#1. "RE: Perfectly Clear" | In response to Reply # 0
walkerr Nikonian since 05th May 2002Thu 28-Mar-13 01:38 AM
I tried it and found it was much like most auto-correction software: it almost always did worse than what I could do simply and easily with manually adjustments. I don't plan to purchase it, especially given how expensive it is.
#2. "RE: Perfectly Clear" | In response to Reply # 1
TomJonesPhoto Registered since 24th Oct 2012Thu 28-Mar-13 04:30 PM
I have experience using OnOne similar software as a plug in with LR4 and it works great I know the Nik products are just as good. FYI, Google just announced a major price break on the Nik Software bundle and are going to plug in versions the entire collection, HDR efex, Color Efex, Silver efex, Sharpener, Dfine and Viveza all for $149. I plan on purchasing this very soon this is quite a deal considering the entire package use to run $350 to $500 depending on which modules you purchased.
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#3. "RE: Perfectly Clear" | In response to Reply # 0
On the other hand, I have found it to be quite useful. It is a great time-saver for me and though I always tweak the settings, I use the program often. As stated, it is an auto-setting type of software that may or may not suit your needs. It seems to do extremely well with mid-tones. One of its advantages over say Lightroom sliders is that it is a pixel by pixel evaluation and change. That being said, it is a plugin and I always make changes in Lightroom prior to going to the plugin. Prior to going into PC, I make certain there is a gap on either side of the histogram to keep PC from making too many exposure changes. I also remove any sharpening
When I return to LR, I make any final changes that I need to make and save the metadata. You can always create your own presets in LR to speed things up as well. This sounds like a lot but it goes rather quickly once you get the mechanics down. I do not use PC without first going through the steps outlined already. I learned this technique through an online tutorial provided by Xrite. Sorry, I do not remember the name of the show or the person making the recommendations but I can say she did me a great service by having me make the changes I mentioned prior to opening and using PC. It is expensive and you have to decide whether or not this program fits your needs and whether or not you like the output from the program. Personally, I really like the program but others find it intimidating or prefer their own techniques. You have to make your own choice but the expense is the major obstacle.