Lightroom Classic: Where is the enhanced detail in the new enhanced detail dng?

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I didn't have a problem with the new 'enhanced detail' added to Lr Classic 8.2 because I still used Windows 7 Pro.

I decided to 'downgrade' to Windows 10 Pro so I could try out this new feature. Here is a side-by-side comparison at 1:1 zoom.



Can you tell which one is the 'enhanced detail' version? I can't!

I loaded the original and the 'enhanced detail' version into Ps as layers and selected the difference blend mode on the top layer - result totally black - no difference. Same if I choose 'subtract'.

So, in my opinion this looks like another useless, resource intensive feature added to Lr Classic that I won't be using.

I'd like to know how many users asked for it!

It is very sad there are so many useful suggestions that get completely ignored by the Adobe developers.

Disappointed again.
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I agree that a new feature would be more exciting if it benefited every image or the majority of images, but Enhanced Details just doesn't. That said, there are some for which it can make a substantial difference, which can be appreciated if you plan to display them large. My Enhanced Details article and video tutorial gives some tips on where you may see improvements. (You'll find more improvements with Fuji X-Trans files, but the improvements aren't limited to these files.)
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I've tried this option on several .NEF files and see no difference worth mentioning.  Also it rejects my .CR2 files.
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I agree with Laura as discussed in her excellent article and here by myself:


Camera Raw/Lightroom: Enhance Details broken - All-black preview and final render


If the original raw file doesn't exhibit any specific issues when viewed at 2:1 Zoom View the Enhanced Details DNG won't show any improvement.

What Canon camera model are you using? I'm using 600D, 5D MKII, 6D, and GX9 MKII with no issues.
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Thanks Todd.
I've since tried other .CR2s and Enhance runs on them.
Must have been some corruption in the .CR2s where Enhance could not run.
610 and 70D

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Thank you Laura and Todd for your helpful information. I went out into my garden and shot a fine red flower against the blue sky. At 1:1 zoom it is difficult to see any real improvement.



At 4:1 zoom, I can see some improvement in the edges (not easily seen below), but the sky adjacent to the edges still shows blotchy artifacts.



The cost/benefit - cost as you say Laura is processing time and siginifcantly larger file size, benefit (to me) almost zero. Who is going to be looking at my images at 4:1 zoom?

Another cost is the time and effort wasted by Adobe in adding this feature, time and effort that should have been spent on more useful features or improving the default demosaicing algorithm. And the headache given to customers of constant Lr crashes caused by this feature not being properly tested or developed. I'm a victim with the latest graphics driver causing me problems, but an older driver works fine!


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Anthony, I totally agree if these are Bayer sensor camera raw files (Nikon, Canon, Sony, etc.). After testing the biggest difference (I see) in the Enhanced DNG file is removal of color aliasing (i.e. zebra stripes). I had to search high-and-low in my 40,000+ catalog to find some CR2 files with this issue. There is improvement in other fine-detail areas, but it's only visible at 4:1 Zoom or higher. My take at another post (see reply #13):

https://forums.adobe.com/message/10938775#10938775

With Fuji X-Trans RAF raw files the Enhanced Details DNG will improve the fine detail in
colorful flowers and green foliage. From my
testing so far Fuji X-Trans sensor RAF raw files should show improved
fine color detail in these types of image areas.

See the below post for examples:


Camera Raw/Lightroom: Enhance Details broken - All-black preview and final render
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