The Lightroom CC ecosystem has been updated today, with updates for Windows & Mac (1.5). The iOS (3.4) and Android (3.6) updates will ship within a few weeks. (Lightroom Classic CC has also been updated.) And there’s some even bigger news… my Lightroom CC book is finally finished!
Store Album Locally (Windows/Mac)
If you know you’re going to be offline, you can now right-click on an album and choose to store that album’s originals locally, just as you can on the mobile apps. Unchecking it reverts to automatic cache management.
Album Membership (Windows/Mac)
At the bottom of the Info panel, you can now see which albums include the selected photo, and if you click on one of the tokens, Lightroom opens the selected album.
Improved Filtering (Windows/Mac/iOS)
On Windows/Mac, there’s additional search functionality for the text search field, so you can narrow down your search by the type of metadata, such as extension:cr2. There’s a full list of search tokens in my new book.
On iOS, the Filter menu is being updated to include the Camera, Location, Keywords and Edit Status filters that are already available on the desktop.
New Organize View (iOS – coming soon)
The iOS Organize view is having a bit of facelift. It’s being split into two tabs – My Photos and Shared Albums – just like the web interface. This gives you easy access to the albums you’ve shared with others, as well as your full album hierarchy.
There are also new LR Camera Photos and Recently Added smart albums, as these photos can quickly get lost in All Photos.
Other Features (iOS/Android – coming soon)
In the Grid view on iOS, the multi-select mode is changing to match the Android behavior, so you long-press on a photo to enter selection mode and then choose to copy/move/remove/delete/share photos, rather than selecting the action and then the photos. It makes sense when you try it!
On iOS, you’ll soon be able to export more than 15 photos at a time, which is a much-requested feature.
On iOS, HDR/Long Exposure files will be up to 2/3rds smaller without visual quality loss, thanks to some clever compression.
The Remove Chromatic Aberrations checkbox and lens profile pop-ups are now available in the Optics panel on the Android apps (but are not yet available on iOS).
Tech Previews (iOS/Android – coming soon)
Coming soon to iOS, there’s a new Depth Map Support tech preview. To create the depth mask, use the Portrait mode in the iOS camera or the new Depth Capture mode in Lightroom’s camera (HEIC format only). When you go to Selective Editing mode, you can select the existing depth mask, adjust the range and then further edit the mask using the brush and sliders. This allows you to create fake depth of field, darken backgrounds, and more.
Already available on Lightroom Web as a tech preview, and coming soon to the Android app is the Best Photos feature. It uses Adobe Sensei artificial intelligence as well as edits that you’ve made to your photos to automatically select the photos it thinks have the highest potential, quickly and easily.
These are both disabled by default, but can be enabled in Settings > Technology Previews.
HEIF Support (Windows & Android)
With the release of iOS 11, Apple announced that its newest devices would default to a new photo file format/container called HEIF, which stands for High Efficiency Image Format. It uses a more modern compression method than JPEG, so the file sizes are smaller.
In the last release, Adobe added support on macOS 10.13 and iOS11+, but those files are now also supported on Windows, and will shortly be supported on Android too. HEVC videos are not currently supported.
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:
- Parrot Anafi
- Sony DSC-RX100M5A
- Sony DSC-RX100M6
- Click to view the full list of supported cameras.
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.
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 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.
Lightroom CC book now available!
Now the big news… my brand new Lightroom CC book is available to download right now! It covers the whole Lightroom CC ecosystem, whether you’re using Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, Apple TV or the web interface (but not Lightroom Classic, except migrating). You can read all about it here. (And if you’re already subscribed to my newsletter, look out for an email in the next 24 hours with a special gift!)
Most Lightroom CC books are out of date before they even ship, but I’m including a year’s eBook updates with your purchase, and you can extend your access at a low cost, so you always have the latest information.
The book already includes today’s new desktop features, and there will be an update for the new mobile features when they ship in a few weeks. The paperback versions are expected to ship early in September, complete with those new mobile features.
The free Lightroom CC Quick Start eBook has also been updated today, and updated download links are being emailed out to everyone who previously requested that eBook.