Adobe's updates to apps across the Lightroom product range today include a new texture slider under the Presence window, which is a finer alternative to clarity. These are tutorials from photographers that you know, so that along with their edits, you can use additional tools that help others collaborate. Add pictures to albums with you online and more.
Perhaps the biggest change in the way you work at the end of your optimization process is the new texture slider. Adobe has not added an adjustment slider since the introduction of Dehaze in 2015. While this is useful in a variety of situations, as I envisioned, the new texture customization could be even more extensive. Until then, Clarity was the main attraction for this extra punch. But the attitude of Clarity has always been a bit brutal. It's too easy to do too much, and often the effect changes parts of a picture that you'd rather leave alone. Enter: Texture.
Texture is similar to a detailed version of Clarity. While Clarity digs out great details and blurs the finer details when retracting, Texture is much more subtle and retains the finer details while preserving things like hair, pores, peach fluff and all the subtle detail that makes a picture real. Today, I consider it appropriate to consider texture as the tool that moves between your steps to sharpen and clarify. Some other editors have had similar detail enhancers for quite some time ̵
Never before has so boring a word as "tutorial" meant so much like here and now what the Lightroom team did with its new interactive tutorial feature. For the first time, tutorials available in the app will allow photographers with partners to work with Adobe and share their own techniques so you can try them out for yourself. Although there are 60 tutorials, Adobe plans to open the entire platform and publish more lessons over time. It will probably not be too long before you find your favorite photographers telling them how to recreate all their images in Lightroom. Users even have access to the referenced files and can view (and adjust) the changes to these photos at any time along the learning path to see how different sliders affect an image even after the tutorial ends. Soon you will be able to create your own tutorials and share your own edits with others. All of this has a lot of learning potential compared to watching videos on YouTube – and this is an important indication that Adobe's YouTube channels are already great learning resources.
The unfortunate thing about these new interactive tutorials is that they are only available in the Lightroom mobile apps, though in reality this is probably the best place for them. In the meantime, at least Lightroom CC will be extended with context help menus.
Batch processing on mobile devices
Adobe is finally bringing batch processing to mobile devices. Although batch processing is not a batch process, it's just applying settings to multiple photos after selection (there's no Lightroom Classic-like auto-sync switch, which admittedly seems a bit awkward on a mobile platform ), this is one of the most requested mobile features. Now you can finally copy the settings of a photo, select other photos and apply this copied setting to the entire group of selected photos. Only downside: Only for Android at startup. In the future, however, there will be iOS.
Defringe and better control over shared albums in Lightroom CC
Defringe, the sliders group that provides better control over the treatment of chromatic aberrations, finally jumps from the classic version and comes across too for Lightroom CC, which has the giving both platforms just one step more parity (not to mention that there is not much left to do).
Sharing albums has also become easier and more robust, as you can now specifically share them with individuals by email instead of sharing a hard-to-guess but still public link. Email-enabled employees can also edit their own versions of all images in an album and add their own photos with the appropriate permissions. Lightroom Classic is not yet supported, but we hope it will be ready soon.
Flat-Field Correction in Lightroom Classic
Relating to Lightroom Classic, there is a new feature that is a little-known plugin Integrated in Lightroom Classic: Flat-Field Correction. Some lens and sensor combinations have different color and luminance characteristics throughout the image at different focal lengths, aperture settings, and focus distances. While automatic or even manual corrections of the lens profile can account for a majority (and some of them, such as automatic or manual distortion correction), the unique aspect of some setting combinations may require fine tuning, which only flat field correction can provide. The results are impressive and their use has their merits. It is worth noting, however, that Flat-Field Correction is a very specific tool, the benefits of which will likely be lost to anyone but the most discerning observers in a quick glance at a natural photo. But it's great to have it for specific purposes that require it. For those interested, Sean Reid has written a great article that focuses on the subtleties of flat-field correction.
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