by Julieanne Kost

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September 17, 2013

Improvements made to both Lightroom and Adobe Camera Raw (ACR) in Photoshop include:

• Refinements to the Spot Removal/Healing tool include a new Feather slider to control the softness of the edge when cloning or healing areas of an image. In addition, there have been improvements in the way that the Spot Healing tool determines the auto source location (the area that it clones/heals from), so that it  now works better for images with textured areas. And, if the image has been cropped, the Spot Removal/Healing tool will bias the selection of the auto source location from within the crop rectangle (as opposed to auto-choosing image areas outside the crop).

• To help reduce low-frequency color mottling like you see on the left side of the illustration below, a new Color Smoothness adjustment slider has been added to the Color Noise Reduction options in the Detail Panel. When the amount is increased, the color mottling is removed (as you see on the right side of the illustration below).

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In addition, several improvements were made to Adobe Camera Raw (ACR) as they are already available/not applicable in Lightroom.

• The Histogram is now interactive in ACR. This enables the ability to click and drag on the Histogram to adjust the Blacks, Shadows, Exposure, Highlights, and Whites slider adjustments in the Basic tab.

• ACR now has separate Auto Temperature and Auto Tint controls, which are applied by Shift -double clicking on either the Temperature or Tint adjustment sliders.

• Refinements to the Local Adjustment Brush include the ability to reposition brush adjustments by clicking and dragging on brush adjustment pins. In addition, Command + Option -drag (Mac) | Control + Alt -drag (Win) a Local Adjustment Brush pin will duplicate the pin and Option -click (Mac) | Alt -click(Win) will delete the pin. If you prefer, Control -click (Mac) | Right Mouse -click (Win) displays both options – to duplicate or delete a pin.

• Workflow presets are now available for defining and then quickly choosing output settings in ACR. And, after creating your custom presets, you can Control -click (Mac) | Right Mouse -click (Win) the workflow link to quickly switch between them. In addition, when changing image size, a new option for Percentage is available in the drop down menu.

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• Save Image options now include Color Space, Image Sizing, Output Sharpening and Presets. This means that you can select the desired images and save them using Save Image presets without having to change your current workflow settings.

Click here for more information, about the Photoshop Photography Program.

COMMENTS

  • By Mike smith - 1:58 PM on September 17, 2013  

    Just downloaded 4.4 for Lightroom 4 now it’s giving me problems not been able to find a contact to help .

  • By Fred Beiderbecke - 2:09 PM on September 17, 2013  

    Is there any way to force CC to grab something or check for updated programs? I have been anxiously awaiting it to pop up saying there is an update to Lightroom.

    • By Julieanne Kost - 2:50 PM on September 17, 2013  

      You can quit the CC app and then relaunch. Otherwise I think it only checks once a day…

    • By Jeffrey Tranberry - 10:37 AM on September 18, 2013  

      Or you can launch Lightroom and select Help>Updates…

  • By Paula Blacher - 8:55 PM on September 17, 2013  

    Julianne — regarding Photoshop Photographer’s Program — thanks for helping make a reasonably priced solution happen; I joined today. Paula (from Santa Fe Workshop Creative Composite class this summer)

    • By Jeffrey Tranberry - 10:35 AM on September 18, 2013  

      Thanks from Julianne and the rest of the team.

    • By Jim Radford - 7:03 PM on September 18, 2013  

      I second Paula’s comment – thanks Adobe for making the 3P option available to serious photographers.

  • By oli - 9:16 AM on September 20, 2013  

    re-positioning of the adjustment brushes pins is not possible, right?! Or am I missing something.

    oli

    • By Jeffrey Tranberry - 7:45 PM on September 20, 2013  

      Note: since local adjustment pins made with the Adjustment Brush cannot be moved, the dragging gesture is treated the same as clicking, which means both gestures (dragging or clicking) will duplicate the selected correction in place.

  • By oli - 1:37 AM on September 21, 2013  

    OK, got it. Too sad…

  • By Patrick - 8:11 AM on September 25, 2013  

    But it specifically says that local adjustment pins can now be moved…. What’s the deal exactly?

    • By Julieanne Kost - 8:49 AM on September 25, 2013  

      They can be moved in ACR, not LR because (LR has the ability to change the amount (volume) of each adjustment).