Tone and Detail

Tone and Detail

Tone and Detail


Ever wonder what the difference is between clarity, contrast, and texture? Or perhaps you don’t understand the exact changes taking place with your basic sliders, and resort to randomly pulling at them until you achieve a passable image? Learn how to leverage the tone and presence sliders of Lightroom (or ACR) to enhance contrast, detail, and create an overall higher-quality photograph with intent and direction.



If there’s one thing you could do right now to greatly improve the quality of your portfolio, it would be to learn how to properly use the tonal and presence sliders in Lightroom (or ACR)….hands-down. These tools directly enhance the tone, detail, and contrast…which as you probably know, make up the structure of your photographs.

This is why I wanted to create this premium course…because it will grant you absolute clarity on two very important things:

1. What the tone and presence sliders do exactly, and
2. a simple workflow to determine exactly which sliders to use on an image, and at what strength.

The result? A quicker road to higher quality photographs.

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Lessons SVG


Lightroom + Photoshop

Here's What You'll Learn...

The Tonal Sliders - CreativeRAW

The Tonal Sliders: Whites, Highlights, Exposure, Shadows, and Blacks

For your first lesson here, we’re going to explore the tonal sliders, which directly influence the structure (and thus overall quality) of your photograph. With these sliders, you begin to craft the atmosphere of your image…making conscious choices to enhance or subdue focal points by carving out a path for the eyes to follow. Once you know the exact changes each slider makes, and the proper order to change them in….your photographs will look so much better. And this clarity will eliminate any guesswork, making your tonal processing 5x times faster.

The Presence Sliders - CreativeRAW

The Presence Sliders: Texture, Clarity, Contrast, and Dehaze

The presence sliders are all about DETAIL...or local contrast. They take the data you built up with your tonal sliders and will move the luminosity of those pixels around. The result? Enhanced texture, contrast, and detail.....which gives you a more interesting image without damaging your photo. Learn how each slider targets different tonal groups, and WHY you would use one slider over the other.

Saturation and Vibrance Sliders - CreativeRAW

How to use the Saturation and Vibrance Sliders to Enhance Color

Most photographers know the difference between the vibrance and saturation sliders, but how do you choose one over the other? How does color purity affect the composition and the overall power of your focal points? Learn WHEN and WHY you would enhance the vibrancy of your hues, and the effect it has on the flow and balance of your frame.

Tone vs Presence - CreativeRAW

Using the Tonal and Presence Sliders together

The tone and presence sliders are two completely different sets of tools...yet are intimately dependent on one another. Because ultimately, all of these sliders do the exact thing: they target tones and adjusts them. But the difference is in HOW they choose which pixels to adjust...and that can make or break a photograph. Learn how to properly use these sliders together to create extraordinary detail.

Enhancing Depth and Dimension - CreativeRAW

BONUS: Enhancing Depth and Dimension

This bonus lesson explores some real-world examples of how contrast (texture), color, and tone can manipulate the perceived distances between your focal points…and how to enhance or subdue the illusion of depth in a two-dimensional medium. It's unpacks the ultimate goal of tonal and detail processing: to create a more visually pleasing photograph. This is a fun exploration into the basics of image processing…and after the lesson, I think you’ll see your images in a completely different light (both literally and figuratively).

Tone and Detail


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