August Lightroom CC Releases
by Josh Haftel
posted on 08-22-2018
Today we’re proud to announce updates to the entire Lightroom CC ecosystem, with updates to both Lightroom Classic and Lightroom CC for Mac and Windows available today and updates to Android and iOS that will be available within a few weeks.
New Features in Lightroom CC for Windows and Mac OS
Keep an album’s photos locally for offline editing
The new “Store Album Locally” setting allows you to save original copies of that album’s photos locally and is especially helpful when traveling in areas with limited or low bandwidth internet connections.
Show album membership in the Info Panel
You can now see which albums your photo is part of, making it easy to explore your photos.
Click on the Info panel and scroll to the new “Albums” panel.
New Features in Lightroom CC Mobile, for iPhone, iPad, Android, and ChromeOS
The coming release of Lightroom for iOS adds in a number of organizational improvements, including two new smart folders (Lr Camera Photos and Recently Added), new Shared Albums tab to see and control all of the albums shared on lightroom.adobe.com, new multi-select mode (long tap to enter multi-select), and more.
Additionally, the filter menu has been updated, enabling you to filter your photos by media type, camera, location, keywords, and whether or not the photo has been edited.
HDR and long exposure photos captured within the Lr Camera are now greatly reduced in size, without any visual quality loss. HDR and long exposure photos are now up to 2/3rds smaller than before, taking up less space and less time to upload.
Finally, we’ve added a new technology preview: Depth Map Support. This new tech preview adds in a new mode in the Lr Camera letting you capture HEIC photos with depth maps as well as a new selective tool that leverages depth maps captured with the Lr Camera or other capture tools. The new Depth selection tool lets you quickly turn a depth map into a selection that can be modified with a brush, that you can use the same editing tools available with other selection tools to modify your photo.
The coming release for Lightroom for Android adds in improvements to the Optics section with the ability to reduce chromatic aberrations (CA) as well as manually select from one of the more than 1,200 Adobe-created lens profiles available within Lightroom CC.
HEIC (sometimes referred to as HEIF) formatted photos are also now supported, letting you import and work with this new and increasingly popular photo format.
We’ve now added in the ability to pause and resume synchronization within the cloud status tab, letting you decide when you’d like to sync your photos and edits to the cloud.
We’ve also added in a brand new technology preview, Best Photos. First available on lightroom.adobe.com, Best Photos combines Adobe Sensei smarts as well as changes and edits that you’ve made to your photos to make a recommend selection of your photos within an album with the highest potential, quickly and easily.
Finally, we’ve added in a new guided tutorial on using the watermark feature. Use the guided, step-by-step in-app tutorial to learn how to apply watermarks to your photos. You can find guided tutorials within the Settings > Help & Support > Guided Tutorials section of your app.
New Features in Lightroom Classic CC
Book Module Updates & Improved Blurb Support
The August release includes a number of important improvements to the Book Module, including supporting new Blurb book styles, including Layflat, Magazines, and Trade Books. Layflat books make unique layouts possible thanks to its seamless spreads. Magazines provide a high-end look with semi-gloss cover and velvet finish paper. Trade Books are affordable books ideal for distribution.
We’ve also added in additional features to refine the layout with custom-sized cells within a page. Add multiple cells, move specific cells to the front or back, and drag the cell exactly where you want with the help of new grids and guidelines. You can even save the custom layout to use it in another album in the future.
Import Presets and Profiles
This release also adds in the ability to import a zip archive full of presets and profiles. Select Import from either the preset panel or profile browser and select the zip file and the application will place the presets and profiles each in the right place, saving you time.
For a full list of features and bug fixes found in the August release of Lightroom Classic CC desktop, read the New Features Summary.
Products: Lightroom, Photoshop, Creative Cloud