Adobe made some very significant changes to the Adobe Camera RAW [ACR] interface and functionality with its release of version 12.3 on 16 June 2020. It’s all very differnt to what you’re used to. So if you haven’t managed to find your way around it this [rather enthusiastic] YouTube video gives a good overview. If you want to dig deeper there are 4 further videos from the same author and the first is here.
For a number of months, going back to before Christmas 2019, I’ve been having severe performance issues with Photoshop, Bridge & Adobe Camera RAW [ACR] launched from either Adobe Bridge or Photoshop. The issues started around the time I purchased a second screen and that threw me off the scent for a while!
I’ve found these issues with two different Windows 10 PCs – a 7 year old one and a new high spec purpose built photography desktop. There may be other reasons why you might suffer from poor performance but I have found 2 specific software applications that have dramatically slowed down ACR & Photoshop CC.
- Kaspersky Total Security
- Acronis True Image 2020
If you don’t have either of these 2 software applications installed then you need read no further. However, if you do you and you suffer from performance issues then read on.
With my older desktop, Photoshop would slow down to unusable when Kaspersky was carrying out a full scan – this does not appear to be a problem with my new Desktop. There are 2 things you can do to mitigate the impact of Kaspersky scans slowing down Photoshop & ACR; try them in this order:
- Schedule your scans for a quiet time when you know you generally won’t be using your computer.
- if the above doesn’t work then in the Kaspersky Program go to Settings/Performance/Pause File Anti-Virus then add a link to the executable files for PS , Bridge & Lightroom. You should think carefully about enabling this feature as what it does is whenever you use those photography programs, Kaspersky will stop scanning your computer for viruses etc. You will, however, get a warning message and as soon as you close those programs Kaspersky anti-virus will automatically start working again.
Acronis True Image 2020
Acronis True Image is a file backup and disk cloning software package [you are backing up your precious images aren’t you!]. In the latest version of this software the manufacturer introduced a new feature called Active Protection to defend against ransomware & illicit cryptomining. If this feature is activated then simple adjustments using ACR, particularly when launched from Photoshop, can take 30 seconds plus rather than being pretty instantaneous. The easiest thing to do is to of course de-activate Acronis Active Protection and thereby get a usable system again. However, if you want to benefit from the features of Acronis Active Protection then there is a straight forward fix as follows:
- Launch Acronis True Image
- Click on the Active Protection tab on the left hand side of the screen
- Click on the Manage Processes tab at the top of the screen
- Click on the “Add” in the bottom right hand corner of the screen and add the location of the PS, Bridge & Lightroom executable files. On my desktop [yours may be different] they are located here:
- C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Bridge 2020\Bridge.exe
- C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Lightroom Classic\lightroom.exe
- C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Photoshop 2020\photoshop.exe
- Set the permission for all these to be “Allowed to Start”
I hope this helps anyone who may be having these issues.
We had a very good turn out for our meeting on 22 October and it was particularly good to see so many new members on that evening. John Bradshaw gave a very interesting set of tutorials based on the theme of Black & White. Whilst Sheila Tester demonstrated the dark arts of layers, masks and blending. The videos of these sessions can be found by clicking on the links below:
For convenience John’s tutorial has been split into the following videos:
- Black & White in Adobe Camera RAW [ACR]
- Split Toning
- Colour Popping
- Infrared & Infrared effect [2 videos]
- Removing Chromatic Aberration in ACR
- Dark room print effects:
If you are not able to view the details of these videos then John has also provided his notes for this session here
The Next Digital Imaging Group meeting takes place in the Tangmere Village Centre Small Hall starting promptly at 7.30pm. Both club members and visitors are very welcome to attend. There will be a small charge for the evening to cover costs £3 for members and £4 for visitors/guests.
John Bradshaw FRPS will be showing us various techniques to make our black and white images really stand out using both ACR [Adobe Camera RAW] and Photoshop. He’ll even show you how to produce images to emulate old darkroom techniques such as Bromoil.
As requested at our September meeting Sheila Tester DPAGB EFIAP will also be demonstrating Dodging, Burning and blending modes in Photoshop.