Lightroom and Adobe Camera Raw are getting video-style wheels for advanced colour grading

Sep 28, 2020

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

Lightroom and Adobe Camera Raw are getting video-style wheels for advanced colour grading

Sep 28, 2020

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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Adobe has just released a sneak peek of a new Color Grading tool coming to Lightroom, Lightroom Classic and Adobe Camera Raw. It’s an upgraded version of the familiar split-toning that’s been around since forever. Split toning allowed you to tone your highlights and shadows separately to create a more stylised look.

All three applications that share the same raw engine are getting the new advanced Color Grading tool, which basically means Lightroom, Lightroom Classic and Adobe Camera Raw. It essentially works like the shadow/midtone/highlight colour wheels in your favourite video editing software and will replace the split-toning feature in an upcoming version.

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In addition to the previous highlights & shadows adjustments available in the split toning feature, the new Color Grading tool also allows you to adjust the midtones. But instead of just basic sliders, it allows you to more easily tone each of the different parts fo your image using colour wheels, just like grading your footage in video editing software.

Ever since I started working with video and discovered the colour wheels that most video editing applications contain, I’ve been saying that photo editing software should have this ability, too. It’s great to see this come to Adobe’s raw processing. Hopefully, it’ll come to the main Photoshop application at some point, too, and perhaps to some of the competing image editing applications out there.

There’s no word on exactly when this feature will be coming to Lightroom, Lightroom Classic and Adobe Camera Raw, but it’s definitely one to look out for.

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John Aldred

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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5 responses to “Lightroom and Adobe Camera Raw are getting video-style wheels for advanced colour grading”

  1. Viktor Wågman Avatar
    Viktor Wågman

    copying C1! ???

  2. Dušan DuPe Pethö Avatar
    Dušan DuPe Pethö

    Do you think that will be enough?

    1. Stanislav Petera Avatar
      Stanislav Petera

      Dušan DuPe Pethö Nope! LR will never be a good software ?

  3. Stanislav Petera Avatar
    Stanislav Petera

    Adobe is light years behind in innovation ever since they started with subscription and lost the need to push forward. LR was never good software to start with, but Photoshop in last few versions is almost a tragedy. It takes just one look at Affinity (although it’s far from perfect) to see what the development of a professional editing software should look like. And don’t even get me started on color grading tools from the movie industry they should have adopted years ago.

  4. Paul Snow Avatar
    Paul Snow

    It did come out years ago in C1.