Posts in Category "Adobe Camera Raw and DNG"

February 26, 2013

Lightroom 4.4 and Camera Raw 7.4 Release Candidates Now Available

The Lightroom 4.4 and Camera Raw 7.4 Release Candidates are now available on Adobe labs:

Lightroom 4.4

Camera Raw 7.4

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January 16, 2013

Renaming Presets in Adobe Camera Raw in Photoshop

Although there isn’t a menu item to rename your presets in Adobe Camera Raw in Photoshop, you can simply rename them in the operating system. Your Camera Raw Presets are located here:

• Win (user)/Application Data/Adobe/Camera Raw/Settings

• Mac(user)/Library/Application Support/Adobe/Camera Raw/Settings

If you are on a Mac running Lion, the Library menu is hidden by default. To reveal it, hold the option key down while selecting the “Go” menu in the Finder.

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December 12, 2012

Adobe Announces ACR 7.3 and Lightroom 4.3

In addition to new camera support, Lightroom also includes HiDPI within the Library and Develop Modules. Click here for all of the details…

 

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October 24, 2012

Video Tutorial – Toning Black and White Photographs

In this episode of The Complete Picture (Toning Black and White Photographs in Lightroom 4 ), Julieanne explains the best way to add a color tone to an image using the Split Tone and Tone Curve panels as well as demonstrates how to save presets to increase your productivity.

Single Color Toning

Single Color Toning using the Split Tone panel. Examples include the Original Auto B/W Mix, Antique, Blue, Mustard, Sepia Midtones, Sepia Shadows, Blue, Cyan, Green, Magenta, Orange, Purple, Red, and Yellow presets.

Although this video was recorded in Lightroom, the same techniques are available in Adobe Camera Raw in Photoshop CS6. Click to download the Toning presets for Lightroom 4 (JKost_Toning.zip)  and Photoshop CS6 (PS_JKost Toning.zip).

Note: here is an updated version of the Toning Presets for Lightroom 4 (Windows versions)JKostToningWin. I had use and asterisk in the file names which has now been changed to “0_” to keep the “reset” presets at the top of the list.

Color Toning using the Split Tone and Tone Curve panels. Examples include the Original Auto B/W Mix, Coffee Stain, Cyan/Yellow, Forest Horror, Orange/Yellow, Red/Cyan, Warm Strong, Warm Medium, Warm Subtle, Stark Winter, Warm Chocolate, and Weathered Marble presets.

To install: download and unzip the presets for Lightroom 4 or Photoshop CS6 (above) and place them in the following location:

Lightroom

• Mac (user)/Library/Application Support/Adobe/Lightroom/Develop Presets

• Win (user)/Application Data/Adobe/Lightroom/Develop Presets

Photoshop

• Mac(user)/Library/Application Support/Adobe/Camera Raw / Settings

• Win (user)/Application Data/Adobe/Camera Raw/Settings

If you are on a Mac running Lion, the Library menu is hidden by default. To reveal it, hold the option key down while selecting the “Go” menu in the Finder.

Note: The preset names differ slightly for each product as ACR does not support folders in the Presets tab and I wanted similar presets grouped together.

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October 17, 2012

Video Tutorial – Converting Images to Black and White

In this episode of The Complete Picture (Converting Images to Black and White), Julieanne demonstrates the best way to convert images to Black and White as well as how to save presets to increase your productivity. Note: although this video was recorded in Lightroom, the same techniques are available in Adobe Camera Raw in Photoshop CS6. Click here to download the presets for Lightroom 4 (JKost Black & White.zip)  and Photoshop CS6 (PS_JKost Black White.zip).

Original Image, Default B/W Mix, Auto B/W Mix, Portrait B/W Mix +ROY
B/W Sat-100, B/W Sat-100 Lum+ROYP, B/W Sat -75 Vintage Look

 Note: The preset names differ slightly for Photoshop and Lightroom as ACR does not support folders in the Presets tab and I wanted all of the Black and White presets grouped together.

To install: download and unzip the presets for Lightroom/Photoshop (link above) and place them in the following location:

Lightroom

• Mac (user)/Library/Application Support/Adobe/Lightroom/Develop Presets

• Win (user)/Application Data/Adobe/Lightroom/Develop Presets

Photoshop

• Mac(user)/Library/Application Support/Adobe/Camera Raw /Settings (put the presets loose in the Settings folder – not in a subfolder)

• Win (user)/Application Data/Adobe/Camera Raw/Settings

Note: If you are on a Mac running Lion, the (user)/Library folder is hidden by default. To reveal it, hold the Option key down while selecting the “Go” menu in the Finder.

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October 16, 2012

Changes Made to JPEG Files in Lightroom and Photoshop

If you capture images as JPEGs, and then make changes to JPEG files in the Develop Module (or in Quick Develop) in Lightroom or in Camera Raw in Photoshop ,and post those original JPEG files online, the adjustment changes will not be displayed. You must have Lightroom or Photoshop render a new version of the JPEG with your changes applied (via Export, the output modules and/or publish services).

Why? Well, when you make changes to your files in Lightroom (or Camera Raw), you can choose to push settings such as copyright and keywords into JPEG files. In Lightroom you do this by choosing Metadata > Save Metadata to File or by checking “Automatically write changes to XMP” in Catalog Settings > Metadata. In Photoshop, you add your information in File Info or in the appropriate panels in Bridge. Most other programs, (if they’re savvy enough to read IPTC data) can read information such as copyright and keyword and display this information.

But other programs (including browsers) are not able to read changes made in Quick Develop or in the Develop Module in Lightroom or in Camera Raw in Photoshop and render it, so you need  to export your modified files (in order to render a new file with the changes applied) and post those files instead of the original JPEGs.

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October 10, 2012

Video Tutorial – The Graduated Filter and Adjustment Brush

In this episode of The Complete Picture (The Graduated Filter and Adjustment Brush), discover the power of making selective adjustments like dodging and burning, color corrections and noise removal using the Graduated Filter and Adjustment Brush. Note: although this video was recorded in Lightroom, the same techniques are available in Adobe Camera Raw in Photoshop CS6.

 

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August 21, 2012

Vibrance and Saturation in Photoshop and Lightroom

There are two sliders in the Basic panel (in the Develop module in Lightroom and in the Camera Raw dialog in Photoshop), which can be used to quickly adjust color – Vibrance and Saturation. Lately I have overheard a number of people “arguing” over which adjustment is better. So to put that argument to rest, I’m going to say that both adjustments have their strengths!  Although I will agree that it’s a good rule of thumb to use the Vibrance slider to increase (or decrease) saturation in images (especially portraits because not only is Vibrance a relative slider, it is also biased to leave “skin-tones” alone), there are also times when I prefer to use Saturation to set the mood in my images. In fact, there are many times when I use a combination of BOTH sliders to reduce colors that are too overbearing – I will make a negative adjustment using Vibrance and then increase the resulting (more “even” color palette) with Saturation. Since the sliders are nondestructive don’t be afraid to experiment!

(Yes, sometimes I run with scissors too. )

5:10 AM Permalink
August 15, 2012

White Balance Settings for RAW and JPEG Files

The units of measurements displayed in the Basic panel (in Lightroom’s Develop module and in the Camera Raw dialog in Photoshop) for Temperature and Tint differ between RAW and JPEG files. When working with a raw file, the Temperature slider ranges from 2,000 to 50,000 Kelvin and the Tint sliders range from -150 to 150. When working with JPEG files (or other pixel based files such as PSD or TIFF) the Temperature and Tint sliders both range from -100 to 100.

You might also notice that when working with RAW files, Lightroom displays a list of “preset” White Balance settings (Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten etc. – this list might differ slightly from camera to camera). When you work with a JPEG file, LIghtroom only displays As Shot, Auto and Custom in the pull-down menu

5:06 AM Permalink
August 14, 2012

Increase the Camera Raw Cache in Photoshop and Lightroom

When moving back and forth between images in the Develop module in Lightroom and in the Camera Raw dialog in Photoshop, it can be a performance advantage to increase the Camera Raw Cache when working with raw files. To do so, in Lightroom,  select Preferences > File Handling > Camera Raw Cache Setting and increase the Maximum Size. In Photoshop select  Preferences > Camera Raw and increase the Maximum Size. The larger the cache, the greater the number of images Lightroom can hold onto for quick access – making it faster to load recently viewed images. If you are simply moving from one image to the next (without returning to the previously viewed images), then you may not see a benefit from increasing the Camera Raw Cache.

5:04 AM Permalink
August 1, 2012

Previewing “Clipped” Values in Lightroom 4

Positioning the cursor over the triangles in the upper left and right of the Histogram panel will display areas of the photograph that are clipping to pure black or pure white. Areas that are clipping to black are shown with a blue overlay, areas clipping to white are shown with a red overlay.

Moving the cursor away from the shadow/highlight clipping icon hides the overlay. For a more constant display of the overlay, click the warning icon to show, click again to hide – or  tap the “J” key to toggle on/off both of the shadow/highlight clipping previews at once.

An alternate way to preview clipping is to Opt (Mac) /Alt (Win) -drag the Exposure, Highlights, Shadows, Whites and/or Blacks sliders in the Basic panel. This differs from the clipping warnings above as you will see a per channel clipping preview displayed.

Note: In order to preview the clipping warning in ACR in Photoshop, tap the “O” / “U” key. Similar to Lightroom, clipped highlights will be displayed in red, shadows in blue. I remember these shortcuts by thinking of Over/Under exposure.

12:11 PM Permalink
July 23, 2012

Video Tutorial – Why Does a Photograph’s Preview Change in Lightroom and Bridge?

In this video tutorial (Why Does the  Photograph’s Preview Change in Lightroom and Bridge? ), Julieanne explains one of the great mysteries of Lightroom and Bridge – why Lightroom (or Bridge) displays a photograph one way and then changes the way it looks a moment later. It will all become clear with just a little information about how digital camera files are captured and displayed by different applications.



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June 7, 2012

Adjustment Brush Shortcuts in Camera Raw in Photoshop CS6

When using the Adjustment Brush in Adobe Camera Raw, Control -drag left/right to decrease/increase the brush size. Control + Shift -drag left/right to decrease/increase the feather (softness) of the adjustment brush’s edge.

5:02 AM Permalink
June 5, 2012

Previewing Video in Photoshop CS6

To preview video faster in Photoshop, zoom out until the height of the canvas is less than 540 pixels. At this smaller preview size, Photoshop CS6 automatically plays and scrubs at lower resolution (and therefore faster).

5:33 AM Permalink
May 29, 2012

ACR 7.1 and DNG Converter 7.1 Now Available for LR4 and PSCS6

Sharad Mangalick (product manager for Lightroom) provides a nice summary:

Camera Raw 7.1 is now available on Adobe.com and through the update mechanism in Adobe Photoshop CS6. Camera Raw 7.1 adds new Defringe controls to help address chromatic aberration. Defringe is available as part of the Lens Correction panel. Camera Raw can also now read 16-bit, 24-bit, and 32-bit HDR files. Supported HDR formats are TIFF and DNG.  Photoshop CS6 customers can upgrade to Camera Raw 7.1.  Customers of previous versions of Photoshop can utilize DNG Converter 7.1 for raw file support for newly added cameras.

More details about ACR 7.1 and DNG Converter 7.1 here via the Lightroom Journal.

And Lightroom 4.1 is now available as a final release on Adobe.com and through the update mechanism in Lightroom 4 (Under the Help menu). More information posted here on the Lightroom Journal.

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