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hahaha, so I did.


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Hope you don't mind. I did a play around in Gimp using the Resynthesizer plugin. Here's the result.

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I think they're comparable. Some of the twigs in the lower right (where the shadow was) appear to have been chomped off. I think that's because I wasn't careful when making a selection.

Not bad for a piece of free software :)

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Just trying a "Trial" version this evening, and tried out the CA fill on the eye of a cat. LOL, it really did look like a missing eye rather than just more fur, it even had a scrunched in line like it had been stitched. Rather gruesome but its certainly a clever piece of software...

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Just played with the HDR function today. Nice to see auto-align "just works", but I'm not impressed with the options in it for the HDR process itself. Seems too basic compared to Dynamic-Photo HDR I normally use, but at least now I see where many of the worse HDRs out there came from (presets). The de-ghosting didn't work miracles either, but that gave me another change to try content aware fill. There were ghosts walking along a paved surface next to a brick wall. Content aware fill largely removed the remaining ghosts while doing a fair job on the texture matching which is a right pain manually. Unfortunately in bigger picture view there are unnatural changes in contrast which would need manual tweaking, and also some cases where it was too obvious there was cloning going on. So I'm still not sold on this feature.

Are there any other big features I should check out? Less than a week of my trial to go...

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Have you tried ACR with the automatic lens correction feature? None of my Pentax lenses are supported but I'm guessing you might have better luck with Canon.

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It seems some of my canon lenses are not supported either.... When I use it next I will list them.

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Haven't tried ACR lens correction in CS5 yet since I don't normally use raw, is the interface any better than LR3? Suppose I should give a quick look but it'll have to be pretty damn good for me to pick it over DxO should I ever switch to raw.

Is there a supported lens list anywhere? Couldn't find one in a quick search.

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Ok, poked through a few random raws in it. The drop down list showed all, or rather, the lack of lens support at this stage. 26 Canon, 14 Nikon, 2 Sony and 1 Tamron didn't look too impressive. Sigma blows them all away at 54! Where it might have long term advantage over DxO is

I managed to find a shot in raw with supported lens for it to chew on. 50D with 15-85 at 15mm f/5.6. In sharpness and detail, ACR has an edge over camera jpeg which applies much more noise reduction. The detail difference does seem significant, and is still visible zoomed 50%. And it operates faster than DxO. It successfully removed red/blue fringes and does not have any negative impact on image quality I can see. It also does a decent job on vignette removal.

I'm starting to hate the interface of CS5 though in two ways. It is too much print-centric, whereas I'm very pixel centric. Units of cm or inches have no meaning for me. The other is the interface. Elements is optimised it to give more ready access to common adjustments. In CS5 there are too many menu levels to go through to reach the same. I found myself copy-pasting between CS5 and Elements for different edits as it was quicker and easier than using just one or other by itself. Hardly elegant.

All considered, if CS5 was under half its price, I might get it. It just doesn't offer enough over Elements for it's corporate milking price tag. If lens corrections makes it into Elements I might get it just for that and start using raw more...

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There is other feature called Patch Match but I did not find it yet.
Nobody found it by the way.

Here is a video of its functions: www.youtube.com/watch?v=UcJgnC9M_nY
If you read the comment section, you will see desperate people asking where they have to click to open this tool.

It must be as amazing as the Content Aware Fill.
You just need to know where to apply it.


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Haven't really used the new features of CS5 much. Played around a couple of times with Content-aware fill, which worked decently for some shots, and poorly for others. I certainly haven't been able to get results like those shown in Adobe videos.
I like the new noise reduction tools in ACR though.

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Hi folks. I am about to migrate from CS4 on one computer to CS5 on another. What need I transfer (apart from the image files themselves) to ensure I retain all my keywords, metadata, etc? Any advice gratefully received.

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