Color Management in Photoshop CC 2018

 I published my last essay on Color Management in Photoshop a few months after the release of CS6 (V.13) in 2012. So, here we are in April 2018 and Photoshop is now at version 19. Given the passage of time you’d be forgiven for thinking that much would have changed.

However, with the exception of the UI, Color management in Photoshop is largely unchanged. As such, this essay is, for the most part, simply an update of earlier versions rather than a rewrite ->

Photoshop CC 2018 – Print Dialog


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Adobe Lightroom Classic 7.2 | February 2018

Lightroom 7.2 was released today. This release is primarily about performance improvements and bug fixes although there a few minor but useful feature enhancements.

Lightroom 7.2 – Library Module

Performance Improvements

Adobe are advising that you should see significant performance improvements on most computers with multiple cores. These be most noticeable on more powerful computers, especially those with six and more CPU core. However, to take advantage of the improvements you will also need at least 12 GB RAM. That being said, computers with fewer CPU cores (e.g. laptops) and more than 12 GB RAM will also see some improvement. To reflect this, Adobe have updated the system requirements to recommend 12GB of RAM, although it will still run with 4GB.

Aspects of the application where Adobe claim customers should see improved performance include:

  • Import and preview generation
  • Walking of images in the Loupe View
  • Rendering of adjustments in Develop
  • Batch merge operations of HDR/Panos
  • Export

By this point you may be thinking that Adobe have made similar claims in the past but when put to the test customers were left somewhat underwhelmed. So, what’s different this time? Well, rather than make an unsubstantiated claim Adobe gave some independent   Photo Blogs and test houses early access to 7.2. You can read more about their experiences and findings at: Fstoppers, Puget Systems, and DPReview.

In addition to above improvements Adobe have also advised that a long term and extremely frustrating bug affecting a relatively small number of customers. This bug manifested itself as an extreme slowdown over time. In some cases the application became so unresponsive that it had to be relaunched.


Folder Search

It’s been a while coming but now you can search folder names. It operates much like collection searches by filtering the list of relevant folders down to only those matching the search criteria. It’s particular useful if you tend to use descriptive or topical names for folders. In below example, I’ve searched for folders continuing ‘yellowstone’.

Lightroom 7.2 – Folder Search

‘Folder Search’ also works well with folders containing numbers or a mix of numbers and letters. For example, date based folder names.

Favorite Folders

Another new folder related features is ‘Favorite Folders’. Using this this feature you can mark one or more folders as favorites by right-mouse clicking on the folder name then selecting ‘Mark Favorite’.

Lightroom 7.2 – Favorite Folder

You can also use the filter in ‘Folder Search’ to show only those folders marked as favorites. In below example, I’ve marked only the “Yellowstone” folders containing raw files as favorites.

Lightroom 7.2 – Filter Favorite Folders

Create a Collection from a Folder

Another  new feature associated with folders is the ability to create a collection or collection hierarchy from a folder or folder hierarchy. To access the feature you simply right-mouse click on the folder or parent folder and select ‘Create Collection’ or ‘Collection Sets’, respectively.

Lightroom 7.2 – Create Collection from Folder

Filter Edited/Unedited Photos

The last new feature I want to discuss is the ‘Edited/Unedited’ buttons on the ‘Library Filter Attributes Bar’. Using these buttons you can filter on photos that have already been edited or are still to be edited.

Lightroom 7.2 – Library Filter Attribute Bar

Above buttons are duplicated in the ‘Filmstrip Filter Bar’.  The ‘Edit’ option can also be found in the ‘Metadata Filter’ panel and ‘Smart Collections’. At this point it’s worth noting that the existing Smart Collection ‘Has Adjustments’ criteria does not include cropping whereas ‘Has Edits’ does include cropping.

Lightroom 7.2 – Smart Collections

Create Collections from a Pin in the Map Module

You can now add all of the photos from a specific location to a Collection.  Simply right-mouse click on any pin or group of pins on the Map and choose ‘Create Collection’.

Lightroom 7.2 – Map Module – Create Collection

Camera and Lens Support

You can also check out the latest camera and lens profile support as well.

Lightroom CC Ecosystem

Today also sees the release of minor updates to Lightroom CC Desktop, iOS and Android. More details of what’s, bug fixes, etc can be found at the Adobe Lightroom CC Blog

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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.


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.


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.

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