13 Mar Do you still need to use X-Transformer?

Source: Thomas Fitzgerald Photography

Do you still need to use X-Transformer? That’s the question that I’ve been getting asked pretty regularly since Adobe launched “Enhance Details” in Lightroom and Camera Raw. The answer might seem like it should be straight forward, but it’s actually a little complicated and it depends on a few factors. It’s also pretty subjective, but more on that in a minute.

If you don’t know what this is all about, check out my previous coverage of “Enhance Details” in Lightroom. If you don’t already use X-Transformer, then don’t worry about this post. It’s not for you!

So, then, should you still use X-Transformer or Enhance Details? Well, it depends on your answers to the following questions:

Q1. Does Enhance Details work for you?

This is probably an obvious question. Unfortunately, because of the system requirements, some people simply can’t run Enhance Details. If you can’t then it pretty much rules it out.

Q2. Do you have lots of hard drive space?

DNG files created by Enhance Details uses a lot more hard disk space than files created with X-Transformer. I believe that this is because it all embeds the original raw file as well as the demosiaced version. X-Transformer files are smaller, although people still expressed concern at how much bigger these are than the native RAF files. If hard drive space is an issue then Enhance Details may not be the best choice for you.

Q3. Do you have a fast GPU?

If you have a fairly fast….

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