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Adobe Releases Lightroom Classic CC 8.1 With Develop Panel Customization

By Jay Henington on December 13th 2018

Adobe has released Lightroom Classic CC 8.1 with the ability to customize the layout of the develop panel. This is a minor but welcome addition to Lightroom and will probably help speed up some photographers’ workflow.

Instructions to Customize Your Develop Panel

In order to customize your Develop panel layout, follow these steps (Adobe 8.1 Release Notes)

  1. Right-click (Windows) / Control-click (Mac) on the header of any panel.
  2. Select Customize Develop Panel from the context menu that opens.
  3. In the Customize Develop Panel dialog box that opens, drag the panel names in the desired order.
  4. Click Save. To restore the default order, click Default Order before Save.
  5. Relaunch Lightroom Classic to see the Develop panels in the new order in the Confirm dialog that opens.

Develop Customization Lightroom 8.1

Additional features included in this update:

  • The ability to align photos in book layout with grid snap guides
  • Duplicate preset handling
  • The ability to show partially compatible presets
  • Photo merge enhancements
  • Performance enhancements

How to upgrade

If you don’t have the auto-upgrade feature turned on, you can upgrade to the latest version of Lightroom Classic CC using these steps:

  1. Open Lightroom Classic
  2. Select help from the menu bar
  3. Click Updates
  4. Select the update option beside Lightroom Classic CC



My thoughts

Will this update make a difference to your workflow? That depends if you already liked the default layout or not. I immediately moved some panels around on mine and I expect it to shave a couple seconds off here and there. While that doesn’t sound like much, a few seconds here and there can save minutes if you’re editing an entire wedding.

Do you think this update will make a difference to your workflow? What features would you like to see Adobe update in the future?

For more information, check out the official Lightroom Classic CC 8.1 feature summary from Adobe here.

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I’m a Chicago-based photographer and co-owner of Henington Photography. I photograph weddings with my better half, Larissa. When I’m not taking pictures, I’m most likely playing with our two boys, editing, eating chips and salsa, or writing for SLR Lounge.

Website: Henington Photography/Larissa Boudoir
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Q&A Discussions

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  1. Matthew Saville

    What I want to know is, when are they going to add built-in hotkey customization? I tried Paddy, I tried VSCO Keys, and none of them really worked as  well as I’d have liked. I did like the “relative” control that VSCO Keys offered, (meaning you could auto-sync a bunch of images and it would bump a setting by an equal amount, instead of making the settings all match like you get with normal auto-sync) …but I haven’t been able to get the app to work in a year or two, and it’s very sluggish anyways.

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    • Jay Henington

      Yes! I’ve thought this for years… It’s so obvious and it can’t be that hard to add in. Have you ever used Better Touch Tool? I use it and it’s pretty freaking amazing. 

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    • Justin Lin

      I’ve been playing with Palette this week and it eventually slows down after 50 images or so.  I’m sure this is more related to how Lightroom is caching adjustments from the palette plugin than palette itself.   I’ll have to try Better Touch Tool Jay Henington

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