Powerful and "Massive" New Updates to the Camera Profiles feature in Lightroom and camera raw
There is some exciting news came out of Adobe on April 3! A significant new update includes a new profile browser that lets you "quickly compare and select the best profile for your photo", six new Adobe RAW profiles, more than 40 new Creative Profiles, as well as various new enhancements and features for desktop and mobile.
The updates affect Adobe Camera Raw (ACR), Lightroom Classic CC, Lightroom CC, and both of its mobile versions. It also simplified the Camera Profiles name to "Profiles". Camera Matching profiles are now available in Lightroom CC rather than just in Adobe Camera Raw and Lightroom Classic.
Right off we can say that the most significant change is Profiles and its panel. A Profile is used to render your photograph, converting it from raw camera information into the colors and tones that we see.
Much more discoverable now! Profiles were moved to the Camera Calibration panel into the Basics panel in Adobe Camera Raw and Lightroom Classic CC; while in Lightroom CC (on Macintosh, Windows, iOS, Android, and ChromeOS), it's now at the top of the edit panel.
Adobe Standard no longer stands alone.
There are six new profiles to accompany it. You'll be able to access to them within ACR, Lightroom Classic, and Lightroom CC (including on the iOS, Android, and ChromeOS versions). In it launch of this massive update, Adobe announced that the new profiles were created to provide a "unified look and feel, regardless of which camera was used."
- Adobe Color was designed to significantly improve the look and rendering of warm tones, improving the transitions between certain color ranges, and slightly increasing the starting contrast of your photos. It is the new default (but only for newly imported photos) and was designed to work on the widest range of photos.
- Adobe Monochrome has been carefully tuned to be a great starting point for any black and white, giving you better tonal separation and contrast than photos which originally started in Adobe Standard and then converted into black and white.
- Adobe Portrait is optimized for all skin tones and provides more control and better reproduction of skin tones. You get more control and precision for critical portraiture.
- Adobe Landscape is designed for landscape photos and more vibrant skies and foliage tones.
- Adobe Neutral provides a very low amount of contrast and is useful when you want the most control or that have very difficult tonal ranges.
- Adobe Vivid provides a punchy, saturated starting point.
Camera Matching Profiles:
These were significantly powerful raw tools in Adobe Camera Raw and Lightroom Classic CC, but incredibly difficult to find. The update makes them easier to find and available for the first time in Lightroom CC. You will be able to match the color and tonality of a raw file with what you see on your camera’s LCD or the JPEG.
The update includes 40+ Creative profiles, in four groups: Artistic, Modern, Vintage, and Black & White. You can apply them to Raw and non-Raw photos, and come with a 3D Lookup Table (LUT) for a level of control previously available only in Photoshop. There is also an
Amount slider, so you can increase or decrease the effect.
Lightroom Classic CC Updates:
The very powerful Dehaze control is more accessible than ever within the Basic Panel. The tone curve panel size has expanded for more precision, and Adobe has optimized their face-tagging algorithms for more accurate detection of faces. https://helpx.adobe.com/lightroom/help/whats-new.htm
Lightroom CC Desktop Updates:
Lightroom CC for Macintosh and Windows has added a new filter option and support so that you can filter by sync status in network attached storage (NAS) devices. https://helpx.adobe.com/lightroom-cc/using/whats-new.html
Lightroom CC for iOS Updates:
- Geometry tab including Upright, Guided Upright & Geometry sliders making it possible to straighten skewed horizontal and vertical lines (premium feature)+
- Grain options to for realistic film grain+
- Left-handed editing mode for on iPad+
- Enhanced control over Lightroom CC Web shares to enable downloads, show metadata, and location information on shares made to lightroom.adobe.com+
- Support for the latest equipment found in the Adobe Camera Raw 10.3 release (the full list of cameras and lenses supported by Lightroom can be found at http://www.adobe.com/go/supported_cameras
- New iPhone X layout optimizations