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Camera Raw, Lightroom Classic & Desktop | May 2024

The latest updates to Adobe Camera Raw (16.3), Lightroom Classic (13.3) and Lightroom Desktop (7.3) have been released to customers. There are new features and new camera and lens support along with bug fixes in each of the applications.

Enhancements to Camera Raw, Lightroom Classic & Desktop

Unlike previous dot release updates, the May 2024 updates contain many more feature enhancements than is usual outside of a full version release. Lets’ have a look at what they are.

Generative Remove

Adobe’s ‘Firefly’ AI technology has been present in applications such as Photoshop for some time. However, with these latest updates it is now also available in Camera Raw, Lightroom Classic and Desktop, albeit as an ‘Early Access’ feature. It can be found within what was formerly known as the ‘Healing’  panel, and is now called ‘Remove’.

The ‘Remove’ panel includes the original healing tools plus two new AI based tools – ‘Generative AI’ and ‘Object Aware’. The original ‘Heal’ tool has been renamed as ‘Remove’, and it’s very important to note that it remains the primary tool for dust spot removal.

New Look Remove Panel

The ‘Generative AI’ checkbox is used to enable a brush, which is then applied as a mask to the area that you want to replace. Pressing the ‘Apply’ button triggers the remove process, which is carried out remotely on Adobe’s Firefly server.  There is also a ‘Variations’ button that can be used to cycle through the three options generated, and a ‘Refresh’ button can be used to generate a new set of variations. In below example, the original image is shown on the right.

If necessary, the remove mask can be refined using the ‘Add’ and ‘Subtract’ brush.

The ‘Object Aware’ checkbox can be used to select an object to removed. The ‘Mask refinement’ (which will be enabled once the object is selected) can be used for better selections. However, unless the object is clearly defined, I’ve found that that ‘Object Aware’ works better when combined with ‘Generative AI’ as shown in below screenshot and example.

With both ‘Object Aware’ and ‘Generative AI’ enabled, notice that in the top image there are still peoples heads that haven’t been masked. So, I refined the mask using ‘Add’ (second image), then clicked on ‘Apply’. One thing to note though. That is, when ‘Object Aware’ only is enabled, it does not include an option for cycling through variations.

Feedback in the form of ‘tips’ is provided during the period that the application is working to generate the remove/fill area.

Generative Remove is credit based, which should explain  the recommendation to use the original Heal tool for dust spots. Unfortunately, Adobe hasn’t yet shared any other information on how credits will be allocated or measured in ACR, Lightroom Classic and Desktop. I suspect we’ll be told nothing until the feature comes out of ‘Early Access’.

Note that Adobe has published a useful FAQ for Generative Remove.

Lastly, the ‘Tool Overlay’ and ‘Visualise Spots’ options have been moved from the lower toolbar to the ‘Remove’ panel.

Lens Blur

‘Lens Blur’ was introduced an Early Access feature back in October 2023. Since then there has been lots of feedback from users as to how well/poorly it works along with some suggested improvements in the Adobe Community Feedback.  Adobe has taken this feedback onboard and included the following improvements with these latest updates to Camera Raw, Lightroom Classic and Desktop:

  • Lens Blur AI models have been updated to address reported quality issues.
  • Support for batch operations (presets, copy/paste settings, sync/auto-sync settings) for Lens Blur have been added.
  • The UI has been updated to show Near/Far labels in focus range. When the focus range is moved around, it will show values in numbers.
  • New adaptive presets have been added for Lens Blur.

AI Denoise

The ‘Apple Neural Engine‘ is now enabled for AI Denoise on Mac with Apple Silicon with macOS 14.0 or later. There quality of noise reduction hasn’t changed from the previous versions, but the time taken to denoise has been greatly reduced. This is particularly noticeable on lower end Apple Silicon computers.  The following the results that I’ve obtained for the Mac computers that I use.

Denoising an Canon EOS R5 6400 ISO file

  • LrC 13.2 – MacBook Air M3 16GB memory = 71 seconds
  • LrC 13.3 – MacBook Air M3 16GB memory = 35 seconds
  • LrC 13.2 – Mac mini M1 16GB memory = 95 seconds
  • LrC 13.3 – Mac mini M1 16GB memory = 38 seconds
  • LrC 13.2 – Mac Studio M1 Ultra 64GB memory = 16 seconds
  • LrC 13.3 – Mac Studio M1 Ultra 64GB memory = 13 seconds
  • LrC 13.2 – MacBook Pro M3 Max 64GB memory = 18 seconds
  • LrC 13.3 – MacBook Pro M3 Max 64GB memory = 14 seconds

The timings for Camera Raw and Lightroom Desktop are slightly faster than for Lightroom Classic. There’s been no explanation given for the difference though.

Enhancements to Lightroom Classic

Tethered Capture

Support for Tethered Capture for Sony cameras is now included Cameras supported include (but not limited to):

  • Sony Alpha 1
  • Sony Alpha 7R IV
  • Sony Alpha 9 II
  • Sony Alpha 7R V
  • Sony Alpha 7S III*
  • Sony Alpha 7 IV
  • Sony Alpha 7C
  • Sony Alpha 6700*

Note:

1 * Indicates that these cameras have not been tested by Adobe.

2  Sony Cameras need to be in PC remote mode for USB tethering.

New tether support for Canon cameras includes:

  • EOS R10
  • EOS R100
  • EOS R50
  • EOS R6 Mark II
  • EOS R7
  • EOS R8
  • PowerShot V10

Develop Module Performance

  • Improvements to caching behaviour in the Develop module. These include:
  • Enhanced responsiveness and improved navigation experience.
  • Improved caching to deliver a smoother experience & crispier image when navigating through smaller sets of images, especially useful for workflows like image comparison, or image set involving VCs.

Above will have a direct impact on image navigation in the Develop module. That being said, I’ve noticed that some images don’t appear if arrow key is pressed too quickly. Adobe are aware of the issue and hope to address in later version.

Sync to the Adobe Cloud

Adobe has implemented a significant infrastructure change to enhance sync workflow reliability. You should see improved reliability when syncing your images to the Adobe Cloud.

Library Previews

Adobe has rearchitected the way Library previews are generated and stored.

Exported Image Status

Support to indicate whether an image has been exported or published. This is achieved using:

  • Exported and Not-exported Attribute filter in Library – Grid and Filmstrip.

  • An option to ‘Reset Export Status’ is now provided. It can be changed via Photo menu or Context menu of Folder/Collections/Image.
  • A new field for  ‘Last exported date’ in the metadata panel has been added.

Library Metadata Fields

Support has been added for following metadata fields in ‘AnySearchable Field’, ‘Searchable Metadata’, and ‘Searchable IPTC’ text-based Filters and

Smart Collections criteria.

  • Alt text (Accessibility)
  • Extended description (Accessibility)

‘Has Point Color’ in Smart Collections and Metadata Filters is now included.

Enhancements to Lightroom Desktop

Archive Locally

We can now manage our cloud storage by moving albums, photos and videos from the Adobe cloud to the local drive for archiving. In below example, I chose to archive the entire album.

If I’d wanted to archive only one photo, then I would right-mouse click on that photo to open the context menu, then choose ‘Archive 1 Photo locally…’

Filename in Grid

Filenames are now shown in the Square Grid view, and the File Type has been moved from the thumbnail to the frame area.

Slideshow

Slideshow now supports videos in full-screen with a new ‘Start Slideshow’ option in the View menu. That being said, slideshow in LrD is very basic. Options include whether to loop the show and choose the speed at which photos change.

Curves in Video

Video editing now supports ‘Curves’.

Camera Raw, Lightroom Classic & Desktop

New Camera Support

Details of new camera support added since the last release can be found here

Tether Support

Details of camera support for tethering can be found here

New Lens Correction Support

Details of new lens support added since the last release can be found here

Disclosure: As an Adobe Community Expert I receive a free subscription to Adobe Creative Cloud.

Camera Raw, Lightroom Classic & Desktop | 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: