Why is there no Clarity filter in Photoshop? If one opens a camera RAW file it's possible to manipulate image clarity but when the image's inside Photoshop there's nothing like mid-tone contrast manipulation filter like Clarity.

Is it possible to simulate it somehow using a combination of other filters and likely masks etc?

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    It is available as a filter in a Photoshop CC via the use of the ACR facilities as a filter direct from within Photoshop. – John Cavan Apr 9 '14 at 10:43
  • @JohnCavan: I've stated above yes that Clarity filter is available on ACR but not within Photoshop itself when you open whatever other file than camera RAW. Or I'm just misunderstanding your comment and don't see the actual filter being built in... – Robert Koritnik Apr 9 '14 at 12:25
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    You're misunderstanding, see answer below. – John Cavan Apr 9 '14 at 13:01
  • The question is how can we imitate the Clarity within Photoshop (Assuming no access to ACE as a filter). – Royi Apr 11 '14 at 13:04

If you have Photoshop CC, you can essentially use ACR with any image, by choosing Filter Menu > Camera Raw Filter.

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    Then Clarity is just what you need ;) – ElendilTheTall Apr 9 '14 at 13:13

I made the Very High Radius Unsharp Mask plugin to extend the clarity filter as the latter tends to not work well with very large images.


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