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Camera Raw, Lightroom Classic and Lightroom Cloud Ecosystem | June 2020


The latest updates to Camera Raw, Lightroom Classic and the Lightroom Cloud Ecosystem were released to customers on  16 June. Along with all the new features and enhancements the applications also get new branding iconography. Apart from the colour change and rounded corners, the most notable  change is the letter ‘C’, which differentiates Classic from the cloud focused desktop version. Will this addition make it easier for customers to differentiate between the two versions of Lightroom? We’ll see!

Editing Updates

Local Hue (Camera Raw, Lightroom Classic, Lightroom Mac/Win, iOS & Android)

The Local Hue tool can be used for both corrective and creative purposes. Using the Hue tool, you will have the ability to make large or small hue shifts (e.g. uneven skin tones) without affecting the white balance.

Graduated Filter with Local Hue

Note the checkbox labelled ‘Use Fine Adjustment’, which allows greater control over the amount of adjustment applied for a given movement of the slider.

While the screenshot included above shows the Graduate Filter, the new local hue control is also available in the Adjustment Brush and Radial Filter panels.

In below example, I’ve first selected the sky using the Range Mask, then adjusted the sky towards blue.

Before and After Hue Adjustment

For more information on Local Hue Adjustment, checkout this blog post by Greg Zulkie.

Raw Defaults (Camera Raw, Lightroom Classic, Lightroom Mac/Win, iOS & Android)

Raw Defaults was substantially upgraded in the February 2020 update. However, some of the important functionality previously available to users wasn’t included (e.g. ISO specific noise reduction). This omission has been addressed in the latest updates, but is also much more powerful than before. However, before looking at ISO let’s checkout the new set of ‘Default’ Presets, which can be found in the Presets panel.

The new presets are intended to provide quick shortcuts to preview and apply different Default settings. Here are the new defaults provided in the presets panel. If you don’t to use them or appear in the list, then simply make them invisible using ‘Manage Presets’, which can be accessed by right-mouse clicking on the Presets panel .

New Default Presets

ISO Adaptive Presets

Next, and I believe much more useful than the new default presets is ISO Adaptive Presets. However, you should note that this feature in only included in Lightroom Classic and Camera Raw.

An ISO Adaptive Preset allows a single preset to apply different edit settings depending on the ISO used for the image(s) to which it is being applied. In other words, you could have a single preset that automatically applies different levels of luminance noise reduction and sharpening to images with range of ISO values. Therefore, the need to specify settings for every ISO level supported by the camera is no longer required. For example, you may have established that your camera requires zero noise reduction (NR) up to ISO 400 and 20 units of NR at ISO 3200. When your ISO adaptive preset is applied to images with an ISO in-between ISO 400 and 3200, the actual NR value applied will be linearly interpolated.    This process of linear interpolation with ISO Adaptive Presets is particularly useful if you use your cameras Auto ISO mode.

The procedure for creating an ISO Adaptive Preset is set out below:

  1. Select two or more images, with different ISO values.
  2. Edit these selected images according to your liking. You can choose different edit settings for different ISO images.
    (e.g. apply different Luminance Noise Reduction values for different ISO images)
  3. With the images still selected, click on ‘Create Preset’.
  4. Along with selecting the various settings for the preset, make sure to select ‘Create ISO adaptive preset’ option in ‘ISO Settings’ section at the bottom of the preset creation dialog.
  5. Click on ‘Create’ to create an ISO adaptive preset.

If two or more images, with different ISO values, are not selected, ‘Create ISO adaptive preset checkbox will be disabled.

Create ISO Adaptive Presets

For more background information on ISO Adaptive presets, check out this blog post by Lisa Ngo (Lightroom Classic Product Manager).

Centered Crop Overlay (Camera Raw & Lightroom Classic)

Crop overlays can be a useful aid to ensure that the main focus of attention is placed where you want it in the frame. The new Centered Crop Overlay is particularly useful for square format images.

Centered Crop Overlay

Develop – UI Refresh (Lightroom Classic)

Tone Curve

The Tone Curve and Color panels have received a UI refresh with their appearance now more closely matching Lightroom desktop.

New  Tone Curve UI

In addition to the new UI, it’s now possible to adjust the curves using the keyboard.

  • Additional right-click (Control + Click on macOS) options for Point curve have been added:
  • Reset Channel
  • Reset All Channels
  • Copy Channel Settings
  • Paste Channel Settings
  • Snap to Grid
  • Show All Curves
  • For Point curves, grid coordinates of a control point are now shown using absolute values instead of percentages
  • You can adjust an active (highlighted) control point using Up and Down Arrow keys
  • The ability to pin a control point and adjust its value using input/output text-box has been added

Color Panel

The buttons used in new Color Panel UI are a lot more vivid than those in the previous panel. This should make it easier for customers to pick out the individual buttons.

New Color Panel UI

Sync UI (Lightroom Classic)

Sync in Lightroom Classic now has its own dedicated icon in the upper right corner next to  the other main modules.

There are different state icons to indicate the current state of sync.

The new sync info panel is shown below. You can  hover-over the cloud icon for more info about the current state icon. For example, hovering over the cloud icon while a sync is in progress will show the number of assets currently being synced. Clicking on the icon opens a pop up giving more options and details based on the current state of the sync.

New Sync Info Panel

Other Lightroom Classic Enhancements and Improvements

Develop – Edit Sliders Performance Improvements

With 9.3, there has been some optimisation to improve Edit Slider interaction with rendering in Develop module.

As part of these changes, Navigator view, Detail thumbnail, and Filmstrip thumbnail are not updated when dragging a slider without releasing the mouse. They’ll be updated as soon when slider movement ends and mouse button released.

Library Grid – Improvements

With 9.3, there has been some optimisation to improve the Grid scrolling experience on larger catalogs. These improvements will be less apparent if using macOS.

Collection Search – Improvements

New architecture for searching Collections should provide search speed similar to that found in Folder search. Typically, the improvements to search performance will be more beneficial in catalogs with large number of collections.

HEVC Support for Windows

HEVC videos are supported on Windows.

Video and Slideshow Library – Upgraded

  • The Video library for Lightroom Classic has been updated. This upgrade will impact on the workflow related to Videos and all of Slideshow module.

Metadata – Three-Dimensional Projection

A new section has been added to the Metadata panel for Three Dimensional Projections. This addition will enable you view/edit Three-Dimensional Projection metadata info in Lightroom Classic.

Other Lightroom Cloud Ecosystem Enhancements

Watermark (Lightroom Mac /Win)

You can quickly add a customised watermark to your photo using the new Watermark Editor

Lightroom Mac/Win – Watermark Editor

Any changes to settings are also synced across the mobile platforms of Lightroom.

Versions (Lightroom, iOS & Android)

Versions are similar to Snapshots in Lightroom Classic. They allow you to apply multiple edits creatively to the same image. For example, in below screenshot you’ll see that I have applied some basic tonal and colour edits to the original image, then converted to Black and White. Any edits applied as part of the Black & White conversion or subsequently have no affect on the original or the colour version.

Lightroom Mac / Win Versions

Versions sync across the Lightroom Ecosystem. So, will be available on your mobile devices.

Learning and Inspiration

Guided Tutorial and Discover have both received a good deal of attention in this release. If you’re not sure what this is, then below summary by Sharad Mangalick (Lightroom Mac / Win Product Manager) should help.

‘Guided Tutorials (available in the Lightroom Learn section), allows you to learn by doing, and you can actually adjust each slider with guidance and instruction provided by the instructor along the way. Instructors give the critical context for why they made their editing choices, and you can practice using their image directly in Lightroom. These are for when you want to go deeper and practice. Interactive Edits (available in the Lightroom Discover section) let you see the step-by-step edits on a photo, view camera information, and even download a preset to apply the settings to your own images.’

Starting with the June release, you can now contribute your own images and their edits to the Lightroom Discover section. The new “Share Edits” menu option allows you to share your editing process with the world, to help other photographers learn from your edits. When you submit your edit, Lightroom automatically creates a before-and-after sequence that combines your straight-out-of-the-camera image with your final edited image, so that others can see and learn from your edits. You can even let others save your edit settings as a preset that can be applied to their own photos.

Lightroom Mac / Win – ‘Share Edits’

Camera Raw

New User Interface (UI)

On first launching Camera Raw 12.3, you will immediately notice that the UI has a new look and with this improved functionality.

The new UI and operation owes much to Lightroom Classic and more recently Lightroom Mac / Win. The tabbed panels that graced Camera Raw from the first version have been replaced by  scrollable panels on the right side of the content window. There is currently no way to reorder the individual panels.

The toolbar has also be repositioned with buttons similar to those used in Lightroom Mac / Win.

Overall, I find the new UI is much easier to navigate, and it also scales much better on 4K and 5K monitors.

New Camera Raw UI

Update: 23 June 20

Some customers have commented on the absence of adjustment sliders such as Radius, Detail Masking, etc in the ‘Detail’ panel. Fortunately, the sliders haven’t been removed or forgotten by the engineers. Instead, they have been hidden to reduce the vertical height of the panel (i.e. less height = less scrolling). To make the hidden sliders visible it’s a simple matter on clicking on the disclosure triangle as shown in below screenshot. The disclosure triangles are also provided in the ‘Optics’, ‘Geometry’ and ‘Effects’ panels.

Expand Tool Panels with Disclosure Buttons

In addition to the new UI, Camera Raw has received its own share of new features. These are described in What’s New document that I’ve included a link for below.

Additional Information

For more information on what’s new and improved in each product, see the What’s New page for:

Camera & Lens Support

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

Adobe Lightroom 7.3 and Camera Raw 10.3 | April 2018

Adobe has just released the April 2018 update to Lightroom Classic CC, Lightroom CC Desktop and Adobe Camera Raw (ACR). The headline new feature being improved ‘Camera Profiles’ or as Adobe now prefer to call them ‘Profiles’.

Lightroom and ACR have supported camera profiles since the products were first introduced. However, in the early days these were quite primitive and of limited use when editing photos. As Lightroom and ACR have developed the range of Camera Profiles has expanded. They also allowed customers to change how the raw data was processed, thus enabling them to control the image’s tonality and colour independently of slider adjustments. For example, camera profiles created using the X-rite ColorChecker Passport include mild hue/saturation shifts to warm or cool images.

While many advanced users and educators have long known about the power of camera profiles, the profiles were hidden deep within the Camera Calibration section. In this update, Adobe have moved the profiles to the top of the Basic panel and through a new ‘Profile Browser’ significantly improved access and usability.

Lightroom Classic Develop module – New Profile Browser

The new Profile Browser is common to Lightroom Classic CC, Lightroom CC Desktop and ACR, and function nearly* identically in each. The Profile Browser (button to the right of the pull-down) lets you pick a profile via a thumbnail. A nice feature of this being the ability to preview the effect in the main content area by hovering your mouse over the the profile thumbnail. You then click on the profile to apply it to the selected image or images. I’ve include a short demonstration video here.

There is also a ‘List’ view, which takes up less of the application interface, and in my view makes it easier to preview how each profile effects the image. Again, like the Grid view, hovering over the profile name will allow you to preview the effect. This short video demonstrates List’ view

The Profile Browser also allows you to create favourites. To make a profile into a favourite, click on the the star at top right corner of thumbnail in Grid view or profile name in List view.

Profile Browser – ‘List’ view

New Adobe Raw Camera Profiles

In addition to the Adobe Standard profile, Adobe have developed a range of new and additional camera profiles specifically for raw files. These new profiles provide alternative starting points for raw images, and are intended to expand your raw processing workflow. The new profiles are:

  • Adobe Color: This is the new default profile for all raw images, and is automatically applied to newly imported raw images that haven’t been previously edited. Adobe Color is similar to Adobe Standard in that it was designed to provide a good balance of contrast and saturation for any image. However, compared to Adobe Standard, Adobe Color is slightly more contrasty and saturated, and some of the colours have been tweaked to be more natural and pleasing.
  • Adobe Monochrome: This is the Yin to the Adobe Color Yang. Adobe Monochrome is a new profile designed to create the best starting point for black and white images. When you convert to Black and White mode, Adobe Monochrome profile will automatically be selected. When you select Adobe Monochrome profile, the application will automatically switch into Black and White mode.
  • Adobe Neutral: This profile is designed to give you the most headroom for post processing by reducing contrast and colour boosts as much as possible. The images resulting from this profile tend to be quiet flat in appearance. However, this profile may be a great place to start for images with very tricky colours and gradients.
  • Adobe Vivid: On the other end of the spectrum from Adobe Neutral, Adobe Vivid is designed to look great right out of the box, requiring as little tweaking as possible.
  • Adobe Portrait: This profile is designed especially for portrait images by expanding the colour resolution of skin tones, which helps ensure better colour and tonality of portraits of people of all skin tones.
  • Adobe Landscape: This profile is tailored for landscape images by focusing on colours and tonalities typically found in landscapes.

Camera Matching Profiles

Camera Matching Profiles have been in Lightroom and ACR for some time. However, given their location (i.e. Camera Calibration panel) they weren’t particularly easy to find.

Camera Matching Profiles were originally created with the intention of matching the different ‘look’s and ‘recipes’ supported by camera vendors such as Canon, Leica, Nikon, Olympus, Panasonic, Pentax and Sony. These profiles made it possible for you to match the colour and tonality of the images displayed on the cameras rear LCD screen.

Creative Profiles

Creative Profiles are a new concept to Lightroom and ACR. They work on any file type, from Raw files to JPEGs and TIFFs, and are designed to create a certain style or effect. Creative Profiles can now take advantage of 3D Look Up Tables (LUTs) and can also apply nearly any of the effects that are possible within Lightroom or ACR.

An intensity slider is provided for Creative Profiles, thus allowing you to tailor the creative effect to taste. This slider is not available for either the Adobe Profiles or Camera Profiles.

Creative Profiles are grouped together in a few separate groups:

  • Modern: these profiles are designed to create unique effects that fit in with current photography styles.
  • Vintage: profiles are designed to replicate the film based effects.
  • Artistic: profiles are designed to be more edgy, with stronger colour shifts.
  • Black and White (B&W): profiles are designed to optimise tonality shifts needed for high impact black and white work.

How are creative profiles different from presets?

Conceptually, presets and profiles are very similar – you select a preset or a profile, and the image changes. Even under the hood, they’re similar in that applying either a preset or a profile can change the same types of enhancements. For example, both a preset and a profile could say change the exposure slider to -1EV. However, for all their similarities they are different.

The key differences are:

Presets:

  • Slider changes are visible.
  • Slider changes override anything that’s already been done. For example, if you move the Exposure slider to +1, then apply a preset that contains Exposure=0, your image will have the Exposure slider set to 0. In other words, the +1 exposure adjustment is cancelled out.
  • Can set a profile. That is, a profile is like any other value in the develop panel, meaning you can set a profile and then store that setting within a preset.

Profiles:

  • Don’t move sliders.
  • Can be applied on top of a set of existing edits without changing the sliders. Since the slider values don’t change and are not overwritten, you can modify your image as you like and then apply a profile on top of your edited image (see below B&W example).
  • Profiles *may* contain a 3D LUT, which can do enhancements not possible with any of the sliders found in the Develop module.
  • Every image must have a profile and can only have one profile at a time. Changing from Adobe Standard to B&W 01 will mean that B&W 01 is being applied to your image, no longer Adobe Standard.

In this example, I took a previously edited colour version of an image and applied the B&W 05 profile, then reduced the effect to taste using the amount slider. Note that this slider is not available for either the Adobe Raw Profiles or Camera Matching Profiles.

Pre-edited Colour Image

 

B&W 05 Profile with amount reduced to 60%

Given the advantages of creative profiles over presets I expect many existing commercial presets will eventually be converted to profiles.

Profile Management

One aspect of the new Profile Browser that I suspect will irritate some customers is the number of profiles that ship with this update. In some instances, especially when customers already have a selection of custom camera profiles, the number of profiles to choose from may be overwhelming. Unfortunately, neither Lightroom Classic CC or Lightroom CC Desktop currently provide any form of profile management. However, as  I mentioned above*, while the Profile Browser functions near identically in Lightroom Classic, Lightroom CC Desktop and ACR there is additional functionality in ACR. This being the ability to hide/show profile sets and/or individual profiles. Furthermore, any profile sets or profiles that you choose to hide in ACR will also be hidden in Lightroom Classic CC. Unfortunately, this feature doesn’t yet extend to Lightroom CC Desktop.

Adobe Camera Raw – Profile Management

3rd Party Profiles and Develop Presets

Adobe has also worked closely with a number of 3rd party preset makers to help them create new profiles and presets compatible with Lr7.3. These should be available shortly after this Lr/ACR update is released.

DCP profiles (such as those created by XRite Passport, the Adobe DNG Profile Creator, as well as 3rd parties like VSCO, RNI, etc.) will all need to go into the user profile location:

  • Mac:  /Users/[your username]/Library/Application Support/Adobe/ CameraRaw/ CameraProfiles/
  • Windows: C: \Users\[your username]\AppData\ Roaming\Adobe\CameraRaw\ CameraProfiles\

Presets will all need to go into the user preset location:

  • Mac: /Users/[your username]/Library/Application\Support/Adobe/CameraRaw/Settings
  • Windows: C:\Users\[your username]\AppData\Roaming\Adobe\CameraRaw\Settings

Further information on the differences between and how to use the new profiles can be seen in these videos prepared by Julieanne Kost of Adobe.

Other new features and changes in Lightroom Classic include:

Develop Presets

Develop  Presets created in Lightroom are now useable in Camera Raw, and vice versa. To support this change, any existing ‘Lua’ based presets you may have created in previous versions of Lightroom will be converted to ‘XMP’ based profiles when the 7.3 update is first launched. Some third party or commercial presets, particularly those with embedded effects not possible in Lightroom/ACR  will need to be updated by the vendor.

Face Recognition

The underlying Face Tagging engine in Lightroom Classic has also been updated. This provides much improved face detection and face recognition. In particular, false positives have been greatly reduced.

A new checkbox has been added to allow you to retain all manually confirmed faces (i.e confirmed named faces or manually drawn faces) when opting for ‘Find Faces Again’. The default is to keep all manually confirmed faces and not re-index these photos again.

Recommended steps to upgrade the face records

  1. In Library module, select All Photographs in the Catalog panel.
  2. Select all photos in the Grid view or the Filmstrip. To select all photos, choose Edit > Select All or press Ctrl+A (Windows) or Command+A (macOS).
  3. From the menu bar, choose Library > Find Faces Again.
  4. In the Find Faces Again dialog, ensure that the following options are selected.
  • Skip Over Photos That Have Not Been Previously Indexed
  • Skip Over Photos With Manually Confirmed Faces

5. Click Confirm.

Lightroom Classic will now re-run face detection to upgrade the existing face records but excludes photos that have never had face detection run before. Any photos that have at least one confirmed face or at least one manually drawn face region are also excluded to preserve your previous edits; the unconfirmed faces is those photos remain unconfirmed.

Tone Curve – Scaled Up

  • The Tone Curve has been scaled up, i.e., made bigger, to enable finer control of tone curve adjustments.
  • The opacity of the RGB, Red, Green & Blue tone curve graphs has also been increased, so that it looks a bit brighter. This means that the range of values to which the adjustment is being made is much easier to distinguish on the histogram.

Expanded Tone Curve

Dehaze moved to Basic Panel

The Dehaze slider has been moved from Effects to the Basic Panel. Also, you’ll find ‘Dehaze’ under ‘Basic Tone’ in the reorganised ‘Copy Settings’ and ‘Preset’ creation dialogs in both Lightroom Classic CC and ACR.

Dehaze Slider in Basic Panel

Lightroom Classic CC – Updated ‘Create Develop Preset’ Panel

Facebook Plugin

The Facebook Plugin APIs have been updated. There should be no adverse impact from this change when publishing your images to Facebook. However, it should be noted that ‘comments’ are no longer supported.

Sharpening

The default for sharpening amount has been increased from 25 to 40. This new sharpening    amount will be applied automatically to newly imported images or when edits to existing images are are reset. The sharpening amount increase, in conjunction with the new Adobe Color default profile, are part of an effort to offer a more pleasing “out-of-the-box” rendering for Lr Classic, Lr CC, & ACR.

Other new features in Lightroom CC Desktop include:

  • Support for Network Attached Storage (NAS) devices
  • Filter by Sync Status

New Camera and Lens Support

  • Canon EOS 1500D (EOS Rebel T7/EOS Kiss X90/EOS 2000D)
  • Canon 3000D (EOS Rebel T100/EOS 4000D)
  • Canon EOS M50 (EOS Kiss M)
  • Panasonic LUMIX DC-GX9 (DC-GX7MK3)
  • Panasonic LUMIX ZS200 (DC-TX2/DC-TZ200/DC-TZ202/DC-TZ220/DC-ZS220)
  • Sony A7 III (ILCE-7M3)

Details on Camera and Lens support can be found at Camera Raw Support

 

Adobe updates Lightroom CC Ecosystem and Lightroom Classic | December 2017


Adobe has announced updates to the entire Lightroom CC ecosystem as well as updates to Lightroom Classic and Camera Raw.

In addition to the new features described below these updates include important bug fixes, and support for recently released cameras and lenses.

New Auto Settings, powered by Adobe Sensei

‘Auto’ has been completely reworked to create better results. Using an advanced neural network powered by Adobe Sensei, the new Auto Settings is said to produce a better photo. It does so by analysing your photo and comparing it to tens of thousands of professionally edited photos to create more pleasing images.

Lightroom Classic – Example of new Auto in action

In above example, the new auto technology has determined that Vibrance and Saturation has been applied in addition to basic tonal adjustments.

Lightroom Classic – Auto

Whether applying these colour oriented adjustments automatically will be well received is no doubt a question Adobe will be looking for feedback on. Personally, I’ve not found either to be too far from those that I would normally set myself, and am generally happy with their inclusion. Likewise, I’ve found the tone corrections the new auto applies to be very good in all but a two areas (i.e. skin tones and backlit images).

In addition to Lightroom Classic, the new Auto is available ecosystem wide, including in Lightroom CC, Lightroom CC for iOS, Lightroom CC for Android, Lightroom CC on the web, and Adobe Camera Raw (ACR).

Lightroom Classic and Adobe Camera Raw

Adobe has also made a refinement to the Colour Range Masking tool in Lightroom Classic and Camera Raw. Based on customer feedback, they’ve made it easier to remove individual sample points. You can do this by holding down the Alt (Win) or Option (Mac) key while using your mouse to select the sample point.

Additional Performance Improvements

Customers who have their cameras set to save compressed raw files might notice a speed-up in rendering previews from a new set of imported images. You may also see improvement in on-screen interactive adjustments and import/export/merge processes.

Lightroom CC on Desktop

When I published my brief overview of Lightroom CC on Desktop back in October, I mentioned that some important editing tools were missing. With this latest update two of the missing features have been added.

Tone Curve

The Tone Curve is a very popular tools used by photographers to provide advanced control over the tonality, contrast, and colour balance of an image. However, as initial adopters of Lightroom CC on Desktop quickly realised it was absent. This was a strange omission, especially since the feature has existed in the iOS and Android versions for some time now. The good news for customers who missed it is that it’s now available on the CC desktop application.

Lightroom CC on Desktop – Tone Curve

You can use either the Parametric Curve or the Point Curve modes to tune the tonality and contrast of the image. Additionally and like Lightroom Classic, you can also adjust the Red, Green, and Blue modes to modify the colour balance of the image. The Tone Curve lives next to the Auto button in the Light panel.

Split Toning

Split Toning allows you to stylise your photo through colour tints in the highlights and shadows of your image. You can use the Split Toning tool to simulate traditional black and white tints and toners like sepia or selenium toners, simulate printing on coloured paper, or create a modern stylization on colour images. Split Toning lives in the Effects panel.

Lightroom CC on Desktop – Split Tone Adjustments

Change Capture Time

Lightroom CC now lets you to adjust the capture time, for both single photos as well as a set of photos. Typically, this feature will only be used when you forgot to change your camera’s time or time zone settings.

Lightroom CC on Desktop – Capture Time Editor

To use the Capture Time editor, select a photo (or series of photos) and use the pencil icon in the Info panel to change capture time. Lightroom CC will update the capture date, and  your photos will now show up on the right date and time in the organise view.

Full Screen View

I suspect I’m in a minority when it comes to full screen view as I  have no love for same in any application. That being said, many customers find it useful, and made their feelings known soon after Lightroom CC on Desktop was launched.  Obviously, Adobe heard the complaints and full screen view is now supported. To view your photos in full screen, you can use either the F key or navigate to View-> Detail Full Screen.

Android

In addition to the new Auto settings described above, Adobe added the following to Lightroom CC on Android:

  • App Shortcuts — For Android Nougat and later devices, tap and hold on the app icon to quickly launch the app into popular modes.
  • More control for managing storage.
  • Resolved an issue that prevented some Huawei customers from importing images.
  • Resolved an issue that caused a crash for some Pixel 2 customers on export.
  • Resolved a problem that prevented some Samsung customers from installing the previous version.Bug fixes and speed improvements.

iOS

In addition to the new Auto settings described above, Adobe added the following to Lightroom CC on iOS:

  • Watermarking on export. You can now create and customise a text based watermark for use when exporting your image from Lightroom CC on iOS.
  • Improved quality to HDR capturing.
  • Layout optimized for iPhone X.
  • Bug fixes and speed improvements.

More details on the December updates to the Lightroom CC Ecosystem can be found on the Adobe Lightroom Blog page.

George Jardine Posts A New Article For Digital Photo Pro Magazine: Tone Curves …

George Jardine recently published an excellent article in Digital Photo Pro in which he discusses the Tone Curve feature within Adobe Lightroom. George writes:

“This often misunderstood control is as much about brightness as contrast” and goes on to write “I recently read one popular author’s introduction to his chapter on the Lightroom Tone Curve, and he started out by saying that with the improvements in the 2012 Process Version, the Tone Curve was basically outdated. Nothing could be further from the truth.”

The article contains lots of useful tips on how to get the best from the Tone Curve and is a must read for all Lightroom users.

Man with Beard, Patan, Durbar Square, Nepal

I should also mention George’s most recent video tutorials for Lightroom 5. There are two series relating to Lightroom 5. The first discusses the Library Workflow and Digital Photo Management, and the second the Develop module and Digital Photo Processing. I’ve not had the opportunity to view the first yet, but the second is excellent. More information on both can be viewed on George’s website mulita.com.