Lightroom Classic 9.3 has been released today. As well as bug fixes and new camera/lens support, the engineering team have spent this release cycle focusing on some long-term requests and other enhancements.
The entire Lightroom cloud-based ecosystem has also been updated today too.
Windows 7 warning
If you are still on Windows 7, you may wish to delay upgrading to 9.3 until you’ve upgraded to Windows 10. Microsoft ended support for Windows 7 on January 14, 2020.
Therefore, Lightroom Classic video playback support for Windows 7 has now ended. This affects the import and playback of new and existing videos in your catalog, as well as the ability to use the Slideshow module. Export will continue to work only when exporting as original. Other Lightroom Classic features continue to work as before.
The first thing you’ll notice is a change of Lightroom icon. Although the application names haven’t changed, new Adobe branding means the icons have. Here are the new Lightroom icons.
Requested for a long time, 9.3 brings local HSL adjustment. We already had Saturation and Luminance (Exposure) but now the Hue can also be changed for a selected area. Using the Color Range Mask, along with the brush or gradient, allows quick and accurate selections.
You might use it for minor adjustments, like reducing pink cheeks without affecting the person’s lips, or major adjustments, like completely replacing a color in part of the photo. In this example, we changed the dress from blue to green on the right, and the shade of lipstick on the girl with the red dress.
There’s no one better to tell you about the new Hue slider than one of the Camera Raw Engineers who worked on this project, Greg Zulkie.
New Presets for Defaults
There are now additional built-in Presets that can be used for defaults or as normal presets.
Adobe Default resets to Adobe defaults, like the old Adobe (Reset) button used to.
Camera Settings resets everything back to defaults but uses the camera emulation profile, matching the camera style you selected when shooting the photo.
Other presets also enable lens corrections and noise reduction to use as defaults, to save you having to create your own presets.
ISO Adaptive Presets
You can now create a preset with variable settings depending on the ISO value without having to use a text editor. Select a range of photos with different ISO values before creating a preset, and the settings for any ISO’s in-between will be automatically interpolated.
The Tone Curve has a new UI. The new buttons let you switch between a Parametric Curve and Point Curves.
With Point Curves, you can now enter numeric values for each color (RGB). Snap to Grid is a new option in the right-click menu, as well as being able to copy and paste from one point curve to other channels.
The Sync status used to be found in the Activity Center, but now has its own cloud icon in the module picker. The cloud symbol updates to show the sync status, similar to the Lightroom (cloud-based) system. For example, the status can be Synced, Syncing, Paused or Disconnected / Offline, as well as a range of error messages.
If multiple export presets are selected, the Export button changes to Batch Export. There’s an additional dialog that allows you to override the destination folders and file names specified in the presets.
It wouldn’t be a Lightroom Classic release without a focus on performance, as well as new features. In this release:
- Develop sliders feel smoother when making adjustments, because the Navigator panel and Filmstrip wait until you release the slider before updating
- Grid scrolling is also smoother, depending on the hardware configuration
- Like the Folders panel, the Collection panel is also now cached for faster searching
HEVC is now supported on Windows and AVI is supported again on macOS.
New User Tutorials
For newer Lightroom users, some additional tutorials now appear on the first launch of Lightroom. This is just a start, and additional tutorials will be added over time.
Other minor updates
- Color panel icons have been updated to match the new tone curve icons
- The Metadata panel has an additional view for 3D projections
- Facebook Publish Services are automatically converted to normal Collections, and removed from the Publish Services panel
- If the backup drive is offline, Lightroom now warns you when you run a backup
- There’s a new Crop overlay called Center under Tools menu > Crop Guide Overlay that helps you find the center of your photo
New camera support:
- Apple iPad Pro (11-inch) (2nd generation) – preliminary support
- Apple iPad Pro (12.9-inch) (4th generation) – preliminary support
- Apple iPhone SE (2020 version)
- Click to view the full list of supported cameras
New tether support:
- Canon EOS-1D X Mark III
New lens profiles:
- Apple iPad (6th generation) back camera 3.3mm f2.4 (JPEG)
- Apple iPad (7th generation) back camera 3.3mm f2.4 (JPEG)
- Apple iPad Air (3rd generation) back camera 3.3mm f2.4 (JPEG)
- Apple iPad Air back camera 3.3mm f2.4 (JPEG)
- Apple iPad mini (5th generation) back camera 3.3mm f2.4 (JPEG)
- Apple iPad Pro (11-inch) (2nd generation) back camera 1.27mm f/2.4 (JPEG+HEIC)
- Apple iPad Pro (11-inch) (2nd generation) back camera 3mm f/1.8 (DNG+JPEG+HEIC)
- Apple iPad Pro (11-inch) (2nd generation) front camera 2.87mm f/2.2 (JPEG+HEIC)
- Apple iPad Pro (12.9-inch) (4th generation) back camera 1.27mm f/2.4
- Apple iPad Pro (12.9-inch) (4th generation) back camera 3mm f/1.8 (DNG+JPEG+HEIC)
- Apple iPad Pro (12.9-inch) (4th generation) front camera 2.87mm f/2.2 (JPEG+HEIC)
- Apple iPhone SE front camera 2.87mm f/2.2 (JPEG+HEIC)
- Apple iPod touch back camera 3.3mm f2.4 (JPEG)
- HUWAWEI P40 Pro Front Camera (JPEG)
- HUWAWEI P40 Pro Rear Main Camera (DNG+JPEG)
- HUWAWEI P40 Pro Rear Telephoto Camera (DNG+JPEG)
- HUWAWEI P40 Pro Rear Wide Camera (DNG+JPEG)
- Click here for the full list of available Adobe Lens Profiles
As usual this release also includes bug fixes. Adobe only publishes the ones that were reported by users.
- Single frame video file not importing into Lightroom
- Certain video types not importing
- Import from another catalog where individual folders are > 7,000 images fails in selection dialog
- Unable to import Go Pro and mp4 videos
- Not importing all Mavic Pro 2 video files
- Smart Collection Criteria on Aperture not allowing for an aperture < 1.0
- EXIF Aperture value below 1.0 not displayed correctly in Metadata browser and Histogram
- macOS 10.14 – title bar disappears on entering full screen (sometimes)
- “Edit In” ignores Preferences to use ZIP compression with TIFF files
- TIFF compression settings have no effect when Lightroom sends image to Photoshop for editing
- iPhone videos do not play back smoothly
- Filmstrip photos with many badges have clickable areas outside of the filmstrip
- Rename dialog using tokens containing “.” fail to preview in dialog correctly
- Rating buttons invisible in Survey mode
- 270 degree Rotated in camera, flipped horizontal, opens in Photoshop upside down
- Use of “|”, “<” and “>” as hierarchical keyword separators not documented
- Folder name in Grid info not updating when an image is moved
- After moving the original files to another directory, create HDR or Panorama do not work until after restart
- Color labels on Filter Bar not showing colors on 4K monitor
- Dock Folder option not sticky
- The White Balance Eye Dropper / Defringe Eye Dropper Target Area is offset on Windows HiDPi displays
- Develop auto produces incorrect Histograms
- Histogram not redrawing after full neg reloads
- PV1&2 Presence Sliders covered by square gray artifact
- Don’t allow creation of Presets with empty gradient and circular gradient filters
- Toggling visibility for HSL / B&W Panel removes local adjustments
- On macOS Spot healing cursor not visible with multiple desktops
- Will not export both portrait and landscape oriented pictures as a slideshow video in 720 or 1080
- Slideshow Export to Video not showing edits on some images
- Video format doesn’t get updated on switching between publish services
- Unexpected error opening catalog on macOS
- Map Module Shift + Click on Google logo renders module unusable until restart
- After language change incorrect message “Update available dialog”
- French translation improvements
If you find a bug, click here to learn how to report it to Adobe.
Although Lightroom is likely your primary editing tool, you might use Adobe Camera Raw when editing a Smart Object in Photoshop. The new ACR interface should look a lot more familiar to you if you’ve used either Lightroom (cloud-based) or Lightroom Classic, as it’s a bit of a cross between the two.
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 overloading 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.