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Adobe Lightroom Classic 7.4 | June 2018

This release of Lightroom Classic CC add a few new features and enhancements, support for new cameras and lenses, and bug fixes. Full details of what’s new and fixed in Lightroom 7.4 can be found on the application support page.

Before discussing new features there are a couple of tweaks to the Presets and Profiles functionality introduced in version 7.3. The first and probably most annoying for customers editing large images such as HDR are Panorama is the delay in loupe view screen redraw when the mouse is hovered over a preset. To address this, Adobe has added a new preference in the performance panel (see below screenshot). There is no similar preference for the Profile Browser but you can press down the Option/Alt modifier key to temporarily turn off the profile preview in the loupe.

Enable Hover Preset Preview in Loupe View

Manage Presets and Profiles

With version 7.3 Adobe introduced a new method of previewing and applying Develop Presets and Camera Profiles. Unfortunately, the ability to manage the presets and profiles was absent. It was a strange omission, especially since customers have, since the very earliest versions of Lightroom, asked for a way to hide presets they don’t use. With version 7.4 Adobe have addressed this omission, which will no doubt please many customers. However, you can only disable/hide groups, not individual presets or profiles.

To show/hide preset groups:

Click on the [+] button at upper right corner of the Presets panel to bring up the context-menu then choose Manage Preset groups to activate the Preset Manager. Also, notice that the presets that shipped with Lightroom for years are now prefixed ‘Classic’. If Adobe wanted to confuse customers this is the perfect way to do it.

Preset Manager

To show/hide profile groups:

  1. In the Profile Browser, right-click (Win) / Ctrl-click (Mac) any profile group and choose Manage Profiles from the menu.
  2. In the Manage Profiles dialog, select the profile groups that you want to show in Profile Browser. Deselect the profile groups that you want to hide from Profile Browser.

Profile Manager

Colour Labels for Folders

The addition of colour labels, like show/hide presets is, in my opinion, long overdue. Customers have been asking for folder labels since back in the days of the Lightroom 1.0 public beta (i.e. 2006).

In the Folders panel (Library module), you can now organise assign colour labels to folders.

  1. In the Folders panel, select one or more folders and right-click (Win) / Control-click (Mac) to bring up the context-menu.
  2. From the context-menu, choose Add Color Labeland then select any color from the submenu.

You can also filter all the folders that have been assigned a colour label. If you prefer to structure your catalog based on folder dates rather than names, then I think you’ll be very pleased.

Colour Labels on Folder

The folder search feature has also received some attention in the form of a performance boost. A new database file  ‘Helper.lrdata‘ is used to assist Folder Search is stored alongside the catalog (.lrcat) and previews (previews.lrdata).

HEIC image files support on macOS High Sierra

Lightroom Classic CC now supports Apple’s HEIC image file format.

Auto stack HDR and panorama

You can now configure the HDR/Panorama dialog to automatically create  stacks for HDR and Panorama images. For example, in the HDR Merge Preview dialog, select the Create Stack option to group the exposure-bracketed images and the HDR image in to a stack. The merged HDR image will be displayed at the top of the stack.

Auto-stack in HDR dialog

New Camera Support

New support added since the last release appears in green.

  • Fujifilm X-T100
  • Pentax K-1 Mark II*
  • Phase One IQ3 100MP Trichromatic**
  • Samsung Galaxy S9
  • Samsung Galaxy S9+

*Dynamic Pixel Shift Resolution is not currently supported. Opening images captured in this mode will display only the first raw image frame.**Denotes preliminary support.

A full list of cameras supported by Lightroom can be found at Cameras supported by Camera Raw.

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.

Adobe Updates Lightroom CC iOS (aka Lightroom Mobile)

The last big update to Lightroom mobile was back in July (version 2.8). This latest update brings with it new features, a new name, and a new application icon.

The background to the new name and application icon are directly linked to the release of a new desktop based application called Lightroom CC (more about same in a day or so). The official line from Adobe being a common name and logo for all clients of the Adobe Creative Cloud ecosystem. An alternative explanation might be – Adobe marketing taking the opportunity to create confusion were none previously existed. Either way, Lightroom mobile is now Lightroom CC iOS and Lightroom CC Android, where iOS and Android denote that they’re clients intended for mobile devices rather than the desktop.

So, what’s new in Lightroom CC iOS?

Organise/All Photos/Camera Roll:

  • Folders – unlike conventional Operating System folders, these are containers into which Albums can be placed (i.e. similar to Collection Sets). It’s therefore import to note that you cannot put actual photos into a folder.
  • The bottom bar that previously included the camera roll and capture button has been replaced with a blue FAB (floating action button) in Organise and All Photos.
  • Focus peaking! See in live view how your focus changes when using the manual focus.

Create Folder or and Album + Camera Roll (FAB)

In below screenshot, you can see the Organise view with All Photos shown top left and two Folders, each containing multiple albums, below

Organise

In this next screenshot, I’ve expanded one of the folders to show the individual Albums stored within it.

Album View

  • You can now jump to the top in Organise and All Photos by tapping on free space in the top bar.
  • Blue bar confirms move of Albums/Folders
  • Delete Photos from Album possible (not only remove)
  • Coming back to Grid from Loupe highlights the Photo in the Grid
  • Rejected Photos are dimmed in the Grid
  • Better visualisation of Locally Stored Albums
  • The Segment headers in Grid have an unfold for the Segment

Edit:

  • Fading slider panel when adjusting a slider while panel is overlapping the photo on iPad
  • reduced the size of the side panel on the iPad
  • Presets, Crop and Selective moved to the right bar

Search:

  • Tap on the blue bar in search now jumps back into search
  • Improved alert when leaving a search with the back button

Keywords:

  • Keywords – Add them in the Keywords section, you can also add multiple keywords at once by separating them with a comma.
  • Copy/paste keywords via ••• menu
  • Keywords can sync with Lightroom CC Desktop, but not Lightroom Classic.

Apply and Edit Keywords

General:

  • Search is now also available in the Album/Collection view — how does it feel?
  • You can now pause (and resume) sync in the Cloud panel (helpful when travelling, expensive hot spots, limited WiFi etc.)
  • Improved navigation when removing album from folder
  • Updated “Help & Support” section in the Lr menu — still work in progress
  • In order to make a set filter more visible we now have a blue line, when a filter is active
  • Scrolling to just created item in the albums view and in the albums picker
  • Change in the Sync settings: Smart Preview is now the default, for cellular usage you can choose between on/off
  • Changed “Show All” in the filter options to “No Filter” to point out the possibility of a filter reset
  • Import from iOS Files (iOS 11)
  • Export to iOS Files (iOS 11)
  • Various layout adjustments
  • Clean up: ••• menus now hide options that are not available
  • Improved speed rating experience
  • “Add photos” in album ••• includes “Files”
  • “Add photos” now possible in organize

Cloud Storage Settings and Sync Behaviour with Cellular Data

What’s New in Lightroom Mobile iOS 2.8

A few days late again with news of the latest update to Lightroom mobile for iOS. This is a big update, and one many will have been waiting for, especially if using an iPad or iPad Pro.

So, what’s does Adobe say is new or improved:

  • the ability to make precise adjustments with a single swipe using the new Brush Selection tool. You can selectively apply Exposure, Brightness, Clarity, and other adjustments to localised areas of the image. Support is also included for the Apple Pencil and pressure-sensitive application of adjustments.
  • Improved user interface designed specifically for the iPad**
  • Direct control to adjust Noise Reduction and Sharpening.
  • Support for the latest cameras and lenses found in ACR 9.12 release (see here)

So, what do I make of this update?

Readers who use the iPhone version will recall that the last big update included a major revamp of the editing controls. Unfortunately, the iPad missed out on this revamp, and many customers were a tad disappointed as a result. However, this time round, Adobe have focused on the iPad by reworking the editing controls. Sadly, the result, in my opinion, isn’t as good or well thought out as the last iPhone update. The following screenshot demonstrates the problem.

iPad – New Edit Stack

Notice that the edit stack takes up at least 1/3 of the screen. I have no why this should be so or even in what way Adobe believes it to be an improvement. Don’t get me wrong, the sliders, and their positioning are fine, but 1/3 of my iPad Pro screen allocated to them isn’t.

Sharpening and Noise Reduction have also made their way into this build, but as with the other controls on the edit stack they take up too much of the UI.

Lr mobile also support the black & white masking option found in Lightroom desktop and Camera Raw. To see it in operation, move the Masking slider with one finger while holding another finger down on the photo. It takes a bit of effort initially, but after a few tries you’ll figure it out 😉

iPad – Sharpening and Noise Adjustments

I mentioned the new Selective Brush tool above, and will now try to explain how it works. First, it’s found under Selective Adjustments (tap on shaded circle at of edit stack – inside red boundary on below screenshot).

iPad – Selective Edit Tools

  • Next tap on the + button (top left corner). This adds a new selective adjustment.

iPad – Selective Adjustment Tools

  • Choose the brush from the three options (brush, radial gradient, and gradient), and follow the instructions.

iPad – Brush Tool

Although not new to this version, I thought it worthwhile also mentioning the Gradient Tool.

iPad – Gradient Tool

The settings panel has also undergone some changes, I’ll let you decide what these are for yourself 😉

iPad – Settings Panel