Press Release—The latest update to Adobe Camera Raw includes more than just added camera support. ACR 4.1 features improved noise reduction and sharpening tools as well as raw file support for 13 additional camera models and camera backs.This update also builds on the raw file support integrated in the Photoshop family of products.
Sharpening improvements include new slider controls: Amount, Radius, Detail and Masking. To see the hidden preview for each control, hold opt/alt while you move the slider. Under the Lens Correction tab, and new control called Defringe helps fix the effect of specular sensor flooding that results in purple, red or magenta lines fringing hot specular highlights. The new Clarity control is part of the main panel and is a combination of using Unsharp Mask with low Amound and high Radius settings and a technique called MidTone Contrast Adjustment.
The new Camera Raw 4.1 plug-in supports 13 digital cameras including the Canon EOS-1D Mark III, Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro, Nikon D40x, Olympus E-410, Olympus SP-550 UZ, Sigma SD14, Phase One H 20, Phase One H 25, Phase One P 20, Phase One P 21, Phase One P 25, Phase One P 30 and Phase One P 45. Additionally, Camera Raw 4.1 will add support for popular camera backs from Phase One, including the H20, H25, P20, P21, P25, P30 and P45 models.
The free Adobe DNG Converter, that is part of this update, translates all Photoshop-supported raw photo formats into the universal .DNG file format, giving photographers a single unified file format for archiving raw files. Photoshop Lightroom, leveraging Adobe Photoshop Camera Raw technology, will add support for the above camera and camera back models in an update in the near future. Updates to Version Cue and Bridge will coincide with this Camera Raw plug-in update and will be available for free download on www.adobe.com.
The Adobe Camera Raw 4.1 plug-in is available with the purchase of Photoshop CS3 and as a free download for users of Photoshop CS3, Photoshop Elements 4.01 (Macintosh) and Photoshop Elements 5.0 (Windows). Go to the Adobe Web site at www.adobe.com/products/photoshop/cameraraw.html. The updated Adobe DNG Converter is available as a free download at www.adobe.com/dng.