Using Perfectly Clear as a Stand-Alone Application

While you can still use Perfectly Clear as a plugin or external editor, it also runs as a stand-alone application. This means that you can open both RAW and traditional photos directly, crop images to whatever size you need, the print or export to popular file formats for sharing. To launch Perfectly Clear, you’ll find a folder called Athentech inside your applications folder.  You’ll find a folder called either Perfectly Clear Complete V3 or Perfectly Clear Essentials inside.  Launch either the Perfectly Clear or Perfectly Clear Essentials application to get started. Opening files is easy. You can • Choose File – Open and then navigate to select files • Drag images to the center work area. • Click the center work area and then navigate to select files • Drag files onto the application icon in the Dock or Windows start menu If you open a raw file supported by Perfectly Clear, you’ll even get advanced controls. You can choose: • Open. This will simply open the RAW files using their default settings and no direct adjustment to the RAW data.  A high-quality file is parsed and opened by Perfectly Clear. • Develop. This option lets you selectively adjust the RAW file with sliders for detailed control.  You can refine the exposure, tone, and white balance for the file.  Once you choose an option, the file will either open directly in Perfectly Clear or go the RAW Editor to be developed. You can also mark a checkbox called “Remember this choice” to open all RAW files the same way.  If you want to override this in the future, just click the Gear icon in the Raw Adjustments control area. If you choose to Develop the raw files, you’ll find several useful adjustments.  These are focussed on three primary tasks: fixing tone, fixing white balance, and removing lens imperfections. • Exposure. Adjust the global exposure for a photo.  You can add or subtract up to 3 stops of light from most raw files. • Highlight Recovery. This command specifically attempts to recover lost details in the brightest areas of a photo. • Fill Light. This option is useful for filling in parts of an image that are lost to shadows. • White Balance. This preset menu lets you choose from useful presets that match closely those found in DSLR and mirrorless cameras.   ◦ Temperature. You can refine the color temperature for a shot manually to achieve a proper white balance. The slider is based upon degrees Kelvin. ◦ Tint.  The Tint slider is used less often but is used to adjust the shot when gas or older fluorescent bulbs are used.  A scene may also have a lot of green, and this can help balance that. • Lens Correction. We have custom profiles for many lenses that allow the raw development settings to be fine-tuned based upon the camera and lens used.  This is generally a good option to leave checked. When satisfied with the RAW file you can click the Sync Settings or Synchronize buttons to apply the adjustments to all open RAW photos.  To open the RAW photos into Perfectly Clear click Open.

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