Feature summary | Lightroom (October 2021 release)

Learn more about new features and enhancements in the October 2021 release of Lightroom desktop (version 5.0) and Lightroom for mobile (version 7.0)

Use Masking to make precise local adjustments

New in Lightroom desktop and mobile

Reimagine local adjustments with the brand new Masking panel. Now use the Brush, Linear Gradient, Radial Gradient tools with greater precision and organization. You can also access the new Color Range and Luminance Range tools that help you adjust specific colors or brightness levels in a photo. Depth Range control is also available for photos containing depth information.

You can choose to combine multiple tools in a single photo to make complex local adjustments and easily access them in an organized Masking panel.

In Lightroom desktop, here's how you can get started with Masking:

Note:

Using Lightroom for mobile? Check out these links:

  1. Import or open a photo you want to edit. 

  2. Select Masking from the left panel.

    Masking in Lightroom
    Open the new Masking panel in Lightroom desktop

  3. Use one of the following tools to make a selection:

    • Brush Click and drag the tool over the areas you want to edit. Adjust the Brush Size, Feather, Flow, and Density using the given sliders.
    • Linear Gradient Click and drag the tool in the area you want to edit. This is useful to adjust a large portion of the photo with a gradually fading pattern that creates soft transitions.
    • Radial Gradient Click and drag the tool in the area you want to edit. This tool helps you make local adjustments inside or outside an oval shape. Use the Feather slider to determine how soft you want the adjustments to be.
    Linear Gradient in Masking
    Linear Gradient tool in Masking

    Note:

    To know about Select Subject and Select Sky, see these links: Select Subject and Select Sky.

  4. The following local adjustment tools are new:

    • Color Range Use this tool to select a specific color. All areas in the photo with that specific color will be selected. The Refine slider helps you make an accurate color selection.
    • Luminance Range Select a point or area in the photo using the tool. All areas with the selected range of brightness will become a selection. This way, you can make precise adjustments to just those levels of brightness in a photo. The Select Luminance slider and Show Luminance map option help you decide the exact level of brightness you want to select.
    • Depth Range (This is enabled only for photos containing depth information) Use this tool to select areas based on their distance from the camera. The tool slider helps you quickly make this selection.
    Color Range in Masking
    Color Range in Masking allows you to make precise adjustments to specific colors in your photo.

  5. Once your selection is made, use the editing sliders in the right panel to make local adjustments. 

  6. To make a new selection, click Create New MaskThe Masks panel gives you an organized and detailed view of the selections made and edits made to those selections. This way, you can combine multiple Masking tools and follow through with the edits you make to them.

    Masking tools in Lightroom desktop
    Masking tools in Lightroom desktop

  7. In the Masks panel, you can also:

    • Invert the selection. Click the three-dot icon next to the mask and select Invert. This will select all areas of the photo that was previously not selected.
    • Customize the name of the mask, hide, delete, or duplicate it. Click the three-dot icon next to the mask and select Rename. You can also find options to delete, duplicate, or hide the mask.
    • Temporarily hide a mask. Long-press the eye icon next to the mask. To temporarily hide all the masks, long-press the eye icon in the upper-right corner of the panel.
    • Hide or view the Masking Overlay. Use the Show Overlay toggle to hide or view the Overlay.
    • Change the color of the overlay. Click the red button in the bottom-right corner and select the desired color. You can also click the three-dot menu in the lower-right corner and select from Color Overlay on B&W, Image on B&W, White on Black, and more options.
    • Drag the floating Masks panel to the right panel to dock it. You can drag it out to undock.
    • Get a cleaner workspace. Click the right arrow in the upper-right corner to minimize the panel. 

Quickly select and make edits to a subject or sky

New in Lightroom desktop and mobile

Powered by AI, the Masking panel now offers two new options - Select Subject and Select Sky! Now with just a click, select the subject or sky in your photo and make adjustments to just the selection.

Select a subject (person, animal, or thing) in your photo

  1. In Lightroom desktop, open the photo you want to edit.

    Note:

    Using Lightroom for mobile? Check out these links:

  2. In the right panel, select Masking > Select Subject.

    Select Subject in Lightroom
    The Select Subject option in Masking on Lightroom desktop

  3. Lightroom will run an analysis and automatically select the subject for you. You can view the selection as a red overlay and a mask is created in the Masks panel.

    To further refine the selection, do the next step.

    Subject is automatically selected in Lightroom desktop
    Subject is automatically selected in Lightroom desktop

  4. Click the mask in the Masks panel. Select Add to further add areas to the selection or Subtract to erase areas of the automatic selection. You can use any of the masking tools to do this. The easiest to use is the Brush where you can simply paint the areas you want to edit.

    Add or Subtract from a mask
    Add or Subtract from a mask

  5. To invert the selection, click Invert. This will select everything else except the subject. You can also click the three-dot icon next to the Mask and select Invert Subject Selection.

    Click Invert to select all areas except the subject
    Click Invert to select all areas except the subject

  6. Once you're happy with the selection, use the editing sliders in the right to make local adjustments.

Quickly select the sky in a photo

  1. In Lightroom desktop, open the photo you want to edit and select Masking > Select Sky.

    Select Sky in Masking
    Use the Select Sky tool in Masking

  2. Lightroom runs an analysis of your photo and automatically selects the sky. The selection is shown as a red overlay, by default.

    To make further refinements, click the Mask in the Masks panel and select Add or Subtract to make additions to the selection or erase areas of the selection.

    Automatically select the sky in Lightroom desktop
    Automatically select the sky in Lightroom desktop

  3. Make the desired adjustments to the selection using the editing sliders in the right.

    • To hide the overlay, use the Show Overlay toggle in the Masks panel.
    • Click Invert in the right panel to select all areas except the sky.

Find the right preset with just a click!

New in Lightroom desktop, mobile, and web

Powered by AI, Lightroom now automatically recommends presets to you based on your photo. 

To access this feature:

  1. Open a photo you want to edit.

  2. In Lightroom desktop, select Edit > Presets > Recommended.

    Select from a range of Recommended Presets to easily enhance your photo
    Select from a range of Recommended Presets to easily enhance your photo.

  3. Lightroom will quickly run an analysis of your photo, and automatically provide suitable presets to take your photo to the next level.

  4. Simply hover over the Recommended Presets to preview it in the selected photo. Click a preset to apply and your photo is enhanced in just a click!

    Recommended Presets in Lightroom
    Recommended Presets in Lightroom desktop

    Note:
    • The curated list of Recommended Presets is inspired by edits made by users in the Lightroom in-app community. Lightroom compares photos with similar histograms and subjects to customize the preset options for you. This list can change with time, so if you like a preset make sure to save it.
    • Use the given filters such as Subtle, Strong, and Cool, among others in the carousel above the presets to further refine your recommendations.

Explore edits and get inspired by other photographers!

New in Lightroom desktop

In the Remixes tab of Lightroom desktop, get to know what photographers in the in-app community are doing and learn from them the latest editing trends. You can also edit photos of other users and help them learn from you.

  1. Click Discover in the left panel and select the Remixes tab.

    Edit a fellow photographer's photo or allow others to edit yours!
    Edit a fellow photographer's photo or allow others to edit yours!

  2. To edit a photo: Scroll to All Remixable Edits to view the remixable photos. Hover over the thumbnail and click Remix. Add your edits, click Next, add a comment about your editing process, and click Post Remix for the user to see your edits. All edits made will appear in the Remixes tab of the user's profile.

    All Remixable Edits
    Find a range of photos to remix on Lightroom desktop!

  3. To share and allow others to edit your photo: Open an edited photo and select Share > Share to Discover. Fill in the details in the right panel and select the Allow Remixing toggle. Then, click Share.

    Enter the details and click Share to let others remix your photo!
    Enter the details and click Share to let others remix your photo!

  4. To view the remixes of a photo, visit your or a user's profile, and click the Remixes tab. Open a photo to view all the edits made by different people in one place. This way, you can learn, compare, and find editing workflows that work for you.

    View remixes done by different photographers in one place
    View remixes done by different photographers in one place

To learn more, see Remixes in Lightroom desktop.

Support for new cameras and lenses

Check out the following articles to find newly added cameras and lenses in the full list of supported profiles:

Other enhancements

Lightroom desktop and mobile

  • All your Lightroom learning needs are now in one place. Presenting Lightroom Academy! Check out fun tutorials, guides, and exercises to try by yourself.
  • Access new industry-quality presets in Premium Presets. Find new categories such as Food, Lifestyle, Urban Architecture, and more.
  • Camera matching Color Profiles are added for Canon Picture Styles. Check this article to see if your Canon camera that has CR3 raw file support is included.
  • View interactive tutorials for the new Masking tools such as Linear and Radial Gradient.

Lightroom for desktop

  • Edits don't automatically play in a Discover post, starting this release.
  • Click the Crop & Rotate tool to find the new Crop Overlay drop-down menu. You can select from overlays such as Grid, Thirds, Diagonal, and more for cropping.

Lightroom for mobile (iOS and Android)

  • Experience smoother and faster scrolling when you're in the All Photos or album grid.
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