Category Archives: Adobe Camera Raw

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:

Camera Raw, Lightroom Classic and Lightroom Ecosystem | April 2020

Adobe have today (14 April 2020) released updates to Lightroom and Camera Raw applications. These updates are primarily to provide new camera and lens support plus bug fixes. More details on each application are provided below.

Camera Raw 12.2.1, Lightroom Classic 9.2.1, Lightroom Desktop 3.2.1, Lightroom Mobile iOS 5.2.3 and Lightroom Android 5.2.2

New Camera Support

  • Canon EOS 850D (EOS Kiss X10i, EOS Rebel T8i)
  • Leica S3
  • Nikon D6
  • Samsung Galaxy S20 Front Camera
  • Samsung Galaxy S20 Rear Main Camera
  • Samsung Galaxy S20+ Front Camera
  • Samsung Galaxy S20+ Rear Main Camera
  • Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra Front Camera
  • Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra Rear Main Camera

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:

Bug Fixes

A list of publicly-reported bugs fixed can be found in the linked PDF file April Release Bugs.

Adobe Lightroom Classic 9.1 | December 2019

Lightroom Classic 9.1 was released on 10 December. This update delivers some minor performance improvements, bug fixes and new   lens / camera support.


Main bugs fixed include:

  • On Catalina, memory cards selected in the 4202361 Devices section show as “No photos found”.
  • On macOS Catalina additional hidden volumes 4202362 show up in Source panel.
  • Custom export settings that 3rd party export 4202495 modules set are ignored.
  • On macOS Catalina LR crashes on scrolling through import grid, disconnecting iPhone and click on cancel button.
  • 9.0 Catalog upgrade fails.

New Camera Support

  • Canon EOS M200
  • Canon EOS Ra
  • Google Pixel 4
  • Google Pixel 4 XL
  • Nikon Z 50
  • Sigma fp
  • Sony a9 II (ILCE-9M2)

Cameras & 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 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


  •  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: