The Lightroom cloud ecosystem has been updated today, with updates for Windows & Mac (4.0), iOS & Android (6.0) and Web. (Lightroom Classic has also been updated.)
The system requirements have been updated.
The minimum Windows 10 supported is v1903 or later.
The minimum macOS now supported is 10.14 (Mojave).
RAM has also increased to a minimum of 8GB, with a recommendation of 16GB.
The big news in this release is the new Color Grading feature. It replaces and expands upon the previous Split Toning controls, allowing much finer control.
In addition to the pre-existing Hue and Saturation controls for Highlights and Shadows, you can now also apply a tint to the Midtones, and you can play with the Luminance of each tint. The existing Balance slider remains, and it’s now joined by a Blending slider, which controls how much the tones blend into each other. Color Grading is still fully compatible with your old Split Toning settings and presets, you just have to set Blending to 100 to replicate the old Split Toning effect.
Whereas the White Balance and HSL tools are primarily used for color correction, Color Grading is designed for color effects, such as those frequently used by video editors.
Read all about the new color grading direct from the lead engineer, Max Wendt, on Adobe’s blog.
You can now add your own graphical watermark or signature as a PNG file, and it’s automatically synced to the Windows, Mac, iOS and Android apps.
Zooming is now more flexible and instead of fixed percentages, if you click on the downward arrow next to 100% in the toolbar underneath the photo, you can select different percentages. Fit, of course, fits the entire photo into the preview area.
There are two new Zoom tools—Box Zoom and Scrubby Zoom.
Hold the Ctrl (Windows) / Cmd (Mac) key to show the Box Zoom cursor and click and drag on the image to draw a rectangular marquee. Lightroom zooms in to fill the preview area with the selected area of the photo.
Hold the Shift key to show the Scrubby Zoom cursor (currently only with GPU enabled) and then drag left<>right to zoom in/out continuously.
Lightroom now automatically saves a Version when you move to a different photo when using an Edit tool, in addition to the Named Versions that were added in the last release.
Best Photos (iOS/Android/Web)
Best Photos is an Adobe Sensei-based artificial intelligence which analyzes your photos and tries to figure out which it thinks are your best photos. It’s been available as a tech preview on Android and Web for some time, but it’s now been improved and brought to iOS too.
Selective Auto Add (Android)
On the Android app, you can now choose whether to automatically Import from all locations, or select specific device folders for Auto Add.
Updated Desktop Photos Panel
The left handle panel of the Windows/Mac apps has been updated, with the buttons disappearing from the left hand toolbar and the panels being combined into a single long scrolling panel. You’ll still find everything quite easily!
Updated Desktop Shortcuts
The shortcuts for Edit in Photoshop, Export and the new Export with Previous Settings have been updated, so we’ve updated our Shortcuts table, which is a free download.
New Camera Support
When a new camera is released, standardized formats such as JPEG, TIFF and DNG are supported immediately. Proprietary raw file formats are not standardized, so they must be individually added in a Lightroom release. Most cameras are supported within 2-3 months of their release. Raw file format support has been added in this release for:
- Fujifilm X-S10
- Panasonic LUMIX DC-S5
- Sony A7s III (ILCE-7SM3)
- Sony A7C (ILCE-7C) (preliminary support)
- Click to view the full list of supported cameras
New Lens Profiles
Many compact and mirrorless cameras have built-in lens profiles, but other cameras use lens profiles to correct for lens defects such as barrel/pincushion distortion and vignetting. New profiles are added with each Lightroom release. Click here for the full list of available Adobe Lens Profiles.
This is a major update so lots of work was put into the new features but it did also include bug fixes. Adobe only publishes the ones that were reported by users:
- [Desktop] Syncing Issues when Originals are stored on a NAS (hopefully!)
- [Desktop] Export creates duplicates when saving.
- [Desktop] Moving to the next photo clears previous photo edits.
- [Desktop] Copy and paste overwrite Selective Adjustments.
If you find a bug, click here to learn how to report it to Adobe.
How do I update?
To update on the desktop, 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. To update on mobile, visit the App Store (iOS) / Play Store (Android).
Is the book updated?
The eBooks for Adobe Lightroom – Edit Like a Pro are already updated for these changes, and can be downloaded immediately after purchasing. If you already have a current Lightroom Cloud Premium Membership, the updated eBooks are available for download in your Members Area.
A new version of the paperback has also been produced that includes all of the above features including the October updates. We’re currently waiting for a proof copy to come to us (usually a couple of weeks) then it’ll be available for printing and shipping. If your order includes a paperback copy it will be placed on backorder until available.