Adobe Lightroom reveals impressive updates to de-noise and facial hair masking

Apr 18, 2023

Alex Baker

Alex Baker is a portrait and lifestyle driven photographer based in Valencia, Spain. She works on a range of projects from commercial to fine art and has had work featured in publications such as The Daily Mail, Conde Nast Traveller and El Mundo, and has exhibited work across Europe

Adobe Lightroom reveals impressive updates to de-noise and facial hair masking

Apr 18, 2023

Alex Baker

Alex Baker is a portrait and lifestyle driven photographer based in Valencia, Spain. She works on a range of projects from commercial to fine art and has had work featured in publications such as The Daily Mail, Conde Nast Traveller and El Mundo, and has exhibited work across Europe

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Adobe Lightroom reveals impressive updates to denoise and facial hair masking

Adobe is revealing all-new AI updates for its Lightroom software. The innovative updates can be found across all the platforms in the Lightroom ecosystem, including Lightroom Classic, and for mobile and web versions.

New Adobe Sensei AI-powered features empower intuitive editing and seamless workflows. There are expanded adaptive presets and additional masking categories for selecting people, including clothing and facial hair. Additionally, new features, including Denoise and Curves in masking, help you do more with less to save time and focus on getting the perfect shot.

The new features are available to use from today and feature the following:

Denoise

Available now for use with RAW files, this new Denoise feature is a powerful tool. If you’re forced to shoot at high ISOs, this will be particularly useful. Denoise uses the latest advanced AI-powered feature and will remove digital noise from your images to improve quality without losing any details. Additional file types will follow soon.

Adobe Lightroom reveals impressive updates to denoise and facial hair masking

Curves in masking

You can now create incredibly intricate and customised edits of portions of an image using masks. The ability to refine your edits using curves within the mask is a great new feature. This combination provides fine control over tonality and color in specific regions of a photo. You can use this feature in a landscape photo that needs a specific part edited, for example, to bring out shadow detail, correct color, or add creative effects. Or you can refine a portrait by selectively adding warmth or brightening areas without impacting the overall exposure.

New AI Mask Categories for Select People

The ‘Select People’ mask options were introduced in October 2022 and made portrait editing within Lightroom a piece of cake. Now, Adobe has taken it a step further and introduced new categories for masking select portions of people using AI. Now it’s possible to make precise edits to clothing and facial hair by automatically generating a mask for individuals
or groups in any portrait. This means you can select clothes, such as a shirt, and change the color with minimal effort. You can even select a beard in your photo and darken or adjust the texture.

Adobe Lightroom reveals impressive updates to denoise and facial hair masking

New adaptive presets

These were also rolled out last year and enable you to edit a portion of an image automatically. The newest additions include Polished Portrait, Darken Beard, and Enhance Clothing. These presets allow you to access the power of AI masking with the ease of a single click or tap.

Black & white for video

Last year, Adobe added support for video in Lightroom to enable you to use the same edit controls that you already use
for photography. The latest update now lets you make any videos in black and white, reminiscent of classic film styles, with the tap of a button. This new video feature is a great time-saver, as you can quickly apply the same black-and-white treatment to multiple video clips, which creates a cohesive look and feel.

Adobe Lightroom reveals impressive updates to denoise and facial hair masking

Other features

Other updated features include AI masking features for use on the web versions of Lightroom, allowing you to take advantage of this technology on the move. There is also a new Content Credentials feature which allows you to add proper attribution and creative transparency. Travel presets and the ability to add borders are now all integrated within Lightroom.

You can download all of the latest updated features from the Creative Cloud or the mobile versions from the appropriate app store according to your device.

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3 responses to “Adobe Lightroom reveals impressive updates to de-noise and facial hair masking”

  1. Matteo Capuzzi Avatar
    Matteo Capuzzi

    Is it 360-aware by any chance?

  2. John Beatty Avatar
    John Beatty

    I’ll wait to see how it progresses. I still love my Topaz for that.

  3. Novastorm Avatar
    Novastorm

    I’ve used the denoise in my stage photography last weekend. Having to shoot at ISO 3200 and sometimes even higher, it was full of noise. After using the denoise (and waiting for a very very long time, 20 mins per picture) the result was very good. crisp and bright images.