Posts tagged "Adobe Camera Raw and DNG"

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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August 26, 2014

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

Discover all of the new refinements made to the Adjustment Brush in Camera Raw including the ability to reposition brush adjustments in the video below.

In addition, these shortcuts will help when using the Adjustment Brush:
• Command + Option -drag (Mac) | Control + Alt -drag (Win) an Adjustment Brush pin to duplicate the pin.
• Option -click (Mac) | Alt -click(Win) to delete the pin.
• If you prefer, Control -click (Mac) | Right Mouse -click (Win) displays both options – to duplicate or delete a pin.
• Control -click (Mac) | Right Mouse -click (Win) on the pin to access the option to “Reset Local Correction Settings” from the context menu. Or, use the fly-out menu to choose “Reset Local Correction Settings” – whichever is faster for you.

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August 25, 2014

31/50 – Reducing Color Noise using Adobe Camera Raw

When photographing in low light, shadow areas within an image can appear to have “splotchy” areas of color. Watch the video below to see how to remove this low-frequency color mottling using the new Color Smoothness adjustment slider in Camera Raw.

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August 15, 2014

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

Camera Raw in Photoshop CC now includes the ability to select RGB, CMYK and LAB ICC profiles to soft proof images. To select a profile, click the workflow Options (accessed via the blue hyperlink at the bottom of the Camera Raw window) and in the Color Space section, choose the Space from the pop-down menu. Once a profile is selected, Camera Raw displays a “soft proof” of that image. In addition you have the ability to choose either Perceptual or Relative as your rendering Intent and can choose whether or not to Simulate Paper and Ink. Note: there is not an option for Black Point Compensation because it is always enabled in Camera Raw. In addition, Grayscale color profiles will only appear in the Space popup when processing a monochrome image or when converting a color image to grayscale. And finally, when using a Lab or CMYK color space, the histogram and color readouts will change accordingly. Check out the details in the video below:

Note: For accurate results, monitor calibration is a must! In addition, there may very well be some colors that simply aren’t reproducible on a monitor that can be printed and vice versa.

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August 14, 2014

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

There are two choices in the Image Sizing area of the Workflow Options in Camera Raw that I didn’t understand the difference between: Width & Height and Dimensions. Well, thanks to Eric Chan, now I know!

• Width & Height: One would use this option to resize using both the image width and height. The width of the resized image will be limited to the unit specified in the “W” field, and the height of the resized image will be limited to the unit specified in the “H” field. It’s like you’re setting a bounding rectangle for the image to fit inside of (while maintaining the aspect ratio of the image).

• Dimensions: This option is similar to the “Width & Height” described above, but it disregards the image orientation. That is, the longer edge of the resized image will be limited to the larger of the two specified units. Similarly, the shorter edge of the resized image will be limited to the smaller of the two specified units.

In addition, when changing image size, a new option to change based on Percentage is available in the drop down menu.

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August 13, 2014

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

As many of you know, batch saving multiple images from Camera Raw, can be a significant time saver.

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In Camera Raw in Photoshop CC, the Save Image options have been updated to  include Color Space, Image Sizing and Output Sharpening. This gives us the benefit of being able to quickly save out our images using the Save Image button without having to change our current workflow settings.

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And, if you use the same Save Image setting again and again, be sure to save them as presets so that they’re easily accessible.

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August 12, 2014

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

Workflow presets are now available for defining and then quickly choosing different workflow settings in Camera Raw. Click on the Workflow settings (the hyperlink at the bottom of the Camera Raw dialog) to access the options then, after creating your custom presets and exiting the workflow settings, Control -click (Mac) | Right Mouse -click (Win) the workflow link to quickly switch between your saved presets. This video will show you how.

 

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August 11, 2014

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

The Crop tool’s behavior has been modified so that it is now solely responsible for defining the aspect ratio of the image and the Workflow options are responsible for determining the actual image size. For example, in order to create an image that is 8 x 10 inches at 300 ppi, click and hold the Crop tool to select 4 to 5 from the list of aspect ratios and crop  the image as desired. Then, using the Workflow Options (accessed via the blue hyperlink at the bottom of the Camera Raw window), check the Resize to Fit option. Select Short Size from the drop down menu and enter 8 inches and a resolution 300 ppi. See how it works in the video below:

Shortcut – tapping the “X” key when using the Crop Tool toggles the aspect ratio from landscape to portrait and vice-versa.

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August 1, 2014

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

In the video below, we’re going to discover how easy it is to take multiple, bracketed exposures of the same scene and combine them into a single 32-bit HDR image that can then be edited nondestructively using Adobe Camera Raw as a Smart Filter in Photoshop CC. In addition, we’ll discover how powerful Camera Raw can be when applied to multiple layers as a Smart Object.

And just in case I wasn’t clear in the video, I want to point out why Adobe would include Camera Raw as a filter in Photoshop CC. Well, here are the first three reasons that I can think of, but I’m sure that there are more!
• First of all, not everyone had the luxury of working with raw files so it can be a huge benefit to be able to apply options like clarity and perspective correction to non raw images (a Photoshop layer for example).
• Sometimes we forget to do things in the right order and we don’t have time to go back to the beginning and fix them when on deadline. Yes, this might not be optimal, and yes, we would be better off making changes earlier in our workflow (processing our raw files directly in Camera Raw before opening them in Photoshop), but Camera Raw as a filter can help to make corrections or add creative effects to layers later in your workflow and/or with legacy files.
• Camera Raw as a filter can be applied to multiple layers at one time (by selecting multiple layers in the Layers panel and converting them to a single Smart Object). Plus, working with Camera Raw as a Smart Filter enables blend mode and opacity options as well as a Smart Filter mask to selectively show and hide the filter.
Additional information can be found in this post.
Note: The following features are not available when using Camera Raw as a Smart Filter (that are normally available in Camera Raw), primarily because they don’t make sense in the filter context: Workflow options and preferences, crop and straighten tools, rotation tools (rotate left/right buttons), snapshots, camera and lens profile corrections.

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July 31, 2014

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

In the video below, we can see that the Camera Raw team has made even more refinements to the  Advanced Healing Brush (Spot Removal Tool) in Camera Raw in Photoshop CC.  These improvements include a new Feather slider to control the softness of the edge when cloning or healing areas of an image as well as improvements in the way that the Advanced Healing Brush 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 Advanced Healing Brush will bias the selection of the auto source location from within the crop rectangle (as opposed to auto-choosing image areas outside the crop). Note: tapping the Forward Slash key (/) will automatically select a new source for the selected circle or brush spot.

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July 30, 2014

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

The video below demonstrates the new features added to the Advanced Healing Brush (Spot Removal) tool in Adobe Camera Raw. Also check out the shortcuts below to take full advantage of the features!

• Tap the “B” key to select the Advanced Healing Brush tool.

• Tap the “V” key to toggle the visibility of the spot overlays.

• Shift -drag constrains the brush spot to a horizontal or vertical stroke.

• Shift -click connects the selected spot with the new spot via a straight brush stroke.

• Command -drag (Mac) | Control -drag (Win)  will create a circle spot and allow you to drag to define the source.

• Tap the Forward Slash key (/) to select new source for existing circle or brush spot.

• Press Delete to delete a selected spot.

• Option -click (Mac) | Alt -click (Win) on a spot to delete it (the cursor will change to a pair of scissors).

• Option -drag (Mac) | Alt  -drag (Win) in the image area over multiple spots to batch-delete (the icon changes to a marquee while dragging.

• Tap the “Y” key to toggle on/off Visualize spots. Note – this is also available as a checkbox and slider in Toolbar.

• Tap the left and right brackets to increase / decrease your brush size. Add the Shift key to increase / decrease the feather.

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