Adobe Camera Raw 8.5 RC for Photoshop CS6 (Release Candidate)

The Camera Raw team would like the community to help verify the quality of the plug-in through normal usage as this will ensure that the plug-in is tested on a diversity of hardware and software configurations not available internally at Adobe. If you do experience an issue with this release candidate please report it within the Camera Raw discussion forum.

Download the RC build here.

New Camera Support

The following new cameras are now supported:

  • Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II
  • Fuji FinePix S1
  • Nikon 1 J4
  • Nikon 1 V3
  • Olympus OM-D E-M10
  • Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GH4 (*)

(*) denotes preliminary support

New Lens Profile Support

Lens Name Lens Mount
Sigma 50mm F1.4 DG HSM A014 Canon
Sigma 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 DC MACRO OS HSM C014 Canon
Tamron 16-300mm F3.5-6.3 DiII VC PZD MACRO B016E Canon
Fujifilm Tele Conversion Lens TCL-X100 Fuji
Nikon 1 NIKKOR VR 10-30mm f3.5-5.6 PD-ZOOM Nikon
Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3G ED VR Nikon
Sigma 50mm F1.4 DG HSM A014 Nikon
Sigma 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 DC MACRO OS HSM C014 Nikon
Tamron 16-300mm F3.5-6.3 DiII VC PZD MACRO B016N Nikon
Tamron SP 150-600mm F5-6.3 Di VC USD A011N Nikon
Sigma 30mm F1.4 DC HSM A013 Pentax
Sigma 50mm F1.4 DG HSM A014 Sigma
Sigma 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 DC MACRO OS HSM C014 Sigma
Sigma 30mm F1.4 DC HSM A013 Sony Alpha

 

Please note — Camera Raw 8.5 and DNG Converter 8.5 are no longer officially supported on the following platforms: Mac OS 10.6.x (Snow Leopard), Windows XP, Windows Vista. For more info, see here.

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Adobe Camera RAW 8.5RC for Photoshop CC (Release Candidate)

The Camera Raw team would like the community to help verify the quality of the plug-in through normal usage as this will ensure that the plug-in is tested on a diversity of hardware and software configurations not available internally at Adobe. If you do experience an issue with this release candidate please report it within the Camera Raw discussion forum.

Download from here.

Features

  • Modify Graduated and Radial Filter masks with a brush:
    • After adding or selecting a Graduated or Radial Filter instance, click the new ‘Brush’ mode (next to existing ‘New’ and ‘Edit’ mode buttons) to reveal brush controls that allow you to modify the selected mask.
    • Use the ‘Brush +’ and ‘Brush -’ icon buttons in the brush controls pane to add to or erase from the selected mask.
    • Press the ‘Clear’ button to remove all brush modifications from the currently selected mask.
    • When a Graduated or Radial Filter instance is selected, Shift-K can be used to enter and leave brush modification mode.
  • Mask visualization is now available for the Graduated and Radial Filters. Use the Mask checkbox at the bottom of the Local Corrections pane or press ‘Y’ to toggle the mask overlay.
  • Added new Per-Panel Preview default toggle
    • If the current panel’s settings are not the ACR defaults, clicking the new Per-panel Toggle Button will reset the panel to the ACR defaults.
    • Clicking the button again will restore the previous settings.
    • This is a standalone feature, separate from the new Preview controls
    • The changes are applied to the main view; if you have both the Before and After panes visible, changes will appear in the After pane.

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed issue with Fujifilm X-T1 raw images appearing too bright at high ISO settings when using Dynamic Range 200% and 400%. Unfortunately, this fix may affect the appearance of existing images captured with this combination of settings. It is recommended that you (1) purge the Camera Raw cache via the Camera Raw Preferences dialog, and (2) review images shot at ISO settings higher than 1600 for unexpected brightness changes.
  • Fixed image quality issue (noisy result) when applying spot healing to floating-point (HDR) images.
  • Fixed issue with reading lossless compressed Nikon raw files (NEF files) from the camera models listed below. Previously, some images could be read but would appear as random noise, whereas attempting to open others would result in an error dialog. You will need to purge your Camera Raw cache via the Camera Raw Preferences dialog.
    • Nikon D1
    • Nikon D1H
    • Nikon D1X
    • Nikon D2H
    • Nikon D2Hs
    • Nikon D2X
    • Nikon D2Xs
    • Nikon D100
    • Nikon D200

New Camera Support

  • Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II
  • Fuji FinePix S1
  • Nikon 1 J4
  • Nikon 1 V3
  • Olympus OM-D E-M10
  • Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GH4 (*)

(*) denotes preliminary support

New Lens Profile Support

Lens Name Lens Mount
Sigma 50mm F1.4 DG HSM A014 Canon
Sigma 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 DC MACRO OS HSM C014 Canon
Tamron 16-300mm F3.5-6.3 DiII VC PZD MACRO B016E Canon
Fujifilm Tele Conversion Lens TCL-X100 Fuji
Nikon 1 NIKKOR VR 10-30mm f3.5-5.6 PD-ZOOM Nikon
Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3G ED VR Nikon
Sigma 50mm F1.4 DG HSM A014 Nikon
Sigma 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 DC MACRO OS HSM C014 Nikon
Tamron 16-300mm F3.5-6.3 DiII VC PZD MACRO B016N Nikon
Tamron SP 150-600mm F5-6.3 Di VC USD A011N Nikon
Sigma 30mm F1.4 DC HSM A013 Pentax
Sigma 50mm F1.4 DG HSM A014 Sigma
Sigma 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 DC MACRO OS HSM C014 Sigma
Sigma 30mm F1.4 DC HSM A013 Sony Alpha

Please note — Camera Raw 8.5 and DNG Converter 8.5 are no longer officially supported on the following platforms: Mac OS 10.6.x (Snow Leopard), Windows XP, Windows Vista. For more info, see here.

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DataColour webinar – Top tips with Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop

Almost forgot, DataColor asked me to sit and co-present a webinar with them on top tips with Lightroom and Photoshop. For anyone that didn’t see it, you can review the recording below.

Don’t forget, if you are not a subscriber to CC then you can pick a plan, (Photo bundle is available here), or have a 30day free trial to what it’s all about. Also, don’t forget about the special live stream on the 18th June to what’s new in Creative Cloud.

 

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Photoshop Family Feedback Forum

Have you ever wanted to share an idea for any of the products in the Photoshop family? or maybe want to ask a question?

Then you can by submitting it to the Photoshop Family Feedback Forum.  It’s monitored by the Photoshop team, which means it’s the best place to get the correct information and for us to learn more about what you want to see and why you need it.

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DataColor webinar with Edmond Terakopian..

Here is your chance to see the unique work of Edmund Terakopian on this webinar with DataColor.
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Tune in and see what’s new in Creative Cloud – June 18th

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You’re invited to the Adobe worldwide live stream event. Be one of the first to see what’s coming next to the Creative Cloud.

Join us online on June 18th, you can register for the event here

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#CreativeFriday – Photoshop and working with the Heads Up Colour Picker

Photoshop has a colour panel (available under Window/Colour), but when working quickly and in context a faster and more immediate way is useful. This colour picker is available by holding the CMD+ALT+CTRL (Mac) or SHIFT+ALT+Right Mouse Click on Windows. This keyboard combination will show the following colour palette.

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This colour picker can also be changed, by selecting Preferences / General.

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The option for the HUD Colour Picker (marked Red) can be changed from Hue Strip to Hue Wheel (as well as the desired size for your working conditions).

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The Hue Wheel Medium is represented as the following (the size will depend on what has been chosen).

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Using the Hue strip or Colour wheel is preferential to a lot of people, as it’s more in context of the artwork, but also faster and available when working quickly.

But what do the different dials mean.

Firstly you can select and choose the foreground and background colour by selecting the eye dropper tool (marked Blue),then by clicking on the image (without any modifier keys selected), will set the foreground colour, if the ALT key is held during the click, the background colour will be set.  If the “show sample ring” is turned on (marked in Yellow), then the sample ring will be shown (marked Red). The sample ring is showing two colours, the top half represents the colour at the eye dropper position and the lower half is the last colour used. This is a great way to compare the new colour with the previous colour, it’s particularly useful in many disciplines including digital painting techniques, for colour blending.

You may need to set up the eye dropper tool by modifying the how the colours are selected using :-

  • the sample size (marked in Pink), will choose the size of the sample area.
  • the sample selector (marked in Green), which will determine which layers the colours are sampled from

 

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Once the foreground is set the Heads up colour picker when invoked will use this as a starting point, which will make selection of similar and matching colours much faster.

Once the Hue Strip is shown (screen shot below), the :-

  • area marked in green is the same as the sample ring, although the top half of the ring does not change when moving around the pallet.
  • middle area marked in pink defines the whole range of hue’s available
  • left and right of the middle area marked in pink is the selected tone (shade and tint), relative for each hue in this strip based on the location of the sample ring on the pallet.
  • small area marked in yellow is the current selected hue
  • moving the eye dropper over the area marked in Yellow will change the colour range of the large square (also marked in Yellow). When moving back and forth between the hue selector and the large square (to select the tone or shade), the small hue selector (small Yellow box) might move, holding the space bar will lock it in position as you move to the larger colour picker.
  • When moving the sample ring in the larger Yellow square, the foreground colour of Photoshop will change dynamically, but the sample ring won’t show the current colour tone that it is positioned over, this will make it easy to compare the colour from the original eye dropper tool and the colour that is under the sample ring. Letting go of the keyboard / pen will commit the colour of the foreground.

Within the bigger yellow box, the :-

  • area at the bottom is the amount of black in the colour (controls the shade)
  • area at the top left is the amount of white in the colour (controls the tint)
  • range of white to black from top to bottom on the left is the grey scale value
  • range of white to full saturation from left to right on the top of the square is the amount of white in the colour which controls the tint.
  • moving down the left hand side of the square will increase the amount of grey that will be introduced into the colour,until black is reached, this will affect the tones (shade and tint) of the final colour.

 

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Some creatives prefer to use the colour wheel, as it spreads out the hue’s.

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Photoshop Live Flash Sale – Friday 30th May

For today only (Friday 30 May) you can save 50% on your ticket.

Photoshop Live is a brand new conference for photographers and designers. Taking place at the Brighton Dome from 18-19 July (19 July is Photography Day); Photoshop Live will arm you with all the techniques you need to develop your Photoshop skills.

By visiting Photoshop Live you will get face-to-face tuition and inside tips from some incredible Photoshop artists. The fantastic line-up includes; Miss Aniela, David Clapp, Glyn Dewis, Matt Kloskowski, Tigz Rice and more.

With an opening keynote from Adobe, retouch masterclasses, Lightroom for landscape, surreal fashion and much more, Photoshop Live is a must-attend for photographers keen to improve their photo editing.

Your ticket will also include the opportunity to enjoy a stunning photowalk around Brighton with fellow photographers and the Photoshop artists on Sunday 20 July.

 

You won’t want to miss out on this amazing saving. Book your ticket today.

 

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Adobe Revel Free accounts are upgraded to 2GB of storage.

All Free Adobe Revel accounts now have 2GB of storage allowance. This means that the limit of uploading 50 pictures a month has gone away and now you can upload a lot more, potentially a couple of thousand (depending on the file size).

I use Adobe Revel to store all of my pictures that i want to show my friends and family. Adobe Revel is a great service which allows me to  upload my pictures from anywhere (inlcuding my smart phone (iPhone and Android), as well as my desktop (windows/Mac) computer).

It’s free to join and get a free account and take advantage of the 2GB limit here.

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Collaborate on Creative Assets with Private Folders in Creative Cloud

Preview – Collaborate on Creative Assets Creative Cloud

Today is an exciting landmark with Creative Cloud,  you can now share any folder that is synced from your desktop with the Creative Cloud service, privately with another member of the Creative Cloud. This can be performed from two places, either from your desktop Creative Cloud folder, or from within the Creative Cloud web site.

On the Creative Cloud desktop from your computer (either on Finder on the Mac or Explorer on Windows), you can now right click at the folder level, and choose “Add Collaborators” to people to share this folder privately with other members.

 

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Once this has been chosen, you will be sent to the Creative Cloud web view for this folder, where you can add a user by their Adobe ID.

To add people in to the folder collaboration, just add their Adobe ID email address and click “Invite”

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Once this has been completed, the user will be sent an invitation (vie email, the Creative Cloud Desktop app and within the Creative Cloud web view), where they will need to accept the invitation to join the folder. Once the invitation has been accepted, the folder and is contents will become part of their folders and will be sync to their desktop via the Creative Cloud app (if it is running and file sync is turned on).

You will see a screen similar to the following, allowing you to add members to the collaboratoration.

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Removal of the collaborator is easy, clicking the “X” by the side of their name and clicking the red button. In this case “Remove invitation” is shown, but may change based upon where the invitation is in the system (i.e. if the person has or has not accepted the invitation).

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Folders that are part of the collaboration mechanism will have a different look on the folder system (marked in Red).

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On the Creative Cloud web site, it will look similar (marked in Red below), clicking on this icon will open up who is collaborating on this folder, also the owner is able to remove people and add other people to collaborate.

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Changes.

There is no locking and access control system with creative assets. If two people open the same file and save at the same time, then the last change will be the one that is recorded. Once a change has been made, applied to the shared folder, the contents will be synced and replaced on the web, the other collaborators will get the new version , both on the web view as well as synced to the desktop via the Creative Cloud desktop application.

The Creative Cloud will store the changes within a single file at the Creative Cloud web level, and at any point can be rolled back with a 10 day rolling window.

Once the asset is opened on the Creative cloud web view (as shown below), there is an activity tab, along with the activity stream on the right hand side of the screen (marked Blue below).

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By clicking on the version that the asset needs to be rolled back to (Marked Brown), then choosing Restore (marked Red), will update the web view, as well as the assets within the collaborators folders (for each collaborating individual). The desktop assets will also be changed to the new version as well. All versions will stay associated to the file and can be moved backwards and forwards within the time window (10 days).

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Also, to get access to this feature or to share assets with people that are not a subscribers to the Creative Cloud, a free Creative Cloud account with a 2GB storage allowance is available, and has access to collaborate on shared folders as well, and is available to sign up to here.

As you can see this will enable collaboration on assets within the Creative Cloud, including Layers on  Photoshop PSD , TIFF files, Illustrator files etc etc. We believe this is the next chapter in collaboration on creative assets in the modern world.

If you are not a member of Creative Cloud and are thinking about it and would like to give it a go, or want to sign up, then head over here to set up your plan type.

 

 

 

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