Adobe Lightroom 3.1 Desktop and 5.1 Mobile| December 2019

This latest update to the Adobe Lightroom Cloud-centric suite of applications was released to customers on 10 December 2019.

In addition to new features (discussed below) this update includes bug fixes and support for new camera models and lenses released since the November update.

New in Desktop and Mobile

Contribute photos and videos to a Lightroom shared album

In May this year Adobe provided support for sharing and inviting others to view or contribute to an album. Lightroom now makes it easy contribute photos to shared albums – You can also view and add photos to shared group albums to which you’ve been invited. all  directly from within the desktop and mobile apps and Lightroom on the web.

Share Album and Invite others to Contribute

To use the Contribute feature, you must click the ‘View album’ button in the email invite that is sent by the album owner. Then, open the app and click the ‘Share’ icon. Under section ‘Shared with You’, you can view the album(s) that are shared with you.

Directly import photos from a camera or SD card (Lightroom iOS)

From it’s inception customers have been pressing Adobe to include the ability to directly import their photos into Lightroom iOS rather than through the Apple Camera Roll. Unfortunately, until recently the necessary  APIs, etc were not in iOS. However, with the introduction of iOS 13 direct import was now possible. Time for Adobe to step up!

With Lightroom 5.1 for  iOS  you can directly import photos and videos from an SD card or other attached media into Lightroom. However, your iOS device needs to be running iOS 13.2 or later to support this feature.

To import photos directly into Lightroom, follow these steps:

  1. Launch the Lightroom app, and navigate to ‘All Photos’ or select an album. The Import button appears at the bottom-right corner of the screen.
  2. Connect your mobile device to the camera memory card, camera, or USB storage device. In the Device connected dialog box, tap Continue.

3. Tap Import in the bottom panel.

4. Tap From Camera Device.

5.  In the Direct Import screen, you can view the files in the attached media. Tap the Add To drop-down list for options – All Photos, Current Album, or Create a New Album to import the photos to. The default location for import is the current album you are in.

Lightroom 5.1 iOS Direct Import

Adobe provide detailed guidance on using this new feature at Import photos from a connected camera memory card or camera

Export photos in the format of your choice (Lightroom 5.1 iOS)

Select the photos you want to export and click the Share icon to quickly access the Export screen. You can export edited photos as JPEG, TIF, DNG, or as the original photo with applied settings. Moreover, you can access export setting options such as JPG Quality, Output Sharpening, Colour Space, and File Naming.

Adobe provide detailed guidance on using this new feature at Export and share photos in Lightroom for mobile (iOS)

Support for new cameras and lenses

For a full list of supported cameras and lens profiles for Lightroom desktop and Lightroom for mobile (iOS and Android), see the following resources:

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Adobe Lightroom Classic 9.1 | December 2019

Lightroom Classic 9.1 was released on 10 December. This update delivers some minor performance improvements, bug fixes and new   lens / camera support.

 

Main bugs fixed include:

  • On Catalina, memory cards selected in the 4202361 Devices section show as “No photos found”.
  • On macOS Catalina additional hidden volumes 4202362 show up in Source panel.
  • Custom export settings that 3rd party export 4202495 modules set are ignored.
  • On macOS Catalina LR crashes on scrolling through import grid, disconnecting iPhone and click on cancel button.
  • 9.0 Catalog upgrade fails.

New Camera Support

  • Canon EOS M200
  • Canon EOS Ra
  • Google Pixel 4
  • Google Pixel 4 XL
  • LEICA SL2
  • Nikon Z 50
  • Sigma fp
  • Sony a9 II (ILCE-9M2)
  • ZEISS ZX1

New Lens Profiles

  • Canon RF
    • Canon RF 15-35mm f/2.8 L IS USM
    • Canon RF 24-70mm f/2.8 L IS USM
    • Canon RF 70-200mm F2.8 L IS USM
    • Canon RF 85mm F1.2 L USM DS
  • SIGMA
    • SIGMA  16mm F1.4 DC DN C017
    • SIGMA 30mm F1.4 DC DN C016
    • SIGMA 56mm F1.4 DC DN C018 
Sony FE
    • SIGMA 105mm F1.4 DG HSM A018
  • ZEISS
    • ZEISS ZX1 (DNG + JPEG)

Cameras & Lens Support

For a full list of supported cameras and lens profiles for Camera Raw, Lightroom Classic,  and Lightroom Cloud Ecosystem see these resources:

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Adobe Lightroom 3.0 Desktop | November 2019

This latest update to the Adobe Lightroom Cloud-centric suite of applications was released to customers in early November 2019. However, even with this update customers hoping/expecting for lots of new features will be disappointed.

Export photos

Until this release options for exporting photos from Lightroom desktop have been fairly limited (I’m being generous). In short, we had the ability to export JPGs and an unedited version of the original raw files.

You can now export edited photos as JPEG, TIF, or as the original photo with applied settings. Lightroom for mobile (Android only at time of writing) also lets you to export photos as DNG files. Additionally, you can access export setting options such as JPG Quality, Output Sharpening, Colour Space, and File Naming.

To export photos you first need to select the photos you want to export then click on the Share icon. This gives you quick access the Export screen, but not all of the export options. For the full list of share options you need to click on Export  or tap the Shift+E keys.

Export Photo(s)

Lightroom Desktop 3.0 – Export with Preview

Export Options

Guided tutorials

Guided tutorials have been in the mobile device version of Lightroom for a while now, but now they make a showing in the desktop version. For Adobe this feature is big (i.e. important) and they’ve gone all out to make it as visible as possible. Sadly, for me anyway, its very presence is a major irritant. Don’t get me wrong, tutorials and easy access to them is important, but they shouldn’t be shoved in the face of those who don’t want/need them. At the very least, customers should have the option to hide the tutorials via preference, but we can’t.

So enough of my griping and on with a summary of the feature.

Lightroom 3.0 – Guided Tutorials

Click the ‘Home’ button in the left panel to access the Home view. Here, you will find ‘Get Started tutorials’ to learn the basics of using Lightroom.  The tutorials will take you step-by-step through the process of photo editing techniques. The Home view also offers Interactive Edits where you can discover how professional photographers edit their photos and save the edits shown as a preset.

Fill Edges

As with Lightroom Classic 9.0, the new Fill Edges feature uses Content-Aware technology to automatically fill the blank edges of your panoramic photos. The feature is available in both Panorama Merge Preview/HDR Panorama Merge Preview dialog.

Lightroom 3.0 – Fill Edges

More details on Panorama Merge in general can be found in this link to an Adobe online tutorial – Create Panoramas

Merge Photoshop Elements catalog to Lightroom

In Lightroom desktop, choose File > Migrate From > Photoshop Elements Catalog to easily migrate your catalog from Photoshop Elements 2019 or later.

To learn more, see Migrate photos from Photoshop Elements to Lightroom.

Lightroom 3.0 – Merge Photoshop Elements Catalog

Other enhancements

Lightroom desktop
  • Sort your album photos in the grid view. Drag the photo thumbnails and drop them in the desired position in the album. This change syncs to Lightroom for mobile (iOS and Android) and Lightroom on the web.
  • Click the search bar to view an array of options based on which you can search photos. These options include ratings, flags, camera settings, metadata such as location or keyword, and file. Click an option to include it in your search and see a list of possible values for the chosen facet.
  • Lightroom offers options to share selected photos or albums to White House Custom Color and Blurb and Adobe Portfolio.
  • With GPU acceleration enabled, you can preview the post-crop vignette effect in real time while cropping a photo. To view the latest system requirements for GPU features, see System requirements for GPU features.
  • You can now select photos in the grid view and press the Delete key to delete the selected photos.
  • When you rate or flag photos, press Shift + the respective keyboard shortcut to flag or rate the photo and automatically advance to the next photo.

Support for New Cameras & Lenses

For a full list of supported cameras and lens profiles for Lightroom desktop and Lightroom for mobile (iOS and Android), see these resources:

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Adobe Lightroom Classic 9.0 | November 2019

Lightroom 9.0 was released in early November and while it doesn’t include many major new features, the few that are present have been on customers ‘ask list’ for a lengthy period. Also, and unlike version 8.0 this new version will upgrade your catalog.

 

Fill Edges

The new Fill Edges feature uses Content-Aware technology to automatically fill the blank edges of your panoramic photos. The feature is available in both Panorama Merge Preview/HDR Panorama Merge Preview dialog.

Panorama Merge – Fill Edges

Fill Edges – Before and After

More details on Panorama Merge in general can be found in this link to an Adobe online tutorial – Create Panoramas and HDR Panoramas

Multi-batch Export

With Multi-batch Export you can perform multiple exports jobs in parallel were each job has it’s own specific combinations of export settings (e.g. resize, rename sharpening, etc.)

  • You can Export with Multiple Presets by selecting the checkboxes in Export Dialog, i.e. multiple exports in single export session.
  • You can select export presets exporting to Hard-Drive for multiple exports in single export session.
  • Export with Multiple Presets is also supported for Export with Previous.
  • Even checking a single preset in Export dialog will work as Export with Multiple Presets. Selecting a preset (highlighting) works as it did in earlier versions.

Batch-export multiple photos

Filter Folders and Collections based on Colour Label

You can now filter your folders, collections, collection sets, and smart collections based on the colour label assigned to them. The procedure is:

  1. In the search bar of at the top of the Folders or Collections panel, click the search button (magnifier)
  2. Choose Color Labels for the drop-down menu and select the colour you want to filter on.

Folder Panel – Filter folders using colour label

Export develop presets and preset groups

Starting with this release, you can now export a custom preset or a custom preset group from Lightroom Classic. 

  1. Navigate to the Develop module.
  2. In the Presets panel, select the preset or preset group that you want to export.
  3. Do one of the following:
    • Right-click (Windows) or Control-click (macOS) the preset and choose Export.
    • Right-click (Windows) or Control-click (macOS) the preset group and choose Export Group.
  4. Specify the file name and click Save.

Export Preset or Group of Presets

Other Changes and Enhancements

Crop

With GPU acceleration enabled, the post-crop vignette effect will be live previewed while cropping.

Clear history above selected step

With this release, there is an option to clear the history above the selected step in the History panel. To clear history above a particular step, do the following:

  1. Select the step in the History panel above which you want to clear the history.
  2. Right-click (Win) or Control-click (macOS) the selected step and select Clear History Above This Step.

Process Version

With Lightroom Classic 9.0, when you perform any edit on an image with an older Process Version (3 or 4), its process version will be updated to Process Version 5 (current) automatically.

Remove Photos

With this release, you can remove multiple selected images in Loupe view in Library/Develop module using SHIFT + DELETE.

Keyword performance improvements

With this release, you should see improved performance with Keyword List and Keywording panel, specially at launch and when selecting multiple images.

System Requirements

macOS

macOS Sierra (10.12.x) is no longer supported. The minimum macOS version supported is now macOS High Sierra (10.13.0).

  • You will not be able to install Lightroom Classic 9.0 or later builds on macOS Sierra (10.12.x).
  • If you are using macOS Sierra (10.12.x), Adiobe recommend that you update your OS to at least macOS High Sierra.

Windows 10

  • Windows 10 v1703 and v1709 are no longer supported. The minimum Windows 10 version supported is now Windows 10 v1607 or v1803 (or later).
  • You will not be able to install Lightroom Classic 9.0 or later builds on Windows 10 v1703 and v1709.
  • If you are using Windows 10 v1703 or v1709, Adobe recommend that you update your OS to at least Windows v1803.

Support for New Cameras & Lenses

For a full list of supported cameras and lens profiles for Lightroom desktop and Lightroom for mobile (iOS and Android), see these resources:

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