As it continues to improve its core photography products, Adobe released a new version of its Lightroom products with a concentration on new color profiles, user-interface adjustments, and bug fixes.
Update: We've also added some videos that highlight these features below. While Camera Profiles were something few often changed more than once (if at all) while editing, Adobe realized both the opportunity and the need to make this a more important, robust, and useful feature in Lightroom. The new feature, now called, "Profiles," will move to the top of the Basic panel in order to make it more usable. Given Lightroom's updates to the feature, this move makes sense and will be the first place you start when editing a photo.
The new profiles are now split into three categories of Adobe Raw profiles, Camera Matching profiles, and Creative profiles. Six new Adobe Raw profiles still allow you to apply different methods of rendering to your raw images with Adobe's presets (the default for which was perviously Adobe Standard), but with improved color science. Adobe's Camera Matching Profiles do the same thing, but with the goal of closely emulating each brand's in-camera profiles. And over 40 new Creative profiles allow one-click creative edits that are finally editable with an Amount slider to make them useful for more than pleasing filter-loving Instabrides.
While Adobe Standard is still remaining as an option, the new default raw profile, Adobe Color, brings changes that many have requested in order to help warm tones and gradients between various tones look more natural and smooth. Other profiles include the remaining five Adobe Raw profiles (Adobe Monochrome, Adobe Portrait, Adobe Landscape, Adobe Neutral, and Adobe Vivid), all of the same Camera Matching profiles (which are now also available in Lightroom CC for the first time), and the 40 new Creative profiles split into four groups: Artistic, Black & White, Modern, and Vintage.
Just as with Adobe Standard, these profiles are intended to bring every photograph — regardless of camera brand or model — to a similar starting point so you can more easily process images from different cameras side-by-side with the same edits for a unified approach to color. Those who upgrade cameras over the years or who deal with ingesting photographs from multiple photographers with their own systems shouldn't have to worry about throwing out old presets or creating custom ones for each situation if using the Adobe Raw profiles.
With these new features reworked for utility, it makes sense to house them in the new location at the top of your workflow, as it's now much more likely we may actually begin individual edits with a switch to the profile that best matches the subject matter.
Along with the new Profiles update, Lightroom Classic CC will have the Dehaze feature moved to its Basic Panel while it will also feature an expanded tone curve panel for more precise control and a more accurate face-recognition algorithm.
Adobe's Lightroom CC for desktop is also gaining support for network-attached storage (NAS) devices while Lightroom CC for iOS welcomes some new features such as the Geometry tab as a premium feature for adjusting perspective, the Grain adjustment, left-handed mode for iPad, layout optimizations for the iPhone X, updated Camera Raw support, and improved control over Lightroom CC Web shares to enable downloading, viewing metadata, and viewing location data. In addition to the same improvements, where they make sense, the Details tab with Noise Reduction and Sharpening will also come to Lightroom CC Android.
These updates are available now through Adobe Creative Cloud.
UPDATE: All of the new releases naturally include bug fixes, and a new Photoshop CC update is also available with the updated camera support in Camera Raw. If you do not see the update immediately available within the Creative Cloud Apps tab, clicking on the menu and manually checking for updates may show the downloads available to you.
An overview of Profiles in Lightroom Classic CC is featured above, but below is a similar video for Lightroom CC:
UPDATE 2: I have personally had several crashes, but usually after not using Lightroom for some time, coming back to it, and switching to a different image. If I continue using it without a break, it seems okay so far. But there are also reports of crashes in other small scenarios. As always, it's recommended to wait until the first spree of bug fixes come out if you rely on your software for critical work every day to avoid unnecessary downtime.