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130 Points

Sun, Sep 27, 2020 8:08 PM

Camera Raw v12.4.0.555: Can not Synchronize Spot Removals across multiple images properly

Workflow description:

 

Open multiple camera raw files, 8 for example.  Apply a Spot Removal adjustment brush to a location in the first image, then copy the adjustment to all other images so you can use Synchronize function (Shift-left click across all open files, either before or after Spot Removal is applied, to select all files (does not make a difference if all files selected before or after).

 

After all files selected in ACR, hit ALT+S to open Synchronize panel; click Check All; click OK.

 

Your Spot Removal adjustment has been copied to all selected files.

 

EXCEPT that the SOURCE point of your Spot Removal adjustments in each image can change without any permission from you!

 

You make an adjustment in the first image, copy it to all other images...and there is absolutely no guarantee that your adjustment is worth ANYTHING in the copied files, as ACR may change the spot removal adjustment as it copies said adjustment to the other files. 

 

When we Synchronize we expect the adjustment to STAY THE SAME across the synchronized files.  Going in and having to manually adjust the mis-synchronized files only adds to our workflow and defeats the purpose of "synchronizing" in the first place.

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a month ago

Hi, I have not found this behaviour - do you mean images with the exact same framing, because the spot removal is fixed to the co-ordinates of where they are in the first image.  If your shots are handheld for instance it would not automatically track where they need to go.

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Photo framing is the same, they are a focus stack.  Tripod-mounted camera and stand-mounted lighting.  The middle images, three or four, are having their source point for the spot removals modified, but strangely the first group of shots and last group remain unmodified.

 

No reasoning, definitely a bug.

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a month ago

In Camera Raw, when you allow the Spot Removal to choose its own source - when synced, the source will still be automatic and pick the clone/heal source from the best fit location algorithmically. 

 

In a stacked image case, you should not allow automatic spot removal but rather use the [Cmd/Ctrl] option and chose the source manually for the Spot Removal. This should sync as you desire. 

 

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@Rikk  Hi Rikk, is that a new feature? - Don't remember having had issues with carefully chosen spots before?  Maybe I always moved them from the auto spot.

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@Rikk Thank you, I'll try that. 

 

Note however that I started this thread because the "best fit location algorithmically" is TERRIBLE; from my workflow description the auto works perfectly when I do it by hand.  However when synced the "auto fit heal" is nothing of the sort and picks a new source that completely, utterly botches the heal.  It picks a new source point that has absolutely no match and then places a seemingly random source (like a unrelated pattern area) over the previous (in this case, smooth) heal.  And only does so for a few, but not all, synced images.

 

So it's still buggy, big time.  Deciding to "work" for only a subset, and then choosing a new source that doesn't even make sense compared to the system's first automatic choice (which was prefect), is not a very good "feature".