Customise Lightroom Classic Keyboard Shortcuts in macOS

 As a host on the Adobe Community forums I often see customers feature requesting the the ability to remap application keyboard shortcuts. In fact, this particular feature request goes back as long as Lightroom (Classic) has been around. The example often quoted is the ‘Keyboard Shortcuts and Menu Customisation’ panel in Photoshop.

Photoshop – Keyboard Shortcut and Menu Customisation

Unfortunately, Adobe have shown little enthusiasm for implementing such a feature. So, what’s the alternative?

Well, macOS users can already modify, add or remove application keyboard shortcuts using the a purpose design applet in macOS System Preferences. Alas, Windows users are less fortunate, but third party options do exist.

For more details on how to customise keyboard shortcuts in macOS, see my tutorial at Customise Lightroom Classic Keyboard Shortcuts in macOS. This particular tutorial was originally written in the days of Lightroom 2, but I’ve updated the screenshots to reflect the current version of macOS (Big Sur)

Lightroom Classic & Lightroom Desktop | August 2021

The latest updates Lightroom Classic (10.4), Lightroom Desktop (4,4) and Camera Raw (13.4) were released to customers today (16 August). These updates include new camera and lens support, and bug fixes. There are also two minor feature enhancements to Lightroom Classic.

Duplicate Collection Set

While only a minor enhancement, it’s now possible to duplicate a collection set. The entire contents of collection set, which includes Smart Collections, will be duplicated including all the collections/collection sets inside the selected collection set.

Tethered Capture

Tethered Capture with Live View support has been added for the Nikon D750 and D610.

New Camera Support

New support added since the last release appears in green.

  • Apple iPad Pro (11-inch) (3rd generation)
  • Apple iPad Pro (12.9-inch) (5th generation)
  • Nikon Z fc
  • Parrot Anafi2 drone

More details on camera support can be found here

New Lens Correction Support

Apple

  • Apple iPad Pro (11-inch) (3rd generation) back camera 3mm f/1.8 (DNG+JPEG+HEIC)
  • Apple iPad Pro (12.9-inch) (5th generation) back camera 3mm f/1.8 (DNG+JPEG+HEIC) Canon RF
  • Canon RF 400mm F2.8L IS USM
  • Canon RF 600mm F4L IS USM Parrot
  • Parrot ANAFI Ai (wide and rect) (DNG)
  • Parrot ANAFI Ai (wide) (JPEG)

Sony FE

  • Samyang AF 35mm F1.8 FE

More details on lens support can be found here

Bug Fixes

Lightroom Classic bug fixes listed here

Lightroom Desktop bug fixes listed here

Camera Raw bug fixes listed here

Lightroom Classic & Lightroom Desktop | June 2021


The latest updates Lightroom Classic (10.3) and the Lightroom Desktop (4,3) were released to customers today (8 June). These updates include new features along with new camera and lens support, and bug fixes. Best of all is that Lightroom Classic is, as of 10.3, Mac ARM-native.

Mac ARM Support (Lightroom Classic)

Lightroom Desktop has been able to run natively on computers using the Apple M1 since late last year. With version 10.3, Lightroom Classic customers using Apple M1 based computers will also be able run the application natively rather than via the Rosetta emulation. However, if  using Tethered Capture on a Macs with Apple Silicon, then you’ll be prompted to relaunch the application using Rosetta.

Super Resolution (Lightroom Classic and Lightroom Desktop)

Super Resolution first shipped with Camera Raw 10.2 and was generally well received by customers. Now it’s the turn of Lightroom Classic and Desktop.

Super Resolution relies on Machine Learning technologies developed by Adobe, and can be used to create an image with 2x the width and 2x the height of the original image, or 4x the total pixel count. Most file types such as JPEG and TIFF are supported.

Super Resolution is especially useful when you need to make large prints or increase the resolution of an image that has been heavily cropped. For example, below screenshot of LrC shows a chance shot of a Great Horned Owl. I think it was a surprised to see me as I was to see it. Needless to say, the owl fills only a small segment of the frame and at its native size is barely large enough for a 5 by 7 inch print.

Steps to create a Super Resolution image in Lightroom Classic:

    • Right click on an image and select Enhance or from Photo menu > Enhance

    • In the dialog box, you’ll find ‘Raw Details’ (previously known as Enhance details) and Super Resolution.
    • Select Super Resolution and click on Enhance button.

The final image is easily large enough for an 8 by 10 inch or larger print. However, depending on the quality of the original the resultant image can be prone to artefacts (typically colour spots on high contrast lines, etc). So, my recommendation is that this feature is used only when absolutely necessary. There is no substitute for real pixels!

As with Camera Raw, there is also a headless option, which is activated by holding down the Option/Alt key when right-mouse-clicking on ‘Enhance’ in context menu.

Like ‘Raw Details’, Super Resolution uses the GPU in your computer to undertake millions of highly complex calculations. More details on the ‘Super Resolution’ feature can be found in the blog post by Eric Chan

Develop Presets (Lightroom Classic)

Many Lightroom Classic customers will recall the major revamp of Develop Presets and Profiles introduced in version 7.3 (April 2018). Since then Develop Presets and Profiles have been interchangeable between Lightroom and Camera Raw. In fact, newly saved or imported Develop presets in Lightroom Classic were stored in the Camera Raw Settings folder. Unfortunately, some inconsistencies exist and have caused confusion for some customers. So, to improve consistency between Lightroom Classic and Camera Raw, Develop presets will now be saved using a flat file structure instead of current hierarchy-based system using preset’s group name as folder names. That being said, inside of Lightroom Classic, new presets will continue to be neatly contained within Preset Groups. It is only at filesystem level that they will saved into a single folder. Fortunately, there is no change in the structure of how your existing presets are stored on your computer.

The folder into which the presets will be saved is:

  • macOS – “<userHome>/Library/Application Support/Adobe/CameraRaw/Settings”, and
  • Windows – “<userHome>\Appdata\Roaming\Adobe\CameraRaw\Settings”

It’s also recommended that for exporting the presets you use the preset export workflow instead of directly accessing the presets from filesystem.

Another Preset related changed is the ‘Process Version’ checkbox. With this release, Lightroom Classic no longer shows any warning when the option for Process Version is unchecked in the Preset creation/edit dialog. The Process Version checkbox will be auto selected if any related setting is checked. This change will also affect Copy/Paste and Sync Settings dialog.

Develop Presets (Lightroom Desktop and Mobile Devices)

The “Presets” button in Lightroom Desktop has been moved to the top of the edit stack.

Lightroom Desktop – New Home for Presets button

Also, if you tend to use edit presets, then you’ll be pleased to read that there is a set of new presets for you to try out on the Lightroom Desktop and mobile devices. These new presets are described as ‘Premium Presets’ by Adobe, which is their way of indicating that they will be only be available to paying customers. On desktop, that effectively means they’re available to virtually everyone. On mobile, Freemium users will not be able to use these presets. They will see the ‘Premium Presets’ in the UI and on attempting to use them the app will present an upsell message, similar to other features which are already available only to paying customers.

Lightroom Desktop – Premium Presets

In-App Learn and Discover (Lightroom Desktop, Mobile Devices and Web)

The in-app ‘Learn’ tutorials you can now step backwards, in addition to forwards. See top right corner in below screenshot.

‘Learn’ In-app Navigation

  • Tutorials now support Color Grading
  • ‘Discover’ playback now allows you to expand local adjustments to show allthe changed parameters
  • Learn More Button for incompatible HDR Videos (Windows)

Collaborative Editing (Lightroom Desktop, Mobile Devices and Web)

You can now share an an album and invite others to edit your images. You will also receive a notification when someone edits your photo in the shared album. No doubt this particular feature will be attractive to customers who are keen to see how others will edit their photos.

The process for initing others to edit your photos is relatively straight forward. You first need to create a shared album, then choose ‘Share & Invite’. Next, click on the ‘Edit’ button (red bounded button in below screenshot fooled by ‘Done’.

While editors always have access to Metadata, location it’s possible to extend this to others who don’t have editing access.

It’s also worth noting that when you grant Editor access, other users can view/edit all photos within the shared album. Therefore, if you want to retain any edits you’ve already applied to an photo, then it’s important that you create a Version. Other users with whom you’ve saved the album can also contribute new photos to the album as well as edit them.

More details on Collaborative Editing can be found here

VRAM Optimisation (Lightroom Classic)

With this release, the engineering team have spent some time optimising how the VRAM is utilised in the Develop module.

It’s hoped that this work will address Develop module slowness issues reported by Windows and Mac users in 10.2. The performance improvement should be more noticeable with higher amounts of VRAM (e.g. 8GB and higher). Machines with VRAM 4GB or lower will not see significant difference in performance.

Other Performance Improvements (Lightroom Classic)

Metadata

With the release,  certain Metadata panel related operations have been optimised. This show help with the following issues:

  • When multiple images are selected, the time taken to update the data in Metadata panel increases.
  • When one or multiple images are selected, the data in the Metadata panel tends to refresh (reload).
  • When updating metadata for multiple images, the Metadata panel tends to refresh (reload).

Tone Curve

The performance of Tone Curve on macOS has been improved when using custom colour profiles.

New Camera Support

Details of new camera support added since the last release can be found here

New Lens Correction Support

Details of new lens support added since the last release can be found here

Bug Fixes

Lightroom Classic bug fixes listed here

Lightroom Desktop bug fixes listed here

Camera Raw bug fixes listed here

Disclosure: As an Adobe Community Professional I receive a free subscription to Adobe Creative Cloud.

Lightroom Classic & Lightroom Desktop | March 2021

The latest updates Lightroom Classic (10.2) and the Lightroom Desktop (4,2) were released to customers today (15 March). These updates are primarily to provide new camera, tethering, and lens support along with bug fixes. There are also some performance tweaks that should benefit macOS customers. More details are provided below.

Additional Camera Tethering Support (Lr Classic)

Camera tethering support has been expanded to include additional Canon cameras, which includes the EOS R5 and R6.  Additionally, the EOS R5 and R6 benefit from the  ‘Live View’ feature first seen in version 10. This feature is particularly useful for studio portraiture and product photography.

Live View Tethering with Canon EOS R5

When Live View is on, you will also see Focus control buttons, including Auto- Focus  button in the Tether bar. However, the focus controls are enabled only if the lens is in Auto Focus mode.

For Nikon customers, Adobe has also included beta support for tethering, albeit not yet for the Z-series cameras.

More details on Tethered Capture and Live View can be found here.

Library – Performance

macOS users who have been experiencing significant performance issues in the Library module since Lr Classic 10 was first introduced will be pleased to read that the issues have been fixed. The Library leverages the GPU for drawing of Images, which should help in optimising the Grid, Loupe, Survey and Compare views in Library along with Filmstrip. Therefore, you should experience better performance in in the following on both the main and secondary monitors.

  • Improved / smoother Grid scrolling with trackpad scrolling or mouse scrolling as inputs
  • Faster walking in Library Loupe view
  • Faster walking in Compare view

Note that above performance improvements should also be noticeable when using 4K and 5K monitors.

Develop – Walk Performance

The Develop module Walk behaviour on macOS systems has been improved to help with faster navigation through Images in filmstrip.

Additionally, image rendering for Navigator and Detail panel views in Develop has been improved.

Batch Edit Performance

This version also sees some optimisation the of batch edit operations. Improvements in the batch edit operations can be seen in the following workflows:

  • Copy Paste Settings
  • Sync Settings
  • Quick Develop
  • Auto Sync

New Camera Support

Details of new camera support added since the last release can be found here

New Lens Correction Support

Details of new lens support added since the last release can be found here

Bug Fixes

Lightroom Classic bug fixes listed here

Lightroom Desktop bug fixes listed here

Disclosure: As an Adobe Community Professional I receive a free subscription to Adobe Creative Cloud.