Adobe Outs Lightroom 5.4 and ACR 8.4 Updates

We’ve still got quite a lot of catching up to do and this time Adobe grabs our attention with the release of new Adobe Camera Raw and Lightroom versions (which basically is the converter only in a separate package and with some added functionality for processing masses of files quickly). Version 8.4 of ACR and 5.4 of Lightroom bring the usual updates – new camera and lens support, some bug fixes and a few new features on top of that. Happily, Photoshop CS6 users are not left out and their ACR can be updated. That said, only new lens/camera profiles and bug fixes are part of the update, whilst new features seem to be reserved for CC only. Clearly, Adobe wants you to move to CC, but does not yet blatantly force you to do it by ignoring “older” software completely – at least until ACR 9 arrives.

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5.4

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5.4 Details

Let’s see what changes the Lightroom 5.4 brings to the table.

1) New Camera Support

  • Canon EOS 1200D (REBEL T5, KISS X70)
  • Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II (preliminary support)
  • Casio EX-100
  • DJI Phantom
  • Fujifilm X-T1
  • Hasselblad H5D-50c
  • Hasselblad HV
  • Nikon 1 V3 (preliminary support)
  • Nikon COOLPIX P340
  • Nikon D3300
  • Nikon D4S
  • Olympus OM-D E-M10 (preliminary support)
  • Panasonic LUMIX DMC-ZS40 (DMC-TZ60, DMC-TZ61)
  • Phase One IQ250
  • Samsung NX mini (preliminary support)
  • Samsung NX30
  • Sony Alpha a5000 (ILCE-5000)
  • Sony Alpha a6000 (ILCE-6000)

2) Fujifilm Camera Color Profiles

There’s also Fuji-matching color profiles for the following X-series cameras if you love what Fujifilm does with its JPEG engine, and a lot of people do:

  • Fujifilm X-A1
  • Fujifilm X-E1
  • Fujifilm X-E2
  • Fujifilm X-M1
  • Fujifilm X-S1
  • Fujifilm X-T1
  • Fujifilm X-Pro1
  • Fujifilm X10
  • Fujifilm X20
  • Fujifilm XF1
  • Fujifilm XQ1
  • Fujifilm X100
  • Fujifilm X100S

3) New Lens Profiles

One of the most wanted improvements with each update, Lightroom 5.4 also has a bunch of new lens profiles. Sadly, while Adobe does its best to provide support for latest optics, older lenses are ignored. No Nikkor 85mm f/1.4D, but iPhone 5c – why not. I’ll stay professional and withhold all the swearing. :)

  • Apple iPhone 5c
  • Canon EF 200-400mm f/4 L IS USM
  • Canon EF 200-400mm f/4 L IS USM EXT
  • Canon EF-S 18-55mm /3.5-5.6 IS STM
  • Canon EF-S 25-250mm f/4-5.6 IS II
  • Fujifilm X100S
  • GoPro Hero3+ Black Edition
  • Nikon 1 NIKKOR 6.7-13mm f/3.5-5.6 VR
  • Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR II
  • Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5G ED
  • Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G ED
  • Nikon COOLPIX P340
  • Phantom Vision FC200 (DJI mount for raw files)
  • Sigma 24-105mm F4 DG OS HSM (Canon, Nikon, Sigma lens mounts)
  • Sony E PZ 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 OSS
  • Sony FE 24-70 f/4 ZA OSS
  • Sony FE 70-200mm f/4 G OSS
  • Sony 20mm F2.8
  • Sony 24mm F2 ZA SSM
  • Sony 35mm F1.4 G
  • Sony 50mm F1.4
  • Sony 50mm F1.4 ZA
  • Sony 50mm F2.8 Macro
  • Sony 85mm F1.4 ZA
  • Sony 85mm F2.8 SAM
  • Sony 135mm F1.8 ZA
  • Sony DT 11-18mm F4.5-5.6
  • Sony DT 16-50mm F2.8 SSM
  • Sony DT 16-80mm F3.5-4.5 ZA
  • Sony DT 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 SAM II
  • Sony DT 18-135mm F3.5-5.6 SAM
  • Sony DT 30mm F2.8 Macro SAM
  • Sony DT 35mm F1.8
  • Sony 50mm F1.8 SAM
  • Sony DT 55-200mm F4-5.6 SAM
  • Sony DT 55-300mm F4.5-5.6 SAM
  • Zeiss Otus 1.4/55 ZE (Canon and Nikon mount)

4) Bug Fixes

Here’s a quote from Adobe’s Lightroom journal. As you can see, the list really is extensive:

  • When switching to the Book module with images selected, a ‘Gathering Photos’ message would appear and stay persistent.
  • On Mac Lightroom activity, such as an export, did not prevent the computer from sleeping.
  • In the Develop Module, the ‘Settings > Crop as Shot’ menu item did not properly reset orientation.
  • In the Develop Module and when applying Grain, occasionally vertical artifacts would appear along the bottom edge of a photo.
  • In the Develop Module, there is a slight delay before the Histogram is available for adjustments.
  • Lens profile corrections for the iPhone 5 would not be selected when using the ‘Auto’ Lens profile correction feature in the Develop module.
  • In the Develop Module, Scrubby Adjustments on Adjustment Brush Pins did not work as expected.
  • Syncing of spot removals was not consistent from image to image.
  • Exporting a scaled image to PSD would sometimes cause the watermark to be displayed incorrectly.
  • When Don’t Enlarge is on in Export, image was not resized, even when making image smaller.
  • Sharpening/Noise Reduction were applied inconsistently depending on crop and export image size.
  • Luminance of exported file differed noticeably after crop.
  • When adding keywords on Import, Import begins at once when keywords entered with ‘enter’ key (Win only).
  • In the Import dialogue, Loupe view occasionally did not work.
  • When using the “Edit in Photoshop” feature in Lightroom, the Smart Object filter mask was sometimes not previewed correctly within Lightroom.
  • When creating a new Collection inside of a Collection set, the default option for Location was the parent of the selected collection set and not the selected collection set.
  • Upload via publish does not prevent computer from sleeping, and upload fails if computer sleeps.
  • When playing a slideshow comprising TIF or JPEG images, occasionally the slideshow would appear pixelated.
  • The color profile of a photo was incorrect when playing slideshow in full screen mode.
  • When using a video export preset, develop settings were not applied to all images.
  • Smart preview indicator under Develop histogram displayed the wrong number when multiple photos were selected.

5) Download Links

The update is available either through the software directly, or by following one of these links:

Adobe Camera RAW 8.4 Details

Many of the changes are shared by both Lightroom and ACR, however there are certain differences that are worth mentioning. Also it is important to know that ACR 8.4 will not run on Windows XP/Vista and Mac OS X 10.6 and older. With that out of the way, let’s start with the new features present in ACR 8.4.

1) New Features

The following new features are only available for those of you who use ACR with Photoshop CC. Photoshop CS6 users still get new camera and lens profiles and bug fixes, but new features will be unavailable. Quoting once again from Adobe’s journal.

1.1) Updates to the Preview Controls. The main idea is a simple “Before/After” set of image settings. Details:

  • The Preview checkbox has been replaced by three buttons in the bottom-right of the ACR main dialog. From left to right, they are:

    • Mode: Click this button to cycle through left/right and top/bottom side-by-side and split-view modes. Click-and-hold this button to bring up a popup menu for directly choosing Preview modes and accessing the Preview Preferences. Keyboard shortcut: Press Q to cycle through the Preview modes.
    • Swap: Click this button to swap Before/After settings. Keyboard shortcut: Press P to swap Before/After settings for the primary selected image only; press Shift-P to swap Before/After settings for all selected images.
    • Copy: Click this button to copy the After settings to the Before settings. This is useful for establishing a temporary “checkpoint” for your image editing session. Keyboard shortcut: Press Option-P to copy After settings to the Before settings for the primary selected image only. Press Shift-Option-P to copy After settings to the Before settings for all selected images.
    • The After preview image always reflects the current slider and tool settings (White Balance, Exposure, etc.).
    • The standard single-image view always shows the After state.
    • In the side-by-side and split-view modes, the Before settings are always shown on the left or top, and the After settings are always shown on the right or bottom.
    • The Preview Preferences dialog supports customizing the Preview modes used for cycling and some drawing options.
    • When using any tool other than Zoom and Pan (hand) in a side-by-side or split-view, changes are only allowed on the After view. Using the Crop tool will put you back into the standard single-image mode.
    • Zooming and panning on one view will automatically zoom and pan the other.

1.2) Pet Eye correction: The Red Eye tool can now correct bright pupils in animals. Details:

  • Select ‘Pet Eye’ from the new drop down menu in the Red Eye tool to fix pet eyes.
  • Add catchlights to Pet Eye corrections using the ‘Add Catchlight’ checkbox (enabled by default).
  • Reposition catchlights to create a more natural look by dragging within the overlay that surrounds the catchlight.

1.3) Changes to Local Corrections:

  • Added a mechanism to quickly reset all local correction sliders (Temperature, Exposure, etc.) to zero: right-click on a local adjustment pin and choose “Reset Local Correction Settings” from the context menu. Another way is to click on a local adjustment pin, and then choose “Reset Local Correction Settings” from the flyout menu.
  • Added “Fill Image” to context menu for Radial Filter. Right-click on a radial filter adjustment pin and choose “Fill Image” from the context menu to resize the radial filter to cover the image area. (Shortcut: double-click inside the ellipse overlay for a radial filter adjustment to accomplish the same task.)
  • Added “Check All” and “Check None” buttons to Synchronize, New Preset, Save Settings, and Copy/Paste (Bridge) dialog boxes. These are shortcuts for checking all/none of the check boxes.
  • Added keyboard shortcut: When using the Crop Tool or Straighten Tool, press the X key to flip the crop aspect ratio (landscape to portrait, portrait to landscape).
  • Added explanatory note to Lens Correction “Profile” panel to indicate when built-in (metadata-based) lens profiles are automatically applied to the image.
  • Added context menu to Histogram pane. The context menu can be used to enable Lab color readouts, even when the Workflow Options are set to another color space (such as Adobe RGB). The context menu and also be used to toggle the shadow, highlight, and gamut clipping warnings.

1.4) Added context menu to Histogram pane. The context menu can be used to enable Lab color readouts, even when the Workflow Options are set to another color space (such as Adobe RGB). The context menu and also be used to toggle the shadow, highlight, and gamut clipping warnings.

2) New Camera Support

Both Lightroom 5.4 and ACR 8.4 gain support for the same cameras. Refer to the list above in Lightroom section of this article.

3) Fujifilm Camera Color Profiles

Adobe ACR 8.4 receives the same color profiles for Fujifilm cameras as Lightroom 5.4 which I listed previously.

4) New Lens Profiles

Again, ACR 8.4 brings the same new lens profiles as Lightroom 5.4 and just as irritatingly misses out on older optics. Refer to the list in Lightroom section of this article.

5) Bug Fixes

The following ACR bugs have been fixed with the new release:

  • Fix bug that prevented opening Nikon D800/D800E raw images shot with a DX lens in Live View Video mode.
  • Grain effect now varies from image to image to facilitate editing time-lapse and video frame sequences.
  • When applying Grain, occasionally vertical artifacts would appear along the bottom edge of a photo.
  • Occasionally Bridge CC would exit abruptly when browsing TIFF images.
  • Enabled Mac 32bit support so APD in Bridge is now functioning.
  • Fix incorrect white balance behavior for Nikon D3100 raw files when using Camera Matching color profiles.

6) How to Update

There are no direct links for a standalone ACR 8.4 installer, so you will have to do it through the update feature in Photoshop.

7) Issues Encountered by CS6 Bridge Users

I’ve seen several reports of Photoshop CS6 and Bridge users updating to the latest Adobe Camera Raw plug-in only to suddenly find ACR 8.4 does not work properly from Bridge. If that happens to you, too, Adobe employee suggested a solution that can be found through this link. Should you still run into trouble after applying this fix, try and delete cache through Adobe Bridge, it worked for one of our readers (thanks, Alan!).

8) Adobe DNG Converter 8.4

If you are using an older version of Photoshop, one that does not support ACR 8.4, use Adobe’s software to convert RAW files from newer cameras to DNG format.


Avatar of Romanas Naryškin About Romanas Naryškin

A student and a wedding photographer with a passion for cinematography and writing. You'll see me buying film even when there's no food in the fridge. Follow me on Google+, Facebook or visit my wedding photography website to see some of my work.

Comments

  1. 1
    ) Jorge

    I will not ever move to CC. If that day comes when Adobe stops supporting or updating LR, then I’m back to Aperture, or Photo Mechanic, or Capture or some combination of those. We’ll see.
    I already own Aperture and the other two provide trial versions. My biggest pain in moving would be my extensive “Collections” in LR where I keep those images that are being sold as Stock by various agencies.
    Moving that over will be a headache, but certainly very do-able if need be.

    • Jorge,

      there’s always DNG Converter if you don’t mind using DNG rather than native RAW format of your camera. Also, Adobe said a while ago Lightroom will continue to be available without subscription. Some are skeptical and believe it’s a temporary “promise”, we have to wait to see.

      • 3
        ) Jorge

        Thanks Romanas. I do believe it’s just a matter of time before Adobe “forces” LR onto the CC. Why would they continue to maintain a separate stand-alone product? I’m not big on the DNG conversion… but I may just revisit it again and give it another try. I honestly can’t recall why I didn’t care for it last time i tested it a couple of years ago. Either way I’m glad there are several other options out there – and who knows? When LR goes onto the cloud, maybe someone will come out with a similar replacement.
        Best,
        J

        • If I remember right, Lightroom can be owned as both part of CC, or as a standalone program. In which case one basically has a choice. And either way, I don’t think it’s actually expensive enough to justify subscription, unless it’s merely a few bucks per month.

        • 5
          ) Luis

          Darktable is great open-source software replacement to LR

    • 22
      ) Yannick

      Hello Nasim
      Have you ever notice problems with Nikon’s RAW when working on it in LR? I specially notice them when shooting a bright blue sky : the result is like having awful ‘pixels’ int the sky. I know there are some problems in the couple NikonLR, but still : on some shoots it’s too bad to be accepted.
      Thanks
      Yannick from France

      • Yannick,

        it would be rather impossible to say without seeing sample images. I’ve never encountered anything I’d call “awful pixels” when processing my D700 files, nor has Nasim ever mentioned anything of the sort to me after working with files from his cameras.

        • 24
          ) Yannick

          Thanks for your answer.
          You can see “good”:o(( exemples on my blog. For instance, have a look on this post http://yannickardouin.blogspot.fr/2014/03/un-anticyclone-en-quatre-temps.html
          Look at the sky on pictures 4,5,12,13,14,15,16… It’s just awful isnt’it?!? You could say “ok guy, there’s a problem when you export your RAW into jpeg files for your blog”. Unfortunately not : the images are as bad here as they are as RAW files in LR5

          • Yannick,

            those image samples are much too small to judge confidently, however from what I noticed those are just some artifacts from image compression. Could you please tell me the JPEG Quality value in the File Settings section of the Export dialogue that you specified?

            Also, I noticed you use Blogger. While I am not certain, Google’s blogging platform may also apply some additional image compression upon upload, which could potentially induce more artifacts.

            I can help you more with this if you upload full-sized JPEG images somewhere and drop me a link to download them and see for myself. Also, make sure to check the Quality value that I asked for earlier in this comment, it is also very important.

            • 26
              ) yannick

              You’ re right, I knew talking about this problem while looking at a jpeg on blogspot plateform would create a doubt.

              Yhe problem is when i look at the RAW in LR, it’s exactly the same : as bas as it is on blogspot.

              If you send me your e-mail, i can send you a RAW on WeTransfer. I think this would be the most efficient.

              Y.A

          • Yannick, I sent you an email. If you did not get it, try checking your spam folder.

  2. 6
    ) Alan Kearney

    I recently bought the new D4s and PS 6, Bridge 6 and LR 5.3 couldn’t “see” the files, I was able to find a “release candidate” to 8.4 for PS and Bridge and then I could download and convert to DNG. Then Import those DNG’s into my LR Catalog. Several extra steps but it worked.

    Yesterday(?) or the day before LR 5.4 was released. I downloaded it and now Bridge can’t see the D4s’s NEF files, only generic icons for RAW. What a pita! I’m trying to decide if I should revert to LR 5.3 and use PS6, I really started to like ACR! but not Bridge’s catalog, or just wait it out. I can’t be the only schmuck that updates too darn fast! Any ideas?
    Thanks, Alan Kearney

    • Alan, look closer, all is in the article ;) Alright, I’ll give you a hint – section 7 of the ACR part of the article, near the very end.

  3. 8
    ) Thanos

    Hello Nasim,

    Thank you for the update, to be honest I checked to see if there is any update three days ago.

    Do you know if they added tethering for the D610? Since it doesn’t mention anything in the description.

    Cheers,
    T.

    • Thanos,

      I can’t be sure – probably not if it’s not in the description, sorry.

  4. 9
    ) Phil

    I was eagerly waiting for tethering support for Nikon D610. disappointed.

  5. Avatar of Camillo Spoeri
    10
    ) Camillo Spoeri

    Thanks for the update. Opinions on the CC versions seem to be very clear, but can anyone give me a heads up why CC is that bad? I thought you still had the program on your computer and could work offline as always. Is it the monthly fee or what’s the major critique?

    Thanks,
    C.

  6. 11
    ) MartinG

    I joined cc when they offered Lightroom plus Photoshop for $10 per month for both. I have them on my MacbookPro. I have kept CS6 on the desktop.
    At $5 for Photoshop and $5 for Lightroom which I did not have, it is a good price. Let’s hope it does not go up.

  7. 13
    ) Alan Kearney

    Of course it will go up! Adobe keeps offering these $9.95 deals to encourage the folks like me that refuse to ‘rent’ software. The original “contracts” had an increase to something close to $39.95 for just CC, after one year!

    Adobe has had to make some adjustments to their offerings, sure, people didn’t jump on their band wagon like they hoped they would.

    One day the other shoe is going to fall and a lot of people may be pretty upset, imho.
    Alan Kearney

  8. 14
    ) Alan Kearney

    And thanks to Photography Life for the fix on Bridge/PS6 after installing LR 5.4. After I installed Bridge, w/8.4 could no longer “see” my Nikon D4s NEF files! I spent about an hour with tech support from India, where the tech took over my MacBookPro Retina and did the usual, replaced Prefs, re-installed Camera Raw 8.4 but nothing worked. I posted my complaint here and got a reply to finish reading their post, which had me replace CR 8.4 = STILL nothing UNTIL I deleted the cache from INSIDE Bridge’s menu, NOT the prefs file. Works like a charm again, thank you. You many want to add that to the instructions you’ve posted?

    Alan Kearney

  9. Avatar of Arlene Goldberg
    16
    ) Arlene Goldberg

    Hi,

    Using Photoshop CS5 Extended and the newest version of Lightroom, will RAW (NEF) files from Nikon D7100 be supported now, or would I have to convert my files to DNG in order for CS5 to read them?

    Thank you!
    Arlene

  10. Avatar of Arlene Goldberg
    17
    ) Arlene Goldberg

    Hi,

    Using CS5 Extended and the newest version of Lightroom, will RAW (NEF) files from my Nikon D7100 be supported? In addition, do I need to convert the NEF files to DNG files in order to export them back to Photoshop CS5 if I want to further post process? I have not shot in RAW yet, only JPEG and would love to try my hand at it.

    Thank you so much for your help,
    Arlene

  11. 18
    ) Carlo

    If I want update LR with new CR engine, I must download 900MB …… amazing!!

  12. 19
    ) Thomas

    Let’s hope they fixed the bug where zooming to 100% and then going to full screen results in an out of focus image. When this occurs, shifting back and forth between photos using the arrow keys would restore proper focus. Weird. Note I am using LR5 with a mac mini and a dell display.

  13. I upgraded to 5.4 version a few days back. Yesterday, I wanted to change an item in PREFERENCES, but when I clicked on it, the programs CRASHED! I restarted it and tried again butt he same thing happened. I re-started LR with a smaller catalog but the same thing happened.

    Today, at work I tried and the same thing happened, the program stopped working.

    Point to note is that everything else is working fine!

    I have written to Adobe but am still awaiting a reply.

    Has anyone experience this problem?

  14. 21
    ) Alan Kearney

    I upgraded to a Nikon D4s and found LR, PS and Bridge unable to “see” my raw files. A quick download of ACR 8.4 Release Candidate for PS and the new DNG converter and all was well, but I had to convert files to DNG – no big deal.

    LR 5.4 update caused all D4s NEF file Icons to disappear in PS, Bridge and LR . The D800 NEF’s showed fine.

    Spent 30 minutes with Adobe in India, where we just re-installed 8.4, cleared prefs for LR and from Prefs window “cleared Cache”, still no go. The guy said someone would call back in 24-48 hours. Four days later I got a call but by then I’d found I fixed problem by “clearing Cache” from INSIDE LR 5.4.

    All things work just fine! I make “smart previews” and keep originals on a DROBO backup drive system. No problems moving from LR 5.4 to PS 6 and back again. No crashes.
    Using newer MacBook Pro Retina, 16Gb Ram, 768 GB SSD, 10.9.2 OS.

    Alan

  15. 28
    ) Duffy

    I’m a windows user. I downloaded ACR 8.4 form the update panel, rebooted and no updates show up, i.e. new preview buttons etc. My “about plugins” says I have ACR version 8.4.0.199, so it should be showing up… Help please…

  16. 29
    ) Alan

    I’m a Mac user, PS 6 and I’ve the same version of ACR, 8.4.0.199

    Probably the latest.

  17. 30
    ) Duffy

    Just read the ACR 8.4 for CS6 doesn’t have the new previewer yet. Only the CC version does…
    Surprising….. no one…

  18. 31
    ) Alan

    Adobe wants their pound of flesh.

Leave a Comment

*