How to Use Perfectly Clear

How to Use Perfectly Clear

Using the Perfectly Clear Plugin

In this tutorial, we’ll review how to use the Perfectly Clear plugin for PaintShop Pro to create professionally finished photos in minutes. You can find Perfectly Clear in the Get More section of the welcome book inside PaintShop Pro.

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Introduction to Perfectly Clear

To launch Perfectly Clear, open your image under the Edit tab in PaintShop Pro. Go to Effects > Plugins > Athentech Imaging > Perfectly Clear v3.

This will bring up the Perfectly Clear interface. In the top left-hand corner, you can adjust the zoom level.

We also have three different view options:

  • Use Single Image View to see what the after image will look like.
  • Use Dual Image View to see a side-by-side comparison of the before and after image.
  • Use the Single Image Split View and drag the slider to the left or right to see the before and after split view of the image.

Presets and Looks

Perfectly Clear includes several categories of Presets that instantly transform your photos including Perfectly Clear Essentials, Perfect Lifestyle, and more.

  • Simple click on a preset to preview and apply it to your image.
  • Use any of the adjustment sliders on the right to fine-tune your selection.
  • Adjust the intensity of the preset by playing with the Strength slider.

Perfectly Clear also includes four different Looks categories which include creative effects designed for emulating film stocks, black and white photography, and creative color grading.

To refine the intensity of the Look applied, you can adjust the Strength slider directly below the Looks menu.

Face Selection

If you’re working with an image with people and you’d like to make adjustments to the Eyes, Face, Skin and Makeup Groups, you’ll need to make sure that the faces have been identified in your photos.

If a face isn’t automatically identified (for example in a group shot) and the face isn’t showing up in the Face Selection area, then the adjustments won’t be applied.

However, you can add a face manually by clicking Manually add face.

You can also adjust the control points of any face by clicking Show & Adjust Control points and then making sure the yellow dots are positioned correctly on top of the left and right eyes.

Example 1: Using Perfectly Clear for Portraits

Here are some examples of how we used Perfectly Clear to enhance this portrait photo.

  • Start with a preset, such as the default iAuto2019 preset.
  • In the Eyes section, we increased the Dark Circles slider to reduce the appearance of the dark circles under this woman’s eyes even more.

In the Skin section, we used the Perfectly Smooth slider to soften the appearance of her freckles and skin tone just a bit.

In the Makeup section, we used the Blush option to add a bit of blush to her cheeks.

At any time, switch to the Dual Image view to see how the edits have changed your portrait photo.

Once you are happy with your adjustments, simply click Apply to bring the edited image back into PaintShop Pro where you can make any further edits.

Example 2: Using Perfectly Clear for Landscape Photos

In this second example, we’ll transform a beach shot taken on an overcast day into a more vibrant and colorful photo we could use as a postcard. We’ll use the Single Image Split View to see the before and after versions side-by-side.

  • Open up the Perfect Lifestyle preset category and select Vacation Photos.
  • Adjust the Strength slider to around 85.

  • Go to the Color category and enable Sky Enhance.
  • Select Blue Sky Royal and adjust the Strength slider to around 30.

  • Enable Graduated Filter and add a Light Portrait Vignette.
  • Adjust the Blend slider to around 80.

Drag the before and after slider from left to right to preview the changes.

You can see how much more vibrant the image is by applying these presets and we’ve turned a dull beach photo into a colorful vibrant photo that could be used as a postcard.

The Perfectly Clear plugin is a great way to automatically correct and fix your images with just a few clicks to create stunning images every time!

Thanks for watching! We hope you found this tutorial helpful and we would love to hear your feedback in the Comments section below. And don’t forget to visit our social media pages and show us what you’ve learned by sharing your photos, videos and creative projects with us.

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Comments (8)

  • Ann Reply

    I just installed PSP 2022. The Perfectly Clear plugin works in the 32 bit version, but it functions very slowly. I switched to the 64 bit and the plugin is not available to use (actually none of my plugins, Nik or KPT,are available). Both the 32 and 64 bit versions are configured the same. How do I enable the plugins in the 64 bit version?

    November 24, 2021 at 3:14 pm
    • gilliandarby Reply

      Hi Ann,

      Can you confirm, do you have the file locations set in the 64-bit version to find where your plugins are located? Here is an excellent article from Carole Asselin at Scrapbook Campus that you might find helpful: If you are still having issues, please let us know.

      Best regards,
      The Discovery Center team

      November 25, 2021 at 2:59 pm
  • guido1956 Reply

    Perfectly clear worked well in psp18ultimate. I made an upgrade to psp 2021 ultimate. How do I install perfectly clear in this version?

    December 22, 2020 at 5:06 pm
  • Adam Reply

    As I know that, Perfectly Clear is Now A Stand-Alone Application!
    I believe as many photographers as possible to use Perfectly Clear. I just want to use it, but it’s no longer working with PSP2020, and I hope I can get a correction quickly. Have you any recommendation?

    August 12, 2020 at 12:34 am
  • Randy Sampietro Reply

    Where is the English version of Perfectly clear? The one i purchased isn’t in English.
    Yet this introduction to program has English version………. whats up with that?

    May 3, 2020 at 10:12 am
    • Adam Reply

      Hello Randy,

      While Perfectly Clear is compatible with PaintShop Pro, it is made and supported by EyeQ (formerly Athentech) and our technicians are unable to assist here. We would suggest contacting EyeQ support for assistance in correcting the interface language!

      Discovery Center Team

      May 7, 2020 at 12:27 pm
  • Yvan L'Heureux Reply

    I just wanted to use it but with PSP2020 it doesn’t work anymore and hope to have a correction very soon. This is a recognized problem since the release of PSP2020

    April 10, 2020 at 2:09 pm
    • gilliandarby Reply

      Hi Yvan,

      We’re sorry to hear that Perfectly Clear isn’t working for you. Can you provide some more details about the issue? Are you able to launch the program from PaintShop Pro, under Effects > Plugins > Athentech Imaging > Perfectly Clear?

      The Discovery Center team

      April 17, 2020 at 12:53 pm

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