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 recently announced that it would both discontinue downloads of older versions of Creative Cloud apps (which includes Lightroom and Photoshop), and revoke the license for older software. Further, Adobe tweeted that consumers “may face potential claims of infringement by third parties.”
For some photographers, the thought of continuing to use Adobe’s subscription-based products is unpalatable, and fortunately, there are a number of full-featured alternatives that come without the price nor baggage.
Every few years, Adobe adds something new and interesting to their raw file engine. We saw it when they added the Clarity slider, when we lost “Fill Light” and “Recovery” in favour of shadows, highlights and white levels. And we saw it fairly recently when they introduced Dehaze. Now, they’ve added a new “Texture” slider, which is sort of like the Clarity slider, only much smarter.
If you’re new to Lightroom, you ought to know that there are plenty of features and tricks that will make your editing easier and speed up your workflow immensely. In this fun video, Ed Gregory of Photos In Color has compiled ten of his favorite features that do just that. They improve your editing and make you faster and more efficient in Lightroom.
It’s been a few years now since Adobe launched their popular Lightroom Coffee Break series on Youtube. However, their focus on Lightroom Classic has been leaving out those who use Lightroom CC–that is until now. For the first time since its inception, the creators of the series have now also included content specifically made for Lightroom CC users.
While some are still getting over the shock of Lightroom’s CC makeover, others are happily plodding along with the renamed Lightroom Classic. Some users have put off making the switch to new CC due to their familiarity with Classic, although some feel it simply lacks important features available with its older sibling.
Some of those missing features, including the tone curve and split toning, are now available inside Lightroom CC as part of a major update. The update comes for their entire Lightroom CC ecosystem. That includes Mac, Windows, iOS, Android and on the web. But there are a few updates for Lightroom Classic and Adobe Camera Raw, too.
A few weeks ago Adobe renamed Lightroom to Lightroom Classic and re-launched Lightroom as cloud connected Lightroom CC. Aside from making everyone really confused, some concerns rose about how will this actually work in terms of licensing Lightroom (just see some of the comments on this post).
As most things Adobe, everyone will probably migrate to the new Lightroom CC given enough time, but if you want to keep your Lightroom Classic installation and still be able to sync across multiple devices, Dan Watson has a solution for you.
If you still haven’t switched to Adobe’s subscription plan and still use Lightroom 6, be careful with the updates. The recent reports from users say that Adobe Download Manager has deleted Lightroom 6 from their computer and replaced it with Lightroom CC. You can prevent this by changing some of the settings instead of using the default ones.
If this has already happened to you, don’t panic. You can still get Lightroom 6 back if you don’t want to switch to the subscription software, and Adobe has shared the steps you need to take.