Setting up your defaults:
Each raw converter is different. You need to play a bit to get to the settings you like. Maybe adjust vibrance or apply a bit of an S-curve...
And then there are general defaults that usually need changing:
Things that usually need adjustments are:
- Autolevels/Autocontrast: The thresholds are a bit aggressive, use 0.01 instead of the default 0.2
- You might want to increase the default sharpening.
Once you have found your personal default settings, right click on the thumbnail of the image where those settings are applied and then use "Settings->Save as RAW default setting..."
Or if you have raw file from several different cameras that differ widely in their setup needs, save settings explicitly for those camera types.
Note, these settings are applied only to images that are not in the DB yet or for which no AfterShot XMP exists yet.
To switch other images to your new defaults use CTRL-R.
Make sure your JPG queues are set to switch to sRGB if they are meant for online viewing.
If you set up queues that downsize images 50% or more, set up some output sharpening in the queues to counter the blurring effect of downsizing. Also for downsizing of web images, keep the quality at 85% or higher. Below that it might be a bit ugly for the pixel peepers.
Your old batch files from Bibble 5 can be copied over and will still work but need a little editing:
Just change the "name" tag to "name-en" (or use other suffixes as appropriate for your language setting instead of "-en").
Make sure to set the appropriate printer/ink/paper profile.
For PDF queues use sRGB.
The preview does not perform soft proofing, it is only useful for checking the layout, not the colors.
Do not play with the library before you have found your own image defaults.
(Otherwise you might have to redo images later....)
Start in file system mode initially when exploring the program.
In contrast to other programs, AfterShot can search and work with all open catalogs.
Therefore you do not need to stuff all your images into one catalog.
Import stuff in logical chunks (Year, project)
As catalog generation is easy, you might want to use temporary catalogs for projects and other catalogs for archives.
ASP no longer supports copying files into catalogs. It only supports referenced files.
It will always have the complete path name in the catalog window.
I strongly suggest keeping files in a well structured directory tree on disk.
There is a little icon in the top right of the catalog page that looks like stacked folders.
It lets you toggle recursive view of the current catalog directory.
Catalog refresh is currently not that brilliant.
You can do a re-import for new files and you can reload the metadata from the context menu.
Preview generation of very large image sets (especially with JPGs and TIFFs) can be a bit crashy.
Switch off the preview generation in preferences to get around this and then generate previews explicitly on the folders you work on via ALT-P.
Also when using catalogs be sure to have the option to generate AfterShot XMPs for catalogs turned on in the preferences. A good insurance for hosed catalogs....
Editing multiple images:
You can not edit image parameters for multiple images at once like in Bibbe4 for architectural reasons.
Use "Selective Copy" (SHIFT-CTRL-C) and Paste instead.
Rating, tagging and color coding as well as applying keywords via the keyword and keyword sets tools works on all selected images (unless you are in Multiview mode).
Use Copy Sets (see preferences) to copy all meta data including rating and tagging, but not image adjustments.
(Generating copy sets for often used copy operations is highly recommended, for example "Sharpening&Noise Reduction", White Balance, Crop)
If you do not have a US keyboard, some of the default shortcuts (like for the magnifier) are not very useful.
Remap to your needs in preferences.
Check out Bernd's keyboard mapping hints in the Bibble blog which also apply to ASP: http://flightofthebibbles.blogspot.com/ ... ayout.html
The customToolsUI.txt UI hack to change the tool tabs still works, see http://flightofthebibbles.blogspot.com/ ... -tabs.html and viewtopic.php?f=90&t=45735
The AfterShot code is identical, no matter where it was bought or in which language.
The language can be switched in preferences and requires a restart to get activated.
Get your plugins here: http://www.aftershotpro.com/plugins/
Plugins (azplug files) are installed via the "File->Install Plugin" menu.
They will end up in the Plugins subdirectory of your Bibble user directory which is usually one of the following:
Windows: [user home dir]\AppData\Local\AfterShotPro
Windows XP: [user home dir]\Local Settings\Application Data\AfterShotPro
Mac: ~/Library/Application Support/AfterShotPro
Dealing with crashes:
If AS keeps crashing at start, it tries to complete an action that has lead to a crash and crashes again while doing so.
Typically this can be cleaned up by deleting the cache (the directory named cache in you AS user directory)
But if that happened while in library mode or import, it might be the DB.
Deleting the DB can clear that.
To ensure that your meta information is not lost should you loose a DB, use the option Preferences->General "Allow AfterShot .xmp generation for photos in Catalogs"
B5 Settings compatibility
Your old Bibble 5 settings are mostly compatible with ASP. But:
- The CM engine and rendering are different, so the images will not look the same.
- If you rely on plugins that are not yet available, their settings will be lost when the XMP is re-written by ASP.
- The crop an straighten tool work a bit differently internally, so you will need to re-crop all images that where straightened.
- Sharpening currently works in RGB, so you might get less optimal results in AfterSHot than from Bibble sharpening. Use the excellent Wavelet Sharpen Plugin instead.
If you have a lens that is not yet in the AfterShot calibration database, here you can find instructions
on how to easily generate the correction parameters yourself:
Some more changes in AS over B5:
- Autolevels was moved further up in the pipeline so it is less sensitive to changes.
- Catalogs are now by reference only.
- Plugins have access to EXIF information
- Double clicking on an image will zoom to 100% with the cursor position centered
- Watched Folders are gone
Look profiles and color management
The look profiles of Bibble 5 are gone. They have been part of the Kodak color management system that Bibble 5 used.
As the Kodak CM lead to several image quality problems it was dropped and with it the look profiles.
For many people the images will look more saturated then with Bibble 5.
Turn off Vibrance if you had it on by default in B5.
AfterShot uses linear ProPhoto RGB as its working space. In contrast to Bibble 5 it can not be switched.
You can set any output and proofing profile as needed.
Note: Soft proofing currently only works with RGB profiles, not CMYK profiles.
Note: AfterShot will not read JPGs or TIFFs with gray-scale profiles, it only supports RGB profiles.
Migrating keyword sets
Keyword sets are now localized. They reside in the user folder in locale/en/ (again, substitute for your language setting (de,en,fr,it,ja,nl).
AfterShot writes a log file name AfterShotPro.log in your user directory. It often contains useful information when trying to diagnose problems.
The location of your user directory (and other interesting tidbits) can be found via Help->System info.
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