Adobe Photoshop Camera RAW 4.1 and the next update of Lightroom.

by George Mann

Adobe has just released a new version of Camera RAW and acknowledged that the next version (or update) of Photoshop Lightroom will contain the new features found in Camera RAW 4.1.

The main current features that have been improved are Sharpening and Noise Reduction. The brand new Basic color enhancement tool is called Clarity.

Sharpening - is really the main new tool in Camera RAW 4.1, those of you who are familiar with Photoshop and the Unsharp Mask filter will recognize the interface, with a slight twist to new and more powerful tools. The sliders available for controlling the sharpening are Amount, Radius, Detail and Masking.

Amount - self explanatory, allows you to control the degree of sharpening applied from a value of 0 to 150.

Radius - lets you determine the number of pixels on either side of the sharpening edge.

Detail - is the new word for threshold, a new word had to be used because this slider allows you to use the sharpening tool as a straight sharpen filter or as an unsharp mask filter, going from one extreme to another.

Masking - allows you to do on the fly masking of the non-edge areas with a high degree of masking variation from a value of 0 to 150.

acr41-sharp.jpg

Noise Reduction - I am personally not a big fan of noise reduction but do make (very conservative) use of it.. The main reason being that I would rather have a slightly noisy sharp picture, than a clear mushy one.

Clarity - I have not played with Clarity enough yet to say how much I will like it but I will for sure make use of it. The Clarity slider can be found together with Saturation and Vibrance sliders. It will take some testing to see how it fits in with the other settings. As near as I can figure it Clarity is a low contrast area enhancement filter, which in the right images could be very useful.

These are some fantastic new tools for Photoshop CS3 users and hopefully soon for Lightroom users too.

3 Comments

Jon H.
2007-06-01 12:55:47
One of the things I was hoping for as a new feature is to be able to export a print layout as an image. I can save it as a PDF using the "Save as PDF" in the Mac's print dialogue box, but is there a way to save / export a print layout as a PSD, TIF, or JPG?


Thanks!

George Mann
2007-06-01 16:07:42
I can not make any comment about what features will or will not be in a future release of Lightroom unless Adobe officials makes a statement first. The above post is about new features in Adobe Camera RAW 4.1. Adobe officials have aknowledged that these features will be included in the next release of Adobe Lightroom.
Craig Coppola
2007-06-05 20:19:18
does Lightroom work with the new files from the "CANON MARK III"