How to go about tuning enhancement settings and get the most out of your Claro installation. A few tips.
- You will need a test set of images. 10 images is really the bare minimum. Avoid tuning settings to get the best result out of 2 or 3 images and then find out that it doesn’t work so well on the rest. The images should not be particularly good or bad but just representative of your production.
- Use Inspector. Send all images to Inspector to easily see the result and compare with the original.
- Use small steps. Claro settings are pretty sensitive, a change of 0.5 plus or minus can make a considerable difference
- Change only one setting at a time.
- If you drift to far from the default settings or from where you started without getting satisfactory results, you might need to take a few steps back and start anew, rather then continuing on this path.
- If you want to compare with previously processed or manually processed images, use a file name prefix (see OUTPUT) to easily distinguish between various versions of images.
- Setup a flow just for the testing. If you already use Claro in production, you can make a copy of the production channel, change the input folder and use that channel to tweak settings. When testing is done you can transfer the changes to the production channel.
- Use a calibrated monitor and good viewing conditions. Would be sad to find out that after tweaking the settings the result looks great…but only on your monitor!
- The same can be said for using correct Photoshop color settings. Set Claro to embed the output profile and accept embedded profiles in Photoshop is a good start. If you use Inspector, you need to consider whether you want to view the images in the working RGB colorspace in which they are enhanced or already converted to the output colorspace. See Workflow settings.