The latest releases of Adobe Photoshop Lightroom roll 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.

Lightroom CC 2015.7/Lightroom 6.7

Publish photos to Adobe Stock

Available only for Creative Cloud members

 New in this release of Lightroom

New Adobe Stock publishing service in Lightroom CC

Using the Publish Services panel in the Library module, you can now send your photos directly from Lightroom to Adobe Stock. Use your existing Creative Cloud account credentials to establish a connection between Adobe Stock Contributor portal (https://contributor.stock.adobe.com/) and Lightroom, then drag photos from the Grid view to the Adobe Stock photoset in the Publish Services panel. Finally, publish the photos from Lightroom. Now, you can go to the Adobe Stock Contributor portal to tag the uploaded images and submit them to Adobe Stock for moderation.

Edit Smart Previews instead of Originals preference

 New in this release of Lightroom

To increase Lightroom's perfomance while editing your photos in the Develop module, you can now set a new preference option Edit Smart Previews Instead Of Originals For Image Editing to edit Smart Previews of your photos even when Originals are available.

To set this preference:

  1. Choose Edit > Preferences.

  2. In the Preferences dialog, select the Performance tab.

  3. In the Develop section, select Use Smart Previews Instead Of Originals For Image Editing.

  4. Click OK and then restart Lightroom.

Note:

When you zoom to 100% (1:1 mode) in the Develop module, Lightroom switches to Originals even if the Use Smart Previews Instead Of Originals For Image Editing preference is enabled.

All Synced Photographs collection

 New in this release of Lightroom

All Synced Photographs collection in the Catalog panel

In the Library module, the new All Synced Photographs collection in the Catalog panel displays all the Lightroom photos (including the ones that are not a part of any Collection) that are synced to the Lightroom mobile clients. Therefore, the photos that appear in the All Photos view in Lightroom on the web, Lightroom Photos view in Lightroom for mobile (iOS), and Lightroom Photos view in Lightroom for mobile (Android) are same as the All Synced Photographs collection in Lightroom desktop.

Compatibility fixes for macOS Sierra

Compatibility fixes have been made in this release of Lightroom so it runs smoothly when you update to macOS Sierra.

Note:

  • Adobe recommends updating to Lightroom CC 2015.7/Lightroom 6.7 before updating to macOS Sierra.
  • Lightroom CC 2015.7/Lightroom 6.7 on Mac requires Mac OS X 10.10 or later.

Updates to Lightroom for mobile | iOS 2.5 | September 2016

Support for RAW image capture

Lightroom for mobile (iOS) now supports capturing DNG raw images on your iOS device.

With iOS 10 update, Apple has provided RAW capture capability on iPhone 6S, iPhone 6S Plus, iPhone SE, and iPad Pro (9.7 inches) models only. Therefore, the support for capturing RAW images provided by Adobe Lightroom for mobile (iOS) is limited to these iOS devices running on iOS 10. This feature is currently not available on other iOS devices.

Note:

  • Profile support for iPhone 7 is currently not provided in Lightroom for mobile iOS 2.5 release.
  • iPhone 6 DNG profile is not supported in the current version of Lightroom desktop (Lightroom CC 2015.6/Lightroom 6.6).

To capture RAW images: 

In the camera module, tap the capture file format badge (DNG, by default) at the top of the viewfinder to switch between JPEG and DNG capture options. Choose DNG to shoot photos in Digital Negative (DNG) raw format.

For details, see Work with Lightroom for mobile (iOS) | Capture.

New wide gamut P3 color space support

In addition to supporting the DNG format, Lightroom for mobile iOS 2.5 also adds support for the new wide gamut P3 color space found in the iPad Pro 9.7, and iPhone 7 and 7 Plus. This wide gamut color space provides 25% more color than the sRGB color space, ensuring that any edits you make in Lightroom accurately reflect the colors in your photos.

Lightroom for Apple TV 1.0 | July 2016

You can now install Lightroom for Apple TV on your Apple TV (4th generation) to view your Lightroom photos and Collections uploaded in the cloud and enjoy slideshows on your TV. You can swipe through your collections to quickly find the photo you’re looking for or zoom in to 200% on your photos to view every detail on the big screen. If you make any changes to your photos or Collections in Lightroom desktop, Lightroom for mobile, or Lightroom on the web while the Lightroom for Apple TV app is running, you can easily sync the latest edits using the Reload Collections option in Settings.

Updates to Lightroom for mobile (iOS and Android) | July 2016

Lightroom for mobile | iOS 2.4

The latest release of Lightroom for mobile (iOS) rolls out two exciting features for Creative Cloud members. 

Support for raw images

Available only for Creative Cloud members

With this Technology Preview feature in Lightroom for mobile (iOS), you can now import and edit the raw photos you shoot with your professional camera. You can also sync these photos and edits back to Lightroom CC on your computer.

For more details, see Edit photos.

For a list of supported cameras, see http://www.adobe.com/go/supported_cameras.

Local adjustments

Available only for Creative Cloud members

Local Adjustments let you selectively apply exposure, brightness, clarity, and other adjustments to a specific part of a photo.

For details, see Apply adjustments.

Other enhancements

Available for all Lightroom users

  • Support for keyboard shortcuts if you're using a physical keyboard
  • Add your copyright information to photos when you import them
  • Support for the latest Adobe Camera Raw version

Lightroom for mobile | Android 2.1

The latest release of Lightroom for mobile (Android) features a new and improved in-app camera. The new interface makes it even easier to capture photos at their best, providing a modern mobile capture experience. When supported by the device, take control over the shutter speed, ISO, white balance, focus, and more.

Add the new Lightroom Camera widget to directly access the in-app camera.

Add the new Lightroom Camera widget on your phone's home screen to directly access the in-app camera

With the latest version Lightroom for mobile (Android) installed, you can now choose to add a Lightroom Camera widget on your phone. Tapping the Lightroom Camera widget launches the Lightroom app and takes you directly into the camera function of the app.

Manually control the shutter speed, ISO, and focus distance in the Professional mode. Lightroom for mobile (Android) now features a new Professional mode that provides you more control over the in-app camera. While capturing photos in the Pro mode, you can use the adjustment sliders to achieve the desired creative effect in your photos ─ set a fast or slow shutter speed to control the duration of exposure to light, set the ISO to control the sensitivity to light, and change the focus distance of your device's camera.

Note:

Beginning with version 2.1, Lightroom for mobile supports manually controlling the shutter speed, ISO, and focus distance on devices running Android versions 5.0 (Lollipop) and later. However, these capabilities are available on your device only if the support has been enabled/set by the device manufacturer.

Set and lock the exposure compensation. In Lightroom for mobile (Android), you can now set the desired exposure level for your photos by simply swiping across the in-app camera's viewfinder screen. Once you have set the exposure level, you can lock the exposure compensation at its current value by tapping the () icon at lower-right corner of the Capture interface.

Note:

You can lock the exposure compensation in Automatic mode only.

Auto white balance lock. While using the in-app camera, you can now aim your camera at a neutral colored surface (with no color cast) in the scene and lock the white balance. This helps you counter the effect of color casts in your photo caused due to light sources of different color temperatures.

Shoot in different crop ratios. You can now shoot your photos through different crop ratio overlays that are displayed on the viewfinder screen while using the in-app camera ─ 16:9, 3:2, 4:3, and 1:1. This allows you to preview your photo at the desired crop ratio even before you capture it.

Note:

When you shoot through any crop ratio overlay, the crop applied on the photo is nondestructive. You can change the aspect ratio of your photo later when you edit it.

For more information, see Work with Lightroom for mobile | Capture.

Improved full-resolution export of photos. You can now save Lightroom for mobile (Android) photos to your device gallery at their native resolution in the highest available quality.

For more information, see Save photos after editing them.

Lightroom CC 2015.6

Guided Upright to correct distorted perspective in photos

 New in this release of Lightroom

 This feature is available only in Lightroom CC.

The existing Upright feature in Lightroom now features a new Guided Upright option to correct tilted or skewed perspectives in your photos. Guided Upright tool in the new Transform panel allows you to draw upto four guides (line segments) directly on the photo to indicate the image features to be aligned with horizontal or vertical axis. As you draw the guides, the photo transforms interactively.

For example, you can draw two guides on the edges of the building to correct converging verticals, or draw three or four guides to correct both converging verticals and horizontals. 

Draw guides on your photo using Guided Upright Tool in Lightroom CC

The existing Upright modes (Level, Vertical, Auto, Full) and the manual transform control sliders (Vertical, Horizontal, Rotate, Scale, and Aspect) have now been moved from the Lens Corrections panel into the new Transform panel.

The new Transform panel in Lightroom CC

Updates to Lightroom for mobile | iOS 2.3 | April 2016

Directly access photos from your Camera Roll. In Lightroom on mobile (iOS), you can now directly access the photos on your device's Camera Roll from the Collections view and the Lightroom photos view. The photo selected from the Camera Roll now opens in Camera Roll edit view where you can apply Crop, Presets, and Adjustments. When you accept the edits, the photo is automatically added to Lightroom. See Directly access photos from Camera roll (iOS only) for details.

Lightroom CC 2015.5/Lightroom 6.5

Support for new cameras and lenses

Enhanced in this release of Lightroom

Lightroom CC 2015.5/6.5 rolls out support for new cameras and lens profiles.

See these resources:

Lightroom CC 2015.4/Lightroom 6.4

Boundary Warp while previewing merged panoramas

 This feature is available only in Lightroom CC.

The Panorama Merge Preview dialog now features a Boundary Warp slider setting (0-100). As you adjust this setting, Lightroom intelligently warps the panorama boundaries to remove undesired areas of transparency.

Lightroom Boundary Warp in action; adjusting the slider from 0 (above) to 100 (below)
Boundary Warp in action; adjusting the slider from 0 (above) to 100 (below)

You can use Boundary Warp together with the Auto Crop setting. When you select Auto Crop, Camera Raw crops the areas of transparency visible at the current value of the Boundary Warp setting.

Lightroom Selecting Auto Crop when the Boundary Warp slider is at 30
Selecting Auto Crop when the Boundary Warp slider is at 30

For more information, see Create panoramas.

Metadata improvements to merged panoramas

Enhanced in this release of Lightroom

Merged panoramas generated using Lightroom now include metadata compatible with the Photoshop Adaptive Wide Angle filter. See Use the Adaptive Wide Angle filter in Photoshop Help.

Specify Lightroom mobile sync location

Enhanced in this release of Lightroom

Lightroom mobile sync location

In Lightroom mobile preferences tab, you can now choose a preferred location in Lightroom desktop to sync photos with your Lightroom for mobile and also specify a subfolder structure formatted by image capture date.

For more information, see Lightroom for mobile preferences.

Other enhancements

  • (Mac-only) Support for placing photos as Linked Smart Objects in Photoshop CC by Option+dragging them from the Library grid to Photoshop.
  • Bug fixes and performance enhancements

Updates to Lightroom on mobile | Android 1.4 | December 2015

Free Lightroom. Unleash your creativity with free access to all the editing capabilities in Lightroom for as long as you’d like on your smartphone or tablet. Sign up for an Adobe ID and get a time-limited trial that allows you to sync photos and edits across devices, access to Lightroom on desktop and the web, access Photoshop CC, and more. After your trial has expired, you’ll continue your access to all the editing capabilities for free on your smartphone or tablet.

Updates to Lightroom on mobile | iOS | December 2015

  • iPad Pro support. Take advantage of the iPad Pro’s brilliant visual experience while adjusting color, tone or brightness in your photos. iOS 9’s Split View and Slide Over multitasking enhancements make Lightroom for mobile & iPad Pro the best combination for photographers on the go.
  • Shoot-through Presets. Apply one of five new, specially formulated presets while capturing a photo from the Adobe in-app camera. Preview how the presets will be applied to your photo before you capture, and enjoy the freedom of adjusting settings after capture with full non-destructive capabilities. Shoot-through presets are available for 64-bit devices only, such as the iPhone 5s and later and iPad Air and later.
  • Tone Curve–Point Curve Mode. Now take color control to the next level with a full function Tone Curve tool, enabling access to RGB as well as individual red, green and blue color channels in your photo.
  • Split Tone adjustments. Create a distinctive look to your photos by applying a color tone to the highlights or shadows or to replicate the look of a split-toned black and white photo.
  • Notification Center widget. Get instant access to the Adobe in-app camera by enabling the Lightroom for mobile Notification Center widget. Automatically launch the in-app camera with a single swipe down.
  • 3D Touch support on iPhone 6s/6s Plus. Get direct access to the in-app Adobe camera from your home screen and a quick preview of your photo with Peek and Pop within the Grid View.
  • Usability improvements throughout the app. Add photos to multiple collections easier, import photos faster, improved gesture support, and more, get you quickly organizing, creating, and sharing amazing images anywhere you are

Lightroom CC 2015.3/Lightroom 6.3

Earlier import experience reinstated

Reinstated in this release of Lightroom

This update reinstates the import experience in Lightroom CC 2015.1/Lightroom 6.1 and earlier versions. For more information, see:

Lightroom CC 2015.2/Lightroom 6.2

Unified import experience

 New in this release of Lightroom

Note:

This feature has been deprecated in Lightroom CC 2015.3/Lightroom 6.3 and is not available anymore.

Lightroom Unified import experience

Lightroom now features a unified experience that lets you import photos from your computer, digital cameras, memory cards, and more. If you have a Photoshop Elements catalog on your computer, you can also quickly import it into Lightroom.

Here are the broad steps to import photos:

  1. Click File > Import Photos And Video. Alternatively, in the Library view left pane, click Import.
  2. Choose the source from which you want to import photos. Lightroom automatically detects folders on your hard drive containing photos, any connected camera or camera card, and any available Photoshop Elements catalog on your computer.
  3. Preview the photos in the source folder.
  4. If necessary, choose the photos that you want to import. By default, all photos in the source folder are imported.
  5. Choose how you want to import the files into the catalog—as copies or by reference—and specify the destination folder where you want to store the files.
  6. Optionally, add keywords and metadata. If necessary, specify other advanced options for the imported files.
New Lightroom import experience
New Lightroom import experience

Dehaze as a local adjustment

 This feature is available only in Lightroom CC 2015.2.

Dehaze is now available as a local adjustment. While working with the Radial Filter, Graduated Filter, or the Adjustment Brush, adjust the Dehaze slider control.  

For more information, see:

Lightroom Dehaze as a local adjustment
Dehaze as a local adjustment


Updates to Lightroom on mobile

iOS

  • Lightroom on iOS now lets you capture photos using your device's front and back cameras. You can set a timer to capture photos automatically or capture photos in the rapid mode. While capturing photos, you can make real-time adjustments to the scene. For details, see Work with Lightroom for mobile | Capture.
  • Lightroom on iOS now features a top-level collection named Lightroom Photos that displays all your photos organized by timeline.
  • Although we strongly recommend signing in, you can now use Lightroom on iOS without doing so. Any edits that you make to your images remain local to your device until you sign in.
  • Improved grid layout for greater usability

Android

New adjustments:

  • Tone Curve
  • HSL and color adjustments
  • Vignettes

Edit photos using Lightroom on the web

 New in this release of Lightroom

You can now make edits, such as the following, to your photos using Lightroom on the web:

  • Crop photos
  • Make adjustments to photos
  • Apply presets to photos

For more information, see Lightroom on the web.

Behance publish service plug-in

Deprecated in this release of Lightroom

Lightroom CC 2015.1/Lightroom 6.1

Dehaze

 This feature is available only in Lightroom CC 2015.1.

Lightroom lets you easily decrease or increase the amount of haze or fog in a photograph. Follow these steps:

  1. In the Develop module, start by making basic adjustments to the photograph. For example, adjust the White Balance, Exposure, and Contrast for the photo in the Basic panel of the module.
  2. Switch to the Effects panel of the Develop module. Adjust the Dehaze slider control. As you move the slider to the right, Lightroom reduces the amount of haze or fog visible in the photo.
Lightroom Reduce the amount of haze or fog
Reduce the amount of haze or fog in a photograph.

Note:

You can copy, sync, save, or choose to auto-sync the Dehaze slider setting in a preset. An option to let you do so is available under Effects in Copy, Sync, and New Preset dialogs.

For more information, see Vignette, grain, and dehaze effects.

Local adjustments: Whites and Blacks sliders

 This feature is available only in Lightroom CC 2015.1.

Local adjustment controls in Lightroom now include Whites and Blacks sliders. These controls let you selectively adjust the white and black points in photos. For example, you may want to enhance the color of the tires on a vehicle using the Blacks slider.

These sliders are available when you use the Adjustment Brush, Graduated Filter, or Radial Filter in Lightroom.

For more information, see Apply local adjustments.

Updates to Lightroom on mobile

 New in this release of Lightroom

iOS (version 1.5.1)

  • Import videos and sync them with web/desktop
  • Adjustments: Tone Curve, Color Mix, and Vignettes

Android (version 1.2)

  • Copy and paste: Edit images faster by copying image adjustments and pasting them onto another photo
  • Segmented view: Easily find your favorite images! The new Segmented view in Collections gives you a different way to view and engage with your photos.
  • Crop improvements: Crop the perfect photo with a redesigned experience that enables you to quickly adjust, align, and auto-straighten.

For more information, see Work with Lightroom on mobile.

Lightroom CC 2015/Lightroom 6

GPU-related enhancements

 New in this release of Lightroom

Lightroom now provides a new preference that lets you use your computer's graphics processing unit (GPU). For optimal performance, many Develop module operations can now make use of the GPU.

Select Preferences > Performance, and then select Use Graphics Processor.

Note:

Lightroom requires a GPU with OpenGL 3.3 or later. If you're running Lightroom on Mac OS X, you can use the GPU on Mac OS X version 10.9 or later. 

For more information, see the Lightroom GPU troubleshooting and FAQ.

Face recognition

 New in this release of Lightroom

Lightroom lets you quickly organize and find images using facial recognition technology. Lightroom scans your image catalog to find potential faces for your review and confirmation.

In the Library module, switch to the People view, and then choose to find faces in your catalog.

For more information, see Face recognition.

Lightroom facial recognition; Naming a stack of images
Name a stack of images.

Lightroom suggests names for similar photos
Lightroom suggests names for similar photos.

Lightroom Loupe view; Name a detected face
Loupe view | Name a detected face

HDR photo merge

 New in this release of Lightroom

You can merge multiple exposure-bracketed images into a single HDR image. Lightroom lets you preview the merged file and adjust the amount of deghosting before adding it as a DNG file to your catalog.

In the Library or Develop modules, select the images and then choose Photo > Photo Merge > HDR.

For more information, see HDR photo merge.

Lightroom Preview the HDR image
Preview the HDR image.

Panorama merge

 New in this release of Lightroom

Lightroom lets you easily merge photos of a landscape into a breathtaking panorama. You can see a quick preview of the panorama and make adjustments to it before the merged image is generated.

While previewing the panorama, you can choose to Auto Crop the merged image to remove undesired areas of transparency. You can also specify a layout projection—Spherical, Perspective, or Cylindrical—or let Lightroom choose the appropriate projection automatically.

In the Library or Develop modules, select the source images and then choose Photo > Photo Merge > Panorama.

For more information, see Create panoramas.

Lightroom panorama merge
Breathtaking panoramas

Cure pet eye effect

 New in this release of Lightroom

Working in much the same way as red eye correction, pet eye correction in Lightroom helps you cure unnatural pet eye colors captured in photos.

Lightroom pet eye correction
Cure pet eye effect in photos.

  1. In the Develop module, click the Red Eye Correction tool icon.

  2. Click Pet Eye and drag from the center of the eye to select the pupil.

  3. Adjust the settings as necessary.

Lightroom red eye correction
The Red Eye Correction tool icon

For more information, see Cure red eye and pet eye effects.

Filter brushes

 New in this release of Lightroom

You can modify Graduated Filter and Radial Filter masks using brush controls. Once you've added a mask, to access brush controls, select the Brush option next to New/Edit.

Lightroom Filter brush
Filter brush

Lightroom lets you customize three different filter brushes: A (+), B (+), and Erase (-). You can customize several settings for these brushes.

Lightroom filter brush settings
Settings for a filter brush

Slideshow-related improvements

 Enhanced in this release of Lightroom

  • You can now adjust the amount of panning and zooming using a convenient slider control. Setting the slider to Low causes minimal panning and zooming.
Lightroom Pan and Zoom slider preference
Preference for the Pan and Zoom slider

  • You can now add up to 10 music tracks to slideshows. The tracks play sequentially in the order that you choose. You can add, reorder, or remove the tracks in the Music panel.
  • Lightroom can now automatically synchronize slide transitions to music.
Lightroom Automatically synchronize slides to music
Automatically synchronize slides to music.

For more information, see Play and export slideshows.

Improvements to the Web module

 Enhanced in this release of Lightroom

In addition to the classic HTML gallery, three new gallery styles are now available:

  • Grid
  • Square
  • Track

These galleries are designed to work with desktop and mobile web browsers.

Support for touch-enabled computers

 New in this release of Lightroom

Lightroom now offers a touch workspace experience. You can switch to the touch workspace from anywhere in the app by clicking the Touch icon available only on touch-enabled devices, such as the Microsoft Surface Pro 3.

Once you've switched to the touch workspace, you have access to the controls available in Lightroom for mobile and more. Among other things, you can do the following in the touch workspace:

  • Scroll through panels and filmstrips
  • Add flags
  • Zoom in/out in the Loupe and Grid views
  • Access your user-created presets and local corrections

Other enhancements

Library module

  • New 250% option in the Windows UI scaling preference.
  • Now you can filter the Collection list in much the same way as the Keyword list. Click + in the Collections panel and then enable Show Collection Filter.
  • A new preview size called Auto is now available. Auto automatically builds previews at your monitor's resolution.
  • Flag and Rating categories are now available as part of Metadata filters.

Book module

  • Photo text-metadata settings are now saved with custom pages.

Slideshow module

  • You can now preview slideshows at your screen aspect ratio or at your intended output aspect ratio (16x9 or 4x3).

Develop module

  • New Auto option added to the Crop tool enables you to apply an adjustment similar to the Level Upright option in the Crop panel.
  • Now you can reposition Adjustment Brush strokes by selecting and dragging Edit pins.
  • Mask overlays for the Gradient and Radial filters are now accessible using the same menu commands and keyboard shortcuts that display the mask overlay for the local adjustment brush. 
  • New keyboard shortcut to cycle through Upright modes: Control+/Ctrl+Tab. You can preserve your crop using the keyboard combination Option+Control+Tab (Mac).
  • CMYK support while soft-proofing.

What's changed

  • The Email Photo keyboard shortcut (Ctrl+/Control+M) has been reassigned for initiating a Panorama Merge operation.

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