M.Chapman Posted May 1, 2018 Share Posted May 1, 2018 As a result of updating to High Sierra I came to realise that my days of soldiering on with PSE8 and LR6 are numbered. (PSE 8 and some components of LR6 are only 32 bit and so the next release of OSX won’t support them). I’ve therefore been experimenting with trial versions of just about every alternative. I’ve tried Apple Photos + DxO plugin, Darktable, GIMP, Pixelmator Pro, Luminar Jupiter, Affinity Photo, ACDSee, AfterShot Pro, DxO Photolab, Capture One 11 and Adobe PSE 2018, LR CC and PS CC. After a great deal of deliberation I concluded (rather reluctantly as I don't like the subscription model) that PS CC is the new tool for me. It easily beats many of the relative newcomers (Affintiy, Pixelmator, Luminar, ACDSee) both in terms of usability and responsiveness (on 2012 MacBook Pro with 16GB RAM) and in the quality of the final result. The detail I could recover from my RAW files in PS CC was matched by Capture One and DxO, but using many of the "budget offerings" I could only achieve decidedly "mushy" results. Automatic CA removal, noise reduction and shadow and highlight recovery were also key discriminators, where some of the budget offerings" were woefully inadequate. But.... as I swap from the ACR used by LR6, to the new ACR used by LR7 and PS 19 CC I notice Adobe have made a couple of significant changes behind the scenes... The new default camera profile has been swapped from "Adobe Standard" to "Adobe Color". The new profile is more contrasty and can result in clipped shadows and highlights. The default level of sharpening during raw conversion has been increased from 25 to 40 for all cameras. Adobe claim these changes have been made to make the default results more pleasing, but they may not suit an Alamy workflow. NB. These changes won't affect those using their own develop presets, but will affect those who simply rely on the default settings - so watch out. Now I need to focus on uploading, and hopefully selling, more images to pay for my my subscription. Mark Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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