Adobe updates Lightroom CC on all platforms with improved and new features


posted Tuesday, December 12, 2017 at 11:00 AM EST


Adobe has today released a massive update to the entire Lightroom CC ecosystem, including mobile and desktop applications. There are new features, fixes and new cameras and lenses supported. Let's dig into the details.

One of the big improvements comes to "Auto" settings, which have been completely reworked to provide better results. The automatic image editing tools are powered by Adobe Sensei and compare your own images against a growing database of professionally-edited images. The new Auto tool is available in Lightroom CC for iOS, Android, the web client, Mac and PC desktop version, Lightroom Classic and Adobe Camera Raw. Below you can see a comparison of the old and new versions of the feature.

Old (left) versus new (right) Auto adjustment in Adobe Lightroom

Looking specifically at the desktop version of Lightroom CC, Adobe has added the tone curve to the software. The tone curve is a very popular and useful tool and allows you to adjust red, green and blue channels and adjust your image's color balance.

Adobe has added a Tone Curve to Lightroom CC

Another new feature is split toning. This feature allows you to simulate black and white tints such as sepia and selenium while customizing how different color tints are applied to the highlight and shadow areas in your image.

Split toning has been added to Lightroom CC as well

For those of us, myself included, who sometimes forget to adjust our camera's date and times correctly or forget to adjust for daylight savings time, Lightroom CC on desktop now allows you to customize the capture time for single photos and groups of photos. This makes it easier to organize your images.

On Android devices, Lightroom CC now includes App Shortcuts, better storage management controls, bug fixes, Pixel 2 specific fixes and speed improvements. On iOS, you can now customize and add a watermark for exporting. Further, HDR capture has been improved and there are bug fixes and speed improvements.

In addition to Auto improvements, Lightroom Classic and Adobe Camera Raw have had their Color Range Masking tool refined and Lightroom Classic now supports tethered capture with the Nikon D850.

For more details on the Adobe Lightroom updates, click here. It's nice to see Adobe adding new features to Lightroom CC to help bring its functionality more in line with Lightroom Classic. We're excited to see what Adobe brings to Lightroom CC next.