Announcing the December Update to Lightroom

Today we’re proud to release updates to the entire Lightroom CC ecosystem, including for Mac, Windows, iOS, Android, and the web, as well as updates to Lightroom Classic CC and Adobe Camera Raw. We’ve added support for new cameras and lenses, and added some great new features.

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New Auto Settings, powered by Adobe Sensei

Auto has been completely reworked to create better results, every time. Using an advanced neural network powered by Adobe Sensei, our artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning platform, the new Auto Settings creates a better photo by analyzing your photo and comparing to tens of thousands of professionally edited photos to create a beautiful, pleasing image.  The new Auto is available ecosystem wide, including in Lightroom CC, Lightroom CC for iOS, Lightroom CC for Android, Lightroom CC on the web, Lightroom Classic, and Adobe Camera Raw (ACR).
© Eric Chan
The December update includes other great features across the ecosystem:

Lightroom CC on Desktop

Tone Curve

The Tone Curve is one of the most popular tools used by photographers for advanced control over the tonality, contrast, and color balance of an image. You can use either the Parametric Curve or the Point Curve modes to tune the tonality and contrast of the image, and the Red, Green, and Blue modes to adjust the color balance and stylize your image. The Tone Curve lives next to the Auto button in the Light panel — check it out and let us know what you think.

© Sharad Mangalick

Split Toning

Split Toning allows you to stylize your photo through color tints in the highlights and shadows of your image. You can use the Split Toning tool to simulate traditional black and white tints and toners like sepia or selenium toners, simulate printing on colored paper, or create a modern stylization on color images. Split Toning lives in the Effects panel.

© Sharad Mangalick

Change Capture Time

Lightroom CC now enables you to adjust the capture time, for both single photos as well as a set of photos, providing relief for those times that you forgot to change your camera’s time or time zone settings. Select a photo (or series of photos) and use the pencil icon in the Info panel to change capture time. Lightroom CC will update the capture date and make sure that your photos show up on the right day and time in the organize view, making it easier to find your photos when you need them.

Full Screen View

View your photos in full screen by using either the F key or by navigating to View-> Detail Full Screen.


In addition to the new Auto described above, we added the following to Lightroom CC on Android:

  • App Shortcuts — For Android Nougat and later devices, tap and hold on the app icon to quickly launch the app into popular modes.
  • More control for managing storage.
  • Resolved an issue that prevented some Huawei customers from importing images.
  • Resolved an issue that caused a crash for some Pixel 2 customers on export.
  • Resolved a problem that prevented some Samsung customers from installing the previous version.
  • Bug fixes and speed improvements.


In addition to the new Auto described above, we added the following to Lightroom CC on iOS:

  • Watermarking on export — Create and customize a text based watermark for use when exporting your image from Lightroom CC on iOS.
  • Improved quality to HDR capturing.
  • Bug fixes and speed improvements.

Lightroom Classic and Adobe Camera Raw

In addition to the new Auto described above, we’ve made a refinement to the Color Range Masking tool.  Based on your feedback, we’ve made it easier to remove individual sample points. You can do this by holding down the Alt (Win) or Option (Mac) key while using your mouse to select the sample point.  To learn more, check out the “What’s New in Lightroom Classic” page.

Lightroom Classic CC also now supports tethered capture with the Nikon D850 camera.

An update to Lightroom 6 for perpetual licensed customers for new camera support will be available on December 19th.

We’ve excited about the December update, and can’t wait to hear your thoughts and feedback.


14 Responses to Announcing the December Update to Lightroom

  1. ButchM says:

    Does the ‘New Auto Settings, powered by Adobe Sensei’ work when using Lightroom Classic and the user is not connected to the internet?

  2. Lartz says:

    so classis user are now the new pariah?

    go FY adobe….

  3. Lance King says:

    I made the mistake of installing this December update, and I deeply dislike the new Auto settings which seem to cater to the HDR-obsessed crowd. How can I roll back to the previous version?

    • JanJ says:

      Well you can’t of course Lance. Welcome to the cloud service world. You don’t buy a product, you subscribe to a service and lease a product. The only way out is to leave. Maybe Capture One could be good choice?

  4. Michael Steinbach says:

    New auto?! Just like the old auto, useless, absolutely useless. I’ve asked for handles for the LR Classic curves dialogue (like curves in PS) about 10 times… what do we get? Unless auto button!

  5. JORGE GARCIA says:

    Definitely having the option to select the algorithm/method for Auto would satisfy both groups of photographers. Both Auto modes should be available, the old Auto and the new AI supported Auto. That way it’s up to the user which one to use. I am not sure if this is already in place; but, I would also include the ability to Auto a photo in a real-time/connected manner, leveraging the most up to date trained models available on Adobe servers, instead of relying on potentially obsolete local AI models.

  6. Julio Balaguero says:

    Really dislike the new AUTO setting using Adobe Sensei artificial intelligence. I’m sorry I upgraded! Perhaps Adobe can give us the option in the PREFERENCES section of using Sensei AI or the old way…
    If the developers really want to improve Lightroom, they should use their “real intelligence” and give us layers!

  7. CouponVictor says:

    Great settings from Adobe Sensei. Thank you for sharing.

  8. Maurice says:

    I like that you can adjust the capture time! Good feature! Please work on speeding up the app though – many people have complained of lag and issues with the new Lightroom Classic CC desktop app – it can be very slow in the develop module.. and generally laggy overall. This is more important than any new features. Thanks!

  9. Mike says:

    How is possible I still can’t import HEIC from iPhones? At least I can see them in the Import screen, but they all show as “Preview Not Available” and then throw errors when doing the actual import.

  10. Fred says:

    Waiting the today12/19/2017 LR perpetual update releasing ^^

  11. Steve says:

    I actually much prefer the new auto settings over the old ones. But I’m still waiting for adobe to come to it’s senses regarding the product name change. Why rename a legacy product, and introduce a new product using the name that the legacy product had? Makes as much sense as the Coke/Coke classic debacle did a while ago – perhaps adobe needs a history lesson? It’s really muddied the waters of any discussion of lightroom – people are constantly discussing lightroom, as they always have, but now no-one really knows what version is being discussed. Hopefully they can eventually figure out how to combine the products, which I thought they were trying to do originally.