New Features in Lightroom CC Mobile for iPhone, iPad, Android, and ChromeOS

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I’m super excited to announce that the Healing Brush is now available on Lightroom CC Mobile! In addition, you can create, manage, and sync Presets and Profiles across Lightroom CC on desktop, mobile and web. Also new to iOS, is the ability to remove Chromatic Aberration as well as two Technology Previews: Long Exposure and Guided Tutorials. New features to Android and ChromeOS are sort by Star Rating, Guided Tutorials, and the Technology Preview: High Dynamic Range (HDR) capture.

The Healing Brush

The video below demonstrates how to quickly remove unwanted or distracting elements in images, using the Healing Brush in Lightroom CC. 

Create, manage, and sync presets in Lightroom CC Mobile. 

You can now create presets using Lightroom CC on your mobile device which will sync across Lightroom CC clients and manage presets on one device independently of another. The video below demonstrates how:

Note: importing custom presets and profiles is only possible through the Lightroom CC desktop app.

Additional updates unique to Lightroom CC Mobile on iOS

Remove Chromatic Aberration: The Optics panel now includes a toggle to Remove Chromatic Aberration. Chromatic Aberration is a byproduct of the lens as it attempts to capture different wavelengths of light, and often results in either red/cyan or green/magenta misalignment of pixels along the edges of an image, especially in areas of high contrast. 

A green/magenta halo appears in the image (left) but is quickly diminished by enabling Remove Chromatic Aberration (right).

Technology Previews: Technology previews are features that the Lightroom team is still working on, but want to get into your hands as soon as possible.

  • To enable Technology Previews, tap the LR mnemonic on the home screen.

  • Then, tap Technology Previews.

  • Tap to enable the desired features. 

Long Exposure is a new capture mode that captures a burst of exposures (DNG or JPEG), aligns, and blends them images together to simulate a long exposure (without a tripod.)

  • On the main screen (or within a collection), tap the camera icon. 

  • Choose Long Exposure from the popup menu. 

  • Select the number of seconds and tap the shutter icon.

In the example below, the image on the left was taken with the camera capture mode set to Professional with an shutter speed of 1/2400 of a second. This short exposure results in “freezing”the motion of the water in the river. The image on the right was taken with the camera capture mode set to Long Exposure with a shutter speed of 5 seconds. The long exposure simulated “flowing” water. Note: Long Exposure images begin processing upon exiting the camera (so as not to interrupt or decrease camera performance during capture).  Depending on the length of exposure chosen, the resulting files(s) might take a few moments to process.

Guided Tutorials walk through different features to help you get the most out of the app. 

  • Tap the LR mnemonic.

  • Tap Help & Support. 

  • Tap Guided Tutorials.

  • Select the desired tutorial.  


Additional updates unique to Lightroom CC Mobile on Android and ChromeOS.

Sort by Star Rating: after staring your favorite images, you can now sort by Star Rating.

  • While in  a collection, tap the More icon. Tap Sort By… , and choose Star Rating.

Guided Tutorials

  • Tap the triple bar icon in the upper left corner. Then, tap Help & Support.
  • Tap Guided Tutorials and select the desired tutorial.

Capture in High Dynamic Range (HDR) Technology Preview

Technology previews are features that the team is still working on, but want to get into your hands as soon as possible.

To enable the HDR Technology Preview, tap the triple bar icon in the upper left corner. Then, tap Technology Previews and enable the feature. Note: the HDR technology preview requires a device that can capture DNG, has >2.5 GB of RAM, is running Lollipop on Android OS, and is an ARM8 device(64-bit device).

Tap the camera icon and choose HDR from the pop-up list.

The HDR capture mode automatically analyzes the scene to determine the appropriate spread of exposure values over three shots. Then, after capture, automatically aligns, de-ghosts, and tone maps the image, creating a DNG file. The resulting DNG file offers a much larger dynamic range than a singe raw file while maintaining all other advantages of a raw file such as higher bit-depth per color, lack of JPEG compression, and the ability to address white balance after capture with no loss of information! Although, HDR files are larger, I believe the superior image quality and greater editing flexibility are well worth the increase in file size.

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Posted on 06-19-2018