Texture, Home View, and Group Albums Added to Lightroom on iOS and Android

Adobe Lightroom Mobile

Texture, Home View, and Group albums have been added to Lightroom Mobile on  iOS and Android. And, batch editing is now available on Android.

Texture Control — The new non-destructive Texture slider (available as both a global as well as a local adjustment) in Lightroom, can be used to decrease or increase the appearance of  “texture” in a photograph while still retaining fine details. Moving the Texture slider to the left will reduce unwanted, medium-sized details (for minimizing skin texture or smoothing surfaces for example), while moving the Texture slider to the right enhances medium-sized details in a photograph (for intensifying the texture of foliage or hair for example).

When first using the Texture sider,  I found it helpful to compare it with both the Sharpening and Clarity sliders as they all produce significantly different results. First (without making any changes to the Texture slider), view your image at 100% and scrub the Sharpening sliders. Notice how the sharpening controls affect the finest details (also referred to as high-frequency areas) in the image.

Animation of increasing levels of sharpening enhancing fine detail.

Then, set the Sharpening Amount slider to 0, and scrub the Texture slider from 0 to +100. Notice how Texture increases/decreases the contrast of the medium-sized details in the image (not the finest details).

Animation of Texture set to -100, -50, 0, 50, and 100.

Then, reset the Texture slider and scrub the Clarity slider from 0 to +100. Notice how it increases/decreases the contrast of edge detail especially in the midtone areas, creating a very different effect from the Texture slider.  Clarity also effects luminance and saturation more than the Texture slider does (Texture does have “some” effect on them, but not nearly as much as Clarity).

Animation of Clarity set to -100, -50, 0, 50, and 100.

Once you have a good feeling for the medium-sized details that will be effected by the Texture slider, view your image at 100% and apply the desired amount of Sharpening to your image. Then, increase/decrease the Texture and Clarity sliders as needed. Because the Texture slider works at medium sized details, be sure to check the amount of texture at different zoom levels (not just 100%) to avoid over or under enhancing the image.

To apply Texture selectively, choose one of the local adjustment tools (Graduated Filter, Radial Filter or Adjustment Brush), dial in the amount of Texture, and apply. In my portrait below, I used the Adjustment Brush to amplify the amount of texture in my hair and eyes, and diminish the amount of texture in my skin. Like many of the local corrections, you can add multiple, overlapping adjustments in an image to further reduce or enhance the amount of Texture in an area if you need to go beyond the slider’s range from  -100 or +100.

Texture applied using the Adjustment Brush set to negative values to soften skin and to a positive value to enhance eyes and hair.

I would strongly encourage you to experiment using several adjustments in combination with one another. In the image below, I was able to enhance the boiling mud using Sharpening, Texture, Clarity,  Dehaze, and Noise Reduction. (When photographing using high ISO settings, high levels of “noise” in an image might start crossing into the medium-sized details in which case I have found it helpful to use the Noise reduction slider to minimize the noise.)

Animation of  original image, increased sharpening, increased Texture and Clarity, increased Dehaze and increased Luminance Noise Reduction values.

For additional information on the Texture control, view this article from Max Wendt, a Senior Computer Scientist on ACR and the lead engineer of the Texture project.

Home View —Lightroom has a new Home view on mobile devices enabling you to quickly view recently added photos and albums (use the downward facing chevron to switch between the two).

You’ll also find new interactive tutorials. When selected, they download a photograph to your mobile device and allow you to walk through the tutorials step-by-step, adjusting each slider with guidance and instruction provided along the way.

Scrolling down the screen, you’ll find additional “Discover” content. Tap on a photo to quickly scroll through the edits that have been applied to the photo. 

Group Albums — you can now invite others to add photos to your albums. Tap the three dots to the right of an album, then tap Share & Invite.

Tap Enable Sharing to create a link and share the album.

Lightroom creates a link for the album which you can quickly copy to the clipboard. Use the Link Access options to determine who can view the album: “Anyone can view” creates a link which can be viewed by anyone, “Invite only” enables you to control (via email) who is allowed to view and contribute to the album.

If you choose to limit the visibility of the album by selecting “Invite only”, tap Invite People to enter the email address of the person (people) that you want to invite to the album. An email will be sent and the invited person can “accept” the invite. 

Once a person has been added, the “Invite People” option changes to “Members”. Tapping Members and then tapping the downward pointing carrot next to the member’s name and selecting  “Can contribute” enables the member to add photos to the album (by clicking the link in the email and uploading via lightroom.adobe.com).

Once someone contributes a photo or video to the album, the owner of the Group Album has access to the full resolution file (including raw files).

If you want to share an album publicly, but restrict who can contribute images to the album, use the Link Access option: “Anyone can view”, and then enter the email address for those people that you want to be able to contribute photos to the album. Or, if it’s easier, you can share an album publicly (using the Link Access option: “Anyone can view” option), and then enable “Allow access requests” in the sharing tab. This allows anyone to request to be a contributor (perfect if you don’t know the email address of potential contributors or if the list of contributors is long).

Batch Editing  — You can now copy settings from one image and paste them to multiple images on Android devices. First make the desired changes to one image. Then, from the three-dot menu in the top-right of the screen, select Copy Settings. Next, go to the grid view and long-press to enter select mode. Select the photos you want to apply the edits to, navigate to the three-dot menu in the top-right, and select Paste Settings. Lightroom will then apply the edits to each photo.


Adobe Lightroom Mobile

Posted on 05-14-2019


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