Smart Lighting and ClearView corrections and, to some extent, the Selective tone have done most of the brightness and contrast optimization.
The contrast corrections act mainly on the impression of sharpness.
The preset “3- Neutral Colors” causes a 20 point decreases in contrast to soften the image and prepare a more delicate application of the color settings that come next.

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MicroContrast

MicroContrast (Structure on Nik collection, Local contrast or Clarity on other software) have densified the micro-details of the image by accentuating transition of tones and colors for an impression of sharpness.
Microcontrast has no impact on color saturation.
* By forcing push over the slider, the whole image quickly takes on an unpleasant grainy appearance. The scope of the correction is extended (from +50) to recover from bland images but can create artifacts (this is not a defect of the software)* Applied in negative it blurs skin defects on portraits.

The magic wand offers an optimal solution for the luminance of the highlight zones and is adapted to the performance of the optics.
Its effect is attenuated on the faces detected by the “Spot” mode of Smart Lighting.


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Fine Contrast

Fine Contrast (Texture on other software) is available with the FilmPack Elite plug-in.
It is a more subtle solution for enhancing the details of the image without changing its density.
* Unlike microcontrast, which densifies an entire area, fine contrast acts only on the edges of this area for an impression of sharpness without changing the density.
* Set to negative values it is softer and more uniform.
* It used for landscapes and architecture, when it is necessary to dissociate planes or areas of different textures – illustration at 100% zoom ratio.
* it is to be preferred to microContrast on portraits
* Fine contrast can be processed globally or according to the tone (advanced settings). The effect of the sliders is equivalent.
– The effect of the global fine contrast slider set to -50 is neutralized by the three tone sliders at +50



See the

tutorial “Mastery of PhotoLab – Sharpness control” dealing with other settings dedicated to the accentuation


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