Couple of ideas/thoughts to help improve Camera Raw

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Hi

I've used Lightroom for many years but in the last few years I've started shooting football with very tight deadlines to get images out to the agency. Due to Lightroom being so slow I moved to Photoshop to adjust exposure, highlights/shadowds etc. and then an Action to save the file in an Export Folder.

I've recently found Camera Raw and like using it although, in my opion, it's very clunky compaired to Lightroom's interface etc. After using Camera Raw for a few months, these are a few things I find annoying and would like changing...

After seeing a video from Scott Kelby showing how to bring up the 'Lightroom' style bounding box for cropping an image (Press C the X twice), after doing this Camera Raw forgets the aspect ratio that has previously been set. It changes to custom. This is very annoying! Please can it stay at a pre-set ratio is it has been selected? Also, please add the bounding box around the image as soon as the Crop option is selected.

Please make the Zoom function work the same as it dows in Lightroom. Z to zoom in and out (to pre-selected amount 100%, 200% etc) and keep cmd and - or + to manually Zoom in as it does already.

Mover the tools from the top left to the top right. Why do they need to be over to the left???

Make the icons larger

Allow the sliders to be re-set the same as they can in Lightroom

Make the Pre-sets work the same as they do in Lightroom

I'd like to know your thoughts?

 
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Jon Hobley

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Roelof Moorlag

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As i understand it, Camera Raw is the engine that is used for Lightroom too and does provide the same functionality. Does Lightroom work slower than Camera Raw in Photoshop in your environment?

It amazes me that you went to photoshop to speed up things. Are u sure that you fully understand the Lightroom options? Most photographers are using LR to be able to work fast. They only bring photo's into Photoshop when they have to (stuff that LR does not offer as pixel editing) because it slows things down.
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Jon Hobley

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Hi Roelof. Speed is crucial thing when working pitch side. After taking the photo/s to exporting the image/s we have a maximum of 1-2 mins and that includes captioning the image/s. Using Photoshop that's no proplem, using crop, exposure etc.. It's the same with ACR to adegree but it has better noise control etc which I use as a preset.
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I agree with most of what Jon pointed out, specially moving the icons to the right (with bigger monitors, the mouse/pen travel between tools and panels is getting to a point where it's annoying), showing the crop overlay as soon as the crop tool is selected and... well, standardize a lot of things between ACR and LR once and for all.

The part about better noise control in ACR strikes me as odd, since -as Roelof already pointed out- both ACR and LR share the same engine... so noise reduction algorithms should work the same, shouldn't they? Maybe there's a difference and I wasn't aware of.

Under any event, my only hope is that ACR gets improved, because LR is monolithic and feels slower with every new release.
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Hiya sorry, I meant between Ps and Lr/ACR. I find the presets much easier to apply during importing in Lr. Again ACR tends to be a bit klunky.