Lightroom: LR4 Clarity adjustments in Presets from LR3 are lost (zero'd)

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I've recently upgraded from LR3 to LR4 and have noticed that any presets which had been made in LR3 or earlier which used the Clarity slider that the Clarity portion of the adjustment doesn't work anymore.

e.g. I have a simple preset which just uses a single grad to set Clarity to 100 over the entire image - it no longer does anything; likewise I had another preset which just added +30 Clarity and +30 Vibrance - now when used it only adds the +30 Vibrance and Clarity stays at zero.
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Rodney Campbell

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Posted 6 years ago

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Functions as designed - unfortunately. ;-)

Clarity behaves completely different in PV2012, so the Adobe engineers have decided that it gets a new entry in the development settings.

This is why LR4 now displays warnings when copying, syncing or creating presets if the process version is not copied along with the other settings.

However, I think that the way this is implemented for copying, syncing and presets is not very consistent: Observe what happens when manually changing between PV2010 and PV2012: LR4 is able to "translate" from one world to another.

- Set PV to 2010
- Set clarity to +80
- Set PV to 2012
- Result: Clarity is "translated" to +40

The same applies for all the other tone settings. There seems to be a complete "rule set" how to translate PV2010 settings to PV2012 settings (not the other way round, though).

So my question is: Why is this not used when copying, syncing and applying presets ?????

It would not yield perfect results, but acceptable results and avoid pitfalls like the one Rodney Campbell described.