Best practices: finding settings

For the people who do not know it yet: Claro is our automatic image enhancement solution.

Customers often ask us what the best way is to find the correct settings that produce the desired results. One question that regularly comes up is why we do not show an image on the settings-page that shows the result in real-time when changing the settings.

There are several reasons why we don’t do that.

  • Claro’s technology is based on extensive image analysis. Because every image is different, this ensures that each image gets what it needs. Our settings therefore represent target levels; the actual enhancements that will be applied are dependent on the results of image analysis. For example, an image with a relatively high noise level will get a different sharpening filter than another image with the same settings.
  • Also, the enhancement is not instantaneous. We always need to do the analysis and apply all types of enhancements do give a reliable preview of the end-result. Because the noise filter effects the sharpening filter etc.

The best way is to use a set of at least 10 images that are more or less representative of your production. Don’t take only good or bad images.
Start with default settings and use the Photoshop Inspector to compare the before and after images. Adjust the settings based on the results of all images combined. So if you think that generally, over the complete set, you could use a bit more sharpness, then adjust the slider based on that.

It might seem a bit tedious but this is really is the best way to find settings.
The Elpical team is always prepared to advice you. The best way to get advice is to send us some original images and the same images manually toned, representing the desired results.

John de Jong

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