Processing Fuji X-Trans Files with Iridient X-Transformer and Lightroom
About the guide
This guide is designed to help you understand and get the best results from using Iridient’s X-Transformer Software in Conjunction with Lightroom to process Fuji X-Trans raw files. While it may seem like a simple application, the number of parameters available make for a lot of possible options when using it. This guide aims to provide you with a roadmap through those options, and provide you with some recipes to get you started with the software.
This guide was written for Iridient X-Transformer (Beta 3 at the time of Writing) and Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 6.0 or CC. (The advice should work with Lightroom version 5 too, but it was written for those versions) You should have this software in order to use the advise in the guide.
The guide is supplied in PDF format. You should be able to read PDFs before buying this guide. MacOS can read PDFs by default. depending on your version of windows, you may need to download the latest version of Adobe Reader.
An important note about the guide, and the software:
Here is an excerpt from the guide that explains what you should expect from the software, and by extension, the guide:
When using X-Transformer it’s important to understand what it can and can’t do and to temper you’re expectations accordingly. It won’t magically make your images super sharp or have them jump off the screen with a massive amount of extra detail. It can’t make images sharper that are soft to begin with or fix out of focus images. It’s not going to be a magic wand that fixes all the image problems that they a photo might otherwise have.
Compared to a standard RAW conversion in Lightroom, the differences may be subtle at first, but in my opinion these differences add up. Images don’t have the edge artifacts or the detail smearing present in direct Lightroom conversions. They also have more natural gradations, and don’t show false detail on images of things like concrete or stone or other problematic shots. However the extent of the differences depend greatly on the type of shot, the lens used and how sharp the actual image is to begin with.
Why I wrote this guide
This guide is based on my own personal use and opinion. I wrote it because I like the software, and personally find it very useful. It is not a guarantee that you will receive results that will satisfy your own needs, nor is it a guarantee of the software or its effectiveness for your workflow. You should try the software yourself and make the determination as to its usefulness to you.
Beta Software, Beta Guide
Note that at the time of writing this first edition of this guide, X-Transformer is still in beta, and so there may still be some bugs and unexpected behaviour in the software. Because of this, this Guide is also a “beta” and it will be updated when new versions are released as soon as they are tested, and if there are changes that warrant it. It is my intention to provide free updates to the guide if there are major changes through the beta and any 1.x release. It may take a little time to update it, but updates will be free for the .x and 1.x releases, unless there are major changes to the software.
Details of the chapters, and what’s included
The guide is not too long, and is 30 pages, broken down into 3 chapters and an introduction. It also contains a set of bonus Lightroom presets which are designed to work with some of the suggestions included in the book. Here is a breakdown of what’s in each chapter:
In the introduction, I talk about the software and what it does.I also provide an overview of how Raw files work, the difference between a Fuji and standard Raw file, and how the DNG format works. This is an important technical basis for understanding how the software is able to do what it does. I also discuss the limitations of the software and what to expect (see extract above)
Chapter One: Using X-Transformer
In this chapter I provide details of the best way to go about using the software, and I now some important things that you should know about the order in which you should do things when using it. I also provide a section on understanding what each of the settings do. I go through the interface, and explain in as plain English as possible, what each of the various parameters do. Where appropriate, I also note my own observations on what various settings may do to the image.
Chapter Two: Recipes
In this chapter I have devised 4 sets of “Recipes” for using the software in conjunction with Lightroom. Each recipe is a set of suggestions for parameters to set in X-Transformer along with a set of corresponding settings for Lightroom. The Lightroom settings are also included as Lightroom Presets. I also have a section in this chapter on what you may need to do in Lightroom after processing the images in X-Transformer. I also briefly discuss using the converted DNGs in other software.
Chapter Three: Workflows
In this chapter I discuss the various ways you may wish to use the software, and provide step by step workflows for this scenarios. I discuss converting images form a new shoot, and converting images from an existing shoot.