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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

More Than RAW Processing

How Adobe Camera Raw as a filter changes workflow

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6) ACR's Lens Corrections panel offers new distortions like Upright
While the Adobe Camera Raw Filter can be applied to rasterized layers, it's most flexible when it's applied as a Smart Filter. Then, whenever you want to adjust the ACR Filter settings, you can simply double-click the Smart Filter to reactivate its settings window. If the layer you want to apply the ACR Filter to isn't a Smart Object, simply convert it to one using Layer > Smart Objects > Convert to Smart Object or Filter > Convert for Smart Filters. You can even apply one ACR Filter to multiple layers, if you first convert them into a single Smart Object; simply highlight all the layers you wish to combine before making the conversion.

Remember, you can apply the ACR Filter more than once for more aggressive and/or localized effects. Applying different ACR settings to local areas is challenging at first. While each Smart Filter can have an Opacity and a Blend Mode, only one mask is provided for all of the Smart Filters applied to a Smart Object. To get around this, you can nest a Smart Object with its Smart Filters as a new Smart Object and before applying another Smart Filter with a new mask; this offers a leaner file size at the price of a less clear layer stack and more challenging previews.

Unlike using separate adjustment layers that place many solutions in multiple layers, using the ACR Filter tends to place many solutions in a single layer, which can make it more challenging to mask and preview individual components.

7) ACR's Effects panel offers new Grain patterns
The challenges the ACR Filter presents are a small price to pay for its added functionality; it's capable to do things that Photoshop alone can't do. The ACR Filter is so robust that some are tempted to try and do everything with it, forgetting that Photoshop can do so much more. As ever, when and how you use a tool depends on the task at hand and your objectives. Try using this new feature sparingly at first, giving it a little time here and a little time there, and then one day you'll realize that you've effortlessly taken a deep dive into a substantially new workflow.

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