Enhance Details in ACR and Lightroom

This week, Adobe released an update for ACR and Lightroom.   This update  was a minor one that came with a major feature that much of the internet is talking about.   This new feature is called Enhance Details.

This is what Adobe says about the new feature:

You can now enhance fine details in your raw images, particularly Bayer and X-Trans raw mosaic files, with Enhance Details. By using Enhance Details, you get higher resolution, more accurate rendition of fine details, better preservation of small colors, and reduced moiré patterns and false colors.

Enhance Details is especially useful for making large prints, where fine details are more visible. This feature applies to raw mosaic files from cameras with Bayer sensors (Canon, Nikon, Sony, and others) and Fujifilm X-Trans sensors.


Sounds great right?  Better image quality from a Raw file with the click of a button?  I’ll take it.  However, from my studies I have found that it is not suited for every Raw file.  

It appears the Enhance Details feature works best on Milky Way photos and night skylines.  


Since this new feature was released I have received quite a few inquiries about it in comparison to the Enhanced Details II feature on the Zone System Express 5.  They are very different, one is not “better” than the other as they both do entirely different things.


In today’s tutorial, I am going to show you how the Enhance Details feature works,  what it is best for and compare it to the ZSE5’s Enhanced Contrast II.    Enjoy!


Blake Rudis
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