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The October 2017 and later releases of Lightroom Classic CC 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.
For a summary of features introduced in earlier releases, see Feature summary | Lightroom CC 2015.x/Lightroom 6.x releases.
This release of Lightroom Classic CC rolls out new features and performance enhancements, support for new cameras and lenses, and bug fixes.
Experience faster Lightroom Classic performance on machines with 12 GB of RAM or more, when you import and export photos, move between photos in Loupe view, or create HDR images and panoramas.
To review the system requirements, see System requirements | Lightroom Classic CC.
In the Folders panel of the Library module, a new option has been introduced to quickly create collections from folders. If a folder contains subfolders, you can also choose to create a collection set that has the same hierarchy as that of the top folder.
To access the new option:
- Select one or more folders in the Folders panel.
- Right-click (Windows) or Control-click (macOS) and choose any of the available options from the context-menu:
- Create Collection "[Folder Name]" or Create Collection Set "[Folder Name]", if you've selected a single folder.
- Create Collections From Selected Folders or Create Collection Sets From Selected Folders, if you've selected multiple folders.
For detailed information, see Create collections or collection sets from folders.
In the Map module, you can now easily add a group of photos at the same location on the map to a collection. To do so, simply right-click any photo pin or group of pins on the map and choose Create Collection from the context-menu.
For more information, see Create collection from a photo pin on the map.
A new filter has been added in the Library Filter bar and the Filmstrip to filter images based on their edited or unedited status. You can access this new filter option from any of the locations mentioned below.
Attribute options in the Library Filter bar
Use the new edit status icons under Attribute options in the Library Filter bar.
For related information, see Find photos using Attribute filters.
Metadata options in the Library Filter bar
Use the new Edit category under Metadata options in the Library Filter bar.
For related information, see Find photos using Metadata filters.
For related information, see Filter photos in the Filmstrip or Grid view.
In the Folders panel of the Library module, you can now use the search field to find folders based on the entered text.
For more information, see Search folders.
In the Folders panel of Library module, you can now mark folders as favorite. You also have the option to filter favorite folders within the Folders panel.
For more information, see Mark favorite folders.
In the Create Smart Collection dialog, a new rule 'Has Edits' has been added to the Develop category. A smart collection created based on the new rule 'Has Edits' 'Is True' includes images that have adjustments applied and also the images that only have a crop (and no other adjustments) applied.
The existing rule 'Has Adjustments' includes images that have adjustments applied, but excludes those images that only have a crop (and no other adjustments) applied. If you want to include cropped images in the smart collection, then choose 'Has Edits' in the rule instead.
To know how to create a smart collection, see Work with smart collections.
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This release of Lightroom Classic CC rolls out new features and enhancements, support for new cameras and lenses, and bug fixes.
Start your edits with Auto, which uses Adobe Sensei to intelligently apply adjustments based on a photo’s light and color characteristics. Adobe's Auto feature now uses advanced machine learning to automatically apply the best edits for these slider controls in your photos: Exposure, Contrast, Highlights, Shadows, Whites, Blacks, Saturation, and Vibrance. In addition, the Auto feature now also includes the ability to optimize the adjustments of the photo even after cropping has been applied.
The underlying neural nets have been trained with thousands of professionally shot and manually edited photos to evaluate and correct an image, just like a skilled human photographer.
In the Develop module, the Auto option is located next to Tone in the Basic panel.
For related information, see Work with image tone and color.
The ability to remove individual color samples within a color range mask has been added in this release. Simply Option(Mac)/Alt(Win)+click the existing samples that you want to remove.
For a full list of cameras that can be tethered to Lightroom Classic CC, see Tethered camera support.
- (Only on Windows) When moving between the selective adjustment tools, such as Adjustment Brush, Graduated Filter, and Radial Filter, the Eyedropper tool icon flashes in the panel.
- (Only on macOS) Importing photos from a Lightroom Classic 7.0 or later catalog saved on a network location fails. This issue occurs due to a technical limitation on macOS. As a workaround, download the assets to a local location on your machine and then import the assets.
Application loading time
Catalog upgrade and compression upon import and export
Faster import with Minimal, Standard, 1:1 Previews
Faster image selection upon import with Embedded Previews. Learn more
Smart Preview generation
Switching from Library to Develop module
Fine control over selections with Color and Luminance Range Masking tools. Learn more
Auto-masking with better noise reduction by updating to Process Version 4 (Current) under Camera Calibration
Filter Criteria in Smart Collections: Title - Is Empty or Not Empty and Lens Profile – Applied or Not applied
Metadata preset for the export dialog – All Except Camera Raw Info. This helps you to conceal the settings or changes you had made from being exported.
Filter Criteria in the Import dialog – File Type. This helps you to quickly remove certain file types if needed.
Better handling of multiple batches of merge operations (HDR/ Pano) improving GUI response
Preview generation of recently edited images (in last 2 days) during idle system state. This is applicable for Batch Editing use case, using Sync Edit functionality.
When you select the Embedded & Sidecar previews option, you can scroll through a large set of images quickly in the Library module and also perform 1:1 zoom quicker. The rendering of Embedded previews is prioritized based on the folder you are viewing. For example, if you import and add images to multiple folders, you can immediately begin scrolling through the images as they get added.
For Help documentation, see Work with Embedded Previews.
Using the new Color Luminance Range Masking controls, you can quickly create a precise masking area on your photo for applying local adjustments. These new precision masking tools can detect changes in lighting and contrasting edges based on color and tone. You can make quick initial masking selections with Adjustment Brushes or Radial Filter/Graduated Filter. Then refine your selection with the range masks, located under Auto-Mask in the Develop module.
Color Range Mask
After making an initial selection mask on your photo with Adjustment Brushes or Radial Filter/Graduated Filters, use Color Range Masking to refine the selection mask based on the colors sampled within the mask area.
Luminance Range Mask
After making an initial selection mask on your photo with Adjustment Brushes or Radial Filter/Graduated Filters, use Luminance Range Masking to refine the mask area based on the luminance range of the selection.