October 2017 (version 7.0) and later releases of Lightroom Classic CC

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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.


Lightroom Classic CC v7.1 | December 2017

This release of Lightroom Classic CC rolls out new features and enhancements, support for new cameras and lenses, and bug fixes.

Enhanced 'Auto' to automatically apply the best edits in your photos

Enhanced in this release of Lightroom Classic CC 

Available only for Creative Cloud members

Enhanced Auto feature in Lightroom Classic CC

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.

Removal of individual samples within color range masking

Enhanced in this release of Lightroom Classic CC 

Available only for Creative Cloud members

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.

Support for new cameras and lenses

Enhanced in this release of Lightroom Classic CC 

Available only for Creative Cloud members

For a full list of supported cameras and lens profiles, see these resources:

Tethered capture support for new camera

Enhanced in this release of Lightroom Classic CC 

Available only for Creative Cloud members

In this release, tethered capture support has been added for Nikon D850 camera model.

For a full list of cameras that can be tethered to Lightroom Classic CC, see Tethered camera support.

Fixed customer issues

Issues fixed in Lightroom Classic CC 7.1 (December 2017 release)

Known issue

  • (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.

Lightroom Classic CC v7.0 | October 2017

Performance and stability enhancements

Enhanced in this release of Lightroom Classic CC 

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

Rendering of images in Library and Develop modules
Scrolling through images in Library and Develop modules
Improved brushing and slider movements
Deleting Collections
Loading of faces in the People view


New features

New in this release of Lightroom Classic CC 

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 ProfileApplied 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.


Scroll through the imported images faster with Embedded Previews

Enhanced in this release of Lightroom Classic CC 

Available only for Creative Cloud members

Embedded previews can be generated when you select the Embedded & Sidecar option upon import. 

Embedded and Sidecar option in the Import window
Embedded and Sidecar option in the Import window

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.

Quick selections with Color and Luminance Range Masking

 New in this release of Lightroom Classic CC 

Available only for Creative Cloud members

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.

Color Range Mask

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.

Luminance Range Mask

Support for new cameras and lenses

Enhanced in this release of Lightroom Classic CC 

Available only for Creative Cloud members

For a full list of supported cameras and lens profiles, see these resources:

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