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The New Facial Recognition Feature In Lightroom CC

By Trevor Dayley on September 9th 2015

New In Lightroom CC

In the previous videos, I shared with you the new Graduated Filter and Panorama Tool in the updated Lightroom CC. We’ve come to the end, and here’s my last favorite feature: Facial Recognition. If you guys are interested in learning more about Lightroom, please check out our Lightroom Workshop to learn all the foundational basics of Lightroom.

The New Facial Recognition Feature In Lightroom CC

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How To Use Facial Recognition

Facial recognition isn’t something that’s brand new in terms of technology and software, but it is new to Lightroom CC. Although it isn’t perfect, it’s simple to use, and also really convenient.

To use facial recognition, have your catalogue open and click on the face icon located on the bottom tool bar. A window will open up asking if you would like to run facial recognition on the entire catalogue or on specific images. Once your option is selected, you can click on each image and name them accordingly.

The cool thing about Lightroom CC is that as you continue to name the images, Lightroom will begin to automatically sort and identify the faces according to the names. In some images, if you have more than one subject, you can move the boxes to better identify the faces and also create additional facial recognition boxes.

Lastly, you can also select multiple images and name them all at once.

Facial recognition isn’t absolutely perfect in this version of Lightroom CC, but I’m sure that as time goes by, it’ll continue to be upgraded and updated. I’ve experienced times in the past where clients have had a family or a friend pass away, and they ask if they have any additional pictures of him or her. Having facial recognition is convenient because I can just type the name of a person in, and Lightroom will find all the images of him or her.


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Trevor Dayley is a full-time wedding photographer based out of Arizona. He has six kids and has been married for 15 years. When he is not shooting weddings, he loves helping the photo industry. He has written hundreds of articles and shared countless tutorials. In 2014, he was named one of the Top 30 Most Influential Photographers in the Industry and one of the Top 100 Wedding Photographers by BrandSmash.

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Rob Jorg

    ill check it out

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  2. Dustin Baugh

    I liked google’s facial recognition they had in Picasa. The more faces it got the better it could recognize people. It was amazing that it would even see family similarities, grouping kids to their parents (till you made them their own entry).
    I haven’t got as many people pictures since Lightroom’s facial recognition came about. I think I’ll have to re-open some old catalogs to test it. Lightroom already killed their geotagging with their map. It’d be nice to finally have evreything in one program.

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  3. Kyle Stauffer

    When I first saw the title, my initial thought was “can this new version of Lightroom use facial recognition to adjust facial features all at once without intricately using a brush?”. Wouldn’t it be great to soften skin, enhance eyes, etc with accurate facial recognition?

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    • Lenzy Ruffin

      The Perfect Portrait component of the On1 Perfect Photo Suite does exactly what you describe, Kyle. You can start editing in LIghtroom and then jump into Perfect Portrait as a plugin, or you can do the entire retouch in Perfect Portrait. They offer a fully functional 30-day trial.

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    • Colin Woods

      I’ll give a thumbs up to On 1’s Photo Suite. The more I use it the more I like it, its excellent and gets better exponentially with each release. Version 10 is out soon and I expect it will be great.

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