The Lightroom CC ecosystem has been updated today, with updates for the Windows (1.1), Mac (1.1), iOS (3.1) and Android (3.2) apps. (Lightroom Classic CC has also been updated.)
New Intelligent Auto Settings, powered by Adobe’s Sensei! (All Versions)
Lightroom’s old Auto adjustments were… hit and miss, to put it kindly. No more! Adobe has used its machine learning technology to analyze how skilled professional photographers edited tens of thousands of photos, and then applied this information to build a brand new Auto.
The new Auto applies auto adjustments to Exposure, Contrast, Highlights, Shadows, Whites, Blacks, Saturation and Vibrance, to get the best automated result possible. Furthermore, it’s now smart enough to take your existing Crop, White Balance or Camera Profile into account when doing its calculations. It’s much better at retaining highlight and shadow detail, and doesn’t often overexpose, so it’s a much better starting point. Give it a try!
Tone Curve (Windows/Mac)
The tone curve allows advanced control over the tones, contrast and color in a photo. To show/hide the Tone Curve, click the icon at the top of the Light panel. There are buttons for the parametric curve (which prevents you from doing anything too crazy!) and the RGB, Red, Green and Blue point curves. There’s even a helpful gradient to help you remember which direction to move.
Split Toning (Windows/Mac)
Split toning is used for cross-processing type effects for color photos, or tints for B&W photos. To show/hide the Split Toning controls, click the icon at the top of the Effects panel. The interface is a little different to the Lightroom Classic controls, but the basic principles are the same. You can set the hue and saturation of the shadows and highlights using the color picker, and adjust the balance between them.
Edit Capture Time (Windows/Mac)
If you’ve ever forgotten to adjust your camera’s clock for daylight saving time or when traveling, you’ll appreciate the ability to fix the capture time of your photos. Click the pencil icon to the right of the Capture Time field in the Info panel, then set the correct capture time. If more than one photo is selected, set the date of the last one and they’ll all be adjusted by the same increment.
Full Screen (Windows/Mac)
You can now view your photos in full screen mode, with no distractions. Press the F key, or go to View menu > Detail Full Screen. The F key or Escape gets you back to the normal view again.
You can now add a simple text based watermark when sharing photos from the iOS apps. To set the preferences, tap the LR icon in the top left corner of Organize view, and go to Sharing Options. Toggle the Include switch and tap Customize to set the watermark properties. Here you can select the location, opacity, font and size.
App Shortcuts (Android)
Android devices which support App Shortcuts on Nougat (7.1.1 or later) can long-press on the Lightroom app icon to display shortcuts.
Local Storage Management (Android)
If you go to the menu (top left in Organize view), then select Device Info & Storage > Manage Storage, you can now see a list of albums marked to store offline and clear them.
Cellular Data Management (Android)
If Use Cellular Data is enabled in Preferences, everything works smoothly. If it’s disabled, you can tap on the cloud icon at the top of Detail view to download a smart preview for editing.
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:
- Apple iPhone 8, Apple iPhone 8 Plus, Apple iPhone X
- Canon EOS M100*, Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III
- Google Pixel 2, Google Pixel 2 XL
- GoPro FUSION, GoPro HERO6
- Hasselblad A6D -100c
- Light L16
- Panasonic LUMIX DC-G9
- Sony A7R III (ILCE-7RM3), Sony RX10 IV (DSC-RX10M4)*
- Click to view the full list of supported cameras.
* Full support now available. Partial support in previous release.
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.
There are loads of bug fixes on all versions. Adobe only publishes the bugs reported by users, which this time include:
- Fixed – Lightroom CC doesn’t allow importing two photos with the same name; the Import dialog displays that the image has already been imported.
- Updated the migration log to accurately display the amount of local storage required for migrating a Lightroom Classic CC catalog to Lightroom CC
- Fixed the issue Lightroom CC migration fails with non-informative error message as reported here and here.
- Fixed the Lightroom CC hanging issue when importing a large number (5000+) of photos/videos
- Improved speed when migrating your Lightroom Classic CC catalog to Lightroom CC
- Improved performance when applying keywords to a large number of images
- Image thumbnail in the Filmstrip refreshes quicker when applying adjustments
- Fixed the issue Lightroom CC crashes when opening the preferences dialog (macOS v10.13 High Sierra-only)
- Improvements to the local storage preferences (added option to store all smart previews locally and show how much space is required on the boot drive)
- HDR capture quality improved.
- Some Samsung customers couldn’t install Lightroom CC.
- Some Google Pixel 2 owners crashed on export.
- Some Huawei owners couldn’t import photos.
If you find another bug, click here to report it.
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.