Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC/Lightroom 6 rolls out several new features and enhancements that enrich your digital imaging experience. Read on for a quick introduction and find links to resources that offer more information.
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. Now, 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 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. Now, choose to find faces in your catalog.
For more information, see Face recognition.
HDR photo merge
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 now 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.
Cure pet eye effect
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.
In the Develop module, click the Red Eye Correction tool icon. Now, click Pet Eye and drag from the center of the eye to select the pupil. Adjust the settings as necessary.
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.
Improvements to the Web module
In addition to the classic HTML gallery, three new gallery styles are now available:
These galleries are designed to work with desktop- as well as mobile-web browsers.
Support for touch-enabled computers
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
- The Collection list can now be filtered 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. You can use this option to apply an adjustment similar to the Level Upright option in the Crop panel.
- You can now 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