Learn about new features and enhancements in the February 2019 release of Lightroom desktop (version 2.2) and Lightroom for mobile (version 4.2)
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Enhance details of your raw images

Get higher quality and more accurate rendition of fine details in your raw images.

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HDR, Panorama, and HDR Panorama Merge

Merge multiple exposures or multiple images to create an HDR or panorama.

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Targeted Adjustment Tool

Get precise on-image controls for Tone Curve and Color Mixer. Select a specific part of the image to indicate which light or color properties you want to adjust.

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Histogram Clipping Indicators

Use these indicators to identify areas of pure black and pure white as you make adjustments to your image.

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New features in Lightroom for mobile (iOS)

Find out about the enhancements introduced in this release of Lightroom on the iOS platform.

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New features in Lightroom for mobile (Android)

Learn about the user interface improvements and bug fixes in this release of Lightroom on the Android platform.

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Support for new cameras and lenses

Find the full list of supported cameras and lens profiles for Lightroom desktop and Lightroom for mobile (iOS and Android).

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Other enhancements

Find information about other enhancements in this release, such as improved Search and Filter options and ability to change preferences for People View categorization.

Enhance details of your raw images

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You can now enhance fine details in your raw images, particularly Bayer and X-Trans raw mosaic files, with Enhance Details. By using Enhance Details, you get higher resolution, more accurate rendition of fine details, better preservation of small colors, and reduced moiré patterns and false colors. 

To apply Enhance Details, follow these steps:

  1. In All Photos, select a raw image in the Detail view () that you want to enhance.

  2. In the menu bar, select Photo > Enhance Details.

  3. In the Enhance Details preview dialog box that appears, you can explore your image and see a preview of the enhanced version. Hold down the hand cursor to view the original image and release it to view the effect of Enhance Details.

  4. Click Enhance to create a new and enhanced DNG image.

    Lightroom stacks the enhanced DNG image with the original file. The enhanced file is named with the suffix 'Enhanced' added to the original filename.

HDR, Panorama, and HDR Panorama Merge

Merge multiple exposure-bracketed photos or standard exposure photos into a panorama.

Lightroom lets you easily merge multiple exposure-bracketed photos into a single HDR photo and standard exposure photos into a panorama. You can also merge multiple exposure-bracketed photos to create an HDR panorama in one step.

To merge photos and create a panorama, follow these steps:

  1. In All Photos, Cmd/Ctrl-click to select your desired photos.

  2. Do one of the following:

    • To create a HDR photo, select Photo > Photo Merge > HDR (For multiple exposure bracketed photos).
    • To create a panorama, select Photo > Photo Merge > Panorama (For a series of standard exposure photos).
    • To create a HDR panorama, select Photo > Photo Merge > HDR Panorama. (For a series of consistent multiple exposure bracketed photos). Review the requirements for merging to HDR panorama.
  3. Click Merge.

Targeted Adjustment Tool

Get more precise control when you use Tone Curve or Color Mixer.

The Targeted Adjustment tool allows you to adjust Tone Curve or the Color Mixer controls by directly dragging in the photo. To use the Targeted Adjustment tool:

  1. In the Detail () view, select a photo that you want to edit. Click () icon at the upper-right corner to bring up the Edit panel.

  2. In the Edit panel, do one of the following:

    • To adjust the Tone Curve, expand the Light panel. Click the  Tone Curve icon. In the Tone Curve area, click the  Targeted Adjustment tool icon. 
    • To adjust the Color Mixer, expand the Color panel. Click the  Color Mixer icon. In the Color Mixer, click the  Targeted Adjustment tool icon.
  3. When the Targeted Adjustment tool is active, a floating toolbar appears at the bottom of your photo. In the toolbar, click the  or   icons to switch between Tone Curve controls or Color Mixer controls respectively.   

  4. Adjust the Tone Curve using the Targeted Adjustment tool

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    Adjust the Color Mixer using the Targeted Adjustment tool
    1. Click the  icon in the floating toolbar to show the Tone Curve controls. Choose the curve you want to adjust: Parametric Curve, Point Curve, Red Channel, Green Channel, or Blue Channel.
    2. Move the pointer over the area that you want to adjust in the photo. 
    3. Drag horizontally in the photo to adjust values for the selected curve. 

    Adjust the Color Mixer using the Targeted Adjustment tool

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    Adjust the Color Mixer using the Targeted Adjustment tool
    1. Click the   icon in the floating toolbar to show Color Mixer controls. Choose the setting you want to adjust: Hue, Saturation, or Luminance.
    2. Move the pointer over a color that you want to adjust in the photo. Then, drag horizontally in the photo to increase or decrease the selected setting for that color. Dragging right increases values; dragging left decreases values.
  5. To close the Targeted Adjustment tool, click the cross (X) icon in the toolbar.

For more information, see Targeted Adjustment tool.

Histogram Clipping Indicators

View where highlights and shadows are being clipped in your photo with clipping indicators.

You can view Highlight and Shadow clipping indicators in the upper corners of the histogram to check areas in your photo that are either too light or dark, respectively, as you make edits.

To view highlight and shadow clipping in your photo, follow these steps:

  1. In the Detail () view, select a photo that you want to edit. Click () icon at the upper-right corner to view the Edit panel.

  2. In the Edit panel, click the three-dot menu icon and select Show Histogram.

  3. In the Histogram:

    • If the upper-left clipping indicator is illuminated (the triangle in the clipping indicator is white), it implies that shadows are clipped in your photo. Click the illuminated indicator to view the shadows in your photo (The shadows are displayed as a blue overlay mask.) 
    • If the upper-right clipping indicator is illuminated (the triangle in the clipping indicator is white), it implies that highlights are clipped in your photo. Click the illuminated indicator to view the highlights in your photo (The highlights are displayed as a red overlay mask.) 
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    The shadow clipping indicator.
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    The highlight clipping indicator.
  4. Re-click the upper-left or upper-right illuminated clipping indicator to hide the respective clipping in the photo.

New features in Lightroom for mobile (iOS)

Ad-hoc photo share

Starting from Lightroom for mobile (iOS) version 4.2, you can choose to share desired photos instead of the entire album. To do this, select your desired photos, tap the Share icon () at the bottom panel, and select Share to Web. Your photos are then added to a webpage that give you control over whether or not your viewers can download photos, add comments, view camera settings, or see where the photo was taken. After you've shared your photos, tap the () icon at the upper-left corner of the screen and select Photos to view the ad-hoc collections of shared photos.

To know more, see Share photos to web.

iOS share extension support

You can now easily share photos from third-party iOS apps such as Google Photos, Dropbox, and more directly to Lightroom for mobile (iOS). To know more, see Add photos from third-party photo apps.

View partially compatible presets

Partially compatible presets are now visible by default in the Presets panel. To know more, see Hide partially compatible presets.

Lightroom for Apple TV is bundled with Lightroom for iPhone

Lightroom for Apple TV is now bundled with Lightroom for iPhone. Simply search for Adobe Lightroom in the App Store on your iPhone or Apple TV to install the app on both the devices.

To know about Lightroom for Apple TV, see Set up Lightroom for Apple TV and View Lightroom photos and videos on your TV.

New features in Lightroom for mobile (Android)

View partially compatible presets

Starting with Lightroom for mobile (Android) version 4.2, your partially compatible presets are visible in the Presets panel, by default. The names of such presets are displayed in italics in the Presets panel.

To hide partially compatible presets, see Hide partially compatible presets.

Support for new cameras and lenses

For a full list of supported cameras and lens profiles for Lightroom desktop and Lightroom for mobile (iOS and Android), see these resources:

Other enhancements

Disable People view

Lightroom desktop and Lightroom for mobile (iOS and Android) analyze photos in the cloud to detect people to form clusters in People view. If you do not want Lightroom to analyze photos, you can disable People View where all existing face model data is deleted from Lightroom servers. Lightroom then no longer analyzes new photos and does not automatically group them into clusters. If you have any existing clusters in People View, they remain the same and are not deleted.

To learn how to disable People view, see Disable People view.

Search and Filter

You can now find the following Search and Filter enhancements in Lightroom desktop:

  • Search photos using new facets such as 'extension', 'album', and 'people'. You can also type in 'not in any album' in the Search bar to view photos that are not part of an album.
  • You can now filter photos based on people in them. Click the  icon next to the Search bar and select People. Choose an option from the People drop-down list to filter photos based on people.

To know more about these enhancements, see Search, filter, and sort photos.

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