Adobe has just released Lightroom mobile for Android version 2.0, and it’s rapidly catching up with its iOS big brother. So what’s new?
Built-in Camera including DNG capture (phone only)
The new built-in camera includes all of the standard adjustments – flash, white balance, exposure, grid overlay, self-timer and front/rear cameras.
It also has non-destructive shoot-through presets, so you can apply a preset when you’re shooting the image, but if you don’t like the result, you can reset the photo using the normal editing controls.
There’s one additional feature which isn’t available on iOS… if your phone supports raw image capture, the Lightroom camera can store them as DNG files rather than JPEGs.
New Collections View
The Collections view has been updated with smaller icons, which are more practical when you have lots of collections.
Further Editing Tools
The Tone Curve now has a Mode button to switch between the existing Parametric curves, and the new Point Curves, which include curves for the individual RGB channels.
Split Toning has been added, allowing effects such as toned black and white images and cross-processed color.
The B&W mix and HSL adjustments now have a targeted adjustment tool, which allows you to adjust the tones by dragging directly on the photo, rather than guessing which sliders you need to move.
Dehaze is also now available in the Android app. It’s designed to remove (or add) atmospheric haze over a landscape or city smog, but it also works well to quickly clean up a range of photos including backlit photos, underwater photos, reflections, and those shot out of airplane windows!
If the original image is present on the device, for example, a photo you shot using the phone’s camera, the Save to Gallery command in Loupe/Develop views (not Grid) now saves a full resolution edited version of the photo, rather than the previous low resolution version.
The updated app is available right now in the Google Play store.
(If you’ve already purchased my Lightroom mobile eBook (or you purchase today), the updated version is now
will be available for download from the Members Area tomorrow – I’m just putting the finishing touches to the update.)