I’m excited to announce several updates and enhancements to Lightroom Classic including a new interface to simplify the creation and application of custom setting for rendering raw files, support for large Photoshop (.PSB) files, secondary display enhancements, performance improvements, and more!
Custom Raw Defaults — Lightroom Classic now provides an easier and more intuitive way to customize the default rendering of your raw files to streamline your editing workflow. For example, if you prefer to apply different settings to you images (such as applying a different camera profile, enabling lens corrections, or modifying contrast or clarity), instead of importing your files and then having to change these settings, you can use the new Raw Default interface (Preferences > Presets) to have Lightroom Classic render your custom settings during import. Defaults can be applied universally, or customized by camera model and serial number. Note:custom raw defaults will only be applied to newly imported images, Lightroom Classic won’t change any of your images that were imported prior to changing the defaults). For step by step instructions on how to create and apply custom Raw Defaults for Lightroom Classic see this post “How to Customize Lightroom Classic’s Default Develop Settings (v9.2)“.
PSB File Support — Starting today, you can import, catalog, and edit Large Document Format (.PSB) files within Lightroom Classic. This is a very exciting feature for me as many of the panoramas that I created for my “Color of Place” series (as well as many of my composite images) are so large that they need to be saved as .PSB files. Note: like all files within Lightroom Classic, the maximum dimensions are 65,000 pixels on the long edge or 512 megapixels.
Multiple Monitor Enhancements — When working with more than two monitors, you can now select Preferences > Display to choose which monitor to set as your secondary display.
Auto-Sync Improvements — To make it easier to see when the Auto-Sync feature is enabled (and hopefully prevent unintentional batch edits), the Auto-Sync button is more prominently visible. In addition, a message will appear when changes are made to multiple images (the message can be disabled in Preferences -> Interface > Show Auto Sync Notifications).
Export Updates — A “Done” button has been added to the Export which will dismiss the dialog while remembering changes in export settings.
Performance Developments — Both the Lens Correction and Transformation options have been accelerated (by moving their processing to the GPU), and Photo > Enhance Details now leverages external GPUs on macOS 10.15 (Catalina) for faster processing.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) Link for Sync — For more information about syncing to the cloud from Lightroom Classic, Adobe has created a FAQ to help explain how syncing can help you to edit and share images from mobile devices and the web. Click on the Activity Center to access the link under the Sync status.
Photoshop Elements 2020 Support — You can now import your Photoshop Elements 2020 catalog into Lightroom Classic.
This release also includes additional camera raw support, lens profile support, and addresses bugs that were introduced in previous releases of Lightroom. For more information about all of the improvements and updates in each product, for both this and previous releases, please see the Lightroom Classic What’s New pages.