Preview of Final Results

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High Clarity Photoshop Tutorial

Step 1

Open an image into Photoshop. This effect works best for portraits rather than landscapes.


Step 2

First, to practice non-destructive editing, we’ll convert the layer to a Smart Object. Doing this will allow us to use Smart Filters that let you change the filter settings at any time.

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Step 3

Choose image > Adjustments > Shadows/Highlights. Adjust the Shadows slider to about 50% so that the shadows are more visible.

Step 4

Now we are going to add a harsh lighting photo effect. In the Layers palette, click on the button then choose Black & White.

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In the Black & White settings, click on Auto then click OK.

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