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Adobe upgrades Lightroom for desktop and mobile with new ways to edit

By Marcus Wong - on 24 May 2019, 10:23pm

Adobe upgrades Lightroom for desktop and mobile with new ways to edit

Lightroom has long been a staple for photographers who need to edit large numbers of photos in batches, and now they’ve added some interesting new features for the various versions of Lightroom.

An easier way to share and collaborate

In Lightroom for Mac, Windows, iOS, Android and Chrome OS, you can now invite others to add photos to your albums. Share & Invite lets you invite people by email so they can either access or contribute photos to your album in the Creative Cloud. Once someone contributes something, you’ll have access to the full resolution version so you won’t have to worry about resolution issues. Alternatively, you can also get a shareable link to the album much the way shared drives work on Google.

New ways to edit

New tools are coming to the various versions of Lightroom, chief of which is Texture. This has been added to all versions of Lightroom and to Camera Raw, and lets you accentuate or smooth medium-sized details such as skin, bark and hair. Because it works only on medium details you can get a more natural effect because the fine details (like pores on skin for example) won’t be affected when you adjust the medium details. Seems single slider for better skin retouching

Next is Defringe. This is available on Lightroom CC for Mac and Windows, and can be found in the Optics section. As the implies, the feature helps to remove the purple or green fringes you tend to get as a result of chromatic aberration on lenses. Adobe recommends first turning on the Remove Chromatic Aberrations checkbox in Lightroom, then use the eyedropper tool to pick the hue of whatever fringe remains.

The Android version of Lightroom also gets the ability to do batch edits just like the desktop version. Pick a photo to copy the edits from, then click the three dot menu in the top-right of your screen, and select Copy Settings as usual. Now, when you go back to the grid view and select multiple images, there’s be a three button menu you can select to get the Paste Settings option. Lightroom will now apply the settings to all the images selected.

Flat-Field correction becomes part of Lightroom Classic

Previously a plug-in, Flat-Field Correction is now built into Lightroom Classic’s library module. This helps correct for sensor and lens characteristics that cause asymmetrical color casts. To use this, you’ll need to take a calibration photo for each set with the same lighting and aperture settings. Then select the photo you wish to correct, and the calibration photo and choose Flat-Field Correction under Library. This will then remove any color cast and create a copy of the photo as a new DNG file.