Adobe Camera Raw v12.3 – Modernized Interface, Local Hue Editing, ISO Adaptive Presets, and more!

Adobe Camera Raw and DNGAdobe Photoshop

I’m pleased to announce that Adobe Camera Raw (ACR) v12.3 has a new, modernized interface, ISO Adaptive Presets, Local Hue editing and more. 

Modernized Interface — Camera Raw’s new look and feel provides a more flexible user interface. Click the Expand icon (the two arrows) in the upper right to toggle  full screen.

The Filmstrip — Click the Filmstrip icon or tap forward slash (/) to toggle the visibility of the filmstrip. 


• Click and hold the Filmstrip icon to show filenames, ratings and color labels as well as choose the orientation of the filmstrip (or, use the shortcut Command + Shift + F (Mac) | Control + Shift + F (Win) to toggle the orientation).

• Position the cursor at the top of the Filmstrip (between the image preview area and the image thumbnails) and drag to resize the Filmstrip.

• Tap the Delete key to mark an image for deletion. 

• Position the cursor over a thumbnail in the Filmstrip and click the More icon (the three dots) to access additional options or, Control -click (Mac) | right -click (Win) on a thumbnail to access additional options from the context sensitive menu). 

Tools — The tools have been relocated to the right side of the screen, decreasing the distance between the tool and it’s options. 

• When appropriate, stand-alone tools (such as the Targeted Adjustment tool) have been added to their corresponding panels. 

• A small white dot to the right of the tool, signals that there have been changes made with the tool.  

Customizing Panels — ACR’s new single column panel display makes it easy to work with multiple panels at once. 

• Click the Settings icon (the gear) and choose Preferences > General (or Control -click (Mac) | right -click on the name of a panel) to select a panel mode:

Single Panel Mode – displays panel options for one panel at a time – clicking on a panel expands the contents of that panel while collapsing any other open panels (useful when working on a laptop or smaller display as it eliminates the need to scroll through several open panels to access options).

Responsive Panel Mode – ACR will intelligently open and close edit panels to automatically fit your monitor.  

Multi Panel Mode – leaves all opened panels expanded. 

• To toggle the visibility of the edits made on a single panel, click and hold the Per-Panel Preview icon (the eye). Note: if the icon is grayed out, changes have not been made within the panel.  

• Option (Mac | Alt (Win) changes the name of the panel to Reset(panel name). Click to reset all edits within the panel. 

• Several panels display features with progressive disclosure triangles. Click the disclosure triangle to view more advanced features. 

The Crop Tool — The Crop, Straighten, and Rotate tools have been combined into a single panel.  

• The Crop tool can display several different overlays. Tap V to view the overlay. Control -click (Mac) | right -click within the crop marquee to select  from the list of Overlay Styles. 

• Use the Aspect Ratios menu to select and create custom aspect ratios (ACR will remember the 5 most recent custom aspect ratios).

• Click the Rotate Aspect Ratio button to flip the orientation of the crop (or tap the X key). 

The Hand Tool — The Hand tool has been relocated in the lower right of the ACR interface. 

With most other tools selected, pressing the Spacebar will temporarily access the Hand tool.

The Zoom Tool — The Zoom tool’s default behavior has been modified – click in the image area to toggle between Fit in View and 100%. 

If you prefer the Zoom tool to automatically swap to the hand tool when zoomed into 100%, click the Settings icon (the gear) and choose General > Zoom and Pan and enable “Use Lightroom Style Zoom and Pan”.  

When moving from one image to another in the filmstrip, the zoom percentage and location will stay constant. To vary the zoom between images disable Global Zoom Editing from the Zoom Level popup in the lower left.

White Balance and Color Sampler Tools — The White Balance tool has been added to the Basic Panel, the Color sampler tool was relocated to the lower right of the dialog, and RGB values are now overlaid on the Histogram (instead of being displayed below the Histogram).

Grid Overlay — Click the Grid Overlay icon (or use Shift + G ) to toggle a grid over the image. Customize the Grid using the Size and Opacity settings at the top of the screen. 

Undo/Redo — The keyboard shortcuts for Undo/Redo have been updated:

Command + Z (Mac) | Control + Z (Win) continues to step back in time.

Command + Shift + Z (Mac) | Control + Shift + Z (Win) move forward in time.

Command + Option + Z (Mac) | Control + Alt + Z (Win) toggles the last state off/on (after the most recent command). 

If you prefer the old behavior, click the Settings icon (the gear) and choose General> Keyboard Shortcuts and enable “Use legacy shortcuts”.

Edit (Auto and B/W)  and Profile Options — These features have been relocated at the top of the edit panels (below the Histogram) making them easier to access.  

• When Using the Profile browser, click the More icon (the three dots) to change View options (List/Grid/Type), Reset, Manage, and Import/Export profiles. 

The Curve Panel — The Tone Curve panel has a new look and feel making it easier to switch between the Parametric and Point Curves, access the individual (RGB) channels of the Point Curve, and make more precise Tone Curve adjustments.

• Use the icons across the top to move between Parametric, Point Curve, and individual Red, Green, and Blue channels.

• The individual Point Curve Channels display color gradients making it easier to anticipate adjustments.

• Control -click (Mac) | Right-click (Win) in the Parametric Curve grid area to quickly reset regions and splits. 

• Control -click (Mac) | Right-click (Win) in the Point Curve grid area to access additional options including: Reset Channel, Reset All Channels, Copy/Paste Channel Settings, Snap to Grid, and Show All Curves.

• Option + Command + Shift + T (Mac) | Alt + Control Shift + T (Win) selects the The Targeted Adjustment Tool (now located in the Curves panel).

The Color Mixer Panel — The HSL Adjustments panel has been renamed to Color Mixer and the Targeted Adjustment Tool is displayed when adjusting HSL.

The Optics Panel — The Lens Correction Panel has been renamed to Optics. Use the progressive disclosure triangle to view advanced Profile Correction options. Defringe is now available regardless of whether Profile or Manual is selected (use the progressive disclosure triangle to view advanced Defringe options). 

The Geometry Panel — The Transform tool has been relocated to the Geometry Panel where you’ll find all of the Auto Upright, Guided Upright, and Manual Transformation controls.

The Snapshots Panel — The Snapshots panel is now accessed via the tool strip (to the right of the panels). 

• Shift + S toggles the Snapshot panel.

• Hover the cursor over a Snapshot to quickly delete it by clicking the trash icon.

• Control -click (Mac) | right -click (Win) in the image area to select Create Snapshot from the context sensitive menu. 

The Preset Panel — The Presets panel is now accessed via the tool strip (to the right of the panels). 

• Shift +P toggles the Preset Panel.  

• Hover the cursor over a custom Preset to quickly delete it by clicking the trash icon.

• In the Presets panel, there is a new group of Presets called “Default”. Within that group are nine different combinations of Profiles/Lens Correction/Noise Reduction options specifically designed to be applied as Raw Default settings (Preferences > Raw Defaults).

• ACR now supports ISO Adaptive Presets which allow a single preset to apply different edit settings to different photos depending on their ISO. For example, you can create an ISO Adaptive Preset that applies different levels of noise reduction or sharpening to high verses low ISO images.

• If you try to delete a preset (from the Preset panel), that is being used as a Raw Default, ACR will display a warning. If you proceed to delete the preset, the Raw Default setting will revert to the Adobe Default.

• For more detailed information about creating and applying Adaptive ISO and custom Raw Defaults in ACR see this post: How to Create Custom Raw Defaults in Adobe Camera Raw (v12.2)

Selective Edits — Brush, Overlay, and Mask options for the Adjustment Brush, Radial and Linear Gradients have been relocated to the top of the panel. 

• Click the Reset icon at the top of the panel to reset (delete) all instances of the tool. 

• Click the Reset icon to the right of the Selective Edits to reset the edits.  

• The Scroll wheel will now change brush size. Add the Shift key to adjust the Feather amount.

Hue Editing for Local Adjustment Tools — The new Hue slider provides the ability to shift the color in a selected area of a photo while keeping the saturation and luminosity values unchanged. After selecting (masking) the desired area using any of the local adjustment tools (Adjustment Brush, Radial and Linear Gradients), dragging the Hue slider enables a full, 360-degree hue shift that is perfect for both corrective and creative adjustments.

• The two gradient bars can be used to help visualize the color shift in either direction. The gradients will shift to display the primary color from the selected (masked) area. As the Hue slider is repositioned, the hues in the image (as well as the bottom gradient bar) shift to reflect the change. In the illustration below, I selected (masked) the orange portion of the back wall using the Adjustment Brush so the gradient displays orange in the center.

• As the Hue slider is moved to the right, the image is updated and the slider points to the newly appointed hue (cyan/blue) in the top color bar.

• For more control, enable “Use Fine Adjustment” to slow the rate of change as the slider is scrubbed left/right.

• In this example, because our eyes can perceive colors brighter or more saturated relative to others (and because I wanted to more closely match the blue wall with the blue cart), I chose to also adjust the exposure and saturation.

• In more complex scenarios, or if the initial mask isn’t as precise as the one above, you can use the Hue adjustment in combination with  Range Masking to refine which hues are effected.  This video (Color and Luminance Range Masking in ACR) demonstrates Range Masking in Lightroom Classic.

Click here for more information about Local Hue Correction direct form the Camera Raw team.

Before and After Views — The Before/After view icons were refreshed but their behavior is the same as in previous versions. 

• To toggle the visibility of the edits made on a single panel, click and hold the Per-Panel Preview icon (the eye). If the icon is grayed out, then no changes have been made to that panel. 

• The icon to the right of the Before/After view toggles between current/default settings.   

Copy and Paste Settings — You can now copy and paste edits between images. 

• To quickly copy and paste edit settings from one image to the next, select the edited image in the filmstrip and use the shortcut Command + C (Mac) | Control + C (Win). Then, move to the next image and use the shortcut Command + V (Mac) | Control + V (Win) to paste the settings. 

• For more control over which settings are copied, use the shortcut Command + Option + C (Mac) | Control + Alt + C (Win) to display the Copy Edit Settings dialog. 

Note: the Copy Edit settings can also be accessed from the context sensitive menus (Control -click (Mac) | right -click (Win) in the image area or on a thumbnail in the Filmstrip, and choose Copy Edit Settings/ Copy Selected Edit Settings).

Sync Settings — With multiple images selected, click the sync icon (in the Filmstrip) or, use the shortcut Option + S (Mac) | Alt  + S (Win) to display the Synchronize dialog. Choose the settings to sync and click OK to apply.

Workflow options — Clicking the hyperlink at the bottom of the dialog displays the Workflow options (nested with the other ACR preferences).


Opening Files ­— Open, Open as Object, and Open as Copy are now easily selectable using the Open drop-down menu.  

Preferences — Click the Settings icon (the gear) to access the Preferences (General, File Handling, Performance, Raw Defaults, Workflow).

Saving Images  Access the Save Options by clicking the Save Options icon in the upper right of the dialog or, by hovering the cursor over a thumbnail in the Filmstrip and clicking the Save Options icon.  There are two new presets – Save as JPEG and Save as DNG listed under the Save Options. 

Merge to HDR, Panorama and HDR Panorama — Select the desired files in the Filmstrip and click the More icon (the three dots) to access the Merge to HDR, Merge to Panorama and Merge to HDR Panorama options.

This release also includes additional camera raw and lens profile support and addresses bugs that were introduced in previous releases of ACR.

Adobe Camera Raw and DNG, Adobe Photoshop

Posted on 06-16-2020


  • By Räumungen - 10:51 AM on June 16, 2020  

    nice update. finally a modernized interface which adapts to the different screen sizes. it was about time for that feature.

  • By Carlos - 2:36 PM on June 16, 2020  

    Thanks for your thorough and precise description of the changes! In the case of this post (changes in ACR 12.3) your information is even more useful than usual, given the large amount of things that have changed. I’m having a hard time coping with so many things that are different/new in 12.3. Thanks again.

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  • By JohnP - 3:34 AM on June 17, 2020  

    What happened to the “Apply sharpening to preview images only” that was in the settings? Can’t find it anywhere to save my life…
    It is super useful if you sharpen in Photoshop but still want a general idea of how sharp your image is while doing basic edits in acr

  • By Audra Mitchell - 11:22 AM on June 17, 2020  

    I can’t get the tools like gradient, brush or crop to remember the previously used settings. How do I fix this?

    • By Julieanne Kost - 11:55 AM on June 17, 2020  

      At the bottom of the Selective Edits, there is a “Reset sliders automatically” option – uncheck that.

  • By Mike Tschappat - 12:02 PM on June 17, 2020  

    What happened to the auto mask button in the adjustment brush? I found that very useful. I’m guessing you decided luminosity masking is sufficient, but it isn’t as precise. The mask nearly always bleeds out slightly from the masked area. And the flow slider is gone too.

    • By Julieanne Kost - 3:38 PM on June 17, 2020  

      Mike, The Auto Mask option is still there but it it changed location! to the right of the Brush Size slider is a white triangle, click it to see additional options (feather, flow, mask, etc.).

  • By Gabriel - 12:05 PM on June 17, 2020  

    How can I return to the ancient interface?
    Thank you!

  • By Alan Youngblood - 12:25 PM on June 17, 2020  

    Is there any way to get the status Icons back on the thumbnails? If you adjusted the tone or crop, icons would appear on the thumbnails indicating the image had been touched. Loved the new look but need this functionality.

    • By Julieanne Kost - 3:41 PM on June 17, 2020  

      Alan, If you click and hold on the Thumbnail icon in the lower left, you will see an option to show File name or Rating/Color. Select either of these and you will also see the icons for Tone and Crop. They also added a small white dots next to the tools if an adjustment has been made to the image. I really like this feature as I can now quickly see if I added a Local edit…

  • By Bob Wickham - 2:51 PM on June 17, 2020  

    How do I revert to the old version. The new version is looking a lot like Lightroom, which I hate. I did have a very efficient workflow in ACR, now I have to start from the beginning.

    • By Tad Acres - 6:36 AM on June 18, 2020  

      Absolutely! Just opened ACR in PS to edit and send a job quickly, picked the wrong option and now I have no idea what I’m doing, but am on a deadline to file my pictures. I can’t find how to revert anywhere! I’m totally with you on not liking the Lightroom style workflow.

    • By Tadley Acres - 7:39 AM on June 18, 2020  

      I just tried this and, on a mac, it just brought up a similar UI to the new one with a broken graphic interface. What an absolute mess!

  • By Ga - 3:12 PM on June 17, 2020  

    Can you please explain me how to go back to the ancient interface?
    I find it better
    Thank You!

  • By Timothy Rock - 5:21 PM on June 17, 2020  

    Yes, is there an option for the old version? This just adds way too many extra clicks. My workflow was fast and efficient with the other layout.

  • By Jeff - 9:40 PM on June 17, 2020  

    Hi Julianne, Is there any way to get the zoom and pan to function like Photoshop, using the space bar and modifiers? I really enjoy being able to incrementally click in or out. Right now the zoom tool only zooms in once and out once, and if I want to see the image small I have to right click or do the scrubby. (The scrubby makes me nauseous).

    The preference, “Use Lightroom style zoom and pan” doesn’t seem to change the behavior either way. Bug?

    • By Julieanne Kost - 10:33 AM on June 18, 2020  

      Enabling the preferences automatically swaps to the zoom tool to the hand tool when zoomed in.

      • By Amy - 11:42 AM on June 22, 2020  

        Agreed, this is a HORRIBLE update. To change the zoom functionality away to be the complete opposite of how the tool works in Photoshop makes absolutely no sense, and is does nothing but slow down work flow. We need to be able to view images at the exact same and zoom that we need to, the bouncing all the way in to all the way out is USELESS.

        To have a functional zoom, you now need to hit Z as a hotkey, and it takes you completely out of the tool you are using – a huge workflow detriment that is especially noticeable in the radial filter tool.

        We need a fix to this tool and a return to its functional use IMMEDIATELY.

  • By Gabriel - 12:46 AM on June 18, 2020  

    Can somebody please explain me, how can I go back to the older version? The new interface is not of my taste. Thanks

  • By RP - 2:20 AM on June 18, 2020  

    The option for Preview-only Sharpening seems to be gone in the ACR update. Earlier you had the option of applying Sharpening to only the preview in ACR and when you exported the file to Photoshop the sharpening did not carry over. Now I see (unless I’m missing something) there is no way to do this and the sharpening carries over to PS.

    • By Julieanne Kost - 8:30 AM on June 19, 2020  

      That feature has been removed. Please post your feature request on the customer forum so that the engineering team and additional customers can comment.

      • By RP - 10:54 AM on June 19, 2020  

        Thanks, Julienne.

        That is a terrible decision by Adobe, and without bothering to inform the user. I realized it only after I saw edge halos after going through my usual workflow of (capture) sharpening in Photoshop. Effectively the file was subjected to two passes of capture sharpening.

        I have posted on the Adobe forum. Please tell them to bring this feature back. Thanks.

        Rajan Parrikar

  • By ALAN S. - 5:04 AM on June 18, 2020  

    Re: “Position the cursor over a thumbnail in the Filmstrip and click the More icon (the three dots) to access additional options or, Control -click (Mac) | right -click (Win) on a thumbnail to access additional options from the context sensitive menu).” I have found that the More icon does not show up, however right-clicking does work. (Win)

    Re: “The tools have been relocated to the right side of the screen, decreasing the distance between the tool and it’s options.” Its, not it’s

  • By Julie King - 6:21 AM on June 18, 2020  

    Same question as Bob here! I don’t have time to learn a brand new interface right now! Quite the surprise in the middle of a project.

  • By Leon Neal - 7:51 AM on June 18, 2020  

    As I type, I’m trying to edit some time-critical images for a client but have no idea where to begin with this new update. All of my workflow has gone, with no option to revert back to the settings I have used over the years. Forcing out an update of this size, without any option to opt-out, is a massive mistake. If I wanted Lightroom, I’d open it. Please rectify this as soon as possible.

  • By Andrew Davies - 9:40 AM on June 18, 2020  

    Oh my.

    Only a psychopath wanting to surprise their victim would have called this version 12.3 as a minor version change to 12.2.1.
    Biggest ACR changes since I started with it in CS2.

    As you can see from the other comments a lot of ACR users were ACR users because they hate Lightroom. We now have two options for Lightroom owners, when most of them had no idea a ACR + Bridge workflow existed, but no option for ACR fans.

    There are some good additions but why change to the scrolled interface? Why break the crop tool? Who on earth places a frame over a print and then tries to move the print underneath it instead of moving the frame?

    After failing to find the old 12.2.1 plugin file I got a refund on my subscription that coincidentally renewed for a year on the same day as the update. Installed my licensed copy of Photoshop CS6 and I’m on day two of a Capture One trial.

    • By Julieanne Kost - 10:36 AM on June 18, 2020  

      If you want to install the previous version of ACR (12.2.1), you can do so using this link:

    • By Cooper - 11:11 PM on June 23, 2020  

      I can’t agree more with you, especially regarding why change to the scrolled interface and the general interface changes.

  • By Andrew Davies - 11:40 AM on June 18, 2020  

    Thanks, that has only just been added and it should help some people switch back, it was 12.3, 11.4.1 and 10.5 a little earlier today.

  • By Terry McDonagh - 12:19 PM on June 18, 2020  

    how do i scroll through the thumbnails without touching them? and how do i see what number I am on so i know how many i’ve sorted?
    Also is there a way of saving to the previous folder by holding down the alt button in the last version?
    thanks in advance

    • By Julieanne Kost - 8:33 AM on June 19, 2020  

      Terry, you could be able to use the arrow keys to move from one image to the next in the filmstrip (unless you are in a tool such as the crop tool where using the arrow keys will move the crop marquee).

    • By Andrew Davies - 9:15 AM on June 19, 2020  

      Hi Terry. The problem existed before, it needed fixing. You could adjust a slider on one image and then Left and Right arrows do not work to move between images. Alt + arrow keys should work. But that is a poor short cut, move your left hand to the ALT key, my left hand usually hovers around K and B AND take your hand off the mouse to press the arrow keys. By the time you have done that you could use the mouse.
      Using something like X mouse to assign alt + left and right arrows to extra mouse buttons might work for you.

      • By Terry McDonagh - 9:39 AM on June 22, 2020  

        Hi Andrew
        no the problem didn’t exist before on my machine, I just went back to the old version and opened up several files. on the bottom right there is two arrows and it says image 1/4 and i can click on these arrows to move through the filmstrip… that option has disappeared so that’s a step backwards.
        Now when i have saved one image into a folder and then say I want to save another into the same folder all I have to do in 12.2.1 is alt and click on save and it’s done on the new (worse) version this is now a couple of clicks away.. why do these guys make things worse they obviously don’t work in this industry, It’s such a waste of time.
        In the old version I could clearly see which image I was working on in the filmstrip, in the new version it’s not exactly clear what image I am working on!!

        • By Andrew Davies - 10:30 AM on June 23, 2020  

          Hi Terry, sorry, I was just referring to the behaviour of the arrow keys on the keyboard. That needs fixing in new and old.

  • By Ben Boomen - 2:17 PM on June 18, 2020  

    This blog has really been helpful, thank you very much.
    I’m missing the “default” button in the BASIC panel. In earlier versions this button sets all sliders from Exposure to Saturation to zero.
    I use that a lot to start over again when I screwed up.
    Yes, there is a reset BASIC option but that also resets the Color Balance and Tint which didn’t happen in v12.2 and earlier

    • By Peter - 11:24 AM on June 21, 2020  

      100% agree with your concerns. I really need the “Default” button back in the Basic panel largely because I frequently try the “Auto” setting and when I don’t like the result I need to reset ALL the sliders at once. As it is this has to be done one at a time.

  • By Ian Frazier - 2:35 PM on June 18, 2020  

    Is there a way to use the scroll wheel for zooming in and out during local adjustments, instead of having it adjust brush size (I already use the right mouse button to do that)

    • By Richard Clubb - 11:41 AM on June 19, 2020  

      Hold alt while using the

    • By michael - 6:39 AM on June 25, 2020  

      No longer being able to use the mouse wheel to zoom is a real deal breaker for me as well, sorry.
      I use the zoom all the time to scan the image for spots or to make local adjustments. The brush size could already be easily changed via the right mouse button (and I certainly don’t use it as often as zooming as I am not painting but adjusting a raw photo).

  • By moshik brin - 3:12 PM on June 18, 2020  

    There are so many “shortcuts” that are now missing so now , if you are using the ACR with multiply images, your workflow is taking double time. I will give you 2 case samples (2 of many more) :
    1- selective brush use to have “+” and “-“ on each editing scale. Now it’s missing. This effecting 3 slowing down issues-
    A- you cant “jump” In the scale by clicking +/-.
    B- If you go to next image, the scale is reset automatically. You can’t use the Same brush As you used in the previous image editing. This is BIG BIG BIG hassle !!! If you want to edit the with same Brush setting – you need to reset and adjust the brush if you need to do the same editing on next image – you just can’t
    C- clicking on +/- in the scale was resetting all other scales, Except the scale you clicked on. That was very efficient if you had to use many editing brash. Now you need to reset it on the reset button Or choose “new” brush but it reset ALL the scales which is SIGNIFICANTLY slowing down the workflow

    Second BIG issue with multi images editing is that in pre version you could scroll up/down to the next image in the by clicking keyboard Arrows even if you worked on crop tool. Now you just can’t. Errors are moving the tool (crop for example) instead Of going farther to the next image editing. Again, it’s so big workflow hassle.
    There are many more slowing workflow issues , that so many heavy users like I am, consider alternative editing software. If you mention to “kill”ACR- you did the right move!
    I am a heavy user (And a teacher) since ACR first day. Today I am very sad and annoyed

    • By Julieanne Kost - 8:13 AM on June 19, 2020  

      There is an option at the bottom of the Selective edits to “Reset Sliders Automatically – you can uncheck that option so that they don’t reset. I will pass the rest of your requests to the engineering team. -j

  • By Rich D'Amato - 4:22 PM on June 18, 2020  

    I like many here was not expecting or appreciating the magnitude of the changes being implemented going from ACR12.2 to ACR12.3! Many of us have chosen not to use Lightroom because of its interface and find Bridge/Photoshop more to liking workflow wise. So what does Adobe do. They make Bridge ACR more like Lightroom. I was willing to give it a try but found that I was one of those unfortunate souls who had Acronis True Image installed and unbeknownst to me it has a feature when activated that makes ACR12.3 perform terribly slow with lagging responsiveness to changes (seconds later changes occur) where as ACR12.2 has no problem?! After well over an hour of trying to determine what the problem was including reinstalling ACR12.2, I found a reference to an issue with Acronis in a forum on an earlier ACR11 version. I turned off the troubling Acronis feature cited there and reinstalled the latest Bridge with ACR12.3 and the speed/lagging problem is gone. Now I only need to deal with learning the major change in the user interface and I am a long way from 21 years old so change does not come easily!! However Julieanne’s great blog post has gotten me in a positive mode to give it a serious try.

    In my view:

    1. Adobe failed to make sure its ACR12.3 worked OK with Acronis like ACR12.2 does AND failed to tell us up front that a problem MIGHT exist. They were aware of this issue from their ACR11 experience. Shame on them!

    2. Surely the field testing of ACR12.3 turned up a potential customer acceptance issue with the changes being implemented. Did they just decide to ram it down our throats so to speak because of internal consistency objectives with future Lightroom developments??

  • By bibi - 6:45 PM on June 18, 2020  

    How do i find Adjustment Brush Before/After view icon?
    Thank your tutorial

  • By Andrew Davies - 3:47 AM on June 19, 2020  

    Please could you confirm the workflow image size options now do not work.

    Pre 12.3 – take a 42MP image that is 8000px approx. long side. Set workflow option to 4096x4096px
    You can now preview 4K files, see how the sharpness and noise looks at that output size. You can preview the effects of sharpening and noise reduction on your reduced size image.

    12.3 makes no difference what the workflow image size is set to, 100% view in the viewer is always a view of the full 42MP image.

    Was this just broken for me or was a great feature lost? Is this an accidental bug or part of the new design?
    Would be nice if this update had been run past keen ACR users, not people that use LR 99.9% of the time.


    P.S. I hate being so negative but this is a tool that has been an essential part of my business for well over a decade.

  • By Alan - 4:16 AM on June 19, 2020  

    How do you get the adjustment brush to stop auto resetting? For example, working on a series of similar photos. Make edits with the adjustment brush in one photo, then go to the next photo to make the same edits, but the brush is now reset. This wasn’t the behavior in previous versions.

    • By Julieanne Kost - 6:09 AM on June 19, 2020  

      There’s an option at the bottom of the panel to reset settings (uncheck it).

      • By Alan - 6:44 AM on June 19, 2020  

        Thank you, but like others I’m finding the workflow changes very disruptive. Especially after contacting support before installing to ask what was new and was told it was only a security update. Seems like this is a setting that should be in a Preferences dialog (at least that’s were I looked) and not buried at the bottom of an out-of-view tab.

        Is there a way to get the Crop & Rotate tool to remember the “constrain to Image” selection? It always reverts back to unchecked.

  • By Cornel van Heerden - 9:49 AM on June 19, 2020  

    Horrible interface. Give us the original or at least the option to choose.

  • By Peter Astle - 2:52 PM on June 19, 2020  

    Thanks for your valuable run through this new version of camera raw.
    I am giving 12.3 a serious try but have two issues with the Basic panel. I can’t find how to reset the basic sliders to their default settings for the occasions when I want to start again but without resetting everything else to defaults.
    Also what happened to the very useful adjusters (arrowheads) at the ends of each slider which allowed incremental jumps in the slider’s value? Can we have those back please?

  • By George Lamson - 9:25 AM on June 20, 2020  

    Julieanne – Thank you for the run through of the new interface. After reading it twice I see no explanation of the changes made to the detail panel. The previous panel had 6 or 7 sliders including the masking slider. Now there are three and no masking slider. I have been using ACR ever since it came out and have always used the ALT key and masking slider to adjust the sharpening mask. This is a pretty standard practice by many ACR users. I am baffled as to what Adobe’s logic is in removing all the sharpening controls. I also am not a great lover of the Lightroom develop module and am really disappointed to see it come to ACR. Unless there is something I am missing as far as the sharpening masking, I will be returning to the previous version. Thanks for the posting the link for going back.

    • By Julieanne Kost - 5:07 PM on July 6, 2020  

      George, You can use the white disclosure triangle (to the right of the Sharpening slider in the Detail panel) to reveal the Masking slider.

  • By Eric Clarke - 3:46 PM on June 20, 2020  

    I have been a long time user of ACR for many many years now and I loved how efficient my workflow had become. I knew every keyboard shortcut for everything, and now… now most of the shortcuts are gone and I can’t stand having to click around the screen to find what I need to make adjustments. This is the worst updates in the history of all adobe updates.
    I guess I’ll get Capture One a shot….

  • By Frank - 7:36 PM on June 20, 2020  

    Under Detail >sharpening there no longer appears to be a masking slider. Eek! I use this all the time. Where/how can I find it?

  • By Dave - 6:11 AM on June 21, 2020  

    Hi. How do I move the toolbar back to the top? I hate it on the right side. No matter what i do I can’t seem to move it. Thanks for your help. Dave

  • By Alan S - 9:37 AM on June 21, 2020  

    When Camera Raw installs, there is a message that says that there are 3 choices for the appearance: new ACR default, vertical filmstrip and single panels. It says that one can make a choice through the settings. I cannot find any place where I can make a choice. Does anyone know where these settings are? Thank you very much.

  • By Get - 2:45 PM on June 21, 2020  

    I too installed 12.3 and found the Detail and Masking slider gone. I installed the older version. Guess I will start looking for another editor as I too hate Lightroom!

  • By Bo - 3:41 AM on June 22, 2020  

    This new update makes me crazy on many different levels.
    Did any of the guys who made this “modern layout” use photoshop?
    I’m very dissapointed my work flow just went down with 200% and I’m disgusted for the first time ever with PS.

    Don’t think I will get used to it…this is crazy

  • By Joanne Colby - 7:16 AM on June 22, 2020  

    The previous version allowed you to advance frames with the mouse click. Now I need one hand on the mouse and the other on the keyboard arrows to do it. Also the frame does not advance after making an adjustment to a photo without clicking next image on filmstrip. Is there something I am missing?

  • By Laura - 8:04 AM on June 22, 2020  

    Thank you Julieanne for your useful links, blogs and tutorials.
    Please give us the option within 12.3 to use the classic ACR interface without having to revert to previous version. This was very disruptive for instructors in a classroom situation. It popped up 2 days before summer finals.

  • By Ffaelan Condragh - 10:02 AM on June 22, 2020  

    What a clusterflop. Hey Adobe, not everyone likes Lightroom. And forcing people to change makes them go to other places.

  • By Klaus-Peter Statz - 10:20 AM on June 22, 2020  

    This is the worst interface Adobe could possibly come up with. Why ruin something that worked so well? Had to revert back to previous version. With the next update, please provide option to keep the old interface. Otherwise you may lose many customers, myself included.

  • By Cahir - 11:17 AM on June 22, 2020  

    In the detail panel, the masking slider option has disappeared. Has this function been removed? If so this is a retrograde step and if not where is it now located? If removed by design, can your engineer’s reinstate the function?

  • By Elle - 12:08 PM on June 22, 2020  

    Fix the zoom in Camera Raw! Completely changing a tools functionality and hotkeys after over 20 years? For no reason? To create a bounce zoom in and out that NO ONE ever wanted to asked for?

    And worst of all – to now make this tool function completely differently than it does in Photoshop, so now you must mentally toggle between two completely different hotkeys and functionalities, within essentially the exact same program?

    Fix this!

  • By DIANA DAY - 1:44 PM on June 22, 2020  

    Regarding Frank’s comment: “Under Detail >sharpening there no longer appears to be a masking slider.”
    Click the left-pointing arrow across from Sharpening to open up that whole section. Masking is down there.

  • By MG - 1:51 PM on June 22, 2020  

    Just to add my voice to the chorus: the ACR UI change seems totally gratuitous, and is a step back in usability. I think Adobe should bring back the previous UI in an upcoming update. Such a move would not be unprecedented: a few years ago they made significant changes to the import functionality in Lightroom, and after users protested, they restored the old Import dialog.

  • By Doug - 1:51 PM on June 22, 2020  

    When you first send a photo into RAW from Bridge, it introduces the new layout and gives you a choice whether to try the new layout or stick with the old one. There’s no way that I need to re-install the old version to use the old layout. Is there really no way to switch back and forth between the two layouts? This is wild and I’m wasting a lot of time trying to figure it out. People KEEP asking how to switch back and it’s always the same copied response about installing the old version. How is this for real? Is that really the solution?

    • By Julieanne Kost - 5:04 PM on July 6, 2020  

      Hi Doug, I don’t think that the choice that ACR displays is between the new and old layout – I think you can choose between having the filmstrip on the left or at the bottom of the window. To return to the previous interface, you actually have to install the older version of ACR. This link will take you to the page to install 12.2.1:

  • By Yvette Cardozo - 4:37 PM on June 22, 2020  

    Your screenshots are a lifesaver. I think I will be able to work with the new version though so far, I don’t see that, for me, it’s an improvement…just a lot of changes. It is somewhat annoying they are obviously trying to copy Lightroom. As others have said, I HATE Lightroom. The history states are backwards from Photoshop … unnecessarily confusing … but far more of a problem is the charcoal background with white letters. I would love to wring the neck of the designer who thought that was so very cool. I can’t see white letters on a dark background and I can’t be the only person on earth who has this problem. Luckily, as best as I’ve seen, I will be able to choose a light background with black letters for this new version of RAW.

  • By Fred Baxter - 7:54 PM on June 22, 2020  

    Julieanne how can you claim ACR 12.3 delivers a modernized interface? If you mean less productive and counter intuitive then yes this is the typical decline that comes with “modernized UI”. If causing the User to have to engage in many more actions to do the same thing than before then ACR 12.3 is indeed modernized.

    Adobe is mistaken that people are using LightRoom therefore they want ACR to be more like LightRoom. I would say 55% of people buying the Photography subscription are doing so only to get access to ACR and Photoshop for a much reduced price($119 yearly) over a Photoshop($239 yearly)stand alone subscription and never bother to install LightRoom.

    This “update” is a total joke and a complete mess because the user can not easily untangle the results of installing these updates.

  • By Brandon Burkley - 10:08 PM on June 22, 2020  

    What a horrible decision by Adobe to rid Camera Raw of its existing (and very efficient) zoom functionality that is consistent with Photoshop and the Bridge > ACR > Photoshop workflow. Specifically, the Command + Spacebar-click and Option + Spacebar-click keyboard shortcuts. Isn’t the idea to add functionality and not take away? What I’m seeing in the above discussion is that Adobe has decided to take away existing useful functionality of Camera Raw while enforcing Lightroom-like commands, which no one cares to use here for a very obvious reason — because they’re not using Lightroom! At least give us back the ability to choose the old shortcuts and features if we wish. Stop making tyrannical changes just for the sake of your future development path with Lightroom or because your engineering team thinks it’s “better.” For god sake, these are professional apps used by professionals, and you’ve now broken valuable efficiencies in their workflow. I’d like to see an expedient response to this. Another unacceptable move down the rathole, Adobe.

  • By Darren Edwards - 9:31 PM on June 23, 2020  

    I reverted back to the older version, as I’m in the middle of a job and now my command R doesn’t work to open multiple images in bridge. Can you please let me know how to get this back?

    • By Julieanne Kost - 4:58 PM on July 6, 2020  

      Darren, It’s working for me. Can you make sure that you have installed the latest update to Bridge? is what I have installed.

  • By Andrew Grey - 7:56 AM on June 24, 2020  

    Hi where is the crop tool in the Camera Raw filter? Can’t seem to find this.

    • By Julieanne Kost - 4:53 PM on July 6, 2020  

      Andrew, the Camera Raw Filter in Photoshop doesn’t have a crop tool (the ACR plug in does, but not the filter.)

  • By Darren Edwards - 11:11 AM on June 24, 2020  

    Can you explain why ‘open in camera raw’ no longer works? Or how to get it back?

  • By Peter Sarafan - 6:26 PM on June 24, 2020  

    There have been significant changes to the crop tool. Some are good. However, one can no longer zoom in on an image, reposition with the hand tool and then crop to the existing screen size. Selecting the crop tool automatically displays the crop boundaries on a smaller visual image. Cropping only makes, while one is cropping, the image visually smaller and smaller. This makes it difficult to assess if the image will technically tolerate a significant crop and more difficult to decide if you will like the final result. One can of course go back and forth to fit to screen and crop multiple times until you get what you like but this is awkward. The prior camera raw version and photoshop do not have this problem.

  • By Peter Sarafan - 6:34 PM on June 24, 2020  

    When using the adjustment brush or graduated filter, there is no simple way to turn the adjustment on and off. The adjustment can be reset only. Adjustments in the main panel have a preview icon (the eye) to at least see the adjustment or not. The icon to the right of the before and after views, resets all adjustments, not just the active panel as before (same as pressing the P key.) The ability to go back and forth, turning an adjustment on or off easily is really needed.

  • By Camille Duckworth - 2:49 PM on June 25, 2020  

    Where can I find the luminosity slider? It used to be in the same menu as sharpening and noise reduction and I can’t find it.

    • By Julieanne Kost - 4:51 PM on July 6, 2020  

      The Noise Reduction Slider controls the Luminosity noise reduction and the Color slider reduces color.

  • By Paul - 4:16 PM on June 25, 2020  

    Hi. When I click + to zoom an image it zooms in to to 100% which is what I have set in the drop down menu. Zooming out sets it to 23% or similar, which is fine. However…sometimes it zooms to 100.8% or some other figure…not 100%. I keep having to go to the drop down menu and select 100% again. Sometimes zooming in goes to something like 23%, clicking again goes to 26% followed by 100% on the next click. Seems buggy to me. Global zoom setting is off…but I’m unsure what that does anyway!
    Also…I really liked the option of using a marquee to draw around the image to zoom…this has been removed in 12.3 which I dislike. How do I keep my zoom to zooming in to 100% and not having this change? Thanks.

  • By Andras Juhos - 4:54 PM on June 25, 2020  

    Hi Julieanne, is it really the case that the way of cropping has changed? In previous versions of ACR if I selected an area of a photo and then I wanted to reposition or rotate the selection then the selection window moved / rotated while the photo remained fixed. Now the selection frame remains fixed and the image moves or rotates in the background (like in Photoshop). Is there any way to chose the old behavior in the new ACR or this became an intentional change, a new feature? Thx, Andras

  • By David - 8:24 AM on June 26, 2020  

    Would it be possible to ask for the choice between the two crop tools? This version and the previous one. I also prefer to move the frame as opposed to the image when rotating. Would it be possible to have a button to toggle between the two? Thanks

  • By John m nevulis - 2:41 PM on June 26, 2020  

    Finally installed the updates and I am lost. The Camera Raw 12.3 screen is larger than my PS interface. I’ve tried changing the resolution on my monitors and nothing helps. I can toggle out of full screen but the interface being so large I can’t see the “Done” button and return to PS. What have I missed?

    Thank You in advance

  • By Chris Ruijter - 12:24 AM on June 27, 2020  

    Please do bring back the ‘+/-‘ in the zoom options, these zooming options are two step back from where we came from. It’s a mind boggling decision to remove this! Why?! #ifitaintbrokendontfixit

    kind regards,


  • By Semko Balcerski - 11:31 AM on June 28, 2020  

    Re ACR v.12.3
    It took me years and hundreds of thousands of images to feel like fish in the water in ACR. Now they just drained most of the water in my pond.
    It was a conscious choice for me to go with ACR and not Lightroom, mainly because of the interface. Now, they are both alike.
    It makes me wonder, on what basis is Adobe taking their decisions, and to what degree, us/users are being taken to consideration. Maybe, there are some other aspects that are prioritized higher.
    Since I have to start re-building my routines, I may as well have a look into the other raw-converting apps and see what they are offering. Something, I wouldn’t even think of before, because I had exactly what I needed.
    WHY DON’T THEY MAKE THE MENUS FLOATING (like in so many other apps)?
    This would make it so much more consumer-friendly.
    I am wondering if there is a way of getting compensated for the time wasted on 12.3.

  • By MG - 11:34 AM on June 28, 2020  

    I don’t think such a disruptive change to the ACR UI will result in a better workflow for most. More clicks and scrolling to achieve the same. Adobe should listen to its customers: we want a choice to go back to the old UI. If Adobe changed it back, it would not be unprecedented: a couple of years ago they changed the Import dialog in Lightroom, and then changed it back in response to the public outcry. Maybe it’s time to do the same?

  • By Yvette Cardozo - 7:26 AM on June 29, 2020  

    I asked this more than a week ago but will do so again. Is there ANY way to enlarge the text font in RAW. These adjustments exist in Photoshop and Bridge. The text is simply too microscopic to read. And no, changing the size of my text systemwide in Windows is not a practical solution. I tried this once before for another program and it totally messed up Windows. This is a major problem.

    • By Julieanne Kost - 4:47 PM on July 6, 2020  

      Yvette, I do not know of a way to increase the text font in ACR unless you do it on the system level.

  • By The Image Doctor - 4:43 PM on June 29, 2020  

    “I’m pleased to announce” Seriously… You’re PLEASED to announce ?!?!?!?!?!?!?

    You may be an Adobe / creative guru with more skins on the wall that wallpaper, but you DAMN sure don’t depend on ACR in a high-volume professional daily workflow. If you DID, you would be on the side of 99.99999999999999999% of the PS power-users who hate the ACR 12.3 release. And I really do mean HATE IT (with a level of seething vitriol usually reserved for discussions of religion, politics, and CV19 masks) because it completely obliterated their professional workflow and forced them into an incredibly inefficient, Lightroom-esque user interface without any notification or rollback option.

    I’m no award winner, but I work hard and I’ve personally used Photoshop since version ONE in the late 80’s (and I used the original 8-bit grayscale Aldus Digital Darkroom before THAT) so I can say with confidence that ACR 12.3 is one of the worst releases I’ve ever experienced – and may be the single WORST software release in the entire history of Adobe.

    After the first two comments (who clearly didn’t even TRY the release before posting a reply) there is literally NOT EVEN ONE POSITIVE COMMENT about the ACR 12.3 release itself in the entire string of posts above. (Nor anywhere else that I can find on or online in general.) For that matter, look back at all YOUR follow-up comments: Here’s how to reset… Here’s where to find the missing… Here’s how to revert… Why not just be an honest and ADMIT that ACR 12.3 is an abysmal failure? (Obviously it’s a rhetorical question as you’re a hired gun.)

    The truth of the matter is this: Adobe has been licking it’s wounds since the first release of Lightroom, because the interface sucked and no one wanted to use it. And in case you didn’t know, or forgot… Adobe then purchased an independently developed and fabulously efficient RAW processing software package that was VERY popular in the market… then promptly flushed it entirely and forced all of those users into Lightroom! ACR was the last remnant of workflow efficiency for many Photoshop power users – so what does Adobe do? They completely ruin the very well established user interface and workflow options. Why? Because Adobe is STILL po’d about power-users rejecting of Lightroom (since it’s inception) so by golly they’re gonna FORCE users into Lightroom one way or another, come hell or high water, damn the torpedoes and user opinions… full speed ahead.

    For ALL THE REST OF US who really DO use ACR on a daily basis in high volume workflow, there is only one answer: ROLL BACK TO 12.2.1 (and pray we can use it as long as possible…)

  • By Gethin Coles - 10:52 PM on June 29, 2020  

    Hey Julie,
    The scroll wheel changes the brush size the opposite way to lightroom. Scrolling down makes it bigger in lightroom, larger in camera raw. I suspect you guys all use macs, right? And this issue is a windows only one.

    Also muscle memory: now that we can do this in lightroom and camera raw, we need to be able to do this in photoshop too!