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 2015.3/Lightroom 6.3
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
This feature has been deprecated in Lightroom CC 2015.3/Lightroom 6.3 and is not available anymore.
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:
- Click File > Import Photos And Video. Alternatively, in the Library view left pane, click Import.
- 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.
- Preview the photos in the source folder.
- If necessary, choose the photos that you want to import. By default, all photos in the source folder are imported.
- 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.
- Optionally, add keywords and metadata. If necessary, specify other advanced options for the imported files.
- Lightroom on iOS now lets you capture photos on-the-fly 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
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.
- The Behance Publish Service plug-in has been removed. See this knowledgebase article.
Lightroom CC 2015.1/Lightroom 6.1
Lightroom lets you easily decrease or increase the amount of haze or fog in a photograph. Follow these steps:
- 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.
- 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.
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 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.
- 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
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
For more information, see Cure red eye and pet eye effects.
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 lets you customize three different filter brushes: A (+), B (+), and Erase (-). You can customize several settings for these brushes.
For more information, see Modify a Graduated Filter or Radial Filter using brush controls.
- 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.
- 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.
For more information, see Play and export slideshows.
In addition to the classic HTML gallery, three new gallery styles are now available:
These galleries are designed to work with desktop and mobile web browsers.
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
- 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.
- 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.