The PSE 2018 ACR Detail and Camera Calibration Panels


Over the past several weeks I have posted tutorials on using the Adobe Camera RAW (ACR) in Photoshop Elements 2018. If you missed them, their links are shown below.

Overall RAW Image Processing with ACR

The ACR Workspace

Basic Editing in ACR

Using the ACR Tools

In this post, I have added the final tutorial in the series. It covers using the Detail and Camera Calibration panels of the ACR. As shown in the figure below, the Detail panel is where you go to sharpen and reduce the noise in your RAW images.

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To view or print this tutorial, click on the link below.

Using ACR’s Detail and Camera Calibration Panels

I hope you have found these tutorials helpful. If you have please rate it according and share with others over social media.

Until next time…

 

 

 

 

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PSE 2018: Using the Adobe Camera RAW Tools


In recent posts, I have covered the basic workspace of the ACR, the general approach for processing RAW files, and the Basic Panel sliders.

This post is a short tutorial on the using the ACR’s Tools. To view or download the tutorial, click on the figure below.

ACR Crop Tool

Coming next will be a tutorial on the Detail and Camera Calibration panels. Until next time…

 

PSE 2018 Basic RAW Editing using ACR


In this tutorial, we will cover the Basic editing panel in PSE 2018’s Adobe Camera RAW (ACR) editor. If you select a RAW image in the Organizer to edit, it is the ACR workspace that opens.

Specifically, the tutorial deals with the Basic sliders on the right side of the workspace. The other screen such as Details etc will be covered in later tutorials. However, using the Basic sliders is often all you need to greatly improve your image. And remember, most every RAW image needs some adjustment, since it has not been processed by your camera before being written to the memory card, like JPEG images have.

Click on the figure below to view and/or print the tutorial.

ACR

In the next tutorial, we will cover the other screens in the ACR. If you found this tutorial helpful, leave a comment or Like it.

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The Photoshop Elements 2018 ACR Workspace


In the post, I have covered the general process of using the RAW image editor in Photoshop Elements 2018, the ACR.

We have one more topic to cover before getting to the fun part of editing your images, and that is a quick review of the screen layout, and Preferences.

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Click on the link below to view or download the tutorial that reviews the ACR workspace screen.

PSE 2018 ACR Workspace Tutorial

Next time, I will cover how to effectively use the Basic panel shown in the figure above. Please leave any comments below, click I=on the Like button if you found this tutorial helpful.

Until next time…

Processing RAW Images Using ACR in Photoshop Elements 2018


I suspect at some point most of you will want to begin to shoot at least some RAW images in your camera. The control and quality you gain from shooting in RAW is significantly greater than is possible than shooting and editing a JPEG image.

There are a lot more topics that I will cover in the future that deal with the main Photo Editor of PSE 2018, but I want to take time now to cover processing images using the Adobe Camera Raw (ACR) editor that is a part of PSE 2018, as well as earlier versions. This is the same, but less feature-rich version that is in Photoshop CC.

In this post, I will overview the steps or process of editing a RAW image.  The link below the figure is to a PDF file you can download and print the tutorial.

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http://www.donstouder.com/Digital-Photo-Corner/Photoshop%20Elements%2015%20Tutorials/2018%20basic%20raw%20process.pdf

In the next installment, I’ll cover tips on using the Basic Editing screen in the ACR. Stay tuned.

If you found this tutorial helpful, and would like to see more, Star- Rate it and/or drop me a brief comment.

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Revisiting Processing Video using Adobe Camera Raw (ACR) in Photoshop


Just about two years ago I posted this article on processing a video file using the Adobe Camera Raw (ACR) editor in Photoshop CC and how the results compared to the same video processed in Premiere Elements.

My remarks in that post are still valid today. This post is just another example of the comparison. However the videos clips are shown back to back and in slow motion to better focus on the results.

I am not suggesting that the ACR inherently is better at editing video. But for me, it is much easier to get to the final result I am after (video with punch) than is PRE 15 in this latest example. I did not try to duplicate the two results. I was happy with the PRE 15 version until I further processed it in the ACR.

I am sure that not everyone will like the ACR result, but I do. And, since I am far more familiar working with the ACR than PRE 15 in this regards, I find I can get to what I am after much quicker.

Here is the link comparing the two video clips.

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If you have a video and use Photoshop, try it out. My previous article outlines the steps. It is extremely easy to do if you work already with the ACR.

Let me know what you think. If you liked this post, please Like it, rate it accordingly, and share with your friends. Thanks for dropping by.

Until next time, Happy Holidays!

My Basic Photo Workflow Revisited


Your post production workflow – the steps you take after uploading your photos to your computer – is always a topic that is worth reviewing from time to time. As the technology, software, and your knowledge change, you will probably find that your workflow also changes.

About a year and a half ago, I posted an article that summarized my workflow. Looking back it, there are a few things that I have changed. In this post, I will describe the current steps I generally do. To see that article, CLICK HERE.

In this post, I describe what the basic steps are after I have uploaded my images to Photoshop Elements 14.

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Here is my current workflow that uses both the PSE 14 Organizer and its Photo Editor, with Photoshop CC added to the mix when needed. The description begins as soon as I have imported photos and videos into the PSE 14 Organizer.

  1. The first thing I do is tag my photos. If the subject matter is pretty fixed, this step takes only seconds.
    1. For example, on a typical weekend of watching my granddaughters’ softball and soccer games, I may find that come Sunday evening I have 500 images and several videos on my memory card. I already have the tag structure and tags defined. It’s just a matter of selecting the right images and dragging them over to the appropriate tags.
    2. If the input batch is from a trip or similar event or photo shoot, I will at least tag the images at the Category level, and then come back later to sub-divide them into Sub-Categories, and Keyword Tags.
  2. I use Events, Places, and to a much lesser extent People views – the tabs at the top of the screen.

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3. I next screen the images using the Full Screen View option (F11) in the Organizer.

I skip over any videos I have imported at this point.To cull out the best photos I use the Organizer’s Star Rating feature using:

1 = Delete

2 = Needs work, or is member of a burst, HDR, or panorama sequence.

3 = These will most likely be included into an Album for a slide show, or DVD I plan to make at some point. They may not always be the best photos in the world from a technical standpoint, but are needed to better tell the story. I will also give the best photo of a sequence 3 stars.

4 = These are pretty good for me, and probably are the ones that I will most likely end up printing.

5 = Rarely awarded at this stage

After Step 3, I still have many images that have not been rated. They will remain in my Catalog.

4. I now screen the video clips that were uploaded in the grid view. I double-click on the video file and play the video in the enlarged window that appears, rather than in the full screen mode.

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5. If I am interested in the location where the photos were taken, I will then use Places view to pin point on the map the photos and videos were taken.

My current camera can embed the GPS data into the image files, so while taking the photos I turn this feature on for at least a couple of shots. I do not leave it on all of the time, because it drains the battery significantly.

If I forget to do it, I will take a couple of shots with my iPhone, and use these photos to identify the location using Places.

If need be, like when I have shot only video, I will manually add the location of the photos using the Places view.

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6. At this point, I have finished the vast majority of my keyword tagging of my images. I then write the Keyword Tags and other metadata to the image files – File > Save Metadata to Files. If you do not do this, only those images that have been at least opened in the Editor will have the tagging and other metadata written to the file itself.

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7. I then delete all of the 1 star images/videos from the Catalog, as well as the hard drive.

8. Next comes editing those photos and videos that are either in a sequence (2 Stars) and those that have 3 or 4 Stars.

Since I shoot RAW, I will naturally do my initial editing using the ACR.

Normally, that is all the editing I need to do. I fact, that is my goal, for individual photos.

If I can do that, I do not need to save an edited version. My changes are recorded in a small .xmp file.

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9. To print the photo or make editing changes requiring, for example selections or layers, I will open the image in Elements’ Photo Editor.

Occasionally, I will send the RAW image directly to Photoshop CC’s ACR to take advantage of its added tools and/or Photoshop CC itself. However, this will require that a dupe (actually a Version Set) of the RAW file to be generated, which will take up additional disk drive space.

10. The final step of my basic workflow is to periodically do either a Full Backup or Incremental Backup of my Catalog and all of the media it contains (File > Backup Catalog).

This pretty much summarizes my basic workflow. Generally, after Step 9, I put together my photo projects, whatever they may be.

I would love to hear your thoughts and workflow steps that you use or in PSE or other programs.