Sample of a Real World ACR Adjustments Workflow

You don't have to completely master ACR in order to use it productively. This section demonstrates how we integrate ACR into our own workflow and then goes into more detail regarding specific tools and functions. The source images were shot in Monterey, California using a Canon EOS-iDs Mark II.

The descriptions that follow assume that you have downloaded your images to ready-made folders structured according to the suggestions in section 1.6 and that you have viewed and provisionally rated them. The Bridge preview is usually good enough to help you judge which images you should trash immediately (section 1.8).

We could open each image individually, make appropriate settings, and then convert, but we prefer to work as follows:

We use the Bridge filter to display all the images we want to process (e.g., all images with one star) and select them using |ctrl|/^l-|~A~]. We then open ACR in Filmstrip mode using |ctrl|/P1-(r] (figure 5-33), allowing us to work through the entire session in the ACR environment without having to return to Bridge to open each image individually. This also makes it easier to copy and apply settings from one image to another - we will explain how later.

Figure 5-33: ACR 6.0 in Filmstrip mode. This image was shot in the shade, and the camera's auto white balance has given it a blue cast.

ACR's Filmstrip mode gives us fast, direct access to all images in a shoot via the ACR interface. We can view our images consecutively at full-screen size without having to wait for the previews to generate.

Figure 5-34: ACR White Balance setting for figure 5-33
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