Archive for April, 2014

The new Preview feature in Camera Raw

We recently introduced a new Preview feature in Camera Raw 8.4.  The new Preview feature enhances the before and after preview in the following ways:

  • provides a side by side view of changes.  This gives you a real time before and after preview.
  • allows you to set the ‘before’ state.  This gives you control over what you are comparing.

With the new functionality, you still have the functionality that you previously had, such as comparing before and after.  You can do this by tapping the keyboard shortcut P to toggle between the before and after.  Now, you can also set the before state using the keyboard shortcut Alt/Option P. If you want to preview changes only in a specific panel (such as the Detail panel), you can do this by visiting the panel, setting the before state (press Alt/Option P), making the desired changes, and comparing before/after (press P).  Note that this approach lets you do before/after comparisons for groups of changes in different panels, too — for example, tone changes made in both the Basic panel and the Tone Curve panel.

We just released Camera Raw 8.4.1, which fixed a bug that caused Camera Raw to forget the “Before” settings when switching from image to image in the filmstrip, thereby preventing the new Preview feature from working. This bug only affected customers using multiple images with Photoshop CC.

The Field Triage Opportunity for Lr Mobile

I’m keenly aware that photographers would like to leave their laptops behind and head out on the road with just their DSLR, Camera Connection Kit and an iPad.  It’s not just pros on a shoot in the middle of a remote location, it extends all the way to every photography enthusiast who has debated with their spouse on the necessity of bringing a bulky laptop on the family vacation. This is something the Lightroom team wants to tackle with Lightroom mobile and customers can realize the beginning of this in a JPEG-only workflow.  But there are a few hurdles we need to address before we can have a robust experience that’s able to include raw files:

  • We know our customers often like to shoot in a raw format.  That’s a lot of data and the ingest experience on current iPads via a Camera Connection Kit is quite slow.
  • The way the Camera Roll works on iOS, an application like Lightroom mobile would need to duplicate the storage required by a photographer’s images then leave customers with an awkward deletion experience on the camera roll to save space.
  • The bandwidth required to pass the originals from the iPad through to our servers and back to your desktop would be substantial and slow.

We’ve utilized a Smart Preview solution on the desktop to expedite access to original files on mobile devices but that becomes more difficult going in the other direction due to processing requirements and the fact that customers would expect the original to eventually arrive on their desktop.(And that transfer to the desktop should occur without a kludgey, manual copy and link-to-original workflow from the CF or SD card)  We’ll need to address all three of these areas before we can have a suitable field triage workflow.  We can tackle the bandwidth requirement with intelligent, downstream use of P2P connections but the first two issues will still remain a challenge.

The team would love to hear your thoughts and expectations in this area.

Regards,
Tom Hogarty

Camera Raw 8.4 and DNG Converter 8.4 now available

Camera Raw 8.4 is now available as a final release for Photoshop CS6 and Photoshop CC.  This release provides new features including new preview controls, red eye correction for pets and updates to Local Corrections.  In addition, this release also includes bug fixes, support for new cameras and new lenses.  DNG Converter 8.4 is provided for customers using versions of Photoshop older than Photoshop CS6.

As mentioned here, updates to Camera Raw 8 for Photoshop CS6 only include new camera support, lens profile support, and bug fixes.  The new features listed in the release notes are only available in Photoshop CC.

Please note that Camera Raw 8.4 and DNG Converter 8.4 will not work on Windows XP, Windows Vista or Mac OSX 10.6.  Impacted customers can continue either update to compatible operating system or continue to use Camera Raw 8.3 for Photoshop CS6.  Photoshop CS6 customers on Windows 7, Windows 8, Mac OSX 10.7 (Lion), Mac OSX 10.8 (Mountain Lion) or Mac OSX 10.9 (Mavericks) will not be impacted and will continue to receive updated camera support through future ACR 8.x dot releases.

Release Notes

Features:

Updates to the Preview Controls.  The main idea is a simple “Before/After” set of image settings. Details:

  • The Preview checkbox has been replaced by three buttons in the bottom-right of the ACR main dialog. From left to right, they are:
    • Mode: Click this button to cycle through left/right and top/bottom side-by-side and split-view modes. Click-and-hold this button to bring up a popup menu for directly choosing Preview modes and accessing the Preview Preferences. Keyboard shortcut: Press Q to cycle through the Preview modes.
    • Swap: Click this button to swap Before/After settings. Keyboard shortcut: Press P to swap Before/After settings for the primary selected image only; press Shift-P to swap Before/After settings for all selected images.
    • Copy: Click this button to copy the After settings to the Before settings. This is useful for establishing a temporary “checkpoint” for your image editing session. Keyboard shortcut: Press Option-P to copy After settings to the Before settings for the primary selected image only. Press Shift-Option-P to copy After settings to the Before settings for all selected images.
    • The After preview image always reflects the current slider and tool settings (White Balance, Exposure, etc.).
    • The standard single-image view always shows the After state.
    • In the side-by-side and split-view modes, the Before settings are always shown on the left or top, and the After settings are always shown on the right or bottom.
    • The Preview Preferences dialog supports customizing the Preview modes used for cycling and some drawing options.
    • When using any tool other than Zoom and Pan (hand) in a side-by-side or split-view, changes are only allowed on the After view. Using the Crop tool will put you back into the standard single-image mode.
    • Zooming and panning on one view will automatically zoom and pan the other.

Pet Eye correction: The Red Eye tool can now correct bright pupils in animals. Details:

  • Select ‘Pet Eye’ from the new drop down menu in the Red Eye tool to fix pet eyes.
  • Add catchlights to Pet Eye corrections using the ‘Add Catchlight’ checkbox (enabled by default).
  • Reposition catchlights to create a more natural look by dragging within the overlay that surrounds the catchlight.

Changes to Local Corrections:

  • Added a mechanism to quickly reset all local correction sliders (Temperature, Exposure, etc.) to zero: right-click on a local adjustment pin and choose “Reset Local Correction Settings” from the context menu. Another way is to click on a local adjustment pin, and then choose “Reset Local Correction Settings” from the flyout menu.
  • Added “Fill Image” to context menu for Radial Filter. Right-click on a radial filter adjustment pin and choose “Fill Image” from the context menu to resize the radial filter to cover the image area. (Shortcut: double-click inside the ellipse overlay for a radial filter adjustment to accomplish the same task.)
  • Added “Check All” and “Check None” buttons to Synchronize, New Preset, Save Settings, and Copy/Paste (Bridge) dialog boxes. These are shortcuts for checking all/none of the check boxes.
  • Added keyboard shortcut: When using the Crop Tool or Straighten Tool, press the X key to flip the crop aspect ratio (landscape to portrait, portrait to landscape).
  • Added explanatory note to Lens Correction “Profile” panel to indicate when built-in (metadata-based) lens profiles are automatically applied to the image.

Added context menu to Histogram pane. The context menu can be used to enable Lab color readouts, even when the Workflow Options are set to another color space (such as Adobe RGB). The context menu and also be used to toggle the shadow, highlight, and gamut clipping warnings.

Added Camera Matching color profiles (PROVIA/STANDARD, Velvia/VIVID, ASTIA/SOFT, MONOCHROME, etc.) for the following Fujifilm cameras:

  • Fujifilm X-A1
  • Fujifilm X-E1
  • Fujifilm X-E2
  • Fujifilm X-M1
  • Fujifilm X-S1
  • Fujifilm X-T1
  • Fujifilm X-Pro1
  • Fujifilm X10
  • Fujifilm X20
  • Fujifilm XF1
  • Fujifilm XQ1
  • Fujifilm X100
  • Fujifilm X100S

New Camera Support in Camera Raw 8.4

  • Canon EOS 1200D (REBEL T5, KISS X70)
  • Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II (*)
  • Casio EX-100
  • DJI Phantom
  • Fujifilm X-T1
  • Hasselblad H5D-50c
  • Hasselblad HV
  • Nikon 1 V3 (*)
  • Nikon COOLPIX P340
  • Nikon D3300
  • Nikon D4S
  • Olympus OM-D E-M10 (*)
  • Panasonic LUMIX DMC-ZS40 (DMC-TZ60, DMC-TZ61)
  • Phase One IQ250
  • Samsung NX mini (*)
  • Samsung NX30
  • Sony Alpha a5000 (ILCE-5000)
  • Sony Alpha a6000 (ILCE-6000)

* denotes preliminary support

New Lens Profile Support in Camera Raw 8.4

Mount Name
Apple   Apple iPhone 5c
Canon   Canon EF 200-400mm f/4 L IS USM
Canon   Canon EF 200-400mm f/4 L IS USM EXT
Canon   Canon EF-S 18-55mm /3.5-5.6 IS STM
Canon   Canon EF-S 25-250mm f/4-5.6 IS II
Canon   Sigma 24-105mm f/4 DG OS HSM A013
Canon   Zeiss Otus 1.4/55 ZE
DJI   Phantom Vision FC200 (for raw files)
Fujifilm   Fujifilm X100S
GoPro   GoPro Hero3+ Black Edition
Nikon   Nikon 1 NIKKOR 6.7-13mm f/3.5-5.6 VR
Nikon   Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR II
Nikon   Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5G ED
Nikon   Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G ED
Nikon   Nikon COOLPIX P340
Nikon     SIGMA 24-105mm F4 DG OS HSM A013
Nikon   Zeiss Otus 1.4/55 ZF.2
Sigma   SIGMA 24-105mm F4 DG OS HSM A013
Sony E   Sony E PZ 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 OSS
Sony FE     Sony FE 24-70 f/4 ZA OSS
Sony FE   Sony FE 70-200mm f/4 G OSS
Sony Alpha   Sony 20mm F2.8
Sony Alpha   Sony 24mm F2 ZA SSM
Sony Alpha   Sony 35mm F1.4 G
Sony Alpha   Sony 35mm F1.4 G
Sony Alpha   Sony 50mm F1.4
Sony Alpha   Sony 50mm F1.4 ZA
Sony Alpha   Sony 50mm F2.8 Macro
Sony Alpha   Sony 85mm F1.4 ZA
Sony Alpha   Sony 85mm F2.8 SAM
Sony Alpha   Sony 135mm F1.8 ZA
Sony Alpha   Sony DT 11-18mm F4.5-5.6
Sony Alpha   Sony DT 16-50mm F2.8 SSM
Sony Alpha   Sony DT 16-80mm F3.5-4.5 ZA
Sony Alpha   Sony DT 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 SAM II
Sony Alpha   Sony DT 18-135mm F3.5-5.6 SAM
Sony Alpha   Sony DT 30mm F2.8 Macro SAM
Sony Alpha   Sony 50mm F1.8 SAM
Sony Alpha   Sony DT 55-200mm F4-5.6 SAM
Sony Alpha   Sony DT 55-300mm F4.5-5.6 SAM

Bugs Corrected in Camera Raw 8.4

  • Fix bug that prevented opening Nikon D800/D800E raw images shot with a DX lens in Live View Video mode.
  • Grain effect now varies from image to image to facilitate editing time-lapse and video frame sequences.
  • When applying Grain, occasionally vertical artifacts would appear along the bottom edge of a photo.
  • Occasionally Bridge CC would exit abruptly when browsing TIFF images.
  • Enabled Mac 32bit support so APD in Bridge is now functioning
  • Fix incorrect white balance behavior for Nikon D3100 raw files when using Camera Matching color profiles.

Download Links:

DNG Converter 8.4:

Windows – http://www.adobe.com/support/downloads/detail.jsp?ftpID=5739

Mac – http://www.adobe.com/support/downloads/detail.jsp?ftpID=5738

 Thank You

 

Lightroom 5.4 now available

Lightroom 5.4 is now available as a final release on Adobe.com and through the update mechanism in Lightroom 5.  The goal of this release is to provide support for Lightroom mobile, additional camera raw support, lens profile support and address bugs that were introduced in previous releases of Lightroom.

Release Note

New Camera Support in Lightroom 5.4

  • Canon EOS 1200D (REBEL T5, KISS X70)
  • Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II (*)
  • Casio EX-100
  • DJI Phantom
  • Fujifilm X-T1
  • Hasselblad H5D-50c
  • Hasselblad HV
  • Nikon 1 V3 (*)
  • Nikon COOLPIX P340
  • Nikon D3300
  • Nikon D4S
  • Olympus OM-D E-M10 (*)
  • Panasonic LUMIX DMC-ZS40 (DMC-TZ60, DMC-TZ61)
  • Phase One IQ250
  • Samsung NX mini (*)
  • Samsung NX30
  • Sony Alpha a5000 (ILCE-5000)
  • Sony Alpha a6000 (ILCE-6000)

* denotes preliminary support

Added Camera Matching color profiles (PROVIA/STANDARD, Velvia/VIVID, ASTIA/SOFT, MONOCHROME, etc.) for the following Fujifilm cameras:

  • Fujifilm X-A1
  • Fujifilm X-E1
  • Fujifilm X-E2
  • Fujifilm X-M1
  • Fujifilm X-S1
  • Fujifilm X-T1
  • Fujifilm X-Pro1
  • Fujifilm X10
  • Fujifilm X20
  • Fujifilm XF1
  • Fujifilm XQ1
  • Fujifilm X100
  • Fujifilm X100S

New Lens Profile Support in Lightroom 5.4

Mount Name
Apple   Apple iPhone 5c
Canon   Canon EF 200-400mm f/4 L IS USM
Canon   Canon EF 200-400mm f/4 L IS USM EXT
Canon   Canon EF-S 18-55mm /3.5-5.6 IS STM
Canon   Canon EF-S 25-250mm f/4-5.6 IS II
Canon   Sigma 24-105mm f/4 DG OS HSM A013
Canon   Zeiss Otus 1.4/55 ZE
DJI   Phantom Vision FC200 (for raw files)
Fujifilm   Fujifilm X100S
GoPro   GoPro Hero3+ Black Edition
Nikon   Nikon 1 NIKKOR 6.7-13mm f/3.5-5.6 VR
Nikon   Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR II
Nikon   Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5G ED
Nikon   Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G ED
Nikon   Nikon COOLPIX P340
Nikon     SIGMA 24-105mm F4 DG OS HSM A013
Nikon   Zeiss Otus 1.4/55 ZF.2
Sigma   SIGMA 24-105mm F4 DG OS HSM A013
Sony E   Sony E PZ 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 OSS
Sony FE     Sony FE 24-70 f/4 ZA OSS
Sony FE   Sony FE 70-200mm f/4 G OSS
Sony Alpha   Sony 20mm F2.8
Sony Alpha   Sony 24mm F2 ZA SSM
Sony Alpha   Sony 35mm F1.4 G
Sony Alpha   Sony 35mm F1.4 G
Sony Alpha   Sony 50mm F1.4
Sony Alpha   Sony 50mm F1.4 ZA
Sony Alpha   Sony 50mm F2.8 Macro
Sony Alpha   Sony 85mm F1.4 ZA
Sony Alpha   Sony 85mm F2.8 SAM
Sony Alpha   Sony 135mm F1.8 ZA
Sony Alpha   Sony DT 11-18mm F4.5-5.6
Sony Alpha   Sony DT 16-50mm F2.8 SSM
Sony Alpha   Sony DT 16-80mm F3.5-4.5 ZA
Sony Alpha   Sony DT 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 SAM II
Sony Alpha   Sony DT 18-135mm F3.5-5.6 SAM
Sony Alpha   Sony DT 30mm F2.8 Macro SAM
Sony Alpha   Sony 50mm F1.8 SAM
Sony Alpha   Sony DT 55-200mm F4-5.6 SAM
Sony Alpha   Sony DT 55-300mm F4.5-5.6 SAM

Bugs Corrected in Lightroom 5.4

  • When switching to the Book module with images selected, a ‘Gathering Photos’ message would appear and stay persistent.
  • On Mac Lightroom activity, such as an export, did not prevent the computer from sleeping.
  • In the Develop Module, the ‘Settings > Crop as Shot’ menu item did not properly reset orientation.
  • In the Develop Module and when applying Grain, occasionally vertical artifacts would appear along the bottom edge of a photo.
  • In the Develop Module, there is a slight delay before the Histogram is available for adjustments.
  • Lens profile corrections for the iPhone 5 would not be selected when using the ‘Auto’ Lens profile correction feature in the Develop module.
  • In the Develop Module, Scrubby Adjustments on Adjustment Brush Pins did not work as expected.
  • Syncing of spot removals was not consistent from image to image.
  • Exporting a scaled image to PSD would sometimes cause the watermark to be displayed incorrectly.
  • When Don’t Enlarge is on in Export, image was not resized, even when making image smaller.
  • Sharpening/Noise Reduction were applied inconsistently depending on crop and export image size.
  • Luminance of exported file differed noticeably after crop.
  • When adding keywords on Import, Import begins at once when keywords entered with ‘enter’ key <Win only>
  • In the Import dialogue, Loupe view occasionally did not work.
  • When using the “Edit in Photoshop” feature in Lightroom, the Smart Object filter mask was sometimes not previewed correctly within Lightroom.
  • When creating a new Collection inside of a Collection set, the default option for Location was the parent of the selected collection set and not the selected collection set.
  • Upload via publish does not prevent computer from sleeping, and upload fails if computer sleeps.
  • When playing a slideshow comprising TIF or JPEG images, occasionally the slideshow would appear pixelated.
  • The color profile of a photo was incorrect when playing slideshow in full screen mode.
  • When using a video export preset, develop settings were not applied to all images.
  • Smart preview indicator under Develop histogram displayed the wrong number when multiple photos were selected.

Download Links:

Lightroom 5.4:

Windows – http://www.adobe.com/support/downloads/detail.jsp?ftpID=5741

Mac –  http://www.adobe.com/support/downloads/detail.jsp?ftpID=5740

 Thank You

Lightroom mobile now available!

Today we’re announcing the immediate availability of Lightroom mobile.

Lightroom mobile extends your existing workflows beyond the desktop, allowing you to utilize your iPad to review and edit your images and have the changes sync back to your Lightroom catalog at home, including:

  • access images in your Lightroom catalog
  • make selects, reject unworthy photos
  • apply a preset
  • fine tunes your images using the Basic panel
  • import new photos directly from the camera roll

Once you’ve told Lightroom a collection of pictures should be sent to Lightroom mobile, the process is handled automatically and the pictures will become available on your iPad once it is connected to the internet. Any changes you make on your iPad will be automatically synced and updated back to the Lightroom catalog on your desktop.

Lightroom mobile utilizes Smart Previews to provide raw editing functionality on your iPad.  First introduced in Lightroom 5 beta, Smart Previews are:

  • Based on the DNG file format
  • Limited to 2560 pixels on the long edge
  • Smaller versions original raw files
  • Can be used to make adjustments even when the original files aren’t available locally
  • Adjustments made to Smart Previews are applied to the original when the original files are available

NOTE – It may take up t0 24 hours for Lightroom mobile to be available in your local iOS app store.

 

How to get started:

 Download Lightroom 5.4

Lightroom mobile is a companion to Lightroom desktop.  Lightroom 5.4 is the first version of Lightroom desktop that includes the ability to sync images to Lightroom mobile.  Please update to the latest version of Lightroom 5 using either the Creative Cloud app or by clicking on the “Help-> Check for Updates” menu option.

Sign In

Lightroom mobile utilizes cloud services to sync Smart Previews and changes between Lightroom desktop and Lightroom mobile.  Lightroom mobile requires a qualifying Creative Cloud or Photoshop Photography Plan subscription:

  • Photoshop Photography Program
  • Creative Cloud complete plan
  • Creative Cloud Student and Teacher Edition
  • Creative Cloud for teams complete plan

A free 30-day trial of Lightroom mobile is available

Sync a collection

Lightroom mobile is organized around Collections.  Images within Collections will be synced and be available in Lightroom mobile.

Download Lightroom mobile

Visit the App Store on your iPad and download Lightroom mobile.  Once you login with the same Creative Cloud account, you’ll see all of your synced Collections.

Check out your photos at lightroom.adobe.com

In addition to Lightroom mobile, we’ve also launched Lightroom web, a new way to view and share your images from any web browser.  Available at  http://lightroom.adobe.com.

 

System Requirements

Lightroom mobile is available now on iPad 2 or later, and works on iOS7 or later.

 

Give us feedback!

Once you’ve gotten started with Lightroom mobile, don’t forget to leave us feedback about your experiences. Lightroom wouldn’t be what it is today without the loyal community of regular customers who help us find and fix common issues. If you keep talking to us, we’ll keep listening.

Here are a few ways that you can send us feedback and learn more:

Thanks!