effect is not applied. Moving the slider to the right increases the sharpness, while moving to the left decreases it.

  • Highlight Protection. To ensure that the brighter areas of the image aren’t over-processed use the Highlight Protection slider.

  • Masking. Try the Masking slider to control the zone of detail amplification. When moving the slider to the left, the number of zones increases and the image becomes more detailed. When moving to the right, the number of granularity zones is reduced. Optimal masking comes from a setting in the range from 30 to 70.

Foliage Enhancer

Enhances the colors of foliage and greenery automatically, making them more vivid and natural. A good choice for nature and lush landscape images.

  • Hue. Modifies the hue of the affected foliage.  Useful to dial in the right amount of green.

  • Amount.  This controls how strong the adjustment is for the image

Polarizing Filter

On a camera, a polarizing filter can provide more color depth and cuts atmospheric haze, resulting in richer, bluer skies. The same holds true with the Polarizing Filter in Luminar Flex. The effect will produce deeper blue skies and more contrast in clouds. With a light touch of this filter, almost any landscape image can be improved.

Amount.  This controls the strength of the filter

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Note

It is not recommended to use this tool on night photos or images with no sky in them. Most times, keeping the effect intensity under +50 will yield the best results.

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Remove Color Cast

Automatically removes undesirable color casts in your images by detecting and adjusting the hue. You can also make manual adjustments to fine-tune the result.

  • Method.  There are three methods to choose from.  Two are automatic that attempt to determine color cast.  The other lets you manually adjust the Hue.

  • Amount. This slider is the amount of correction.

  • Color.  Adds color back to the image that can be used to correct color cast.  If overdone, a new cast is added

Sharpening

The Sharpening Filter helps focus soft edges in a photo to increase clarity or focus. Use this tool to significantly improve image quality. Keep in mind that too much sharpening can give your photo a grainy look. Please note: on most screens sharpening results can be seen at 100% or more Zoom.

  • Amount. Effect of the micro sharpness applied to the image.

  • Radius. Distance away from contrast edges that the effect is applied.

Masking. The dynamic masking feature allows you to reveal details only in appropriate areas and can help you define the sharpness in your image.

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