Adobe introduces exciting new features in its latest Lightroom CC release


Adobe says they have trained an AI system in such a manner that they've increased image quality in Lightroom by 30-percent. How'd they done that?


By teaching the AI system using a billion pictures. That's a lofty accomplishment introduced a few days ago in the company's most recent release which includes an option called Enhance Details.

Adobe says Lightroom can now deliver better image resolution and more accurate rendering of fine details. The potential downside? It needs substantial computing horsepower, preferably with a fast graphics chip.

This recent improvement shows that photography is an ever-evolving system with software developers such as Adobe continually striving for improvements to the higher-end raw photo format - even if many of us are content to shoot JPEG or HEIC.

The new enhance details feature in their latest release is available in both the fuller-featured Lightroom Classic CC and the newer Lightroom CC. However, you'll need a more recent version of Windows or MacOS to use the new feature. It requires Apple's Core ML and Microsoft's Windows ML.

So if you have an older operating system, you're out of luck, at least for now. And, if you're working on a laptop, you should know that it also does much better with a fast graphics chip. You might find yourself needing to look for new external GPU technology.

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Upgrade for Lightroom CC

Lightroom CC also got an upgrade that makes it a better counterpart to Lightroom Classic CC. It can now merge multiple images into a single panoramic or HDR image. Its high dynamic range photography can capture a broader range of exposure data allowing for better detail in both shadows and highlights. Now, Lightroom CC can combine both approaches with HDR panoramas, too.

Lightroom CC has also gotten two of Classic's editing tools:

  • an indicator will show you any clipping in the image

  • a targeted adjustment tool to change attributes like color and exposure for a specific section of an image.