Exciting updates to Lightroom and Camera Raw

Earlier this week, Lightroom CC and Camera Raw were updated to versions 6.4 and 9.4 respectively. These updates introduce new features and enhancements, and fix several issues.

Merged panorama enhancements

While generating merged panoramas in either Lightroom or Camera Raw, you can now adjust a new setting Boundary Warp. This setting intelligently warps the boundaries of merged panoramas to remove undesired areas of transparency. You can use Boundary Warp in conjunction with the Auto Crop setting for merged panoramas already available in these apps. When you select Auto Crop, Camera Raw crops the areas of transparency visible at the current value of the Boundary Warp setting.

Boundary Warp in action (0 to 100)

Lightroom | Boundary Warp in action (0 to 100)

Selecting Auto Crop when the Boundary Warp slider is at 34

Camera Raw | Selecting Auto Crop when the Boundary Warp slider is at 34

A post on the Lightroom Journal blog explains the use case in detail:

Stitched panoramas often have non-rectangular boundaries. There are several ways to handle irregular boundaries. The most common approach is to apply a rectangular crop. This is straightforward, but important image details near the boundary may be lost due to cropping. Another approach is to use Content Aware Fill (in Photoshop) to fill in the transparent areas outside the boundary. This can be effective, but may require multiple attempts to obtain a satisfying (smooth, artifact-free) result. It can also be expensive and requires rendering out the panorama to an output-referred format. Boundary Warp is a feature that provides another approach to handling the irregular boundary of panoramas. The feature analyzes the boundary and warps the image so that its edges fit a rectangular frame.

Beginning with these updates, panoramas generated using Lightroom and Camera Raw also include metadata compatible with the Adaptive Wide Angle Filter in Photoshop, which helps correct distortion introduced by wide-angle lenses. If you haven’t used this Photoshop filter before, see this Help article.

Other enhancements in Lightroom

You can now choose a preferred desktop sync location for Lightroom on mobile images. When the images are synched, you can have Lightroom place them in a subfolder hierarchy conveniently formatted by the image capture date.

New preferences for mobile-related Lightroom features

New preferences for synching images from Lightroom on mobile

For more information on mobile features in Lightroom, see these resources:

Additionally, Lightroom-Photoshop integration has been strengthened in this update. You can now place photos as Linked Smart Objects in Photoshop CC by simply dragging them from the Lightroom Library grid while the Option key is pressed down. This feature is currently available only on Mac OS X.

Support for new cameras and lenses

Camera Raw now supports several additional cameras and lens profiles. See these resources for the full lists:

Further reading…

For more information about latest Lightroom and Camera Raw features, see these resources: