Uprezzing Raw Images In Adobe Camera Raw

When we are at National Wildlife Refuges you often see interesting subjects way off in the distance, but too far away to get good images. Adobe has an “Enhance” feature now that you can “enhance” to Double the size of the image but it only works for certain “Raw”types. But many times I want more enlargement than “Enhance” gives you. I almost always shoot “Raw” images because I can get more detail & adjust them somewhat before opening them in Photoshop. Using Camera Raw I can also “UpRez” my images when using Adobe Camera Raw Data. This way of super uprezzing seems to work quite well most of the time. All you have to do is enter larger amounts in the Image sizing window in the Camera Raw Size Panel. Give it a try! You can also add a “High Pass” Sharpening Technique layer over the final image to enhance the sharpness more. Just adjust the opacity of the sharpness layer to what you like. I have found that when you adjust this lessen the amount a little more for better results. There are other ways to upRez but this is what I use quite often plus it is in your Adobe Photoshop already. So it easily works in my Image Workflow. Also the images here are downsized to 1200 pixel size for WordPress posting so the Full image has much more detail.

Black-Crowned Night-Heron, 400mm Canon DO Lens, Canon 1.4x Teleconverter, Canon 1D mkIV
Screen Grab Showing Up Rezzing image settings by entering higher width number
Full As Shot Great Egret in Trees Image. 400mm DO Lens, 1.4X Teleconverter, 1D mk IV
Great Egret, Image Uprezzed & Cropped Showing Detail

11 Comments on “Uprezzing Raw Images In Adobe Camera Raw

  1. Reed–This is a good technique if you’re opening the file in Photoshop, but if you go to another program the size changes aren’t sticky. At least, that’s my experience.

    • Hi Bob! Great hearing from you! Once you open it in Photoshop and save it as a tif or jpeg you can use it in other programs at the larger size. And what programs are you using?

      • I should have mentioned that, as you point out, you can stick the resize by exporting from Photoshop. But I seldom go directly to PS unless I’m doing a complex selection or luminosity masking, or printing. I can do almost all adjusting in Camera Raw. Enhance works well for me in most cases but in others it does funky things besides doubling so if I need to resize I’ll usually do it in Topaz Gigapixel. I sharpen and reduce noise with Topaz as well but Smart Sharpen in PS also does a good job for me. Then I export to Lightroom for keywording and archiving. I also use ACR for PDFs; much better than from Lightroom and I can only guess it’s because of the internal color space LR uses.

        Really enjoyed your macros. I noticed you kept the dead robber fly!

  2. RAW is the best, I always make pictures in RAW and I edit them with the FREE program “RAWTherapee” it’s realy great 🙂

  3. Wow. The results are really impressive, Reed. I have never really tried to up-rez my images, but might be inspired to try some of the techniques that you mention.

    • Thanks Mike! It comes in Handy when you need a larger file or have to really have a tighter crop into the image and still want detail!

    • You are very Welcome! Over the years I have come up with a variety of ways to UpRez Images, but this seems to work best so far! Plus you are using your Raw Data which works well!

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