The latest update to Camera Raw, was released to customers today (9 March). This update is primarily to provide new camera and lens support plus bug fixes. However, Camera Raw 13.2 also includes new features and enhancements. One of which will be of particular benefit to customers with images captured on low Mega Pixel cameras or require significant cropping.
New Features and Enhancements
- Enhance Super Resolution: doubles image resolution. It’s ideal for large displays and prints. It’s also the second feature in the ‘Enhance’ family, which makes use of Adobe’s Machine Learning technologies.
- Filter and Sort the Filmstrip: Added ability to filter and sort photos visible in the Filmstrip.
- Customise Edit panel: Hide, show and reorder Edit panel.
- Apple ProRaw Profile: Apple ProRaw photos appear closer to the in-camera look.
- Native support for Arm processors.
Enhance Super Resolution
Super Resolution relies on Machine Learning technologies developed by Adobe. In developing the algorithms, millions of existing images were analysed. The result is feature that allows you to double the size of existing raw images to a much higher quality than previous upscaling tools in Photoshop, Camera Raw or Lightroom. It’s particularly useful for upsizing raw images captured on older DSLRs that were limited to 12MP and lower. However, it’s equally useful for upsizing heavily cropped raw images from more recent DSLRs and Mirrorless cameras.
To use the ‘Enhance Super Resolution’ feature in Camera Raw you right-mouse-click on the image to open the context menu, then choose ‘Enhance’
The Enhance setting dialog will open. Next make sure that you have ‘Super Resolution’ checked. There is also a headless option, which is activated by holding down the Option/Alt key when right-mouse-clicking on ‘Enhance’. Also, note that Enhance Details is automatically applied.
Like ‘Enhanced Details’, Super Resolution uses the GPU in your computer to undertake millions of highly complex calculations for each image. More details on the ‘Super Resolution’ feature can be found in the blog post by Eric Chan
Apple ProRAW combines the information of a standard RAW format along with iPhone image processing, which gives you more flexibility when editing the exposure, colour and white balance in your photo. Unfortunately, until this latest release of Camera Raw it wasn’t possible for Adobe applications to make full use of the format. However, Apple ProRaw images can now imported into Camera Raw using the ProRaw Profile, and will also appear closer to their in-camera look.
Apple M1 and Windows ARM support
Camera Raw 13.2 is natively compatible with Apple devices with M1 processors and Windows machines with ARM processors.
- Details of Camera Raw bUg Fixes can be found here
- New camera support can be found here
Disclosure: As an Adobe Community Professional I receive a free subscription to Adobe Creative Cloud.
Adobe Lightroom Classic and Lightroom CC (Cloud-based version) were released to customers on 12 February 2019. The headline new feature in these updates was ‘Enhance Details’ , which is a brand new approach to demosaicing raw photos. It can be found in Adobe Camera Raw, Lightroom Classic CC, and Lightroom CC for Mac and Windows.
Adobe claim that with Enhance Details algorithm you can increase the resolution of both Bayer and X-Trans based photos by up to 30%. Enhance Details works on any raw file apart from files converted to a linear raw file, HDR or Panorama merged files. While applicable to any raw file format, Fujifilm X-Trans based cameras benefit most from applying Enhance Details. Adobe have prepared a white paper, which can be found here and if you’d like to try Enhance Details on a Fujifilm X-Trans based file, you can download one here, which I used for below example. I used this image because disappointingly I could find no image within my own library that demonstrated the improvements that Enhanced Details is capable of delivering. I suspect many Lightroom users will be equally disappointed.
Lightroom Classic 8.2 – Enhanced Detail
Using Enhanced Details
- The Enhance Details option can be accessed by Right clicking (Control + clicking) on a selection (single or batch) in Library/Develop Loupe, Grid, or Film Strip andselecting “Enhance Details” from the context menu.
- “Enhance Details” will create a new DNG file next to the original file on disk and the file name will be appended with “-enhanced” for identification.
- The resulting DNG contains both the mosaic data and the enhanced RGB data.
- The new enhance image will carry all the metadata and develop settings as that of the original image.
- Upon ‘Enhance details’ selection from the context menu, when a single image is selected, a Preview dialog box will be shown.
- A preview of the image(zoomed) will be displayed with enhance details applied. One can long press to view the image without enhance details applied.
- One can zoom in/out the image in the preview dialog box.
- If image is zoomed into an area and one launches “Enhance Details” previewdialog, zoomed area will be shown in the preview dialog considering it as area of interest.
- When more than 1 images are selected, Lightroom Classic would directly start the DNG creation process.
- Enhance Details option is available in Photo menu for Library and Develop panel.
- The following Keyboard shortcuts are available:macOS – CONTROL+OPTION+IWindows – CTRL+ALT+INote:
- Enhance Details requires macOS 10.13 (or later) or, Windows 10 (Oct 2018 Release – i.e 1809).
- Enhanced Details is computationally intensive and may take a bit time to run for each image. It performs best with a fast GPU.
- Enhanced Details can be applied to most raw file formats but not to JPEGs, TIFFs, HEICs or De- mosaiced images.
Lightroom Classic also includes an update to tethering, whcih now allows Nikon cameras to utilise the improvements made available for Canon cameras in the October 2018 update.
A full list of cameras tether support in Lightroom Classic 8.0 can be found at Tethered Camera Support
All of the application within the Lightroom ecosystem have also been updated to support new cameras and lenses.