Category Archives: Lightroom CC

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:

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:

Lightroom CC (desktop) 2.1 | December 2018

Lightroom CC (desktop) has also received some attention particularly in the area of sharing, adding photos and develop presets.

Share to Web

Previously, you could configure Lightroom CC to share an album but many customers were looking for greater refinement. With 2.1, Adobe have incorporated the ability to filter the contents of a shared album according to the photo rating or flag. The new filters are part of  ‘Share Settings’ which can be accessed via ‘Share to Web’.

Lightroom CC 2.1 – Share to Web

Lightroom CC 2.1 – Share Settings

Add Photos (Import)

The Add Photos (Import) window now includes the ability to select albums that are contained within folders. The albums are displayed in the form of a hierarchy as shown below.

Lightroom CC 2.1 – Album List

File Type badges are now displayed on the photo thumbnails in the Add Photos window.

Lightroom CC 2.1 – File Type Badges in Add Photos

Set as Target Album

Whilst not actually new to version 2.1 ‘Set to Target Album’ didn’t receive much, if any, explanation when it first appeared in 2.0. With this feature you can quickly add photos to a target album from anywhere in  your library using either the keyboard shortcut ‘T’. To configure an album as the target, you first find the album then either right-mouse-click [Ctrl+click (Windows) or Cmd+click (Mac)] on the album. Alternatively, click on the 3-dot menu at top right corner of grid content view.

Lightroom CC 2.1 – Set as Target Album

Notice that you can also delete an album from this menu.

Partially Compatible Presets

As with Lightroom Classic 8.1 develop presets in Lightroom CC (desktop) 2.1 now includes the ability to control the visibility of partially compatible presets. However, unlike it Lightroom Classic it is much easier to find plus toggle on/off if desired. To enable/disable this feature you simply click on the presets 3-dot menu then click on ‘Hide Partially Compatible Presets’.

Lightroom CC 2.1 – Hide Partially Compatible Presets

Full details of what’s new and fixed in Lightroom CC 2.1 can be found on the application ‘What’s New‘ page.

Camera and Lens Support

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

Adobe Lightroom CC | October 2018

The last major update to Lightroom CC  was back in October 2017 (v 3.0). This latest update (v 4.0) includes several new features that customers have requested over the last 12 months.

So, what’s new in Lightroom CC | October 2018?

People View

(Mac, Windows, iOS, Android, and ChromeOS)

People View allows you to quickly find and name people in your photos. It’s powered by Adobe Sensei. Using this machine learning technology from Adobe Lightroom CC automatically tags people in photos and provides you with an easy way to see all the photos the person appears in.

Adobe Sensei-powered People View in Lightroom CC for mobile (iOS)

Improved Search

(Mac, Windows, iOS, Android, and ChromeOS)

Searching has always been one of the stronger features in Lightroom CC. This is mainly due to the advanced server side technology (Adobe Sensei). Search suggestions are presented as you as soon as you start typing in the Search bar, recommending things like cameras, lenses, shutter speeds, apertures, ISOs, keywords, locations, and more.

Example of autocomplete suggestions when using Search in Lightroom CC for mobile (iOS)

For example, you can type ‘car’ in the Search bar to quickly search for all photos that have cars in them. You can also search your photos using ‘facets’. With facet’s you type a name (e.g. ‘camera’) followed by a colon ‘:’ to display a list of camera models used. I’ve included a list of currently supported facets below:

  • keyword:
  • camera:
  • lens:
  • location:
  • rating:
  • flag:
  • flash:
  • orientation:
  • iso:
  • type:
  • f-stop:
  • ss:
  • edited:
  • media:

The Filter UI in Lightroom CC for the Desktop has also received some attention.

Improved ‘Filter’ organisation and layout Lightroom CC Desktop

Additional sharing options for Share to Web

Sharing photos has some useful improvements. For example, you can now choose to only share images that are flagged or have a particular star rating while also providing control over the display theme and appearance.

Display options when sharing collections on web in Lightroom CC for mobile

Guided Tutorials

New guided tutorials for First-Time Adjustments and Healing Brush have been added to iOS and the Android versions now has tutorials for First-Time Adjustments, Target Adjustment Tool, and Guided Upright. The new guided tutorials can be found under Help & Support in Lightroom CC for mobile. If you’re not sure what guided tutorials are or don’t use Lightroom CC on a mobile device, then below screenshot shows how they can be accessed in Lightroom CC (Desktop).

Guided Tutorials on Lightroom CC (Desktop)

HEVC file support on macOS

Lightroom CC now supports Apple’s HEVC video format (High Efficiency Video Coding, also known as H.265) on macOS High Sierra (10.13) or later.

For more information, see HEVC video files support.

Camera and Lens Support

A full list of cameras and lens profiles supported by Lightroom CC can be found at: