Lightroom Mobile – Raw Defaults, Versions, Local Hue Editing, Synced Watermarks, Edit in PS (iPad), and more!

Adobe Lightroom Mobile

I’m pleased to announce new features and updates including custom Raw Defaults, Versions, Local Hue editing, watermark syncing across devices,  Shared Album notifications, “Edit in Photoshop” on the iPad and more – in the June release of Lightroom mobile.

Custom Raw Defaults

With the new Raw Default setting, you now have even more control over the default rendering of your raw files on your mobile devices. Instead of importing raw files and then having to change the settings, you can specify your preferred look and feel of your images as they are imported. Note: because Raw Defaults are applied to all raw images on import, you will want to choose your settings with care.

There are two primary options for customizing Raw Default settings. The first is to use Camera Settings – this will  honor picture styles or profiles settings that you’ve set in-camera and preserve the “as shot” look whenever possible (Creative Styles for Sony, Picture Styles for Canon, Film Simulations for Fuji, or Picture Controls for Nikon). The second is to apply a preset with the edits that you want to apply.

• To apply Camera Settings as the Raw Default, tap the Settings icon (the gear), tap Import, and select Camera settings from the Raw Default list.

• To apply a preset as your Raw Defaults settings, tap the Settings icon (the gear), tap Import, and tap Choose Preset. 

• Select a preset for your new Raw Default settings. In the example below, I’ve selected one of Lightroom’s presets specifically designed to be used as a Raw Default from the Defaults folder. As their names imply, they apply different profiles (Adobe Color/Landscape/Portrait/Vivid), enable Lens Corrections/Chromatic Aberration, and include custom Noise Reduction settings. If you prefer, you can create your own preset and apply it if desired. Note: Click here to learn how to create a preset in Lightroom mobile.

Tap the Defaults preset folder, then tap the desired preset to apply the preset as the new Raw Default settings.


Versions enable you to “capture” all of the settings applied to an image and save them as a single “state”. You can then experiment with different settings with the security of knowing that you can quickly return to the Version with a single tap. Versions can also help when different settings (such as B&W and color or, a variety of different crops) need to be applied to the same image.  And Versions sync across Lightroom on all your devices, so versions you create in one place are available to you everywhere.

• To create a Version, make the desired changes to the image and Tap Versions. Note: Thumbnails for each Version appear along the bottom of the screen including an auto generated Original and Current version. Tap Create Version, give the Version a name, and tap Create.  

Tap the Versions icon, then tap Create Version. Give the Version a name and tap Create.

• You can create as many Versions as desired. In the example below, I created a Color and B&W version for the photo. Tap the thumbnail to preview different versions. Tap Apply to apply the version or, tap the Back arrow to return to editing without applying the selected Version. Tap the More icon (the three dots) to Rename or Delete a Version. 

Local Hue Editing

The new Local Hue slider provides the ability to shift the color in a masked (selected) area of a photo while keeping the saturation and luminosity values unchanged. After masking (selecting) 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.

To change the hue in a selected (masked) are of an image, choose the Adjustment Brush, Radial and Linear Gradients and target the area to change. In the illustration below, I painted over the two windows using the Adjustment Brush. Note: the mask appears in as a red overlay but no edits have been made at this point.

• Tap Color and swipe down to access the Hue slider. The two gradient bars can be used to help visualize the color shift in either direction. The top bar will shift to display the primary color from the masked (selected) area. In the example below, blue appears in the center of the gradient because I painted over the blue windows. As the Hue slider is moved to the left, the image is updated and the top bar displays the newly appointed green hue.

• For more control, enable “Use Fine Adjustments” to slow the rate of change as the slider is moved left/right. As with any of the Selective editing tools, the Hue slider can be used in combination with additional edits. In this example I chose to increase the Saturation (also under Color) and darken the Exposure (in the Light edit stack).

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

Additional New Features Include:

• Interactive Tutorials and Inspirational Edits —Over the past year, Adobe has continuously expanded it’s library of Interactive Tutorials (available in the Lightroom Learn section) and Inspirational Edits (available in the Lightroom Discover section) to cover a wider set of topics to help photographers learn how to better edit their photographs. With this release – using Lightroom on the desktop (Mac or Win), you can contribute your own photographs to the Discovery feed. Click here for more information.

• Synced Watermarks — When you create a watermark to be applied when exporting images from Lightroom, the custom settings will be synced across your devices, so you can create your watermark once and have it available everywhere. To create a custom watermark, tap the Share icon and choose Export As. Enable the option to Include Watermark, tap Customize, and make the desired adjustments.

• Notifications for Shared Albums — When a shared image is liked or commented upon, you can choose to receive in-app notifications.

• Edit in Photoshop on the iPad — Lightroom on the iPad can send images to Photoshop on the iPad through the new “Edit in Photoshop” option.

• Search Improvements — Improved results when searching common topics like “cat” and “dog”.

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

Adobe Lightroom Mobile

Posted on 06-16-2020


  • By Hersh - 11:13 PM on June 16, 2020  

    For the custom RAW defualts – would this work/ is there a way to make sure there’s default settings applied to even JPEG files? or would this only be for RAW file format imports?

    Since this is for Lightroom Mobile, in a lot of cases the images are imported from the default camera app (Pixel in this case) and are in the JPEG format, but would still be convenient if these import settings can be applied to them, would this work?

    • By Julieanne Kost - 11:03 AM on June 17, 2020  

      The Raw defaults only apply to raw files.