Adobe has posted a new Adobe Photoshop Camera Raw 8.5 plug-in. There are separate pages to download for both Photoshop CS6 and Photoshop CC customers from Adobe Labs. The update is free.

This plugin is considered a release, which means that it is considered “well tested.” However, Adobe would like to get additional community testing before it is distributed automatically to all of its customers. The Camera Raw 8.5 update includes new features and support for many new cameras. You can post feedback here Discuss Camera Raw.

Added Cameras

  • Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II
  • Fuji FinePix S1
  • Nikon 1 J4
  • Nikon 1 V3
  • Olympus OM-D E-M10
  • Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GH4 (*)

(*) Denotes preliminary support.

Added Lenses

Additionally, this release adds support for six new lens profiles, including Fuji, Canon and Nikon; full mount support listed below:

Canon mount

  • Sigma 50mm F1.4 DG HSM A014
  • Sigma 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 DC MACRO OS HSM C014
  • Tamron 16-300mm F3.5-6.3 DiII VC PZD MACRO B016E

Fuji mount

  • Fujifilm Tele Conversion Lens TCL-X100

Nikon mount

  • Nikon 1 NIKKOR VR 10-30mm f3.5-5.6 PD-ZOOM
  • Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3G ED VR
  • Sigma 50mm F1.4 DG HSM A014
  • Sigma 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 DC MACRO OS HSM C014
  • Tamron 16-300mm F3.5-6.3 DiII VC PZD MACRO B016N
  • Tamron SP 150-600mm F5-6.3 Di VC USD A011N

Pentax mount

  • Sigma 30mm F1.4 DC HSM A013

Sigma mount

  • Sigma 50mm F1.4 DG HSM A014
  • Sigma 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 DC MACRO OS HSM C014

Sony Alpha mount

  • Sigma 30mm F1.4 DC HSM A013
  • Sony Alpha 28-75mm F2.8 SAM


New Features

Camera Raw 8.5 introduces the following new features. These are only for Photoshop CC customers and are not available in the Photoshop CS6 version. This is because support updates are included with CS6 while new features require a current subscription.

  • Modify Graduated and Radial Filter masks with a brush:
    • After adding or selecting a Graduated or Radial Filter instance, click the new Brush mode (next to existing New and Edit mode buttons) to reveal brush controls that allow you to modify the selected mask.
    • Use the Brush + and Brush – icon buttons in the brush controls pane to add to or erase from the selected mask.
    • Press the Clear button to remove all brush modifications from the currently selected mask.
    • When a Graduated or Radial Filter instance is selected, Shift-K can be used to enter and leave brush modification mode.
  • Mask visualization is now available for the Graduated and Radial Filters. Use the Mask checkbox at the bottom of the Local Corrections pane or press Y to toggle the mask overlay.
  • Added new Per-Panel Preview default toggle
    • If the current panels settings are not the ACR defaults, clicking the new Per-panel Toggle Button will reset the panel to the ACR defaults
    • Clicking the button again will restore the previous settings
    • This is a standalone feature, separate from the new Preview controls
    • The changes are applied to the main view; if you have both the Before and After panes visible, changes will appear in the After pane.

Bug Fixes

The update also addresses some bugs.

  • Fixed issue with Fujifilm X-T1 raw images appearing too bright at high ISO settings when using Dynamic Range 200% and 400%. Unfortunately, this fix may affect the appearance of existing images captured with this combination of settings. It is recommended that you (1) purge the Camera Raw cache via the Camera Raw Preferences dialog, and (2) review images shot at ISO settings higher than 1600 for unexpected brightness changes.
  • Fixed image quality issue (noisy result) when applying spot healing to floating-point (HDR) images.
  • Fixed issue with reading lossless compressed Nikon raw files (NEF files) from the camera models listed below. Previously, some images could be read but wouldappear as random noise, whereas attempting to open others would result in an error dialog. You will need to purge your Camera Raw cache via the Camera Raw Preferences dialog.
    • Nikon D1
    • Nikon D1H
    • Nikon D1X
    • Nikon D2H
    • Nikon D2Hs
    • Nikon D2X
    • Nikon D2Xs
    • Nikon D100
    • Nikon D200

For more information, visit (available for both Mac and Windows).