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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)
The latest Masking panel sees an overhaul of the local adjustment tools. This lets you edit specific areas the way you want. Access Color, Luminance, and Depth Range tools along with Brush, Linear, and Radial Gradient tools.
Now easily select a person, animal, or thing in your photo with just a click. You can also quickly select the sky and make edits to the selection only. Find these advanced tools and more in the new Masking panel on desktop and mobile!
Lightroom on desktop and mobile now recommends presets based on your photo, backed by AI. Find these presets in the Recommended tab of the Presets panel, so you don't have to spend hours deciding your edits!
The Remixes tab in the Discover feed of Lightroom desktop lets you showcase your editing skills and learn from fellow photographers in the in-app Lightroom community.
Now use Crop Overlays in Lightroom desktop and experience a faster loading time when you scroll through photos on mobile. Find out about more such enhancements in the detailed new features summary.
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:
Select Masking from the left panel.
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.
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.
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.
Powered by AI, Lightroom now automatically recommends presets to you based on your photo.
To access this feature:
Open a photo you want to edit.
In Lightroom desktop, select Edit > Presets > Recommended.
Lightroom will quickly run an analysis of your photo, and automatically provide suitable presets to take your photo to the next level.
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!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.
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.
Click Discover in the left panel and select the Remixes tab.
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.
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.
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.
To learn more, see Remixes in Lightroom desktop.
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.