Adobe Lightroom Classic 8.4 & Camera Raw 11.4 | August 2019

The latest updates Adobe Lightroom Classic and Camera Raw were released to customers on  13 August. These updates focus on performance, workflow, support for new camera and lenses, and bug fixes.

The headline feature in this update to Lightroom Classic and Camera Raw is Graphics Processor Accelerated Editing. In particular, the ability to take greater advantage of features built into today’s more advanced graphics cards (GPUs) while editing your photos. Other new features to be found in Lightroom Classic 8.4 are: support for PNG export, colour labels in collections, batch merge of stacks for HDR, Panoramas and HDR Panoramas

Adobe Camera Raw 11.4

GPU Accelerated Editing

Adobe are advising customers that GPU support now includes the ability to improve interactive performance while processing photos. Hmm, I seem to recall reading something similar with Lightroom 6 then again with Lightroom 7. So, what’s new?

In previous versions, the GPU was used to accelerate the drawing or ‘display’ of pixels processed by the CPU, although many users felt that it fell short of doing so. With Lightroom Classic 8.4/ Camera Raw 11.4 the ‘image’ processing has been to the GPU Compute shaders. This means that the raw photo ‘processing pipe‘ has been ported to the GPU. As such, most of the image adjustments (e.g. Exposure, Contrast, White Balance, Clarity, Dehaze, etc ) can now be computed by the GPU rather than the CPU.

Typically, when ‘full’ acceleration is enabled you will notice that the adjustment sliders in Lightroom Classic and Camera Raw are smoother and more responsive. Additionally, the affects of ‘full’ acceleration will be more  pronounced when using higher resolution displays (i.e. 4k and above).

Update – 14 August 2019

A number of recent messages to Adobes Lightroom Classic User forum have confirmed that eGPUs are supported on the Mac platform, To enable  ‘Full GPU Acceleration’ the monitor needs to be connected to a Thunderbolt 3 port on the eGPU and the OS update to macOS Mojave 10.14.6, although earlier versions of Mojave might also work.

On Windows platform it’s important that the computer is running Windows 10 and that DirectX 12 is operational. Users should also ensure that they’re using the latest GPU driver, especially if its an nVidia card. 

The feature is enabled from within the Preferences dialog under the Performance tab in both Lightroom Classic and with Camera Raw.

When you access the Performance tab, you’ll immediately notice that the Graphic Processor segment now includes 3 dropdown options:

  1. Auto
  2. Custom
  3. Off

With ‘Auto’

Both Lightroom Classic 8.4 and Camera Raw 11.4 check the capabilities of the GPU upon first launch. If the GPU fails the test for any reason then GPU support will be set to Off.

Assuming your graphics card passes the test, is supported (i.e. not on the Adobe GPU Black List) and the operating system meets the minimum requirements, then ‘Auto’ will be enabled. However, the dialog may indicate that only ‘Basic’ acceleration is enabled. This is demonstrated in below screenshot from Camera Raw 11.4.

Camera Raw 11.4 – Performance Tab

This may be due to a number of reasons, but the most common are: the GPU has not been internally tested by Adobe engineers or the photos are ‘Process Version 4’ or earlier, but don’t despair just yet ‘Custom’ might yet come to the rescue.

With the ‘Custom’ option, you can select between the following options:

  1. Use GPU for display visualisation, which is same as GPU acceleration ‘ON as in earlier versions of Lightroom Classic and Camera Raw.
  2. Use GPU for image processing.

If you have ‘Use Graphics Processor set to ‘Auto’ and the text under the GPU name indicates ‘Your system automatically supports basic acceleration’ then, follow the following steps to enable Full Acceleration:

  1. Preferences > Performance Tab
  2. Select ‘Custom’ from ‘Use Graphics Processor’
  3. Check ‘Use GPU for image processing’ checkbox.

If your GPU supports full image processing, then the text under the GPU name will indicate ‘Full graphics acceleration is enabled’. This is demonstrated in below screenshot from Lightroom Classic 8.4

Lightroom Class – Performance Tab

If the text indicates that your GPU doesn’t support ‘full’ graphics acceleration, then at least you can still take advantage of  basic acceleration.

More information on GPU support in Lightroom Classic can be found at GPU Troubleshooting and FAQ

Colour Labels for Collections

Support for colour labels in folders was first introduced June 2018. With version 8.4 colour labels have been added to Collections, Smart Collections and Collection Sets.

Lightroom Classic 8.4 – Coloured Labels for Collections

  • To apply a Colour Label to a Collection, a Smart Collection, or a Collection Set, a new option has been added in the context menu as ‘Add Colour Label’.

Add Coloured Labels to Collection

  • To remove a colour label, select ‘None’ from the ‘Add Colour Label’ option.
  • Colour Labels now can also be added to Published Collections and collections inside Publish Services.
  • You can can also filter the Labeled Collections in the same way as Labeled Folders.

Filter Coloured Labels in Collection

Photo Merge – Support for merging multiple stacks

Photo merge now supports merging multiple selected stacks.

When you select multiple stacks for a merge operation (HDR/Pano/HDR-Pano), each stack will be merged individually with the selected merge operation. For example, if one selects 10 stacks for HDR merge operation, Lightroom Classic will initiate 10 HDR merge operations – one for each stack.

Photo Merge Multiple Stacks

Note:

  •  The same merge operation will be performed on all the stacks.
  • No preview will be shown if more than one stack is detected. Previous settings will be used as in case of a headless merge.
  • Non-stacked images will be ignored if stacks are detected in input images

Other Enhancements

Folder Enumeration Performance Improvements

With this build, Adobe have worked on the improving time taken for folder enumeration when Lightroom Classic is launched. This particular performance improvement depends on complexity of folder structure, but in most cases users should see a very obvious reduction in time taken to display the number of photos in a folder compared to that taken in previous versions.

Cloud Sync – Diagnostic Report

You are now able to generate a detailed Diagnostic Report for Sync in Lightroom Classic. This report is saved to a zip file with the catalog info, sync data and diagnostic logs required for Adobe QE to establish the cause of the sync issue.

To generate Diagnostic Report, in Preferences go to Lightroom Sync tab and press ALT/OPTIONkey to see “Generate Diagnostic Report” button

Cloud Sync Diagnostics Report

Filmstrip Index Number

It’s now possible to display the Index Number of a photo in the Filmstrip. This works like Index Numbers in Library Grid. On a scale of usefulness, I rate this about 100 (negative), but some users obviously thought it worthy of a feature request.

Filmstrip Index Number

In the flesh, the Index Number appears as shown in below screenshot. However, as the strip size is reduce there is a point at which the index number and the badges disappear.  Contrary to what some have claimed in the past, this is not a bug. It’s giving priority to the thumbnail (i.e. the photo) rather that some superfluous information that’s of little real value. Is it obvious that I think this feature was a waste of time?

Index Number in Filmstrip

Export as PNG

With this build, Adobe have added ability to Export as PNG. Save Transparency is always on.

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 2.4 Cloud-Centric Photo Service | August 2019

The latest update to the Adobe Lightroom Cloud-centric suite of applications was released to customers on  13 August. This update mainly focuses on a feature that enables users to recover deleted photos. It also includes support for new cameras and lenses, and bug fixes.

Recover Deleted Photos

Recovery of ‘accidentally’ deleted photos, which includes entire photo libraries, has been a long standing request (demand?) from customers since the early days of the mobile ecosystem. With this latest update, all applications within the Lightroom cloud-centric ecosystem now have a folder called ‘Deleted’. Basically, any photos deleted by the user are transferred to this folder, which at time of writing, does not count against cloud storage capacity. The photos will remain in the ‘Deleted’ folder for 60 days or until they’re permanently deleted or recovered.

Using the following series of screenshots and text I will go through the process of deleting some photos, then recovering them.

Adobe Lightroom 2.4 (Desktop)

  • As mentioned above, when photos are deleted we’re notified of how many and given the choice to cancel out or proceed.

Delete Photos Dialog

  • In below screenshot, I show that the 41 photos have been moved to the ‘Deleted’ folder in the desktop application and Lightroom on the web. This is also repeated on my mobile devices (i.e. iPhone and iPad).

‘Deleted’ Photos folder on Lightroom Desktop and Web

Having deleted the photos I realise that I’d really meant to remove them from Lightroom rather than put them in the trash. In previous versions of all apps within the Lightroom cloud-centric ecosystem the deleted photos could not be recovered, but Adobe has now provided a recovery tool that can be used with the desktop application, the web based application and our mobile devices. It’s also relatively simple to use.

Now to recover the deleted photos, but first let’s also check out the options available.

  • First, I right mouse-click on the ‘Deleted’ folder.

‘Deleted’ folder context menu

  • For this example, I choose ‘Restore All’

Restore deleted photos

  • In below screenshots we see that the 41 photos that I’d deleted earlier have been recovered and even put back into their original album.

Recovered Photos (Desktop application)

Recovered Photos (Web application)

  • The number of days left before the photos are permanently deleted is also shown.

Days left before permanent deletion

As can be seen from above, the process of recovering deleted photos is relatively fast and simple when using only those applications that are part of the Lightroom cloud-centric ecosystem. If, on the other hand, you’re also using Lightroom Classic, which Adobe actually recommends against, then the process of recovery is somewhat more complex and time consuming.

What’s Changed?

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:

For more information on the latest updates to Lightroom Cloud-centric Ecosystem go to What’s New – August 2019

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Adobe Lightroom Classic 8.3 | May 2019

 Adobe Lightroom Classic was released to customers on 14 May 2019. The headline new features in this update are ‘Flat-Field Correction’ and ‘Texture’.

 

Flat-field Correction

With this feature you can reduce shading, or lens cast, from your digital photos. Typically, shading can occur from a variety of different reasons and can result in both asymmetrical vignettes as well as colour casts introduced by certain lens characteristics.

Flat-Field Correction is available in the Library module. To apply the correction, select all your photos in a natural interleaved order and choose Lightroom > Library > Flat-Field Correction.

Lightroom Classic 8.3 – Flat-field Correction

Only Correct Color Cast

  • Only corrects the color cast but not the light falloff. Deselecting this option corrects both, color cast and light falloff.

Only Convert RAW Files

  • Ignores photos that are not camera raw files. Deselecting this option converts all selected photos, including JPEGs, TIFFs, and PSDs.

Delete Originals After Successful Conversion

  • Deletes the original photo file after the conversion process ends. Deselecting this option preserves the original file on disk.

For detailed information, see Adobes explanation Flat-Field Correction.

Texture

With this new slider you can now smooth or accentuate details such as skin, bark, and hair. You can adjust the Texture slider negatively to smooth skin and retain fine pore details thus creating more natural-looking skin. When you move the Texture in a positive direction details such as bark or hair are accentuated without affecting less detailed areas of the photo such as out of focus areas. Adjusting the Texture slider does not change the colour or tonality in your photo.

Lightroom Classic 8.3 – Texture Slider

Texture can be applied to your photos either as a global adjustment or to specific parts of the photo using the local adjustment tools. To apply texture, select a photo and switch to the Develop module.

Texture applied as Local Adjustment

For additional information on the Texture control, view this article from Max Wendt, a Senior Computer Scientist on ACR and the lead engineer of the Texture project

Import photos from devices using the Files section

When you import photos from ‘storage’ devices, such as SD card and CF card, the photos are now selected from the Import grid’s ‘Files’ section by default. In previous versions, it used to be from the ‘Device’ section. This change is significant in that it uses much simplified code path within the OS/application. For smart phones and tablets the default remains as ‘Device’.

Support for new cameras and lenses

For a full list of supported cameras and lens profiles, see these resources:

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Adobe Lightroom Classic 8.2 | February 2019

Adobe Lightroom Classic and Lightroom CC (Cloud-based version) were released to customers on 12 February 2019. The headline new feature in these updates was ‘Enhance Details’ , which is  a brand new approach to demosaicing raw photos. It can be found in Adobe Camera Raw, Lightroom Classic CC, and Lightroom CC for Mac and Windows.

Adobe claim that with Enhance Details algorithm you can increase the resolution of both Bayer and X-Trans based photos by up to 30%. Enhance Details works on any raw file apart from files converted to a linear raw file, HDR or Panorama merged files. While applicable to any raw file format, Fujifilm X-Trans based cameras benefit most from applying Enhance Details. Adobe have prepared a white paper, which can be found here and if you’d like to try Enhance Details on a Fujifilm X-Trans based file, you can download one here, which I used for below example. I used this image because disappointingly I could find no image within my own library that demonstrated the improvements that Enhanced Details is capable of delivering. I suspect many Lightroom users will be equally disappointed.

Lightroom Classic 8.2 – Enhanced Detail

Using Enhanced Details

  • The Enhance Details option can be accessed by Right clicking (Control + clicking) on a selection (single or batch) in Library/Develop Loupe, Grid, or Film Strip andselecting “Enhance Details” from the context menu.
  • “Enhance Details” will create a new DNG file next to the original file on disk and the file name will be appended with “-enhanced” for identification.
  • The resulting DNG contains both the mosaic data and the enhanced RGB data.
  • The new enhance image will carry all the metadata and develop settings as that of the original image.
  • Upon ‘Enhance details’ selection from the context menu, when a single image is selected, a Preview dialog box will be shown.
  • A preview of the image(zoomed) will be displayed with enhance details applied. One can long press to view the image without enhance details applied.
  • One can zoom in/out the image in the preview dialog box.
  • If image is zoomed into an area and one launches “Enhance Details” previewdialog, zoomed area will be shown in the preview dialog considering it as area of interest.
  • When more than 1 images are selected, Lightroom Classic would directly start the DNG creation process.
  • Enhance Details option is available in Photo menu for Library and Develop panel.
  • The following Keyboard shortcuts are available:macOS – CONTROL+OPTION+IWindows – CTRL+ALT+INote:
  • Enhance Details requires macOS 10.13 (or later) or, Windows 10 (Oct 2018 Release – i.e 1809).
  • Enhanced Details is computationally intensive and may take a bit time to run for each image. It performs best with a fast GPU.
  • Enhanced Details  can be applied to most raw file formats but not to JPEGs, TIFFs, HEICs or De- mosaiced images.

Tethered Capture

Lightroom Classic also includes an update to tethering, whcih now allows Nikon cameras to utilise the improvements made available for Canon cameras in the October 2018 update.

A full list of cameras tether support in Lightroom Classic 8.0 can be found at Tethered Camera Support

All of the application within the Lightroom ecosystem have also been updated to support new cameras and lenses.

 

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