Upscaling Images Using Camera RAW

For those familiar with, let's call them, the good old days of RAW photo-processing using Adobe, then you will be familiar with Adobe Bridge. Back in the day, you had to go through Adobe Bridge, and then open up Camera RAW in order to edit RAW files using Adobe. 

These days (thankfully) we can do pretty much everything in either Lightroom or Photoshop. So if you are anything like me:

1) I never open Adobe Bridge because all my assets are managed in the Lightroom Library

2) I never open Camera RAW because I can achieve RAW processing directly in Lightroom & Photoshop.

But, the latest update to Camera RAW gives us a good reason to consider dipping a toe back into the world of Adobe Bridge & Camera RAW. The reason is upscaling. 

The new feature allows you to double the resolution of RAW, TIFF, JPG, or PNG files using Adobe Sensei technology to achieve this. For best results, you want to use RAW as the higher the quality input, the higher quality the result will be, but it's great that we can do this with multiple formats.

The feature is a complete game-changer, particularly for any situation like example nature photography where you often need to crop-in significantly. Now, using the Adobe Enhance feature, you double the size of your image before you start processing anything else, and when you come to crop, you have twice the resolution to work with!

The Enhance capability is set to come to both Lightroom and Photoshop in the future, in the meantime, having to open the file up in Adobe Bridge and then Camera RAW is a minor (but worthwhile) inconvenience!

How To Use Adobe Enhance

Step 1 - From Finder (on Mac) or Explorer (on PC), right-click the image you want to enhance and open it in Adobe Bridge.

Untitled photo

Step 2 - Now double click the image in Adobe Bridge to open up Camera RAW. You should then have an interface that looks like this:

Untitled photo

Step 3 -  Right-click on the image in Camera RAW and you will get a pop-up menu. Towards the bottom of this window select the "Enhance.." option. 

You can instead use the shortcode SHIFT-COMMAND-D (on a MAC) or SHIFT-ALT-D (on a PC).

Camera RAW is then going to display an Enhance Window, which gives you a preview of the enhanced image. The radio button 'super resolution' is checked by default, and doubles your image size. You also get an idea of how long the enhancement is going to take.

Note - You can use your cursor to move around areas of your image to display different preview areas.

Once you are happy, select the 'Enhance' button and Adobe goes away and does its thing, then saves a new copy of your image as a DNG back onto your hard-drive.

Untitled photo
Untitled photo

The results in my tests so far are outstanding and will resurrect possibilities with images I thought were lost. I am looking forward to this being an inbuilt Photoshop and/or Lightroom action though!

Powered by SmugMug Owner Log In