Lightroom Classic CC 7.3 has been released today. This release introduces major updates to the Develop module and improved Face Recognition, as well as the usual new camera/lens support for Lightroom. The entire Lightroom CC ecosystem has also been updated.
Update 24 hours in – there’s a few bugs cropping up, mainly around presets:
- Some presets did not convert and appear to disappear (workaround included)
- Presets sort in the wrong order
- Applying a preset applies the Adobe Standard profile or converts from B&W to Color or vice versa in some circumstances
- The translation of Adobe Portrait and Adobe Landscape is incorrect in some languages
- Presets don’t work, Profile pop-up hasn’t moved to Basic panel, Splash Screen says Lightroom 6
Since version 3, Lightroom has offered a number of profiles to emulate different in-camera picture styles, but they were hidden away in the Camera Calibration panel so most people didn’t know they existed, and they weren’t available in Lightroom CC.
In the April 2018 Lightroom releases, these profiles have become first-class citizens, and the concept has been greatly expanded. In addition to the existing camera matching profiles, there’s now a whole set of new Adobe profiles for different subjects, and a wide range of creative profiles to give your photos a specific “look”. These profiles are now available across the entire Lightroom and Camera Raw ecosystem. You can read all about the new profiles here.
Changes to Preset Format
The Preset format has changed from .lrtemplate to .xmp, so that presets are fully compatible with the Camera Raw plug-in. Their location has also changed as a result.
Most of these changes happen automatically behind the scenes when you start Lightroom, but all the geeky details are in the 7.3 update for my Lightroom Classic book, for those who like to understand how it works.
Some of the preset management tools, like creating, renaming and deleting new folders, have gone missing in this release. There are workarounds, but hopefully Adobe will address these missing features in the next update.
You will need to check your backups include the new profile and preset locations, which I’ve listed here.
Oh, and big news… presets now preview on the main image now, not just the small navigator panel.
Dehaze Moved to Basic Panel
By popular demand, the Dehaze slider has been moved from the Effects panel to the Basic panel!
Face Recognition Improvements
The Face Recognition engine in Lightroom has been replaced, and it should do a better job of picking up faces the old engine would have missed. If Catalog Settings > Metadata tab > Automatically detect faces in all photos is checked, you don’t need to do anything to benefit from the changes.
There’s also a new option to reindex specific photos, which has been requested for a long time. You’ll find this under Library menu > Find Faces Again.
Sharpening Default Changed
The default sharpening setting for raw files has changed from 25 to 40.
Larger Tone Curve
The tone curve has been enlarged to make it easier to adjust.
Due to a change in the Facebook API, you can no longer view or add comments using Lightroom’s Comments panel.
- Canon EOS 1500D (EOS Rebel T7/EOS Kiss X90/EOS 2000D)
- Canon 3000D (EOS Rebel T100/EOS 4000D)
- Canon EOS M50 (EOS Kiss M)
- Panasonic LUMIX DC-GX9 (DC-GX7MK3)
- Panasonic LUMIX ZS200 (DC-TX2/DC-TZ200/DC-TZ202/DC-TZ220/DC-ZS220)
- Sony A7 III (ILCE-7M3)
- Click to view the full list of supported cameras
- No new tethering in this release.
- Click to view the full list of cameras supported for tethering
- Canon EF
- SIGMA 14-24mm F2.8 DG HSM A01
- TAMRON 70-210mm F/4 Di VC USD A034
- TAMRON 70-210mm F/4 Di VC USD A034 +1.4x III
- TAMRON 70-210mm F/4 Di VC USD A034 +2x
- Hasselblad XCD 2,8/65mm
- Hasselblad XCD 2,8/135mm
- Hasselblad XCD 3,5-4,5/35-75mm
- Hasselblad XCD 4/21mm
- Nikon F
- SIGMA 14-24mm F2.8 DG HSM A018
- TAMRON 70-210mm F/4 Di VC USD A034*
- TAMRON 70-210mm F/4 Di VC USD A034 +1.4x III*
- TAMRON 70-210mm F/4 Di VC USD A034 +2x*
- (Note these Tamron lenses won’t be automatically selected due to lack of metadata, but you can select the profile using the pop-up and set it as a custom default)
- SIGMA 14-24mm F2.8 DG HSM A018
- Sony FE
- Zeiss Loxia 2.4/25
- Click here for the full list of available Adobe Lens Profiles
To update, go to Help menu > Updates or click the Update button in the CC app. The update servers take a while to push the updates around the world, to avoid crashing the servers. You can also open the Creative Cloud app, click the … icon (top right) and select Check for Updates to give it a nudge.