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Another New Lightroom Feature | ACR & LR Both Get ‘Guided Upright’

By Kishore Sawh on June 8th 2016

It was only about 2 weeks ago we brought you news of a new Photoshop feature, which was, as we’ve been told, just an apéritif to the large Photoshop update that’s coming very soon. The new feature then was the Content Aware Crop Tool, and is certainly a marvelous tool that is going to be of great use to photographers across the board, and today, Adobe’s released yet another new feature for Camera Raw and Lightroom: Guided Upright.

Lightroom CC 2015.6 and Lightroom 6.6, along with Camera Raw 9.6 are all now available, and as usual the update brings with it additional camera support, lens profile support, and bug fixes from previous versions. Clearly, though, the big draw for this update is the Guided Upright feature – but the list of additional lens support is huge.


Guided Upright

‘Upright’ had been within ACR and LR for years now, and been great help at reducing or removing distortion caused by things like the keystone effect of buildings, and to help level horizons and straighten images. It’s weak spot, though, was that it worked well in images with distinct lines, but left us bereft if our image had no such lines. What this new feature allows us to do, is basically introduce such lined to the image, and then tweak it, with relative ease and ability.

Essentially what you’re doing is giving the software ‘hints’ as to where the vertical and horizontal lines are, and you do this by dragging 2 guiding lines for the vertical and 2 for the horizontal, and Guided Upright does its thing. Here’s what the new interface looks like:


And here’s how to employ it:

  1. Select an image and click on the Develop Module.
    Enable Lens Profile Corrections. Upright works better with Lens Profile Corrections.
  2. Notice that there is a new “Transform” Panel. Transform includes both Upright and the manual perspective correction sliders together in a convenient place.
    Within Transform, click on the “Guided” button.
  3. Draw 2-4 guides on the image. Upright will transform the image once you draw at least 2 guides.
  4. Fine tune the results (if needed) with the manual transform slides, including the new X and Y transform sliders. They can be used for repositioning/moving the image within the canvas after applying strong perspective corrections to choose which part of the (warped, non-rectangular) image to show within the rectangular canvas.


Having these two new features go live, certainly ups the excitement to see what else could be coming with the new Photoshop update, and if these two are the biggest pieces they are releasing. Either way, here are a few less prominent updates:

Additional Updates in Lightroom CC 2015.6 / 6.6

Merge to Panorama and HDR now works with Smart Previews. Previously, Lightroom required the use of original images for the Merge to Panorama or HDR features.

The Preferences -> Lightroom mobile section now contains a “Pending Sync Activity” section. This area is useful for helping identify any potential issues related to image sync across the Lightroom family of applications (desktop, mobile and web).

New Camera Support in Lightroom CC 2015.6 / 6.6

Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II
Leica M-D (Typ 262)
Nikon COOLPIX B700
Panasonic DMC-GX85 (DMC-GX80, DMC-GX7MK2)

Sample of Lens Profile Updates: 

Zeiss Batis 2.8/18

TAMRON SP 85mm F1.8 Di VC USD F016E

TAMRON SP 85mm F1.8 Di VC USD F016N

Full List here

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Q&A Discussions

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  1. Dave Lyons

    I wonder what will get screwed up with this update lol… luckily I have the dx0 plugin that does this so no nightmare update for me this time :-)~

    For those who have the non cc version… not that it helps much but Affinity Photo has a pretty decent dehaze tool in it

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  2. Stefan Ebersberger

    Seems they skipped the “Guided” feature for LR 6.6, the new panel is there, but only Off/Auto/Level/Vertical/Full are shown as options. I really do not appreciate the approach to limit the software when you “just” buy it instead of subscribing. Another feature missing is the “Dehaze” feature … So the list is getting longer.

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  3. David Blanchard

    Looks great, but I’ll be even happier when Adobe supports my RX… cameras with the lens features.

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  4. Mark Romine

    Anyone have the direct link to LR 6.6 standalone update? Adobe purposely makes it hard to find. Even from within LR the update link takes to to LR CC with the option to purchase.

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  5. Brandon Dewey

    i like how LR finally added a loop overlay to help draw straight lines. I hope that loop overlay as also be added to the horizon level future.

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  6. Karen Borter

    Got an update in my email box about this. Sure would have come in handy the other day when I was editing some photos that didn’t have a clear vertical or horizontal line. Sometimes I would hit “auto” just for giggles to see what LR would do with the shot … not pretty and an undo was in order forcing me to manually level ;) Updating when I get home tonight.

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  7. Graham Curran

    This looks like a real neat update.

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