ACR Preset to Lightroom Conversion?

I've been asked if I have any plans for a reverse conversion.  It's something I've thought about but is currently low on my list of things to do.   My current list is:

  • Version 2 for Windows is my current focus.
  • Next I'll be working on integrating with Photoshop CC.  As the Camera RAW engine can be used a filter within Photoshop CC it makes sense to allow people to change presets without having to leave Photoshop.  Adobe don't make this easy - and it's a whole new language for me to learn so it's taking a while.
  • Then I'll be looking at including radial gradients which were introduced in Camera RAW 8 and Lightroom.
  • Then I may have a chance to look at a reverse conversion. 

I also think a ACR -> Lightrrom conversion will not be as popular as the other way round because:

  • Presets for Lightroom are far more available than Camera Raw presets.
  • Presets created in Camera Raw do not include gradient information whilst Lightroom presets do.  I have no idea why this is.  Presets converted from Lightroom using ACR Preset Manager include all gradient information - and it works fine.  So I know that Camera Raw can handle them - it just doesn't save them.  Very very odd.  But the long and short of it is that presets created in Camera Raw have less functionality that presets created in Lightroom (and presets created in Lightroom and run through ACR Preset Manager).


Posted on July 28, 2013 .