Lightroom Updates – Classic and Desktop. What?

What’s In a Name?

Hello everyone, it’s time again for Lightroom updates. But first, more confusion from the Adobe marketing team …

Adobe has tweaked the name of Lightroom Classic. Formerly, the official name was “Lightroom Classic CC” and they are now dropping the “CC” to make it just Lightroom Classic. Just to be clear, this is the original version of Lightroom that allows you to manage your own files.

The newer version of Lightroom is now being called “Lightroom” or “Lightroom Desktop.” Confused yet?? Again, to be clear, this is the newer version of Lightroom, which was totally redesigned and that is enabled to use the cloud.

Classic Logo ^ ————– ^ Desktop Logo

Given the difficulty with the name, Adobe is keeping the logos for the two programs separate, for now. Further, in order to make things simpler for ourselves and our clients, we here at Lightroom Guy use the distinction Classic vs. Desktop. We’ve found that this is a reliable way to refer to each. When in doubt, remember that the Classic version has squared corners on the logo and the Cloud version has rounded corners.

For more information, you can always refer back to our post about the fundamental differences between the two. And, if you haven’t updated Lightroom before, here’s the Adobe link for updating from the Creative Cloud. So, until Adobe figures out what the hell to call Lightroom, we’re here to tell you about new features, bug fixes and improvements in all versions, no matter what you call them.

Lightroom UpdateClassic Version 8.3

We’ll start with our go-to version, the big Kahuna, the Lightroom update for Classic. Here we have some cool new features being introduced along with a few feature improvements and a laundry list of bug fixes.

Texture Slider

You’ll find this slider located above the clarity slider in the Basic Panel and in the local adjustment Gradient, Radial and Adjustment Brush tools. And, you’ll find this feature also in Lightroom for Mac/PC and iOS/Android/ and Adobe Camera Raw (Photoshop). Adobe says, “By isolating only medium-sized details, Texture can smooth skin without affecting pore details (delivering a natural smoothing effect…“).

So what does that mean? The Texture slider’s negative numbers soften skin and other textures while still maintaining fine detail. It behaves a little like Clarity in the numbers, but unlike Clarity, fine lines and facial details are better preserved.

The texture slider’s positive numbers adds crispness to landscapes and can create the illusion of additional sharpness in soft details without using Lightroom’s Sharpening tools. Texture doesn’t add the heaviness of darker shadow details that I’m used to seeing with the Clarity slider. You’ll also find Texture is used in a new preset found in the pulldown presets menu of the Gradient/Radial/Adjustment Brushes called Soften Skin (Lite).

As always, with Clarity and now, with Texture, a little goes a long way. I know I’ll be finding more uses for this new Texture slider.

Flat Field Correction

This has been available as a Lightroom plugin for many years. Now, this plugin has been built into the Library module. It’s a sophisticated tool that analyzes and corrects a raw capture for color casts. When done, Lightroom creates a new DNG with the corrections. Note, however, that this requires a second, reference image in order to do a correction. You can read in-depth how this process works at RawTherappe, an open source, raw processing application used by many professionals.

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Flat Field Correction Dialog

Import from SD/CF Card – Source Change

Up until version 8.2, importing from an SD or CF card pointed the Lightroom Import Dialog to your memory card in “Devices” in the Source Panel (left side of Import Dialog). This has changed. Lightroom 8.3 now points the Import Dialog to “Files” and the DCIM folder, so you may be disoriented the first time this happens. You may need to select “Include Subfolders” or navigate to your capture folder.

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Lightroom no longer defaults to the memory card. It now goes to your DCIM folder. You may have to check the “Include Folders” Checkbox in order to see your photos for import.

When we did our tests importing one hundred – 45 megapixel photos from a Nikon D850, we saw about a 50% reduction in import time between using Device vs Files. Had we known this, we would have been advising our clients to import from folders a long time ago! We’re glad the Adobe Lightroom Update team made this time saving change.

Click here for more about the new features of Lightroom Classic. And click here for a list of the bug fixes in this Lightroom Update.

Lightroom Update 2.3 – Desktop

For the Lightroom Desktop version 2.3, iOS version 4.3 and Android version 4.3 you’ll also find the new Texture slider. Plus, there’s Defringe, formerly only available in Classic. And, there are nearly 50 bug fixes, which make this update important! You can read all the bug fixes on the Adobe site here.

Read about the new features for these versions of Lightroom on the Adobe site here.

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