MAX 2018 Lightroom Releases

Image source: Winston Hendrickson.

Today, we’re proud to announce updates to the entire Adobe photography ecosystem, with updates to Lightroom CC for Mac, Windows, iOS, Android, ChromeOS, and the web, as well as Lightroom Classic and Camera Raw, all available now. These updates follow a year of significant releases across the entire Adobe photography ecosystem since the last Adobe MAX.

In December, we added an optimized version of Auto to Lightroom CC, Lightroom Classic, and Camera Raw using an advanced neural network powered by Adobe Sensei. The Curve and Split Toning tools were also added to Lightroom CC for Mac and Windows.

The February release focused on performance and stability across the Lightroom CC ecosystem, and a number of changes to the core architecture resulted in significant performance gains in Lightroom Classic.

In April, we introduced the new Profiles feature into Lightroom CC, Lightroom Classic, and Camera Raw, providing new ways to render photographs while also offering new creative approaches.

Then, in June, we introduced the ability to synchronize Presets and Profiles throughout the Lightroom CC ecosystem. We also added batch copy and paste to Lightroom CC for Mac and Windows, and the Healing Tool to Lightroom CC for iOS and Android.

In the most recent release, in August, we added improvements to offline editing in Lightroom CC for Mac and Windows, as well as filtering improvements in Lightroom for iOS, an updated Optics tab to support lens corrections in Lightroom Android, and new book types in Lightroom Classic CC.

Heading into this year’s Adobe MAX, we’re excited to review the new features we’re introducing across our products in greater depth.

Lightroom CC Updates

Helping you organize and showcase your best photos has always been an integral part of Lightroom, and today we’re rolling out new features that help you even more: find the photos that you care about more quickly and efficiently, so that you can edit and share them with less effort.

People View

(Mac, Windows, iOS, Android, and ChromeOS)

Quickly find the people you care about with Adobe Sensei-powered People View. Lightroom CC automatically tags people in photos and provides you with an easy way to see all the photos the person appears in.

(Mac, Windows, iOS, Android, and ChromeOS)

Get better search results with automatic search suggestions provided to you as you type in the search box. Lightroom CC provides suggestions for metadata like cameras, lenses, aperture, ISO, locations, keywords, and more.

Share Tab

(Mac, Windows, iOS)

The new Share tab gives you an easy way to browse and access shared albums and images that you made through


(Mac and Windows only)

As part of the new Share tab, you can also share albums directly to your portfolio hosted on Adobe Portfolio from within Lightroom CC using the new Connector feature.

We’re building out the Connector service to have a full menu of third-party services (like photo labs, photo book printers, and others). Please get in touch if you’re interested in working with us.

Apple Photos Migrator

(Mac only)

Use the new Apple Photos Migrator to easily migrate your Apple Photos library into Lightroom CC on your desktop.

Additional Sharing Options

(iOS and Android only)

When sharing your albums to Lightroom Web you can now choose to only share images that are flagged or that have a certain star rating or higher, while controlling the display theme, directly from Lightroom CC.

Display View

( only)

The new Display view within lets you see a preview of the page, exactly how your viewers will see it. While in the Display view, you can control the layout and background color while inserting breaks between images and text to help tell the story that accompanies your photos. When you’re done setting up the layout, you can then share the album using the controls under Sharing.

Lightroom Classic CC and Camera Raw Updates

Our focus is to continue providing performance updates and image editing enhancements in key areas so you can create better images, faster. Highlights from today’s release can be found below, and a comprehensive list of all changes made to Lightroom Classic CC can be found here.

Faster and More Reliable Tethered Capture for Canon Cameras

(Lightroom Classic CC)

Tethered capture is an integral part of many photographers’ workflows, and we’ve received many requests to improve Lightroom Classic’s support of tethered capture. In today’s update to Lightroom Classic, you’ll see a big increase in both speed and stability. You should expect to see a 1.5-2x improvement in transfer time. While today’s release improves the experience for Canon cameras, we are working hard to expand the functionality to Nikon tethered capture in a future release. Click here for more details.

Single-step HDR Panorama Merge

(Lightroom Classic CC and Camera Raw)

Creating an HDR Panorama used to be a multi-step process that required careful attention and lots of time. In today’s update, you can go from a large set of bracketed exposures to a single HDR Panorama DNG in a single step, using the new “HDR Panorama” option in the Photo Merge menu. Click here to learn more.

Creating HDR Raw Panoramas in Lightroom Classic CC

Click here to learn more about how to use the HDR Panorama merge feature in Adobe Camera Raw.

Depth Range Masking

(Lightroom Classic CC and Camera Raw)

Many of today’s high-end cameras on smartphones have the ability to capture depth information. Depth information is now captured on these devices as an additional channel of data, like the red, green, and blue channels that all digital cameras capture in, and provides information about where the objects in the photograph existed in three-dimensional space. In today’s release, we’re excited to add a new Depth option to the Range Masking tool. Depth Range Masking enables you to leverage the depth information to make precise selections and isolate subjects faster than ever before. This feature is only available for use with photos that contain Depth Masks, such as Portrait Mode photos captured on recent iPhone cameras.

For more information on how to use Depth Range Masking and which photos currently have depth information, click here.