Jul 292015
photoshop cs6

More than three years after Photoshop CS6 was released in May, 2012, Adobe has announced that it will no longer update the Adobe Camera Raw (ACR) plugin incorporated in CS6 with support for new cameras or new lens profiles. The ACR update released today, 9.1.1, will be the last one.

Implications for Photoshop CS 6 Users Who Also Use Lightroom 6/CC

As of the next update to Lightroom (presumably 6.2), your Photoshop ACR plugin will no longer be as up-to-date as Lightroom. Therefore, you’ll get the following dialog when you choose to edit a raw image in Photoshop (right-click>Edit in…>Photoshop CS6):


From this dialog, choose to render the image using Lightroom – Lightroom will create the PSD or TIFF file and hand it off to Photoshop, bypassing the now out-of-date Camera Raw. The only difference you’ll notice with this workflow is that the PSD or TIFF file gets created and saved even if you exit out of Photoshop without doing any work to the file. Simply delete it from within Lightroom if you don’t wish to retain it.

Additional Implications for Photoshop CS 6 Users Who Don’t User Lightroom 6/CC

If you purchase a new camera that is not supported, you’ll need to convert your raw files to the Adobe DNG format before you can edit them in ACR or Photoshop.

Here’s the Adobe announcement of this new policy of not updating Camera Raw for Photoshop CS6, with more information on converting raw files to DNG.

Oct 032014

Adobe DNG ConverterAdobe has announced the immediate availability of the release candidate of Camera Raw 8.7 and an update to the DNG Converter – both are available at labs.adobe.com. The DNG converter in particular can be useful for Lightroom users who have purchased one of the new cameras below – until support for these cameras is available in Lightroom, you can use it to convert your raw files to Adobe’s DNG raw format, which you can then import into Lightroom.

  • Casio EX-100PRO
  • Fujifilm X30
  • Leaf Credo 50
  • Leica V
  • Lux (Typ 114)
  • Nikon D750
  • Panasonic DMC-GM1S
  • Sony ILCE-5100
  • Sony ILCE-QX1

Read more about the Camera Raw 8.7 release, which also contains new lens profiles and bug fixes. These changes are not available for Lightroom, so they most likely won’t be of interest to most Lightroom users (unless you also use Camera Raw through Photoshop.)


Aug 252011

As I wrote in my recent post on sharpening in Lightroom , occasionally when I go to a photography show at a gallery, my first reaction isn’t “What great/horrible photographs!”, but rather “Wow, too much sharpening!”    Sharpening has always been a tool that is easy to go to far with.

Unfortunately, with all the new powerful tools available to us, there are now even more ways to get a “Wow, you need to back off on that  Lightroom slider!”  reaction during your photography exhibition.   The clarity slider in the Basics panel is the next-most commonly over-used tool, in my experience.

As I wrote about in my blog post on  clarity in Lightroom, clarity makes your subject look more three dimensional, by adding contrast to edges (in a much broader way than sharpening).  The bright side of edges gets brighter, the dark side, darker.  Too much clarity can add ugly and obvious shadows and halos around edges.

Here’s an example, before and after the application of +100 clarity: Continue reading »

Aug 102010

Lightroom 3.2 and Adobe Camera Raw 6.2 are available as release candidates on Adobe Labs.  (Programs are available as release candidates to allow for additional user testing before official releases are made.)  These have support for 12 new cameras, 50 new lens profiles, bug fixes, and in Lightroom only, publishing to Facebook.  Click HERE for Adobe’s announcement and the link to the software download.

Note that there was no Lightroom 3.1 release — by moving to #2, Adobe is syncing the numbering of ACR and Lightroom releases.

Mar 192009

Have you ever worked on an image, been satisfied with your work, but then wanted to try some other things with the option to get back to what you had?  Perhaps you want to compare different versions of your work to decide which you like best — for example, a color version, a black and white version and one with a mix of black and white and color;   or you want to compare a straight-photo look and many  different versions of a highly-stylized look.

Snapshots are perfect for this —  every time you reach a point that you want to be able to get back to, create a new snapshot.  Then later you’ll simply click on the snapshot name to get back to that version.

In Lightroom, the Snapshots panel is located on the left in the Develop Module, below Presets and above History.  Click on the + sign, and name the new snapshot.  If you later want to delete the snapshot, click on the – sign.

Snapshot Panel in Lightroom

Snapshot Panel in Lightroom

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