Feature summary | Lightroom Classic (June 2020 release)

Learn about some major new features and enhancements in the June 2020 (version 9.3) release of Lightroom Classic.

Performance improvements

Performance Improvements

Experience speed improvements and a smoother editing experience.

UI improvements

UI Improvements

Get the most of the SyncTone Curve, and Color tools with the updated look and feel.

Centered Crop Overlay

Centered Crop Overlay

New 2x2 grid overlay while cropping, providing guidance on the center of the image.

Raw defaults

New Defaults presets

Now quickly preview and apply different default settings using the new Defaults presets.

Local Hue Adjustment

Local Hue Adjustment

Control the hue of a color in a specific area of your image using a local adjustment tool.

ISO Adaptive Presets

ISO Adaptive Presets

Now create an ISO adaptive preset from within Lightroom Classic.

Supported cameras and lenses

Support for new cameras and lenses

Find the full list of supported cameras and lens profiles.

Other enhancements

Other enhancements

Find information about other new enhancements in this release.

Performance improvements

With this release, you will experience performance improvements for the following:

  • Scrolling through your catalog grid in the Library module using arrow keys, mouse, trackpad, or touch. Most noticeable with larger catalogs.
  • Searching and filtering large numbers of collections.
  • Scrubbing edit sliders in the Develop module.

UI improvements

Sync, Tone Curve, and Color now have an updated look and feel making it easier for both new and experienced users to get the most from these fundamental tools.


With this release, you can easily manage and get information about your sync status with the new dedicated sync tab in the upper-right corner, next to the module switcher. The Sync icon displays the current status of sync and hovering over it gives more information about the current state. Clicking the Sync icon opens a pop-up menu which has more options and details based on the current sync state.

The new dedicated sync tab

For more information, see Lightroom Classic sync FAQ.

Tone Curve

The UI for Tone Curve has been updated in this release, making it easier to switch between Parametric and Point Curve channels. You can now make more precise adjustments with input values for the point curve and the red, green, and blue channels.

Tone Curve
Tone Curve

A. Parametric Curve B. Point Curve 

For the Point Curve channel, following contextual options have also been added.

  • Reset Channel
  • Reset All Channels
  • Copy Channel Settings
  • Paste Channel Settings
  • Snap to Grid
  • Show All Curves
Point curve
Contextual options in the Point Curve channel

You can also pin a control point and adjust its value using the Input and Output box.

Adjust control point value
Adjust the value of a control point

Color Panel

The UI for selecting a color in the Color Panel has also been updated.

Color Panel
New UI for selecting colors in the Color Panel

Local Hue Adjustment

You can now adjust and fine-tune Hue locally, allowing you to make subtle adjustments to a specific area of your image, without impacting the color in the rest of your image. Use the new Hue slider while applying local adjustments to change the hue of a selected region. 

The top bar of the slider is the Reference Hue bar and the bottom bar is the Hue slider. The Hue slider and the center color of the Hue slider is based on the colors from the selected area. You can select Use Fine Adjustment option for precise adjustments.

Local Hue Adjustment
New Hue slider

For more information, see Apply local adjustments.


If you want to adjust hue of specific colors in a local adjustment, use Color Range Mask to refine the selection and then use Local Hue Adjustment.

ISO Adaptive Presets

To set default settings for importing images based on the image's ISO setting, you can now create an ISO adaptive preset from within Lightroom Classic. To create an ISO adaptive preset, do the following:

  1. Identify two or more images with different ISO values based on which you want to create the preset.

  2. Make necessary edits to these images. For example, set different Luminance Noise Reduction values for different ISO images.

  3. Select these images and click Create Preset. For more information on creating a preset, see Create a Develop preset.

  4. In the New Develop Preset dialog box, after selecting the settings to include in the preset, select Create ISO adaptive preset at the bottom of the dialog box and click Create.

    ISO adaptive preset
    Create ISO adaptive preset


    The Create ISO adaptive preset option will be disabled if:

    • You have not selected two or more images.
    • The selected images do not have different ISO values.

Centered Crop Overlay

While cropping, it is common to align a part of the image exactly in the center of the frame, which was difficult to do precisely with a 3x3 grid overlay. However, now you have an option to use a 2x2 grid overlay while cropping an image. This centered crop overlay provides guidance on the center of the image and allows you to precisely crop your image.  

New Defaults presets

With this release, a new set of Defaults presets has been added to the Preset panel. You can use these presets to quickly preview and apply different default settings for your images apart from Adobe Default.

Raw defaults
The new set of Defaults presets

Support for new cameras and lenses

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

Other enhancements

Multi-Batch Export updates

Now, if you select multiple presets while exporting your images, a new Batch Export dialog box appears that replaces the Folder Selection dialog box. The new Batch Export dialog box gives you more control for selecting the destination and file naming options for the exported images.

Batch Export
New Batch Export dialog box

In the Batch Export dialog box, you can select different destinations for different presets or you can select Choose Parent Folder to specify a main folder for all the presets. Selecting the parent folder overrides any destinations saved in a preset and changes the Destination option for each preset to Put in Subfolder.

You can also change the Custom Text and Start Number options for the selected presets from this dialog box if you have specified these options while creating the preset.

For more information, see Multi-Batch Export.

Metadata update

You can now view and edit three-dimensional projection metadata in Lightroom Classic with the help of a new section for Three Dimensional Projections in the Metadata panel.

Three dimensional projection
Three dimensional projection metadata

Raw defaults update

You can now create an ISO adaptive preset and set it as the default for your raw images. For more information, see Set raw defaults specific to ISO values. You can also use the new Defaults presets to try different standard default settings and set them as default for importing raw images.

Also, now if you try to delete a preset that is set as default for your raw images, a dialog box appears to confirm if you want to delete the preset permanently. If you continue and delete the preset, the default setting is set to Adobe Default. 

Delete preset

Catalog backup update

Now, if the backup location you specified earlier is not available, you will get a message in the Back Up Catalog dialog box and the folder where you have the catalog will be used for backup. 

Backup catalog
A message stating that the previously selected backup folder is not available

TIFF compression

In the earlier versions of Lightroom Classic, the TIFF compression setting for editing in Adobe Photoshop did not work. However, with this release TIFF compression will work for the following workflows:

  • Edit in Photoshop
  • Open as smart object in Photoshop
  • Merge to Pano in Photoshop
  • Merge to HDR in Photoshop
  • Open as layers in Photoshop

Facebook published collections migration

With this release, any collection that is already set up using the Facebook plugin will be moved to the newly created Facebook Collection Set in the Collections panel.

Facebook plugin

Survey View update

The icons for Start Ratings and Flag Status have been updated in the Survey View, to change color based on the selected background color.

HEVC support on Windows 10

With this release, HEVC video files are supported on Windows 10.

AVI support on macOS

With this release, AVI files are supported on macOS.

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