Learn what's new in the latest release of Lightroom Classic CC.
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The October 2018 release of Lightroom Classic CC (version 8.0) rolls out several new features and enhancements that enrich your digital imaging experience. Read on for a quick introduction to these features and links to resources offering more information.


Note:

  • With the new Auto-update feature, your Creative Cloud apps are now automatically upgraded whenever a new version is available. For Lightroom Classic CC, you cannot have two versions of the app running simultaneously on your computer. Your existing app preferences and settings are migrated to the latest version. You can manage the update preferences using the Creative Cloud desktop app. Learn more.
  • If the previous installation of Lightroom Classic CC was licensed and deployed by your IT admin using an enterprise serial number, you should not update to the latest version of Lightroom Classic. Click here for more information on reverting to a prior version to re-enable access.

Lightroom Classic CC 8.1 (December 2018 release)

This release of Lightroom Classic CC rolls out new features and enhancements such as customization of Develop Panel, Add to Collection option in auto-import settings, Grid Snap option in book module, relaxed HDR-Pano merge conditions, support for new cameras and lenses, and bug fixes.

Customize the order of Develop panels

With this release, you can now drag the Develop module panels in the order you would like to see them in.

To customize the Develop panel menu, do the following:

  1. Right-click (Win) / Control-click (Mac) on the header of any panel.
  2. Select Customize Develop Panel from the context menu that opens. 
  3. In the Customize Develop Panel dialog box that opens, drag the panel names in the desired order.
  4. To restore to the default order, click Default Order
  5. Click Save.
  6. Relaunch Lightroom Classic to see the Develop panels in the new order in the Confirm dialog that opens.

For detailed information, see Customize the order of Develop module panels.

Add photos from a watched folder to a Collection with Auto Import

In the Auto Import settings, you can now use the Add To Collection option to directly pull photos from a watched folder into a specified Collection. 

The Auto Import feature monitors a watched folder for photos and automatically imports them into the Collection you've set as the destination. After you set up a watched folder and specify a destination Collection in the auto-import settings, you can simply drag photos into the watched folder. Lightroom Classic CC automatically imports those photos in the specified Collection, allowing you to bypass the import window.

To add photos from a watched folder to a Collection, do the following:

  1. Go to File > Auto Import > Auto Import Settings.
  2. In the Auto Import Settings dialog box, set up a watched folder and select the Enable Auto Import option.
  3. In the Destination area of the dialog box, select the Add to Collection check box. Lightroom Classic now displays a list of all your Collections. 
  4. Select any Collection as your destination for auto-import. 
  5. Optionally, you can also click Create Collection to create a new collection and select it as the destination for import.
  6. Click OK.

Align images in a Book layout with the Grid Snap guides

You can now easily align photos in a Book layout using the Grid Snap option in the Guides section. In Grid Snap, choose either Cells to align the cells of two photos with respect to each other, or Grid to align photos with the grid guide lines. By default, the Grid Snap option is set to Off.

Confirmation dialog on exit

With this release, you would see a confirmation dialog on exit so that you can choose to cancel exiting from Lightroom Classic CC. If you select Don’t show again checkbox from the confirmation dialog, reset warning dialogs (Preferences > General > Reset All Warning dialogs) to see the confirmation dialog on exit again.

Duplicate preset handling

You can create or rename a preset with the same name under the same preset group by selecting among the options displayed in the Duplicate Preset Name dialog box that opens. The displayed options are: Replace, Duplicate, or Rename.

  • Replace - Select this option to keep only the latest preset with the same name in the group
  • Duplicate - Select this option to keep two presets with the same name listed in the same group
  • Rename - Select this option to append a numeric extension to the name by default or rename it yourself

Show partially compatible presets

Lightroom Classic now allows you to see all presets at all times, even if they are not compatible with the photo selected in Loupe view.

To enable this preference setting, go to: Preferences > Presets > Visibility > Show Partially Compatible Develop Presets.

Relaxed HDR-Panorama merge requirements

Lightroom Classic CC has relaxed the requirements for HDR-Pano merge operation. You can now easily merge HDR-Panoramas using photos that differ in dimension, focal lengths, and orientation. Lightroom Classic now caches the previews generated for photo merge operations which improves performance.

Support for new cameras and lenses

For a full list of supported cameras and lens profiles, see these resources:

Lightroom Classic CC 8.0 (October 2018 release)

Depth range masking

Beginning this release, a new range mask option is added to the local adjustment tools. Make selections based on a range of depth values in supported HEIC photos that contain embedded depth map data.

Make local adjustments with Depth Range Mask
An illustrative example showing a depth mask created (based on depth data) over objects in the foreground to apply selective adjustments.

Using the Depth Range Mask, after making an initial selection mask on your photo with Adjustment Brushes or Radial Filter/Graduated Filters, you can refine the mask area based on the depth range of the selection:

  1. From the Brush settings area in the Adjustment panel, choose the Range Mask type as Depth from the drop-down list. By default, Range Mask is set as Off.
  2. To sample a depth range within the mask area, do any of the following:
    1. Adjust the Range slider to define the endpoints of the selected depth range.
    2. Select Depth Range Selector from the Range Mask panel. Click+drag an area on the photo you want to adjust.
  3. Select the Show Depth Mask check box to view the depth of the image in black and white representation and use the Smoothness slider to control the falloff at either ends of the selected depth range.

After refining the mask area, you can now apply selective adjustments from the Effect pop-up menu to create precise photographic edits.

For more Help information, see Depth range mask.

Single-step HDR Panorama merge

Create HDR Panos faster now that you can merge multiple bracketed exposures into multiple HDR photos and then stitch them into a panorama — all in one step.

Simply select your exposure-bracketed pano source photos in the grid and select Photo > Photo Merge > HDR Panorama. In the HDR Panorama Merge Preview dialog box, you can adjust other settings using Boundary Warp slider, Auto Crop and Create Stack check boxes.

Merge HDR Panorama in a single step

For detailed information, see Create panoramas and HDR panoramas.

Faster tethering for Canon camera

Experience greater speed and stability when tethering supported Canon camera models to Lightroom Classic CC. 

Faster tethering for Canon Camera models
  1. Connect a supported Canon camera to your computer and choose File > Tethered Capture (Canon) > Start Tethered Capture.
  2. In the Tethered Capture Settings dialog box, specify how you want to import the photos using: Session, Naming, Destination, Information, Disable Auto Advance, Save A Copy To Camera.
  3. Click OK to start the photo-capture session.
  4. Use the floating tethered capture bar to adjust the camera controls and develop settings. 

Additionally, tether support for the following Canon camera models has been provided in this release:

  • Canon EOS 2000D (Rebel T7)
  • Canon EOS M50

For a full list of cameras that can be tethered to Lightroom Classic, see Tethered camera support.

Process version improvements

With Process Version 5 update, Lightroom Classic's raw image processing has been updated to include improvements to image quality for high ISO raw files that reduces purple color cast in your low-light shots and you see less noise when you move the Dehaze slider to the left of zero (negative dehaze).

To check the process version in Lightroom Classic, switch to the Develop module. In the Calibration panel, select the Process drop-down list to see a list of available versions. 

For related information, see Process versions.

HEVC file support (macOS)

Beginning with this release, Lightroom Classic CC supports Apple's HEVC video format (High Efficiency Video Coding, also known as H.265) on macOS High Sierra v10.13 or later.

Support for new cameras and lenses

For a full list of supported cameras and lens profiles, see these resources:

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