Slightly OT raw converter discussion

Started Jan 25, 2013 | Discussions thread
OP jonska Veteran Member • Posts: 3,212
Re: New version

Gerry Winterbourne wrote:

jonska wrote:

You do have ACR, Jon, although not necessarily labelled as such. ACR is the standard Adobe raw converter and it sits in all their editing software. The version in LR3.x is ACR6.y. It's the same as what CS5 has, which also incorporates PS11.

Whoops. My mistake. Of course I have ACR as a part of CS5 and Lightroom. I have always assumed, when people talk about ACR, that they are talking about a free-standing version of the converter with editing features - a sort of Lightroom or Photoshop without all the bells and whistles. I only see ACR in action on import into Lightroom and on the very rare occasions that I actually open a raw shot using Photoshop (I normally edit in photoshop straight out of Lightroom so that Lightroom will know where everything is).


Good move. I didn't suggest it because it's too easy just to tell people to spend money. This version has ACR7.z. I remembered overnight that you can see the difference between ACR 6 and & quite easily once you have 7. On the Camera Calibration tab you have a choice of Process Version: ACR6 uses 2010, ACR7 uses 2012.

If you open a file you've worked on before it comes up with your last settings, which would be 2010. Click the icon at bottom right of the image and it converts to 2012 and alters the sliders to the new style. With your posted shot there's an immediate increase in punch with ACR7.

I tried that last night (just an idle poke at the "i" icon to see what it did), and I could see a difference. Not much difference as I had already done some basic processing work on the shots on import. I understand from my limited reading about LR4 so far that there is no way to make this change universally and simultaneously to all the shots in my catalogue? I understood from one article that people might not want to do this if they are happy with their already-processed LR3 shots. That would not bother me. All my processed shots are color coded, so I could easily go through them afterward (red: total failure but keep for sentimental reasons; yellow: might be worth a second look someday; green: safe to show without embarrassment; no color: unprocessed).

This link to the Adobe website shows what they call the top new features. This link (from half-way down the first one) is to a suite of tutorials on LR. The Adobe TV section has lots of training videos.

Thank you. Now to unbookmark all my LR3 tutorials, shelve all my Kelby books on Lightroom 1, 2 and 3, buy new ones ... sigh...

This has been a very interseting thread - much more so than I had hoped. You and others have been extrenely helpful, civil and patient.

Unfortunately I am at work today (yes, I work Sundays), but I will check the thread again tonight and perhaps wind it up with some conclusions.

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