Adobe has just revealed that Adobe Camera Raw (ACR) will be coming soon to Photoshop on the iPad. This is an exciting new addition for iPad users and will vastly improve on-the-go editing workflow for busy travelling photographers (ahem when we get busy travelling again!).
Lightroom and Adobe Camera Raw have never really been all that good at masking. They’ve had some basic rudimentary masking features through the brush and gradient features, but not in the way that something like Adobe’s own Photoshop provides. Well, now, it looks like that’s about to change.
They’ve posted a sneak peek today of new masking features that will be coming soon to Lightroom and Adobe Camera Raw and they look pretty impressive. If you’re already doing basic selections in Lightroom or ACR, this’ll speed up your workflow massively. And for portrait and wedding shooters, you might not even have to go into Photoshop at all anymore.
Adobe’s new Super Resolution feature is certainly rather good. It allows you to breathe new life into those lower resolution images from older DSLRs as well as smartphone images to an impressive level of quality. But does it really eliminate the need for today’s high-resolution cameras like the Canon EOS R5, Nikon Z7 II and Sony A7R IV?
Well, photographer Dan Watson seems to think so, as he demonstrates in this video where he puts the 12MP Sony A7S III and 20MP Canon EOS R6 + Super Resolution up against the 60.2MP Sony A7R IV and 45MP Canon EOS R5 for stills to see just how well they stand up to the task.
Topaz Labs’ Gigapixel AI has probably been the industry standard when it comes to upscaling images to massive proportions. It offers some pretty incredible abilities, claiming to let you to resize up to 600% from the original size “while perfectly preserving image quality”. Recently, Adobe announced their new Super Resolution feature, which uses AI to intelligently upsample images.
But how do the two compare with each other? Which is better? Which is faster? Are they both just as good as each other? That’s what Finnish photographer Peter Forsgård wanted to find out. So, in this video, he compares the two side-by-side on a number of images and talks about the pros and cons of each.
Adobe Camera Raw now includes a new feature that will be coming soon to both Lightroom and Lightroom Classic. It’s called Super Resolution and it’s essentially a machine learning AI-powered method of upscaling that offers massive image upscaling benefits at the push of a button. Well, you have to push it a couple of times and check a box in a dialogue, but then it’s at the push of a button.
Julieanne Kost, Principal Evangelist at Adobe posted a video about the new feature to YouTube saying that the model for the new feature was trained on millions of photos, and uses that data to “intelligently boost the resolution of an image while maintaining clean edges and preserving important details”.
Last month, Adobe shared a sneak peek of the new color grading wheels that were about to come to Lightroom and Camera Raw. The feature is coming to Lightroom Classic version 10.0, which is to go live today. But other than the video-style color grading, there are a few more improvements, so let’s see what’s new.
Adobe has just released a sneak peek of a new Color Grading tool coming to Lightroom, Lightroom Classic and Adobe Camera Raw. It’s an upgraded version of the familiar split-toning that’s been around since forever. Split toning allowed you to tone your highlights and shadows separately to create a more stylised look.
All three applications that share the same raw engine are getting the new advanced Color Grading tool, which basically means Lightroom, Lightroom Classic and Adobe Camera Raw. It essentially works like the shadow/midtone/highlight colour wheels in your favourite video editing software and will replace the split-toning feature in an upcoming version.
For more than a couple of years now, I’ve been thinking “Wouldn’t it be great if there were a website or an app that’d let me convert between Lightroom and ACR profiles?”. I even considered having a go at writing one at one point. After all, they both use the same raw engine, and they both contain pretty much the same data. It should be easy to translate between the two, right?
It turns out that procrastination pays off – for me, at least. There is now a way to do it and it’s called PresetPanda. It’s actually been around for a little while, but it was Mac-only. Now, though, it’s available to Windows users, too. It’s been changed from a standalone application into a web-based app, so it’s platform-independent!
Sensor dust can be an absolute pain sometimes. No matter how clean we try to keep our cameras, it just seems to creep in there when we least expect it – and often when it has the most impact on our shots. There are tools in Lightroom and Adobe Camera Raw to let us clean it up, but we often have to zoom in and drag the image around, hoping that we find them all.
This neat trick from photographer Anthony Morganti makes this an easy systematic task with one simple keypress. I’ve been zooming and manually dragging images around in Adobe Camera Raw for years, and never knew I could do this. Now it’ll make cleaning up images a breeze.
If there’s one thing most Lightroom users agree about, it’s that the program could use a speed boost. In its latest announcement, Adobe introduces GPU-accelerated editing in Lightroom Classic and Camera Raw. It should make the editing process smoother and make the programs faster and more responsive.