This release of Adobe Camera Raw includes the new Enhanced Details feature, additional camera and lens profile support, and addresses bugs that were introduced in previous releases of Adobe Camera Raw.
Enhanced Details is a new approach to one of the most important aspects of raw conversion; demosaicing. The demosaicing process is what converts the information captured by a camera sensor into the photograph that we all see. Enhanced Details works on images captured using both Bayer and X-Trans sensors in order to improve the rendering of small-scale details and to prevent artifacts such as false colors, moirés, and zippering. On images captured using Bayer sensors (like those on Canon, Nikon and Sony), you will most likely find diagonal lines to be rendered cleaner (less jaggy). On images captured with X-Trans sensors (such as the Fuji X-series) you will most likely find improved small-scale detail and color accuracy (fewer artifacts).
When applying Enhanced Details to an image, it is necessary for Adobe Camera Raw to create a new DNG file in order to contain both the mosaic data and the enhanced RGB data (as a result the new DNG file will be larger than a traditional DNG file). Because Enhanced Details takes time to run (it performs best with a fast GPU), I would suggest applying it on an image-by-image basis starting with images that have visible artifacts and which require the highest level of quality (images that will be printed large format, for example).
To apply Enhanced Details, open the image in Camera Raw and, from the Filmstrip drop down menu choose Enhanced Details.
When a single image is selected, a Preview dialog box is displayed (click and hold to preview with and without Enhance Details applied). When multiple images are selected, Adobe Camera Raw will directly start the DNG creation process. Note: All metadata and develop setting will be included in the new file, and it’s name will be automatically appended with “-Enhanced”.
It has been my experience that Adobe Camera Raw is already doing an excellent job demosaicing the majority of my images created using the Canon 5Ds and Mark IV, but there have been instances (like in the illustrations above) when I’ve noticed an improvement when applying Enhance Details. I don’t have a camera with an X-Trans sensor, but from the images that I’ve seen in the forums, I have a feeling that those customers will be very happy with the improvements that Enhance Details offers them.
Three important notes:
- Enhance Details requires macOS 10.13 (or later) or, Windows 10 (Oct 2018 Release).
- Enhanced Details can not be applied to JPEGs, TIFFs, or HEIC files.
- Enhanced Details can not be applied to DNG files saved with Lossy Compression, DNG files’s saved with 1.1 compatibility, or Linear DNG files such as DNG files created using Photo > Photo Merge (HDR, Panorama, or HDR Panorama). Enhance Details can be used on the individual exposures and then merged together.