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Extensive Updates Released For Adobe Lightroom

Adobe has released extensive updates to the Lightroom ecosystem, including a new Home view in Lightroom for iOS and Android.

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Adobe have announced extensive updates to Lightroom, for iOS/Android and Mac/PC versions. Adobe say the updates include new features to help you become a better photographer, easily collaborate, and take your editing to the next level.

Home view in iOS and Android

Home view in iOS and Android (The update will reach Mac and PC later on) contains your latest images, new interactive tutorials and inspirational photos. Both of these features let you see the edits made to a wide variety of images, with new ones added every day. Inspirational photos allow you to see how the photo was made by tapping on its 'discover' post to see step by step edits made to the photo. 

The interactive tutorials offer a unique approach to learning. Instead of having to watch in a different window or even on another device and then attempt to follow-along within the app, the interactive tutorials provide access to the photo from the tutorial directly on your device and then walk you through each edit, step-by-step. You actually adjust each slider with guidance and instruction provided by the instructors along the way.

In Mac and Windows versions, the help menu (? icon at the top right of the screen) has been greatly expanded providing searchable help about each of the tools as well as built-in tutorials.

Improved collaboration

Improved collaboration

You can invite others to add photos to your albums in Lightroom Mac, Windows, Android, iOS and Chrome OS. 

Navigating to the Share & Invite menu lets you invite people by email and let them have access to either view or contribute photos to your album. Once someone contributes a photo or video to your album, you’ll have access to the full resolution in the format that was added to your album, including raw format.

New editing tools

Texture - Designed to help accentuate or smooth medium-sized details such as skin, bark and hair. By working only with the medium sized details, it can smooth skin without affecting pore details or accentuate bark or hair without increasing noise or impacting bokeh.

Texture works wonderfully in conjunction with other tools like Clarity and Dehaze, providing another powerful tool to achieve your creative vision.


Defringe (Mac & Windows only) - Found in the Optics section, this tool can help remove purple or green fringes caused by lens chromatic aberrations. Adobe recommends first turning on the Remove Chromatic Aberrations checkbox. Then, if there are still chromatic aberrations visible in your photo, use the eyedropper to select an area of your image that has a color fringe to identify the hue of the fringe to reduce throughout your photo.


Texture example


Batch editing (Android only) - You can now copy settings from one image and paste them to multiple images, saving you time and speeding up your editing process. First, find a photo to copy the edits from. Then, from the three-dot menu in the top-right of the screen, select Copy Settings. Next, go to the grid view and long-press to enter select mode. Select the photos you want to apply the edits to, navigate to the three-dot menu in the top-right, and select Paste Settings. Lightroom will then apply the edits to each photo.


Flat-field correction (Lightroom Classic) - This feature was previously a plug-in but is now built into Lightroom Classic's Library model.  Flat-Field Correction helps correct for sensor and lens characteristics that can result in asymmetrical color casts. To use the Flat-Field Correction tool, you’ll need to capture a calibration photo by shooting a flat, evenly illuminated reflective surface.


Read more about the updates for your version of the software here: 

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