Adobe Announces New Lightroom CC – What Features are You Most Excited About?


Lightroom CC

Well yesterday Adobe pulled the trigger on the much anticipated release of the new Lightroom 6, which is actually called Lightroom CC (part of the Creative Cloud). It will still be available as a stand alone product but many people, myself included were eagerly downloading the new version as soon as it was available.

We’ll have one of our writers doing a more involved look at the new features soon but I wanted to see what you are most interested in with this new version.


New Photo Merge feature in LR CC

What features were on your LR wish list?

So tell me in the comments below – what things were you hoping Adobe would build into this incarnation of Lightroom? Did you get all the features you wanted? What’s still missing in your opinion?

Was there anything you wanted removed?

What new features are you most fired up about?

In watching some of the live broadcast of the announcement I picked up on a few of the new features and was eager to try them out, most of all the Merge to HDR (Pano also available). It takes your bracketed shots which you previously had to take to either Photoshop or another plugin to work with – and now Lightroom merges them into a gorgeous 32-bit file which comes back in as a DNG no less! So you have all the editing power of a 32-bit file at your fingertips without every leaving Lightroom CC – I’m sold!

I ran a couple sets through the HDR to test it. Was pretty impressive and super easy. I’ll have to dig into it more later.

LR-CC-02 LR-CC-01

Previously on the set of images above I had to mask the sky back in – but using LR local adjustments and the new HDR Merge I was pretty happy with the result which took about three minutes.

Some of the new features I’m excited about and keen to try are:

  • The Merge feature (to Pano and HDR – it even handles alignment, auto tone and deghosting)
  • Add to Collection on import
  • Filter in Collections (search)
  • Enhanced video slideshows (I use it now for easy shows, this looks like it can make them look better now too)
  • Auto-straighten on the crop tool
  • New finer control using the graduated filter and radial filter. You can now brush out, or mask (hide) part of it to bring back buildings, trees and areas you do not want affected by the filter. Brilliant!

See a complete run down of all that’s new on the Adobe site.


New brush option on graduated filters, very slick!

How about you?

We’ll have more on the new Lightroom in the coming weeks but for now tell us what you think in the comments below.

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  • nightryder21

    The most exciting new feature the new touch mode that the ui/ux switches to on devices such as the Surface Pro 3 when the keyboard is detached. Really, puts a downer on the cintique tablets

  • With just one day of experience with Lightroom CC my comments are a bit early…but here are a couple:
    ~ Text will come someday
    ~ I continue to go to Photoshop for titling and framing. Not a problem
    ~ I do many panoramas so will be merging panos in Lightroom to see how things go.
    ~ I’ve experimented with the face recognition feature…very interesting. My catalog is 265,000 images…so it will take time. I’m hoping that I can teach it to recognize my dog (we just had her put down).
    ~ I read in the hype somewhere that there were going to be new B/W presets. I’m looking forward to working with them. I belong to a B/W Print Exchange group. We exchange black and white prints monthly.
    ~ Before the Photographer package for $10/month I was using older versions of Photoshop and not Lightroom. I’ve appreciated getting to know Lightroom and now consider it essential.

    -Jim Coffee-

  • DD877

    Just got it yesterday
    I am really impressed with the merge and HDR features
    Going to the Oregon Coast this weekend and will try Panorama out. They say you can do both HDR and Panorama together…

  • Yeah I heard that too, I think you have to do one then the other but having it all in one place is exciting. Have you been to the OR coast before? It’s stunning. If you’re going to be around Yachats (map it) you have to go to THE fish and chips place. BEST EVER fish and chips. Comes out of the ocean one day – on your plate same or next day.

  • Mark

    I’m just glad that Adobe have taken the view that including must haves such as better gradient control, merge to HDR and panoramic into Lightroom will not cannibalise sales of Photoshop and it makes sense to include them in the product. They will definitely be getting my money for an upgrade as these are the key things I believe were missing from the product.

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  • Jeff Turner

    Was looking forward to the Merge to HDR feature, but is resulting in distorted images (they are squished vertically) in every single one of my tests. It’s quite prominent. Same images Merger to HDR Pro in Photoshop do not have the distortion.

  • DD877

    I live in Portland it is only 80 miles to the Coast. And you are right about Yachats Fish and Chips…

  • Richard Taylor

    Support for raw files for the Olymous OM-D E-M5MarkII

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  • Turn off the “auto correct” feature. I noticed it’s turning on the lens profile so perhaps it is choosing the wrong one for you. Just go to the lens correction panel.

  • That has to do with the ACR version. When a new camera comes out Adobe has to make an update for its files. If there isn’t one yet just download Adobe’s free DNG converter, change your files to DNG and import into LR – voila!

  • Jeff Turner

    Darlene, thank you, but that is not the issue. I’ve attempted this with every possible combination of cropping, lens correction on/off, etc. I get the same basic results. It is changing the aspect ratio of the photo.

  • Jeff Turner

    Here is the result of the test with “auto correct” turned off. I’ve reduced the images to 2048 pixels wide to upload here.

  • Bizarre! Dunno, sorry!

  • Michael R Edwards

    I am very excited about HDR and panorama stitching to be available within LR. I use both features and was getting tired of going outside LR. I love the gradient and radial filter changes. The next major improvement should be the addition of layers. In all with these changes and many others this raises LR to a very high level of power.

  • Jeff Turner

    That’s ok. As I’ve tested on other image sets, I’m not thrilled with the results anyway. 🙂

  • I had a couple that came out great, tried a sunset with really high contrast, 7 shots 2 stops apart and it failed badly. So does Nik with same images. Only one that works on them is Photomatix tone mapped

  • Jeff Turner

    I guess the good news in this is that to test this I used all of the old methods as well. For the last few months I have being going to HDR exclusively via edit in Photoshop HDR Pro. However, testing several old files via export to Photomatix has shown me there is no one right solution to getting to the best HDR base. Thank you for your responses. They are appreciated.

  • Evan Christie

    The Graduated and Radial Filters are my new best tools.
    Loving Merge to Panorama but I recently purchased Autopano Giga – brilliant software but do I continue with the Autopano TIF or go with the DNG. Probably Autopano for more complicated panos.
    I was also hoping for a Grid View in the Develop Module as I don’t like jumping back to the Library Module.

  • Yup exactly – depends on the image set and your desired results.

  • Hey Evan – Sorry why do you need grid view in Develop? I got back and forth all the time using the keyboard shortcuts. G = Grid. D – back to Develop. I find it seamless and if they added it I’d likely not use it.

  • Evan Christie

    Hi Darlene.
    Probably a hangover from using Aperture. However, in the Develop Module I have the Left Module Panels on Auto Hide & Show but not in the Library Module. So if I jump back to Grid View the Left Panels pop up. Not a major issue just visually annoying for me personally – I prefer the Grid View over the Film Strip. Life is full of little problems.
    So I think a ‘G’ for Grid in either module and ‘L’ for Library makes more sense. Then a new short cut for Lights Out. It could still be seamless but with more of a choice.
    Thanks for the reply.

  • Bill Beckler

    ~Text is an issue with me. In the Slide Show module, you can create multi-line text on a Mac but not on a PC. This feature has been requested by PC for the past 4 years, Come On Adobe!
    ~HDR and Panorama Merge are big items for me.
    ~The Radial Brush & Spot Removal are nice upgrades.
    ~Will the stand alone LR6 be continuously updated? Adobe is not clear on this, or is it CC only?
    ~Bill Beckler

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