It's All in the Details

The controls in the Detail tab (Ctrl+Alt+2, ^+Option+2 on a Mac) contain a few little goodies that could easily be overlooked. Global adjustments include the Sharpness control, Luminance Smoothing, and the Color Noise Reduction control.

I find the Luminance Smoothing and Color Noise Reduction controls extremely valuable for cleaning up my images before getting them into Photoshop.

Figure 9-20 shows the Detail tab — and yes, a new raw image! To illustrate the controls in the Detail tab, I needed an image that needed a little help, so I decided to come back home from across the pond, back to the beloved Midwest. I chose this difficult image because it's hard to illustrate luminance and color noise in an image — this sunset was shot at a higher ISO of 400, so I was sure I could muster up some noise in the sky portions. (It's an Author's Prerogative.)

Figure 9-20: The Detail tab, ready to "improve" a sunset.
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