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November 26, 2008 /Region of Interest /

new features in Camera Raw 5.2 plus the seed of a new workflow section in Help

“Hey, wait a second. What’s the After Effects guy doing blogging about Camera Raw?”

You did know that the Camera Raw plug-in comes with After Effects, too, right?

I’d say that 80% of the still images that I import into After Effects for my personal projects come through the Camera Raw plug-in. (I like my Leica D-LUX 3 very much.)

Anyway, I just wanted to let everyone know that there are a couple of new features in the Camera Raw 5.2 update that was just released. Of course, John Nack and Tom Hogarty have more information on their blogs. Here are a couple of direct links to the sections about the new features in After Effects CS4 Help on the Web.

“Save image states as snapshots in Camera Raw”

“Adjust color or tone using the Targeted Adjustment Tool (TAT) in Camera Raw”

You can check for updates by choosing Help > Updates in After Effects or almost any of the other Adobe applications.

While I was updating Help on the Web for the Camera Raw 5.2 update, I went ahead and made a few fixes and enhancements to the document. One thing that I’m starting to do is collect links to online resources that describe how to accomplish certain large goals in After Effects. Here’s a summary excerpt from the new “Specific workflows in After Effects” section of After Effects Help on the Web:

Most sections of this document are organized according to general tasks that you can perform with After Effects. However, many questions are more focused on a specific end result rather than a specific task. For example, rather than wanting to know how to apply an effect to a layer and blend that layer with other layers, you may want to know how to make fire, smoke, clouds, or a tornado. This section is intended as a repository for links to resources that answer those specific, goal-focused questions.

If you add comments to this section that point to additional resources of this kind, the section will grow to be more useful and more complete.

This section will grow over time… hopefully quickly. Thanks to Rich Young, Steve Muratore, and several others for convincing me to try this.

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