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Adobe Announces The Update to the Lightroom Ecosystem We’ve Been Waiting For!

By David J. Crewe on August 13th 2019

Today, Adobe announced updates to the Lightroom ecosystem, including GPU-accelerated editing in Lightroom Classic and Camera Raw, providing a smoother and more responsive experience. Finally! (And hopefully) the update we’ve been waiting for since long before the Creative Cloud subscription service came into play. If this works as well as i’m hoping, I’ll officially stop complaining as much as I have been! (trust me, anyone who has to work in close proximity knows my woes with LR processing speeds).

In Adobe’s official August Photography Update the details say they’ve focused on “Performance and improving your workflow” adding several minor improvements and additions listed below. At the time of this write up and release, we’ve not been able to get hands on directly with the application so we can’t confirm these improvements yet, but believe me, I’ll be downloading and running tests on this as soon as it’s available and will update accordingly! I’ll time a random batch edit and export tonight to compare it to the updated version once it’s live.

This update is supposed to enhance your workflow by finally taking advantage or GPU acceleration, allowing Lightroom to leverage your video cards while editing, giving you a “smoother and more responsive experience.” According to the blog post, the performance enhancements will be most noticeable if you’re using a larger 4K or higher resolution monitor, and obviously a newer and more powerful GPU/Video card

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Additional new features include:

  • Speed up your workflow with batch merge for HDR and panoramas (Lightroom Classic).
  • Download edits found on Discover posts as presets by tapping on the three-dot menu at the top of each post, afterward head to your preset library to start applying them to your images (Lightroom for mobile, iOS and Android).
  • Recover deleted photos on the device you’re using (free users) and any devices connected to your account (premium subscriptions) (Lightroom Ecosystem). For those of you using the cloud based Lightroom,(mobile), this is great news since we’ve all accidentally deleted or removed images we were working on. This will save us all countless hours of “whoops” work and starting over.
  • Embrace the rainbow by using color labels to organize your collections, collection sets and smart collections (Lightroom Classic).
  • Export your photos as PNGs (Lightroom Classic and Camera Raw)

To learn more about these updates, head over to the Adobe Blog. And if you’re a Creative Cloud subscriber, simply update your Lightroom and Camera RAW apps to the latest versions via the Creative Cloud Desktop App to take advantage of all the new features.

So what do you think? Are you going to be downloading this update right away like me? Or will you be waiting for my (and others) testing and updates to this post? Have you been waiting for a proper performance increase in LR? Have you switched Raw Processing engines already? Let us know in the comments below.

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David J. Crewe is a full-time commercial photographer and Senior Editor with SLR Lounge. Based out of both Southern California & Las Vegas, Nevada.

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  1. Eric Leboutin

    I remember how application acceleration became a huge deal when Nvidia released CUDA about 12 years ago.

     My first impression of this update is holy mother of god it took Adobe 12 years to actually implement GPU acceleration into Lightroom?  I honestly find this alone to be reason for concern but wait there’s more!

     I remember the process companies went through when they implemented GPU acceleration into their programs. If I still used lightroom you couldn’t pay me to upgrade to their version 1.0 of GPU acceleration.  I don’t say that because Adobe has a rather spotty record when it comes to bugs(and they do) but because the process of updating an old code base with a completely different way of processing caused everyone headaches. 

    This update will be a milestone and hopefully a turning point for Lightroom but boy would I hate to be there on day 1.

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    • David J. Crewe

      All very good points. I haven’t done enough of a deep dive personally, and trust me i have an ANCIENT machine, but so far, i’m actually impressed with what i’m seeing. in Library and Dev modes, i’m seeing a noticeable increase in speed and preview generation when navigating through all my images and making some minor adjustments. Still a lot of testing to do though

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