Lightroom Classic 7.5 | August 2018

 This release of Lightroom Classic CC adds new features and enhancements, support for new cameras and lenses, and bug fixes. Full details of what’s new and fixed in Lightroom 7.5 can be found on the application support page

The new features most likely to attract customer attention are in  the Book module. They include the ability to customise pages plus two new book types (i.e. Blurb Magazine and Trade Books). There is also for importing Presets and Profiles, and HEIC support in Windows.

Book Enhancements

Blurb Book Styles

The new book styles can be accessed from the the Book Settings panel as top right corner of Book module.

New Blurb Book styles – Blurb Magazine and Blurb Trade Book

New Paper Type

By popular request, Adobe have also added Blurb’s Layflat paper.

New Paper Type – Standard Layflat

  1. In the ‘Book Settings’ panel, select Book as ‘Blurb Photo Book’
  2. In the ‘Paper Type’ drop-down list, you can choose from Premium Lustre, Premium Matte, ProLine Uncoated, ProLine Pearl Photo, Standard, and the newly introduced Standard Layflat. When using Standard Layflat, the minimum page count is 33 due to the binding requirements. The minimum page count for all other paper types is 20.

Other Book enhancements include:

  • Select where page numbers are printed on a book, including on only left or right pages, or all pages.
  • Customise cells within a page.
  • Add Photo Border.
  • Add multiple cells on a page, move specific cells to the front or back and drag the cell exactly where you want it.

Photo Border

Upload Presets and Profiles in bulk

You can now import multiple presets or profiles in a zip file into Lightroom Classic. Do the following:

  1. Navigate to the Develop module.
  2. From the menu bar, choose File > Import Develop Profiles and Presets.
  3. In the Presets panel, click the plus (+) icon at the upper-right corner and choose Import Presets from the menu.
  4. In the Basic panel, click the ( page7image1765312) Show Profile Browser icon in the Profile area.
  5. In Profile Browser, click the plus (+) icon at the upper-left corner and choose Import Profiles from the menu.

Import Presets

Camera and Lens Support

Details on Camera and Lens support by Lightroom Classic can be found on following pages

More details of this release along with upcoming releases for mobile devices can be read here.

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Lightroom CC | August 2018

 The latest version of Lightroom CC for Desktops was released today (22 August 18). This release is primarily focussed on new camera and lens support.

There are a couple of album related new features in this build. The new ‘Store Album Locally’ setting allows you to save original copies of that album’s photos locally. Adobe are suggesting that you use this option when travelling. In particular, when you know that you’re going to be offline or on a low bandwidth internet connection.

Store Album Locally

The second new feature is intended to help you establish which, if any, albums a particular image is in. To see it in operation, click on an image then click on the ‘Info panel’, and scroll to the new ‘Albums’ panel.

Show album membership – Info Panel

Search and Filter Photos

Another feature introduced introduced in  1.5 is Faceted Search. Basically, you type an object name, or a facet name followed by a colon ‘:’ into the Search field. For example, you can type ‘keyword:’ to display a list of keywords used. The terms used in Search bar are not case-sensitive.

Faceted Search

To search your photos, you can use any of the facets listed below. In the Search bar, type a facet name followed by a colon ‘:’

More details of this release along with upcoming releases for mobile devices can be read here.

Camera and Lens Support

Details on Camera and Lens support by Lightroom Classic can be found on following pages

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Adobe Lightroom Classic 7.4 | June 2018

This release of Lightroom Classic CC add a few new features and enhancements, support for new cameras and lenses, and bug fixes. Full details of what’s new and fixed in Lightroom 7.4 can be found on the application support page.

Before discussing new features there are a couple of tweaks to the Presets and Profiles functionality introduced in version 7.3. The first and probably most annoying for customers editing large images such as HDR are Panorama is the delay in loupe view screen redraw when the mouse is hovered over a preset. To address this, Adobe has added a new preference in the performance panel (see below screenshot). There is no similar preference for the Profile Browser but you can press down the Option/Alt modifier key to temporarily turn off the profile preview in the loupe.

Enable Hover Preset Preview in Loupe View

Manage Presets and Profiles

With version 7.3 Adobe introduced a new method of previewing and applying Develop Presets and Camera Profiles. Unfortunately, the ability to manage the presets and profiles was absent. It was a strange omission, especially since customers have, since the very earliest versions of Lightroom, asked for a way to hide presets they don’t use. With version 7.4 Adobe have addressed this omission, which will no doubt please many customers. However, you can only disable/hide groups, not individual presets or profiles.

To show/hide preset groups:

Click on the [+] button at upper right corner of the Presets panel to bring up the context-menu then choose Manage Preset groups to activate the Preset Manager. Also, notice that the presets that shipped with Lightroom for years are now prefixed ‘Classic’. If Adobe wanted to confuse customers this is the perfect way to do it.

Preset Manager

To show/hide profile groups:

  1. In the Profile Browser, right-click (Win) / Ctrl-click (Mac) any profile group and choose Manage Profiles from the menu.
  2. In the Manage Profiles dialog, select the profile groups that you want to show in Profile Browser. Deselect the profile groups that you want to hide from Profile Browser.

Profile Manager

Colour Labels for Folders

The addition of colour labels, like show/hide presets is, in my opinion, long overdue. Customers have been asking for folder labels since back in the days of the Lightroom 1.0 public beta (i.e. 2006).

In the Folders panel (Library module), you can now organise assign colour labels to folders.

  1. In the Folders panel, select one or more folders and right-click (Win) / Control-click (Mac) to bring up the context-menu.
  2. From the context-menu, choose Add Color Labeland then select any color from the submenu.

You can also filter all the folders that have been assigned a colour label. If you prefer to structure your catalog based on folder dates rather than names, then I think you’ll be very pleased.

Colour Labels on Folder

The folder search feature has also received some attention in the form of a performance boost. A new database file  ‘Helper.lrdata‘ is used to assist Folder Search is stored alongside the catalog (.lrcat) and previews (previews.lrdata).

HEIC image files support on macOS High Sierra

Lightroom Classic CC now supports Apple’s HEIC image file format.

Auto stack HDR and panorama

You can now configure the HDR/Panorama dialog to automatically create  stacks for HDR and Panorama images. For example, in the HDR Merge Preview dialog, select the Create Stack option to group the exposure-bracketed images and the HDR image in to a stack. The merged HDR image will be displayed at the top of the stack.

Auto-stack in HDR dialog

New Camera Support

New support added since the last release appears in green.

  • Fujifilm X-T100
  • Pentax K-1 Mark II*
  • Phase One IQ3 100MP Trichromatic**
  • Samsung Galaxy S9
  • Samsung Galaxy S9+

*Dynamic Pixel Shift Resolution is not currently supported. Opening images captured in this mode will display only the first raw image frame.**Denotes preliminary support.

A full list of cameras supported by Lightroom can be found at Cameras supported by Camera Raw.

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Adobe Updates Lightroom Classic CC to 7.3.1

This latest update to Lightroom Classic CC provides critical fixes to the version 7.3, which was introduced in early April.

Issues fixed in Lightroom Classic CC 7.3.1 (April 2018 release)

Backup Catalog

Adobe have fixed the issue of backup catalog getting corrupted on Windows. To resolve corruption issue in the backed up catalogs, update to Lightroom Classic CC v7.3.1, then back up your catalogs again. If you’re backing up your catalogs on macOS, see this known issue related to catalog compression below.

Known issue in Lightroom Classic CC 7.3.1 (April 2018 release)

(Only on macOS) When backing up your catalogs on macOS, Lightroom Classic doesn’t compress (zip) catalogs that have a file size less than 4 GB. As a workaround to this issue, manually compress the backed up catalog files. Compressed files take up less hard disk space. By default, Lightroom Classic saves backed up catalogs to the following location on macOS:

/Users/[user name]/Pictures/Lightroom/[catalog name]/Backups

Profiles and Presets

>Some Lightroom Presets are not converting to new XMP format

  • After launching 7.3.1 all the lua based Presets(lrtemplate) will be re-converted to XMP and lrtemplate files names will be prefixed by double ~ (for example: ~~PresetName.lrtemplate). See this Technote for more information.

>Develop Presets not sorting correctly after conversion to new XMP format

  • Adobe have fixed the issue of Presets not getting converted completely.

>Application Crashing

  • Adobe  have fixed the crash occurring on Mac while performing CMD+Z after applying profiles.
  • Adobe have also fixed the crash occurring on Mac after applying Profiles (especially B&W).
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