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Lightroom 3.3, Camera Raw 3.3 and Photoshop CS5 12.0.2 Updates Available

In software on December 13, 2010 at 12:03 pm

In case you haven’t already updated, be sure to go to Help>Check for Updates within Lightroom and Bridge or Photoshop to download and install these free updates.   I haven’t kicked the tires sufficiently yet, but I am excited about the Lightroom 3.3 update because I have experienced agonizing performance issues with certain aspects of 3.2, particularly with the spot removal tool.

The Lightroom update:

  • includes support for the following additionala cameras
    • Canon PowerShot G12
      Canon PowerShot S95
      Nikon D7000
      Nikon Coolpix P7000
      Nikon D3100
      Olympus E-5
      Panasonic DMC-GF2
      Panasonic DMC-GH2
      Pentax K-5
      Pentax K-r
      Ricoh GXR, GR LENS A12 28mm F2.5
      Samsung NX100
      Samsung TL350 (WB2000)
      Sony A560
      Sony A580
  • Adds additional lens correction profiles
  • Fixes the following bugs (hooray!):
    • Edit in PS CS4 from LR 3.2 did not give option to render to TIFF/PSD
    • Process Version defaulted to PV 2003 when Lightroom’s installed Develop Presets are applied on Import
    • All Auto-ISO values were not properly handled for the Nikon D3s
    • An error could be generated when sorting by “User Order” in Collections
    • There was an incorrect Profile Name tag for Canon 18-55 and 17-40 lens profiles
    • Facebook album selection only displayed up to 25 albums
    • Lightroom 3 could fail to launch Photoshop CS5 if Photoshop CS4 was uninstalled after the Photoshop CS5 installation
    • Numerous cloning or healing spots could have caused Lightroom to become unresponsive
    • Lightroom could have crashed when the metadata filter is selected and the grid is displaying all images in the catalog
    • Lightroom 3.2 could have failed to import all of the images from an iPhone 4
    • Some Sigma X3F raw files were rendering incorrectly
    • Choosing the “Make a second copy to” option on import would result in incorrect folder structure for the second copy
    • Resetting the crop angle by double-clicking the Angle slider removed a custom aspect ratio
    • A tooltip for the Japanese language version of Lightroom 3 displayed the wrong keyboard shortcut for “Flag as Pick”
    • Paste Settings did not apply to all images in the Develop module Filmstrip
    • Smart collections in Lightroom 3 did not use the same definition of “All Searchable Metadata” previously available in Lightroom 2
    • Text watermarks or portions of text watermarks could have failed to be applied to images on export
    • SmugMug publish collection dialog included a mixture of English text when using a language setting other than English
    • Lightroom would not import files from the Panasonic LX5 that were shot with the iZoom Function set to above 90mm
    • Choosing the Limit File Size option in the export dialog could have stripped certain EXIF fields from the exported file
    • The Targeted Adjustment Tool may have performed slowly in the Lightroom 3.3 release candidate
    • A single image published to multiple collections for a single publish service did not display comments properly
    • Updating an existing Develop preset with all settings could have failed under certain conditions
    • The watermark drop shadow settings behaved differently in Lightroom 3.2 when compared to Lightroom 3.0. They have been returned to the Lightroom 3.0 behavior.
    • The YYYYMMDD file renaming option was not available when the Lightroom language setting was set to Dutch
    • An existing Smart Collection updated to filter for all photos with “Ratings is Zero” would show all images in the catalog
    • Publishing an empty category to SmugMug would cause an error
    • JPEG exports in the Lightroom 3.3 Release Candidate were significantly slower than the same export process in Lightroom 3.2.
    • A graphical Identity Plate included in output was not correctly color managed
    • Deleting all images in a Flickr photoset could have caused Lightroom to return an error message
    • Changing the sort order to “User Order” while in Survey View on the Mac may have caused an error to appear
    • Lightroom could have failed to respond when viewing an image containing numerous cloning or healing spots at 1:1 view
    • RGB values were not displaying properly in the white balance tool
    • The Smart Collection criteria “Folder starts with” was not working properly
    • The navigator panel in the Develop module would incorrectly display threshold information when holding down the alt or option key and applying adjustments
    • Applying a flag, star or label setting to an image via the toolbar in the Develop module while in auto-advance mode would result in an incorrect setting display for the subsequent image
    • The application of color noise reduction at low color temperatures (e.g., tungsten or candlelight) could have provided results below our quality standards
  • Known issues in Lightroom 3.3:
    • A Japanese language file name is not properly preserved when uploading images to SmugMug
    • Raw images shot with the Nikon D7000 in Multi Exposure Mode have a strong magenta color cast. The cast can be partially corrected by setting the white balance using the eye dropper tool. The issue will be corrected in a future update.


See THIS LINK for updates to Camera Raw 6.3 (many of the same updates as to LR 3.3.).

See THIS LINK for updates to Photoshop CS5.


CS5 Features I’m Most Thrilled About

In Uncategorized on September 18, 2010 at 11:38 am

I like a lot of the new features for photographers in Photoshop CS5, but now that I have been using it for a while, I notice there are two that just continue to warm my heart.

The first one may seem minor, but if you have used old versions where this feature wasn’t present, then you are probably really appreciating it as well.  It used to be that if you had a 16 bit file, and went to save a jpeg, the jpeg file option was not available.  You would have to cancel the save dialog, convert the file to 8 bit, and then go back into the save dialog.  Now, if the file is 16 bit, the jpeg save option is available, and Photoshop automatically converts the file to 8 bit.  Brilliant!

The second feature that I become more and more impressed with is content-aware fill.  When CS5 was introduced, I saw some very impressive results in videos, but it didn’t seem to work that well on examples I tried.  I didn’t give up on it though — I just started trying it in more photographs, and quickly learned when it would excel.  Here’s an example I tried recently — I actually like the power pole in the photo, but I was curious how content aware fill would do at taking it out.  (Click on any image to see it bigger).

I used the regular lasso tool (L) to make a rough selection around the pole and wires:

Then I went to Edit>Fill and in the Use: dropdown selected Content-Aware and hit OK.  Here is the result:

Wow!   I would then break up the pattern in the clouds a bit with the clone stamp tool, which would take about 15 seconds.  Content aware fill (and heal) is now one big reason I still use Photoshop in addition to Lightroom.

Photoshop CS5 Videos from Mark Johnson

In Uncategorized on May 13, 2010 at 1:45 pm

For 10 days starting today, talented Photoshop instructor Mark Johnson presents videos on new features in Photoshop CS5. See today’s excellent video on content aware fill and content aware spot healing. If you can’t tune in each day to watch the video for freee, you can buy the whole set of 10 videos for $9.95 — a great deal.

Click HERE to watch.

Powerful Lens Corrections Coming to Lightroom 3

In Uncategorized on April 27, 2010 at 6:55 pm

Tom Hogarty at Adobe demonstrates in IN THIS VIDEO the new lens correction features coming to Camera Raw 6, which ships with Photoshop CS5, and Lightroom 3.   This includes vertical and horizontal transformations to correct perspective lines, as well as profiles that automatically correct lens issues – chromatic aberration, pin cushion, barrel and wave distortions and vignetting.  Hooray!  These additions, in addition to the new very impressive noise reduction, make me much more excited about Lightroom 3 than I was when the first beta came out last October … it was worth the wait.   No news yet on when it will be released.

When it is available, we will be able to easily fix issues like these without going to Photoshop:

Straighten Perspective Lines (from shooting upwards at this building) with Vertical and Horizontal Transformation Controls

Bowed horizons, Chromatic Aberration, Vignetting With Built In Lens Profiles

What’s New in Photoshop CS5

In Uncategorized on April 12, 2010 at 8:37 am

Adobe gave us a glimpse of  CS5 this morning.   The full price is $699.  Users with CS2, CS3 and CS4 will be eligible for $199 upgrade pricing.  The product is expected to ship mid-May.

Click HERE for a summary of what is new.

And click HERE for some videos.

I haven’t digested everything, but so far I am particularly excited about content-aware fill, improved selections,  and creative HDR functionality.  For Camera Raw users who don’t use Lightroom, the much improved noise reduction in Camera Raw is impressive as well.

Are You Ready for Photoshop CS5?

In Uncategorized on March 24, 2010 at 11:01 am

Adobe announced today that on April 12 it will reveal in a live online event what is new in Photoshop CS5.  You can register for the event HERE.  They have not announced an actual release date for the software yet.

Since I am more focused on Lightroom these days, my initial reaction is “already”?   CS4 is already a great application.  However, if CS5 has content aware healing and fill as demonstrated last fall by Adobe’s research team, I’ll be more than happy to buy the upgrade.  Click HERE for my post and the video on content aware heal and fill.