Final Image All Edits

In this tutorial learn how to make subtle enhancements to a seascape image using Topaz Clarity, DeNoise and Photoshop.

beforeafterby Joe Reardon

  • Image Location: Just out side of the George H Bush compound in Kennebunkport, Maine.
  • Equipment: Nikon D800 28 mm lens @ ISO 100 6 sec exposure with a 10 Stop ND Filter

Step 1

  • Load the image into Photoshop
  • Create a duplicate layer (Ctrl/Cmd + J) and rename to Clarity

Step 2

  • Activate Topaz Clarity
  • Press ‘Reset All’

No EditsStep 3

  • Make adjustments to ‘Dynamics’ and ‘Tone’ as shown:

tonedynamicStep 4

  • Make adjustments to ‘Luminosity’ and ‘Saturation’ as shown:


Split ScreenSplit Screen-1Final Image in Clarity

Final Image in ClarityStep 5

  • Press the ‘Ok’ button to bring the image back into Photoshop

Step 6

  • Create a new adjustment layer and rename to DeNoise
  • Activate Denoise 5
  • Adjust for noise as needed

collagedenoiseStep 7

  • Flatten image and save

Step 8 (if needed)

  • Create a new adjustment layer
  • Rename layer to Luminosity
  • Switch to the Channels Tab
  • Ctrl/Cmd + click the RGB layer to get ‘marching ants’
  • Create a Curves layer and adjust the highlights as needed
  • Make sure that the blending mode is set to Luminosity

Marching Ants-1

Highligts Luminosity MaskStep 9

  • Repeat the Ctrl/Cmd + click on the RGB Luminosity Layer to get marching ants
  • Create a Curve Layer
  • Select the new curve layer and press Ctrl/Cmd + I to invert the selection
  • Adjust the curve layer as needed–make sure the blend mode is Luminosity

Darks Luminosity MaskStep 12

  • Flatten the layer and save

Final Image

Final Image All Edits-2About the Photographer:

Joe Reardon is a freelance photographer from southern New Hampshire. Joe’s work is represented by galleries in New Hampshire and in Massachusetts. Joe’s images are also in private collections across the USA and in Europe. His photo website can be found here.

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