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 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:
- For Windows users – click this link to download Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5.4
- For Mac OS users – click this link to download Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5.4
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.
- For Windows users – click this link to download Adobe DNG Converter 8.4
- For Mac OS users – click this link to download Adobe DNG Converter 8.4