A Process Version is a method of deciphering the raw file format. The default version used is Process Version 2012. This method of deciphering the raw file format provides you with ways to work with the most recent and improved features in the raw file format. Photoshop Elements 13 contains three Process Versions (one current, and two legacy versions). The complete list of versions is:
- Process Version 2012 (default, used from Adobe Photoshop Elements 11)
- Process Version 2010 (used in Adobe Photoshop Elements 10)
- Process Version 2003 (used in Adobe Photoshop Elements 9, or earlier)
What Process Version is applied to my raw image?
When you open a raw file that has not been opened in an earlier edition of Photoshop Elements, the default Process Version 2012 is used. However, if you open a raw file opened in an earlier version of Photoshop Elements, an older Process Version is used.
To check the Process Version applied to your raw image, in the Camera Raw 9.1 dialog box, click the Camera Calibration tab. The Process field displays the current Process Version being used.
Note: If not using Process Version 2012, an icon displayed below the raw image indicates that an older version is being used.
Can I switch between Process Versions?
Yes. In the Camera Raw 9.1 dialog box, click the Camera Calibration tab, and select the Process Version you want to use from the Process drop-down list.
Which version is best for you?
Process Version 2012 enables you to work with the latest enhancements in the raw format. However, if you have many raw images that were opened with previous editions of Photoshop Elements (and hence using older Process Versions), you may choose to apply an older Process Version to your newer raw images. This helps with consistency while processing past and present images, and helps maintain your older workflow.
What are the differences in the Process Versions?
- Basic tab. In Process Version 2012, the Highlights, Shadows, and Whites sliders replace the Recovery, Fill light, and Brightness sliders.
- Detail tab:
- In Process Version 2012, the Color Detail slider has been introduced. This slider remains disabled until the Color slider is modified.
- In Process Version 2012, Luminance Detail and Luminance Contrast have been added. These sliders remain disabled until the Luminance is modified.
Note: When switching to an older Process Version, the newer sliders compatible with the latest Process Versions are disabled.