Posts in Category "Adobe Camera Raw and DNG"

June 16, 2015

Dehaze in Camera Raw 9.1 for Photoshop CC and Lightroom CC

The new Dehaze control in Lightroom CC and Adobe Camera Raw 9.1 can help you to dramatically improve an image by removing haze. The Dehaze technology is based on a physical model of how light is transmitted, and it tries to estimate light that is lost due to absorption and scattering through the atmosphere. For the best results, you’ll want to set the white balance for the image before using Dehaze. Then, in the Effects panel, move the slider to the right – to easily remove the haze from the original scene. Move the slider to the left to add a creative haze effect.You can choose to make very subtle to very significant adjustments – if you’re pushing the slider to the extreme, you might want to refine the image using the Basic panel (increasing the shadow detail or refining the Vibrance slider) in order to achieve the exact look that you’re after. Check out the video below to see Dehaze in action.

Original image and with the addition of the Dehaze feature (slider set to +68).

Original image and with the addition of the Dehaze feature (slider set to +68).

Original image and with the subtraction of the Dehaze feature (slider set to -72)

Original image and with the subtraction of the Dehaze feature (slider set to -72)

When moving the slider, there is very little change in the highlight area (on the right side of the Histogram), while the shadows and lower portion of the histogram is clearly being changed. If you are concerned that the darker values in the image are being clipped to pure black, Option (Mac) | Alt (Win) -drag the slider to see the black point clipping visualization. When you see black areas appear in the image, you know that you’re starting to clip to pure black and can back off. In addition, Dehaze can be added locally by applying ACR as a Smart Filter in Photoshop.
Click here for more information about Camera Raw 9.1 including new camera and profile support.

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June 15, 2015

Photoshop CC 2015 FAQ

Please read this important information about installing Photoshop CC 2015. By default Photoshop CC 2015 will:

  • Uninstall prior versions of Photoshop CC you have installed
  • Migrate your presets, preferences and any compatible Add-Ons
  • Not migrate 3rd party plug-ins

For more information, please click here.

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April 24, 2015

Tips for Creating Panoramas in Adobe Camera Raw

Click here to watch how to create raw Panoramas images in Camera Raw 9.0.

Below are additional tips for creating raw Panoramas image in Camera Raw 9.0.

• If you have made adjustments to the individual images prior to choosing Photo Merge > Panorama, not all of them carry over to the merged file. For example, if you have made local adjustments – such as applying the radial or a graduated filter, or painting in selective areas with the adjustment brush on individual exposures, those adjustments will not be applied to the merged file! Because of this, I would suggest that you don’t spend a great deal of time making adjustments to each of the individual exposures but, instead, merge the images and then make adjustments to the resulting Panorama image.

• The settings that are NOT copied over from individual exposures to the merged panorama are:

– Lens Corrections/Upright (with the exception of Defringe settings), since the merge tool is changing geometric attributes, and does not copy over existing geometric settings.

– Local Corrections

– Red Eye

– Spot Healing

– Upright

– Crop

• If you make adjustments to an individual exposures that can be copied over to the merged file (such as conversion to B/W or Split Toning adjustments) , make sure that the exposure with the adjustments is the “most selected” image.

Command + Shift + M (Mac) | Control + Shift + m (Win) will run Photo Merge > Panorama based on the last used settings (without displaying the Merge preview window).

• By default Camera Raw appends the file name with -Pano. You can change this in the Camera Raw Preferences.

• Post-merge, lens profiles don’t make any sense to apply to panoramas, so the feature is disabled.

Tap “1” to select Spherical

Tap “2” to select Perspective

Tap “3” to select Cylindrical

• There is a size limit of 65,000 pixels on the long side of a file or, 512 MP – whichever comes first.

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April 23, 2015

Tips for Creating Raw HDR Images in Camera Raw 9.0

Click here to watch how to create raw HDR images in Camera Raw 9.0

Below are additional tips for creating raw HDR images in Camera Raw 9.0. Not all adjustments that you make to individual images will carry over when selecting  Photo Merge > HDR in Camera Raw. For example, if you have made local adjustments on individual exposures using the radial filter or the adjustment brush, those adjustments will not be applied to the merged file. Because of this, I would suggest that you don’t spend a great deal of time making adjustments to each of the individual exposures but, instead, merge the images and then make adjustments to the resulting, merged, HDR image. The settings that are NOT copied over from individual exposures to the merged file are:

– The primary tone settings in the Basic panel including Exposure, Contrast, Highlights, Shadows, Whites, and Blacks (since the merge is expanding tonal range using its own calculations).

– Tone Curve

– Local Corrections

– Red Eye

– Spot Healing

– Upright

– Crop

– Process Version (if set to anything other than the most recent – 2012)

• If you make adjustments to an individual exposures that can be copied over to the merged file (such as conversion to B/W or Split Toning adjustments) , make sure that the exposure with the adjustments is the “most selected” image.

• HDR merging requires exposure metadata. If aperture and ISO information is available, then it is used as well.

• Camera Raw will  show an error if you try to merge photos of different sizes, focal lengths, etc.

• The merged HDR images is 16 bit due to the significant (and painful) file size that would result if the HDR merge was 32-bit.

• By default Camera Raw appends the file name with -HDR. You can change this in the Camera Raw Preferences.

• The resulting (merged) DNG files will always default to Process Version (PV) 2012, despite any differing PV settings applied to the source images. This is because PV2012 is required for the extended Exposure range (+/- 10 stops) of 16 & 32bit files, where as PV2003 & PV2010 are restricted to (+/- 4 stops).

– Tap the “A” key to toggle the Align Images feature

– Tap the “T” key to toggle Auto Tone

– Tap the “Y” key  to show the Deghost Shadow Overlay

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April 21, 2015

Adobe Announces Camera Raw 9.0 – Raw Merging of Panoramas and HDR Images!

Discover how easy it is to create high dynamic range images as well as stitch panoramas together using the new PhotoMerge technology within Adobe Camera Raw. Prior to this release, merging multiple exposures of the same scene into a single file had to be done in Photoshop as a pixel based document. But now, Adobe Camera Raw is able to merge the raw image data from multiple source files so that the resulting image contains all of the desired shadow, midtone, and highlight information WITH all of the editing flexibility that comes with raw! For more information, be sure to watch the videos below:
Stitching Raw Panoramas within Adobe Camera Raw 9.0

Raw High Dynamic Range Imaging within Adobe Camera Raw 9.0

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April 17, 2015

Controlling Selective Color Changes in Lightroom

In this episode of The Complete Picture, Julieanne demonstrates how to use Hue, Saturation, Luminance and the Adjustment Brush to selectively control color in Lightroom. Note: although this video was recorded in Lightroom, the same techniques are available in Adobe Camera Raw in Photoshop.

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March 19, 2015

Camera Raw 8.8 now available!

Camera Raw 8.8 is now available as a final release for Photoshop CS6 and Photoshop CC. DNG Converter 8.8 is provided for all Lightroom customers and Photoshop customers using versions of Photoshop older than Photoshop CS6. Click here for more information.

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December 19, 2014

Julieanne’s 68 Favorite Photoshop CC Features

If you have recently updated to Creative Cloud, here is an updated list of my 68 favorite new  tools, feature enhancements, and productivity improvements since Photoshop CS6. Have fun!

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1/50 Refinements to the Crop Tool

2/50 – Making Nondestructive Adjustments using Liquify in Photoshop CC

3/50 -Applying Non-destructive Field, Tilt & Iris Blur Filters in Photoshop CC

4/50 – How to Add Realistic Spinning Motion Blur Effects using Spin Blur in Photoshop CC

5/50 – Using Path Blur to Add Motion Blur Effects Along a Path in Photoshop CC

6/50 – Re-Editable Rounded Rectangles in Photoshop CC (Live Shapes)

7/50 Disabling Photoshop’s Properties Panel from Auto Showing on Shape Creation

8/50 –  Path Creation and Selection Improvements in Photoshop CC

9/50 – Upright Perspective Corrections in Camera Raw for Photoshop CC

10/50 – Sync Upright’s Numeric Transforms in Camera Raw

11/50 – The Radial Filter in Camera Raw in Photoshop CC

12/50 – The Graduated and Radial Filter’s New Brush Feature in Camera Raw in Photoshop CC

13/50 – The Advanced Healing Brush in Adobe Camera Raw in Photoshop CC

14/50 – Additional Secrets of the Advanced Healing Brush (Spot Removal Tool) in Adobe Camera Raw

15/50 – Using Adobe Camera Raw as a Smart Filter  to Create a High Dynamic Range ( HDR) Image

16/50 – Setting Default Type Styles in Photoshop CC

17/50 – System Font Matching and Sub Pixel Rendering in Photoshop CC

18/50 – Typekit Font Matching in Photoshop CC

19/50 – Font Search, Instant Type Preview and Typkit Features in Photoshop CC

20/50 – Camera Shake Reduction as a Smart Filter in Photoshop CC

21/50 – The Crop Tool, Workflow Options and Image Size in Adobe Camera Raw and Photoshop CC

22/50 – Workflow Presets Now Available in Adobe Camera Raw in Photoshop CC

23/50 – New Save Image Options in Adobe Camera Raw in Photoshop CC

24/50 – New Image Sizing Options in Camera Raw in Photoshop CC

25/50 – Soft Proofing Now Available in Adobe Camera Raw 8.1 for Photoshop CC

26/50 – Improved Image Size and Smart Sharpen Technologies in Photoshop CC

27/50 – Linked Smart Objects in Photoshop CC

28/50 – Converting Embedded Smart Objects and Packaging Linked Files in Photoshop CC

29/50 – How to Align and Distribute Layers using Smart Guides in Photoshop CC

30/50 – How to Use Layer Comps for Multi State Mock-ups in Photoshop CC

31/50 – Reducing Color Noise using Adobe Camera Raw

32/50 – Reposition and Duplicate Local Adjustment Brush Adjustments in Photoshop CC

33/50 – Interactive Histogram and LAB Color Readouts in Camera Raw

34/50 – Adding Grain to Image Sequences (Time Lapse) in Camera Raw

35/50 – Red Eye Removal Enhancements in Camera Raw

36/50 – Camera Raw Previews in Photoshop CC

37/50 – Per-Panel Preview in Camera Raw in Photoshop CC

38/50 – Save to Behance from Photoshop CC

39/50 – Conditional Actions in Photoshop CC

40/50 – How to Remove Distracting Elements using the Enhanced Content Aware Tools in Photoshop CC

41/50 – How to Use Perspective Warp in Photoshop CC

42/50 – Apply an Arrow Along A Path Using Photoshop CC

43/50 – Create Unique Trees in Photoshop CC

44/50 – Adding a Picture Frame (Border) in Photoshop

45/50 – Additional Filters Available for 32-bit Files in Photoshop CC (v14.1)

46/50 – How to Use Focus Area to Make Selections in Photoshop CC

47/50 – Refining a Selection with the Maximum and Minimum Filters in Photoshop CC

48/50 – Color Range Improvements in Photoshop CC

49/50 – Automatic Asset Creator – Generator in Photoshop CC

50/50 – Sync Settings in Photoshop CC

51/55 But Wait, There’s More – Additional New Features for Photoshop CC!

52/55 – Color and Brush Panel Enhancements in Photoshop CC

53/55 – The Experimental Feature Manager in Photoshop CC

54/55 – 3D Printing and Manipulation in Photoshop CC

 55/55 Exporting Color Lookup Tables in Photoshop CC

56 Extract Assets for Generator  in Photoshop CC

57 Tips and Tutorials Accessible via Photoshop’s Welcome Screen  in Photoshop CC

58 Flame Generator Filter  in Phtoshop CC

59 New Guide Layout and Guide From Shape in Photoshop CC

60 The Libraries Panel in Photoshop CC

61 Modifying Selections in Photoshop CC

62 Feathering the Edges of a Selection along the Edge of a Document in Photoshop CC

63 Quick Photoshop CC Shortcuts: Improvements to Layer Groups, updates to Live Shape Properties, and new Fill Options

64 Layer Visibility and Locking Layers shortcuts in Photoshop CC.

65 Overscroll Documents Feature in Photoshop CC

66 Animation Support for 3D Printing in Photoshop CC

67 “Rigged File Support and 3D Animations in Photoshop CC

68 3D PDF Import/Export in Photoshop CC

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December 17, 2014

Changing Brush Size Quickly in Camera Raw

To quickly change the size of the Adjustment Brush in Camera Raw, Control -click (Mac) | Right -click Win drag left/right to decrease/increase the size of the brush. Add the Shift key and drag left/right to decrease/increase the Feather value.

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November 19, 2014

Adobe Announces Lightroom 5.7 and Camera Raw 8.7 Update Now Available!

These updates include support for 24 new cameras and 57 new lens profiles, as well as assorted bug fixes (click here to see the entire list).

Lightroom 5.7 now supports the Collaboration and Feedback features found in Lightroom mobile and the Lightroom web interface including the ability to view comments and likes from Lightroom web. More specifically:

  • Synced collections now show a more prominent share button at the top of the Toolbar in the Lightroom desktop app.  This allows you to quickly share your synced collection with friends, family, and clients using Lightroom web (http://lightroom.adobe.com).
  • Comments and likes left on Lightroom web now sync to the Lightroom desktop catalog.  Comments and Likes will be shown in the “Comment” panel for synced collections.
  • Images with comments and likes will display a badge indicating that there are comments and a colored badge to indicate that there are unread comments.
  • Additional details on the new Lightroom 5.7 can be found here.

The ACR 8.7 update for CC includes HiDPI support on Windows.

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September 2, 2014

37/50 – Per-Panel Preview in Camera Raw in Photoshop CC

Camera Raw has a new button designed to display a per-panel preview that is applied directly to the main view of the image. Clicking this button will reset the settings in the selected panel to their defaults. Clicking it again will reset them to the previous settings. Or,  use the shortcut Command + Option + P (Mac) | Control + Alt + P (Win) to toggle the preview.

Image with per-panel preview “Off” (modifications made to the HSL/Grayscale panel are visible in the image area).

Image with per-panel preview “Showing Current Settings” (modifications made to the HSL/Grayscale panel are visible in the image area).

Image with per-panel preview toggled “On” (the HSL/Grayscale panel is set to the default settings).

Image with per-panel preview toggled “visible panel set to default settings” (the HSL/Grayscale panel is set to the default settings).

Although the preview behavior might appear to look the same as it did in previous versions, this new button actually works a bit differently “under the hood”. Instead of simply showing and hiding the settings in a panel, this button actually resets the panel (clicking the button again restores the previous settings).
So, you might be asking why did we change the per-panel preview behavior? Well, since Camera Raw is not a database program (like Lightroom is), it can’t keep track of different “states” that a panel might be in. This means that in previous versions of Camera Raw, if you had toggled off the preview state of a panel, and then clicked “Done” or “Open Image”, Camera Raw would apply the slider values—even if the preview was turned off for that panel. Therefore, what you saw in Camera Raw may not have matched the resulting file. As you can imagine, when this mismatch occurred, it was not only confusing to the customer, but also unacceptable to the engineering team.
With this release, I believe the engineers have provided us with the best of both worlds; we can still use the new Before/After features (those are completely unchanged), as well as have an improved per-panel preview as a standalone feature.

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September 1, 2014

36/50 – Camera Raw Previews in Photoshop CC

Camera Raw can now display a before/after Preview (with side-by-side and split-view support) to compare your edits to the original. The Preview check box in earlier versions of ACR has been replaced by three buttons in the bottom-right of the ACR main dialog. From left to right, they are Mode, Swap and Copy:

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• Click the Mode button to cycle through left/right and top/bottom side-by-side and split-view modes.

• Click-and-hold the Mode button to bring up a popup menu for directly choosing Preview modes and accessing the Preview Preferences (the Preview Preferences support customizing the Preview modes used for cycling as well as some drawing options including divider and pane options).

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• Tap Q to cycle through the Preview modes.

• Click the Swap button to swap Before/After settings.

• Tap P to swap Before/After settings for the primary selected image only.

• Shift + P to swap Before/After settings for all selected images.

• Click the Copy button to copy the After settings to the Before settings. This is useful for establishing a temporary “checkpoint” for your image editing session.

• Option + P (Mac) | Alt  + P (Win) to copy After settings to the Before settings for the primary selected image only.

• Option + Shift + P (Mac) | Alt + Shift + P (Win) to copy After settings to the Before settings for all selected images.

• When making changes to images, the changes can only be made to the “after” image and the slider settings (in the panels) will always reflect the “after” image settings.

• The standard single-image view always shows the “after state”.

• Zooming and panning on one view will automatically zoom and pan the other.

Note: while tapping the Q key will cycle through all of the Preview modes in Camera Raw in Photoshop, I primarily use the same view 95+% of the time. So that I don’t have to cycle through so many different options, I click-hold the Mode button to display the pop-up menu for Preview Preferences. Unchecking all but one of the Preview modes allows me to tap the “Q” key to quickly toggle my Before/After Left Right view on and off.

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August 29, 2014

35/50 – Red Eye Removal Enhancements in Camera Raw

The Red Eye tool can now correct bright pupils in animals. Select the tool and, in the Red Eye Removal panel, Select ‘Pet Eye’ from the drop down menu to locate and fix pet eyes. You can also automatically add catchlights and drag to reposition them.

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August 28, 2014

34/50 – Adding Grain to Image Sequences (Time Lapse) in Camera Raw

The Grain effect in Camera Raw now varies from image to image to facilitate editing time-lapse and video frame sequences.

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August 27, 2014

33/50 – Interactive Histogram and LAB Color Readouts in Camera Raw

The Histogram is now interactive in Camera Raw. Instead of selecting the sliders in the Basic panel, simply click and drag on the Histogram to adjust the Blacks, Shadows, Exposure, Highlights, and Whites. The video below demonstrates how.

In addition, Control -click (Mac) | Right Mouse -click (Win) within the Histogram to enable Lab color readouts, even when the Workflow Options are set to another color space (such as Adobe RGB). Note: the context menu can also be used to toggle the shadow, highlight, and gamut clipping warnings.

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