Upgrading to Lightroom Classic CC from earlier versions of Lightroom? See this article to learn how to upgrade without removing the earlier versions installed on your computer.
The October 2017 release of Lightroom Classic CC rolls 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.
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.
For Help documentation, see Apply local adjustments with color or luminance range mask.