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February 2020 Lightroom Classic, Adobe Camera Raw, and Lightroom Cloud Updates

February 2020 Lightroom Classic, Adobe Camera Raw, and Lightroom Cloud Updates

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I hope your 2020 is off to a great start. Adobe has just released a range of new features, new camera support, lens profiles, and bug fixes. Let’s dive in! Heads Up! I want to start off with a warning that one new feature replaces the old functionality for having a custom default setting for your raw photos, and as such your old defaults won’t work in this new version, so read on before updating. New Custom Default Settings in Lightroom Classic and ACR Forget everything you knew about how to create a custom default setting for your raw photos, and let’s get up to speed on the new system. If you depend on a custom default setting in your workflow you’re going to want to address this before you update to Lightroom Classic 9.2 (ACR 12.2). Once you install the update your old custom default settings will not work on newly imported photos (or when you click the Reset button). This will not affect previously imported photos (unless you click the Reset button). The new system is found in the Preferences, on the Preset tab (the old menu option under the Develop menu has been removed). There you will find an entirely new panel called Raw Defaults. Within the Raw Defaults panel you have three basic options for the Master control: Adobe Default: The same Adobe defaults as we’ve had in the past. Adobe Color is the default profile, and most settings are zeroed out (with the exception of the sliders in the Detail panel). Camera Settings: The same as Adobe Default except that a profile will be selected to match your in-camera picture style selection (instead of Adobe Color). So, if you set your camera to shoot in B&W (monochrome), choosing Camera Settings would honor that and you will see that a monochrome profile has been applied. Note, it just selects a matching profile it does not pick up any in-camera customizations you may have made to your own camera’s picture style. Preset: You choose a Develop preset that will be applied by default to all raw photos from all cameras. This will basically take the place of the old custom camera raw default option. You can include anything that you are able to include in a preset. If you want to have a different default setting for each camera you shoot with, you’ll want to check the Use defaults specific to camera model checkbox under the Master drop-down menu. Once enabled, it brings the bottom section of the new panel to life. Using the Camera drop-down menu you can select the camera model you want to create a custom default setting for, then use the Default drop-down menu below that to choose from the same three options I outlined above, but for that specific camera only. Once configured as desired, click the Update Default button to add that configuration to the panel. Note, if you need to set your defaults based on camera body serial number, check the Show serial number box and you’ll be able to choose each camera body individually. My recommendation for anyone who currently uses a custom default setting is to create a Develop preset that does the same thing. Meaning select an unedited raw photo from the camera with the custom default setting, and click Reset (before updating to this new version). Any settings still applied are part of your custom default setting. Note which settings are included. Then create a preset and only check the boxes in the Create New Preset dialog box that correspond to the settings you want to include in your custom default. Name this new preset something obvious (like Custom Default) so that you can easily find it when you want to configure it on the Preset panel of the Preferences after you update to 9.2. When you create your custom default preset you can leave Treatment & Profile unchecked if you want to let it pick a profile based on your in-camera picture style choice. However, if you want to always use a specific profile then you’ll want to include that in your custom default preset by first selecting it in the Basic panel and then checking Treatment & Profile when creating the preset. One final note, the old shortcut for resetting to the Adobe defaults (useful if you had a custom default setting using the old method) has been discontinued in this latest update. So pressing Command + Shift + R (PC: Ctrl  + Shift + R) does the same as just pressing Reset, which is to reset the photo based on the settings you’ve chosen in the Raw Defaults section of the preferences. If you want a way to get to all zeroed settings and the Adobe Color profile, then you’ll want to create a preset that does that, and just click the preset when/if needed. Now with More GPU Lightroom Classic and ACR will now be using the GPU for lens corrections and adjustments made in the Transform panel to improve performance. If you are on a Mac (10.15 or higher) and have an external GPU, that eGPU will now be utilized when using the Enhance Details function. Lightroom Classic Only Updates Lightroom Classic got a lot of attention in this update, and I’m hoping it is a sign of Adobe’s commitment to continually improving and growing this application. Here’s a roundup of what else was added to just Classic. We now have support for importing PSB files! That’s been requested for a long time, so glad it finally made the cut. With our cameras only increasing in resolution, not to mention the ability to merge multiple frames into giant panoramas, we’re all seeing larger and larger file sizes. Since PSD files top out at 2GB and TIF at 4GB, there may be instances where you’ve needed to use the large document format PSB. Unfortunately, up until now PSB was not supported by Lightroom Classic so you couldn’t import those into your […]

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