Adobe Announces Updates to Lightroom Classic (v8.0)

Adobe Lightroom Classic

I’m excited to announce several new features and enhancements to Lightroom Classic CC including one-step, high-dynamic range Raw panorama creation, support for HEIC depth maps, faster and more reliable tethered capture for Canon cameras and more.  

HDR Panorama It’s easier than ever to create raw, high dynamic range panoramas using the new HDR Panorama command. Instead of having to first merge each of the bracketed exposures together and then stitching the resulting HDR files together, you can now do both at once by selecting Photo > Photo Merge > HDR Panorama. Watch the video below to learn more. 

Additional Tips for working with HDR Panoramas in Lightroom Classic:

  • Lens Correction Profiles are applied if Lightroom can auto-detect which profile to use. If Lightroom can’t auto-detect the correct profile an alert appears asking you to apply a lens profile correction for best results. Lightroom always remove chromatic aberration as part of the merge.
  • If you make adjustments to an individual exposures that can be copied over to the merged file (such as conversion to B/W or Split Tone adjustments), make sure that the exposure with the adjustment(s) is the active or “most selected” image before running HDR Panorama. 
  • If there are spots that occur in the same location in every image (dust on the sensor, for example), you can fix them in one exposure, sync the spot corrections to the others, then merge  the files and Lightroom will apply the spot corrections to the source images before merging.
  • To use the Deghost feature, bracketed exposures must be merged independently (PhotoMerge > HDR ) and then stitched (PhotoMerge > Panorama).  
  • HDR Panorama needs access to the original files (it will not work with Smart Previews).
  • Lightroom saves the final Panorama (with the suffix HDR-Pano), and discards the intermediate HDR images.

Support for HEIC Depth Maps Lightroom Classic now has the ability to apply selective adjustments to photographs based on embedded depth information in the image using the new Depth option for the Range Masking tool. Currently, this is limited to HEIC files captured using Lightroom mobile’s Depth Capture technology preview or, with the built-in iOS camera app in Portrait mode (iPhone 7+, 8+ and X).

To capture HEIC files with embedded depth information using Lightroom mobile:

  • In Lightroom mobile, tap the settings icon.

  • Tap Technology Previews.

  • Enable Depth Map Support (this enables a new depth capture mode within the camera, letting you capture HEIC photos with depth maps).

  • Once Depth Map Support is enabled, select Depth from the drop-down menu in the camera and take the photo.

  • Note: be sure to enable Sync in Lightroom Classic on the desktop to access the photo.

To capture HEIC files with embedded depth information using the built-in iOS camera app:

  • On the iOS device, under Settings> Photos be sure to enable “Keep Originals” to maintain the original HEIC format with the depth map. 
  • Take a photo in Portrait mode. 
  • Plug the phone into your computer and use the usual Lightroom Classic Import workflow to import the HEIC files from your phone.
  • Note: at this time, it is not possible to import the HEIC files directly from the Camera App into Lightroom mobile and maintain the depth information.

To make edits to the photo using the embedded depth preview information in Lightroom Classic.

  • In the Develop module, use any of the selective adjustment tools to create the desired selection.

In this example, I painted over the entire photograph using the Adjustment Brush with the Saturation set to -100.

  • From the Range Mask drop down menu, choose Depth.
    • Enable  the “Show Range Mask” checkbox to view the depth map of the image (the red color represents the masked area). 

With Show Depth Mask enabled we see the red depth mask overlay.

  • Use the Range slider in combination with the Smoothness slider to isolate the portion of the range mask to use.
    • Use the eye dropper tool to sample only a single point or an area.
    • Use the Smoothness slider to define how smooth the falloff is.
    • Option -scrub (Mac) | Alt -scrub (Win) with the Smoothness slider to preview the mask.

Here I’ve refined the Depth options (Range and Smoothness) in order to limit the adjustment to the leaves in the background.

  •  Uncheck the Show Depth Mask icon to view the adjustment.

The white portion of the depth map is unaffected by the change made with the Adjustment Brush. 

Faster and More Reliable Tethered Capture for Canon Cameras When shooting tethered with a Canon camera, you should see a significant increase in stability and transfer time as well as a new option to “Disable Auto Advance” which, when enabled, stops Lightroom Classic from automatically selecting the latest tethered image. While this release improves the experience for  Canon cameras, the team is working hard to expand the functionality to Nikon tethered capture in a future release. 

New Process Version 5 With the new PV5, negative Dehaze has been significantly improved, making it much more perceptually uniform, and providing a more useful range, especially for HDR images. In addition, PV5 includes improvements to image quality (improved shadow detail and reduced purple/magenta color cast) for high ISO raw files. 

Luminance Range Mask You can now use the eye dropper tool to select a single point (or an area) to set the range of the Luminance Range Mask.

Video Support Lightroom Classic now supports HEVC for macOS 10.13 or higher.

Adobe Lightroom Classic

Posted on 10-15-2018


  • By Jarrett - 10:31 PM on October 15, 2018  

    How “high ISO” does a raw photo have to be to benefit from the new process version 5? Thanks.