If there’s one thing most Lightroom users agree about, it’s that the program could use a speed boost. In its latest announcement, Adobe introduces GPU-accelerated editing in Lightroom Classic and Camera Raw. It should make the editing process smoother and make the programs faster and more responsive.
Adobe announced the upcoming improvements on its blog. There are several new features coming in the latest update, but the GPU-accelerated editing is certainly the most interesting one. Adobe writes that this feature lets Lightroom Classic and Adobe Camera Raw provide a “smoother and more responsive experience.”
As I mentioned, there are a few other improvements to Lightroom ecosystem. They allow you to:
- Batch merge for HDR and panoramas (Lightroom Classic).
- Download edits found on Discover posts as presets by tapping on the three-dot menu at the top of each post, afterward head to your preset library to start applying them to your images (Lightroom for mobile, iOS and Android).
- Recover deleted photos on the device you’re using (free users) and any devices connected to your account (premium subscriptions) (Lightroom Ecosystem).
- Use color labels to organize your collections, collection sets and smart collections (Lightroom Classic).
- Export your photos as PNGs (Lightroom Classic and Camera Raw)
If you’re an Adobe subscriber, you can update Lightroom and Camera Raw to the latest versions and get the new features. More information will be available on Adobe Blog, but it seems to be offline at the time of writing this. We’ll let you know once it comes back, and we’ll update you once the new features are available.
[Update: Adobe’s updates to the Lightroom ecosystem are now live, and you can read more on Adobe Blog.]