Using Fill Light and Clarity

Using Fill Light and Clarity

By Roger Wambolt

The Fill Light and Clarity filter simplifies brightening shadows or darkening light areas without affecting other portions of an image. This tutorial will teach you how to turn a simple picture into an interesting work of art by bringing out the detail that may be under exposed or is obscured by back-lighting.

You will learn how to:

  • apply Fill Light/Clarity to an image
  • add depth to a photo with Local Tone Mapping
  • add a picture frame to a photo

The Fill Light/Clarity tool simplifies brightening shadows or darkening light areas without affecting other portions of the image. You can fine-tune the brightness and clarity of underexposed photos or shots taken in low-light conditions to sharpen subtle yet important details.

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You will learn how to:

  • Apply Fill Light/Clarity to a photo.
  • Add depth to a photo with Local Tone Mapping.
  • Add a picture frame to a photo.

Using the Fill Light/Clarity Tool

1. Open an image you want to work on.
2. In the Edit Workspace, choose Adjust Brightness and Contrast > Fill Light/Clarity. The Fill Light/Clarity dialog box appears.

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3. Type or set a value in the Fill Light control. A positive number lightens the darkest areas of the photo; a negative number darkens the light areas of the photo. A value of zero preserves the original setting.
4. Type or set a value in the Clarity control. A positive number increases detail; a negative number decreases detail and focus.
A value of zero preserves the original setting.
5. Click OK.

Adding Clarity Using Local Tone Mapping

To add further depth and clarity to the image you can adjust the tone curve of the image using the Local Tone Mapping feature.

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1. Choose  Adjust > Brightness and Contrast Local Tone Mapping. The Local Tone Mapping dialog box appears.
2. Type or set a value in the Strength control. Use the smallest value that produces a satisfying result. Values that are too high cause unwanted artifacts to appear in the photo.
3. Click OK.

This is great way to adjust the depth of an image and really bring out the color saturation
after brightening a photo using the Fill Light/Clarity tool.

Adding a Picture Frame

To truly transform an image into a work of art, you can add a border or picture frame around it. PaintShop Pro offers dozens of picture frame options.

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1. Choose Image > Picture Frame.
The Picture Frame dialog box appears.
2. In the Picture Frame group box, choose a frame from the drop-list.
3. In the Orientation group box, choose one of the following options:

  • Frame canvas” — sizes the frame to the canvas
  • Frame current layer” — sizes the frame to the current layer

4. Choose one of the following options:

  • Frame inside of the image” — resizes the frame to fit within the image canvas
  • Frame outside of the image” — increases the canvas size to accommodate the frame

5. Click OK.

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 (2)

  • LarryB Reply

    Local Tone Mapping is “shown”, but not a word about WHAT it is doing!

    July 31, 2020 at 10:38 am
  • Ann in Denver Reply

    Great tutorial. Thanks!

    March 24, 2020 at 1:03 pm

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