Make a copy of what? The XMP file? That won't make sense for people using the central database of course.
I guess I don't hold my past conversion results as sacred as you do, Lawrence, especially since I seem to be having such good luck making better ones.
I would caution those who are revisiting earlier RAW files to make a copy first, because when moving to the "Current" profile, things can and do change dramatically. Then even getting back to the same look as before may not be possible.
No need to make a copy...simply make a snashot of the previous setting in PV 2010 and then make your adjustments after converting to PV 2012. Snapshots allow you to store multiple renderings in one file.
I've got to agree that ACR 7 / PV2012 looks very good.
I do a lot of compositing and retouching work - and sometimes have to rescue poor client images. I was working on such a shot yesterday - a jpg. I decided to run it through ACR 7 to establish a reasonable base to work from. It did a great job - very impressed.
And that's the opposite for me. The Wonder Lake image didn't do so well.
I have several others that form the backbone of test images when either upgrades or even new editing software comes around. I haven't gotten around to those yet.
Having been testing CS6 for a week and very impressed. There are a few bugaboos with the UI, like loosing the resolution box with the crop tool, but generally my productivity has improved; and now I have my trusty scanner online and working, I am off to the races.
In the middle of restoring some damage prints, I have access to the negatives, but they were stored in a garage, had water damage and were grainy as heck. The film was Tri-X but lord knows what the developer was to get this aweful grain. It was taken with a Hasselblad (the negatives had the tell tale v-notches).
Anyways, scanned as 24 bit RGB TIFF's, opened in ACR 7.1 Beta via Bridge, adjusted the white and black points, the brides over exposed and blown out dress popped straight away with nice detail, no dodging and burning here, added a litte exposure, tweaked the shadows and highlights a litte and then went to the Sharpen Panel and added a little noise reduction, and poof, the grain almost dissapeared. Few more tweaks and I will be ready to spot the remaining damaged areas. My guess I took 50 minute job with CS5 to a 30 minute job with CS6 and the results way, way better.
Here is the example I was working on, got rid of the scratches, looked like the negative had been walked on, just need to clean up the spots....
Eech, the resampling of the image here does not do it credit.....
Hmm, gave it a quick twirl, this will take some experimentation, from the scanned TIFF, converted to 32 bit, applied HDR Toning and lots of halos, but will keep experimenting once I get this job done
It takes a while to get to where you can anticipate what all the controls in the HDR Toning feature use, but often you can increase the pop of an image.
I'm not working with the big file you have, but here's just one possibility. You could, of course mix the result with the original or put some vignetting back with Lens Correction...
Sweet image. PS6 has a lot of very nice features, and in most respects seems to be improvment over 5. But how did you get the crop tool to work? My work around has been to select the image I want to crop, cuting the selction, then pasting it into a new document, then sizing it. Regretably, I deleted PS5 before fully testing PS6.
The new crop tool in CS 6 works great to a point, just select the crop tool and move the handles until I get the area I am looking for, or put the dimensions in the crop box, you can use inches, pixlels, centimeters or whatever. The big bugaboo was loosing the resolution box. I often get artwork that needs to fit a custom matt, and it was great to be able to enter 6.15 inches by 9.15 inches at 360dpi and go straight to the printer from the crop. But now, I enter the crop dimensions and have to go to image size to set the DPI - an unnecessary extra step - blah! Don't think the Adobe developers thought this one through very well as there is ample room in the GUI to add the resolution box, and guess what, the resolution box is present in the Perspecive Crop, so much for uniform UI's. I have asked for it to be put back, but zero response from Adobe.......
You can do what you want but you have to do it under Size and Resolution. I just did that, changing a square at 16x16, 360dpi to 6x6 @360 dpi and it ran perfectly. I got a 6x6 at 360 dpi.
And if you are running a specific size as a standard simply save it. Otherwise, set the proportions as a ratio in the boxes. You will get an output based on cropping and retaining the maximum pixel count, which can change the dpi.
Agreed, but an extra step, with the Crop Tool in prervious versions all was on crop tool bar. While it is only an extra click, it is an extra click. Good thing the settings are sticky, but when working on multiple sizes it adds up. I am working on 178 images from a product shoot and printing for a trade show. They are of a number of different sizes, so while it may not seem much for a single image, it is a pain with volume work.
Tis true, yet I was never completely happy with the earlier ones either. If you did not want to mess with the resolution, you had to clear the resolution box. I can't tell you the number of complaints from people who didn't notice that "feature" and cropped a bunch, or even one, and would up at the wrong resolution, saved safely!
For my money, I'll settle for the old ones anyway. I've gotten used to CS6 but still don't like it. There are a bunch of clicks necessary at times to get it to even perform, like moving the crop points. At the moment, a crop is somehow configured so I can move with the mouse but not the arrow keys. If I close the crop by choosing another tool then go back to crop, the keys work. I have to use the keys because with the marquee showing, you cannot determine the exact placement of the edges. So if you move with the mouse, say up, you may also move ever so slightly left or right, but not see that error until you complete the crop and remove the marquee by choosing another tool.
How's that for slowdowns! You have how many to do?
Go back to CS5!
I have decided not to help out much in this forum until they fix the numerous problems with the forum software, but I did just want to mention one little tip:
Try using the Perspective Crop Tool instead of the Crop Tool. Just teach yourself to avoid using the corner control points to move the sides and as far as I can see you'll have all the features you know and love from the bad old days. Honest!
That's what I thought also, and recommended. BUT! After actually using it, there is also problems with it so I gave up and decided to do the best I can with the current crop tool but keep CS5 in reserve. Especially for cropping and fixing architectural subjects (which is where I encountered the perspective Crop Tool problems...I don't remember the details). I also use Transform, if the keystoning is symmetrical, which it rarely is not.
Begging everyone's indulgence for a second here.
Excuse me, folks, I seem to have gotten utterly confused by this debate over the New Crop Tool.
Seems I'm missing something. With the Crop Tool selected, if you click on the little gear icon in the Options Bar to get to the "Set additional Crop options" don't you get the Use Classic Mode option? ???
On my Mac, I do, and then the Crop Tool behaves like it always has. That's why I don't understand the debate in this thread.
If I'm misconstruing your objections during one of my increasingly more frequent senior moments, then I humbly apologize in advance.
Noel Carboni wrote:
I have decided not to help out much in this forum until they fix the numerous problems with the forum software,
I was wondering where you had got to Noel. Is the forum a work in progress, or is this how it is going to be?
Station 2, the Classic Mode is really not the classic mode as seen in CS3 or CS5 while it does give you the "classic" mode there is a piece missing = "the resolution box" is clicking classic mode brought that back for CS6 I would be more than a happy camper
No, it does not. When you use the crop tool in versions up to CS5, nothing happens until you actually apply the tool. This version immediately sees whatever you have dialed in as a centered crop, and further, no resolution box appears. With true Classic, you crop, hit enter and you are done. This "classic", sure you get to use the tool anyway, but it is now becoming confusing. (Or maybe the software guy is a joker. Or bored. Or both!)
Want to perspective correct? Click the box. Pull on a corner, pull the other ones you need. Click Enter. You are done.
Here's another infuriating problem, common to Classic and non-Classic. Open an image with the Crop tool preselected. The crop appears. Now try to move it with the arrow keys. It cycles through the grid selection. My Bad! Tell it Never show the grid. Hit the arrow key and damn! It's cycling through the grid again! Redo the never show grid or whatever it's called. Finally works.
Aaaargh!!! And Mike is worried about one extra key stroke? I'm getting worried I'll have a stroke!
…there is a piece missing = "the resolution box" is clicking classic mode brought that back for CS6 I would be more than a happy camper…
Thank you for helping me out, Mike. Yes, the resolution box is something I had overlooked, because I always make sure to leave it blank. My bad.
Thank you, Hudechrome. As you can see in my reply to mike, I had indeed overlooked the Resolution Box issue. Sorry.
Some of rest of your post still leaves me puzzled.
No, it does not. When you use the crop tool in versions up to CS5, nothing happens until you actually apply the tool. This version immediately sees whatever you have dialed in as a centered crop, and further, no resolution box appears. With true Classic, you crop, hit enter and you are done. T
Here's another infuriating problem, common to Classic and non-Classic. Open an image with the Crop tool preselected. The crop appears. Now try to move it with the arrow keys. It cycles through the grid selection. My Bad! Tell it Never show the grid. Hit the arrow key and damn! It's cycling through the grid again! Redo the never show grid or whatever it's called. Finally works…
Well, aside from the resolution box, in this Classic Mode, and with the two boxes UNchecked [Auto Center Preview and Show Cropped Area] as in my screen shot also nothing happens until I hit Enter, which is what I assume you mean by "applying the tool".
The other stuff about moving the crop selection with the arrows works entirely as expected, moving the selection smoothly in the direction of whatever arrow(s) you're using, just like in CS4 and CS5, and I see no cycling and no "grid" unless I click inside the selection, then the grid does appear, but it behaves nicely, with no jumping around or cycling.
In sum, other than the missing resolution box, which is of course a valid point for anyone who uses said resolution box, I wonder if your other issues are just a Windows problem or perhaps machine specific.
Thank you for your patience and for helping my tired, battered, old brain figure out what your objections were.
For me, the response is jerky and presumes certain things. Like invoking Crop autmatically sets a crop, centered, at the ratio last used. When I invoke crop in CS5, nothing happens until I actually crop it.
Everything I posted is as I find it on my PC. Results may vary. I'll try it on a Mac, if the owner still is running CS6.
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