November 09, 2013

Camera 8.3 RC for Photoshop CC & CS6 available on Adobe Labs

Camera Raw 8.3 is now available as a release candidate on Adobe Labs for Photoshop CS6 and Photoshop CC on Adobe Labs. For both versions it includes the new camera support mentioned below, and for Photoshop CC includes the following new features:

  • Whites and Blacks now support Auto Levels-like functionality via shift-double-click on the sliders.
  • Separate Auto Temperature and Auto Tint feature. Shift-double-click to invoke “auto temperature” and “auto tint” separately.
  • Ability to option-click shortcut in Synchronize, New Preset, Save Settings, and Copy/Paste (Bridge) dialog boxes. Option-click a checkbox to check that box exclusively. Option-click again to toggle previous checkbox state.
  • Set the background color of the work area. Context-click outside the image in the work area to select a background color from a popup menu.
New camera support:
  • Canon PowerShot S120
  • Fujifilm XQ1
  • Fujifilm X-E2
  • Nikon 1 AW1
  • Nikon Coolpix P7800
  • Nikon D610
  • Nikon D5300 (*)
  • Olympus OM-D E-M1
  • Olympus STYLUS 1 (*)
  • Panasonic DMC-GM1
  • Phase One IQ260
  • Phase One IQ280
  • Sony A7 (ILCE-7)
  • Sony A7R (ILCE-7R)
  • Sony DSC-RX10 (*)

* denotes preliminary support [Via Jeff Tranberry]

Posted by John Nack at 8:45 AM on November 09, 2013


  • Rick Popham — 3:44 PM on November 09, 2013

    So now we have -count ’em- 4 different versions of Camera Raw.

    1. Limited version in Elements
    2. New camera support only in PS CS6
    3. Supposedly latest version in LR 5
    4. Uber CC version (subscribe!, subscribe!)

    My Adobe workflow used to be pretty seamless, but it looks like that’s coming to and end to promote the cloud.

    [Photoshop & Elements always revealed different feature sets. The only new things are that Adobe now continues to update camera support for an older version of Photoshop, and that you now don’t have to wait 18 months to get new features in ACR. I understand the sensitivity about the move to subscriptions, but I’m hard pressed to see the aforementioned changes as bad for customers. –J.]

  • Rick Popham — 5:43 PM on November 10, 2013

    Yup, the different feature sets between Elements and PS made sense because of the price points.

    Different feature sets between current versions of LR and PS do not. These programs were once kept carefully synchronized, at least in the days before frantic CC upgrades. Now, that synchronization has started to erode, even with a subscription to the “Photographer’s Bundle”.

    [Actually I’m not sure that any of the changes described here have any bearing on the Camera Raw engine itself (i.e. what you can actually do with the app). Rather, they’re convenience features that make it faster to what you could already do by hand. –J.]

    And NO, I’m not suggesting that LR join the Cloud.

    • Rick Popham — 3:21 PM on November 12, 2013

      Fair enough. But one of the reasons I was drawn to the LR/PS combination is the mostly effortless integration between the two apps. Now that you’ve started to make the features in PSCC different from those in the “matching” version of LR, I can’t help but worry that this will eventually screw up that integration.

      • John Stevenson — 6:41 AM on November 13, 2013

        … but, in one major way, the integration is even tighter than it was earlier. The ACR Filter now in Photoshop CC (where all of the new features of Camera Raw 8.3 appear) extends the commonality between Lightroom and Photoshop. Moreover, putting aside the convenience factor, it’s newly a good starting point for image enhancement work. Just one example: it can be applied to individual Layers in Photoshop. (So, this raises the bar for the likes of Topaz, onOne, Nik, Athentech, et al.)

        • Rick Popham — 4:57 PM on November 13, 2013

          Huh? How does the divergence of features between ACR CC and Lightroom result in an “even tighter integration”? These new features are, by Adobe’s intention, only available in Photoshop/ACR CC. How does changing the features between the two programs “extend the commonality between Lightroom and Photoshop”?

          • John Stevenson — 7:37 PM on November 13, 2013

            … because a real goodly chunk of the feature set that’s in the Lightroom 5.2 Develop module is directly available in Photoshop CC now, via not just one but two different workflows. Whilst the newest ACR 8.3 beta stuff (announced here) is – as John notes – primarily just a convenience-of-use improvement. It is a tiny fraction of the full, common platform of features (in CC, inclusive of the ACR Filter). Here’s an example: (from PhotoshopCAFE).

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