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Adobe Photoshop 2018 and Adobe Camera Raw review 

click to enlarge A long boat on the Chesapeake Bay at sunset. This image was toned using Adobe's newest version of Photoshop and Adobe Camera Raw. - SEAN CAYTON
  • Sean Cayton
  • A long boat on the Chesapeake Bay at sunset. This image was toned using Adobe's newest version of Photoshop and Adobe Camera Raw.
Photoshop 2018, Adobe’s newest version of the the preeminent photo editing program, comes with an updated Adobe Camera Raw (ACR) interface and includes many new presets that make it easier to get a different look and feel to your photographs.

I dusted off some old vacation pictures and tried it out. Here are the before and after results.


Adobe departed from the traditional ACR photo processing years ago in favor of a new software designed specifically for photographers called Lightroom.

ACR was basically shelved, and very little changed to make it better, although developers consistently updated its functionality to work with the latest digital cameras.

ACR is basically a plugin that converts proprietary raw files from thousands of different digital cameras into a more universal file format — like a .jpg — and into a color space made specifically for monitors and printers called sRGB.

Professionals who began their digital careers using Photoshop typically stayed with Photoshop and its processing engine ACR while those just starting out typically began with Lightroom. While Lightroom has some wonderful features for toning images, I much prefer Photoshop and ACR because it's faster and more efficient for me to process photographs.

Still, Photoshop and ACR never really caught up to Lightroom’s feature set, that is until now. For photographers like me, the newest release of Photoshop and ACR has improved things by a lot, including some wonderful quick presets that offer a range of rich tonalities.

If you’re a Lightroom user, you might want to check in with Photoshop again and see how much things have improved with its latest release.

Sean Cayton is a wedding photojournalist of 19 years and operates a successful, award-winning wedding photography studio in Colorado Springs. He's also an award-winning photojournalist. Sean is happily married to the love of his life (also his business partner) and is father to three beautiful children. When he’s not working, Sean can be found outside flying kites with his kids, hitting golf balls or casting a fly rod to hungry trout

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