Adobe has announced updates for Lightroom Mobile (iOS 2.6 and Android 2.2.2), Lightroom CC (Lightroom 6.8) and Adobe Camera Raw 9.8.
The Lightroom CC 6.8 / 2015.8 update adds a new Reference View mode to the Develop Module which allows you to compare two different images in order to make them more consistent in appearance.
Adobe says this will be useful for photographers processing a batch of images from the same event where mixed lighting conditions may have produced different tones.
How to use Lightroom’s Reference View
1. Go to the Develop Module
2. Click on Reference View. It’s on the Toolbar, and you may need to show the Toolbar if hidden
3. Drag and Drop your Reference Photo onto the left pane. You can change your Reference Photo by either dragging a different image onto the left pane or using the
“Set as Reference Photo” context menu in the Library Module.
4. Edit the active photo. Use the Reference Photo to guide your editing decisions.
Other Lightroom updates
Adobe says it has also made changes to improve the responsiveness of users’ Lightroom experience, particularly editing when background tasks are running, moving files between folders and running catalog backups.
Lightroom CC also now offers a zoom to fit and zoom to fill feature. Adobe says that previous versions of Lightroom wouldn’t completely fill the Loupe window when using ultra high-resolution monitors.
Other new Lightroom 6.8 features include the ability to filter or create a Smart Collection for images that have Snapshots associated with them and export a Collection Set as a new catalog.
What features are in Lightroom Mobile (iOS 2.6 and Android 2.2.2)
Chief among the new Lightroom Mobile updates for iOS and Android is a new Edit Interface that reimagines traditional image editing processes editing on mobile devices by organising similar tools into categories to speed up workflows.
Adobe then enhanced the interface so that it could be operated using just a single hand.
A new Info Section allows photographers to add in titles, captions and copyright information from mobile devices.
What features are in Adobe Camera Raw 9.8
Adobe Camera Raw 9.8 – available through the update mechanism in Photoshop CC – offers a range of camera raw and lens profile support, and also addresses bugs that were introduced in previous releases of Camera Raw, Adobe says.
Among the new cameras supported by Camera Raw 9.8 are:
- Canon EOS M5
- Fujifilm XA3
- Google Pixel
- Google Pixel XL
- Hasselblad X1D
- Leica TL
- Nikon D5600
- Olympus EM1 Mark II
- Olympus PEN EPL8
- Panasonic LUMIX DMCFZ2500 (DMCFZ2000 and DMCFZH1)
- Pentax K70
- Samsung Galaxy S7
- Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge
- Sony Alpha a6500 (ILCE 6500)
- Sony Alpha a99 II (ILCA99M2)
- Sony DSCRX100 Mark V