Lightroom Classic v9.3 – ISO Adaptive Presets, Tone Curve, Local Hue Editing, Batch Export Updates, and More!

Adobe Lightroom Classic

I’m pleased to announce updates to Raw Defaults including ISO Adaptive Presets, a new look and feel for the Tone Curve, Local Hue Editing for the Local Adjustment tools, additional control when using Batch Exports, and more – in Lightroom Classic v9.3.

Raw Defaults 

With this release, Adobe has added three new features to help create custom Raw Defaults in Lightroom Classic. 

• In the Presets panel, there is a new set of Presets called “Default”. Within that group are nine different combinations of Profiles/Lens Correction/Noise Reduction options which can be applied as Raw Default settings via Preferences > Presets > Raw Defaults.

• Lightroom Classic now supports ISO Adaptive Presets which will allow a single preset to apply different edit settings to different photos depending on their ISO. For example, you can create an ISO Adaptive Preset that applies different levels of noise reduction or sharpening to “high” verses low “ISO” images.  

• If you try to delete a preset (from the Preset panel in the Develop module), that is being used as a Raw Default, Lightroom Classic will display a warning. If you proceed to delete the preset, the Raw Default setting will revert to the Adobe Default. 

For more detailed information about creating and applying Adaptive ISO and custom Raw Defaults, please see my updated blog post: How to Customize Lightroom Classic’s Default Develop Settings

The Tone Curve Panel

The Tone Curve panel has a new look and feel making it easier to switch between the Parametric and Point Curves, access the individual (RGB) channels of the Point Curve, and make more precise Tone Curve adjustments.

• Use the icons across the top to move between Parametric, Point Curve, and individual Red, Green, and Blue channels. 

• The individual Point Curve Channels display color gradients making it easier to anticipate adjustments.

• When using the Point Curve, values are displayed as absolute values (instead of percentages).

• Use the new Input/Output text boxes to adjust the value of any selected control point.

• Hover the cursor over a selected control point and use the up/down arrow keys to refine the adjustment.

• Control -click (Mac) | right-click (Win) in the Point Curve grid area to access additional options including: Reset Channel, Reset All Channels, Copy/Paste Channel Settings, Snap to Grid, and Show All Curves.

Local Hue Editing

The new Local Hue slider provides the ability to shift the color in a selected area of a photo while keeping the saturation and luminosity values unchanged. After selecting (masking) the desired area using any of the local adjustment tools (Adjustment Brush, Radial and Linear Gradients), dragging the Hue slider enables a full, 360-degree hue shift that is perfect for both corrective and creative adjustments. 

• The two gradient bars can be used to help visualize the color shift in either direction. The gradients will shift to display the primary color from the selected (masked) area. As the Hue slider is repositioned, the hues in the image (as well as the bottom gradient bar) shift to reflect the change. In the illustration below, I selected (masked) the orange portion of the back wall using the Adjustment Brush so the gradient displays orange in the center.


• As the Hue slider is moved to the right, the image is updated and the slider points to the newly appointed hue (cyan/blue) in the top color bar.

• For more control, enable “Use Fine Adjustment” to slow the rate of change as the slider is scrubbed left/right. 


• In this example, because our eyes can perceive colors brighter or more saturated relative to others (and because I wanted to more closely match the blue wall with the blue cart), I chose to also adjust the exposure and saturation.  

• In more complex scenarios, or if the initial mask isn’t as precise as the one above, you can use the Hue adjustment in combination with  Range Masking to refine which hues are effected.  Note: This video (Color and Luminance Range Masking in ACR) demonstrates Range Masking in ACR but the feature works the same in Lightroom Classic.

Click here for more information about Local Hue Correction direct form the Camera Raw team.

Multi-Preset Batch Export 

When using multiple presets to batch export files, you can now control the Destination and File Naming options on a per-preset basis.

• First, create the desired presets in the Export dialog. Then use the check box to the left of the preset name to select them and click “Batch Export”.

• In the Batch Export dialog you can choose to leave the presets “as is” (exporting to the destination as defined by the preset), change the destination for each preset individually or, select a common destination for all presets. To change the destination for an individual preset, click Choose… and select a destination folder. 

Note: choosing a new destination will override the destination saved in the Export preset for the active Batch Export – it will NOT change the destination that was saved in the original Export preset.

• To change the destination for all of the presets in the current batch export to a single “parent” folder, enable “Choose Parent Folder” and click Choose… to select a folder. If needed, enable the “Put in Subfolder” option to create different subfolders for each export preset and enter a name for the folder. (This is helpful when you have presets that normally save files to different locations but, for the current export, files need to be saved into a single location.)  

Note: choosing a new Parent Folder will override the destination saved in the Export presets for the active Batch Export – it will NOT change the destinations that were saved in the original Export preset.

• If an Export preset uses File Naming Options that include “Custom Text” or a “Sequence”, you have the opportunity to enter the Custom Text and/or the sequence Start Number. 

For more information about Batch Exporting using Presets, see this post Lightroom Classic 9.0 – Fill Edges for Panoramas, Batch Export, Improved Performance and More!

Additional Improvements in this Release Include:

Performance Improvements  — in the Library module you may experience up to 1.5x speed increases when scrolling through large volumes of images, see less stuttering when using the arrow keys to move through images in the grid and, notice faster scrolling when viewing large volumes of collections. To improve performance in the Develop module, the Navigator view and Filmstrip thumbnail will not be updated while dragging the sliders (they will be updated as soon as the mouse is released).  

Center Crop Guide Overlay — use the new Center overlay (Tools > Crop Guide Overlay > Center) to quickly pinpoint the center of the cropped area. 

The Sync Experience ­­— The new cloud icon in the Module picker enables quick access to the sync status of your images. Hovering over the cloud icon while sync is progress displays the number of assets currently being synced. Click the Cloud icon to display additional options and details based on the current state of sync. 

Eight icons revel insight into the state of your files:

1) Sync is On. Everything is Synced and Backed up. 2) Sync in progress. 3) Sync is Paused. 4) Catalog is Not Synced. 5) Network is not connected. 6) Your cloud storage is almost full.  7) Your cloud storage is full. 8) There are some errors.

Video — With this release, HEVC videos are supported on Windows 10 and AVI files are supported on Mac. 

Collection Search ­— Faster search results in the Collections panel.

Icons in Survey Mode ­ — While in Survey Mode, the icons for Star Rating and Flag Status are easier to see when a non-default background color is selected.

Three Dimensional Projection — you can view and edit Three Dimensional Projections in the Metadata panel.

Catalog Back Up — Lightroom will now display an alert if the backup location you specified for your catalog backup does not exist. 

Language Support — Lightroom Classic now supports Russian and Thai languages.

This release also includes additional camera raw and lens profile support and addresses bugs that were introduced in previous releases of Lightroom.


Adobe Lightroom Classic

Posted on 06-16-2020


  • By Ryan - 3:00 PM on June 17, 2020  

    This came as really good news as I was scrambling to learn another platform as kept reading posts that Adobe was ditching classic. But hopefully this means classic is here to stay and hopefully the price won’t go up as it’s already a little expensive for hobbyists. But I still prefer Lightroom Classic over everything else, plus I have all my film emulation presets that only work in Lightroom. And if they ever add Linux support I’d probably really never leave them haha.

  • By Pieter Dhaeze - 1:57 AM on June 26, 2020  

    Hi Julieanne,
    Thanks for this overview. I still have some troubles with Camera Profiles. With my EOS 5D mark IV I can choose from Camera Matching, but with my EOS RP and even EOS 1DX mark III, the Camera Matching Profiles are not present any more. Doesn’t Adobe make DCP-files for these camera any more? I don’t like the colours of the Adobe Color-profile.
    Kind regards,
    Peter Dhaeze