Today at Adobe MAX 2018, Adobe announced further updates to popular photo-cataloging and editing applications Lightroom CC and Lightroom Classic CC.
Most of Lightroom CC’s updates focused on the user experience of searching and sharing images. A new People View gives easier and faster access to photos of someone in particular by laying out a more user-friendly view of faces recognized by Adobe Sensei’s facial recognition in Lightroom CC. Searching also gets easier with auto-complete suggestions, and a Share tab makes it easier to manage albums you’ve published online through.
For Mac and Windows, the Connector service will let you publish directly to your Adobe Portfolio and will soon be expanded to offer publication through a variety of online services such as book printers, photo labs, etc. And finally, a new Apple Photos migrator tool allows you to easily import all your photos from an Apple Photos library to your Lightroom CC catalog.
Lightroom Classic CC features a number of updates, but improved tethering for Canon cameras will undoubtedly be exciting for many users. While Canon users can expect a better tethering experience that includes up to 2x faster transfer rates, more reliable tethered shooting for Nikon and other systems is still on the horizon, but unfortunately not yet here. But Adobe promised updates to come for Nikon-tethered capture.
A bit more exciting for everyone, however, is a new one-step HDR panorama merge function. Gone are the days of manually merging a dozen steps of three brackets each and then further merging those together into panoramas that take forever to create. Now you can select an entire group of bracketed, overlapping images and create an HDR panorama in one step. Grab a coffee, come back in a bit, and presto.
Finally, Lightroom Classic CC and Camera Raw gain Depth Range Masking, allowing you to take advantage of the latest smartphones’ depth information and apply changes only to certain areas of an image according to distance from the camera.
Adobe also announced a number of other updates to Premiere CC and the all-new Photoshop CC on iPad and Premiere Rush CC, among other new updates and projects.