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Adobe Releases Big Update to Lightroom Mobile! (Whoo hoo!!!)

Big news today — Adobe released a pretty major update to Lightroom Mobile with lots of long-awaited features making their way to Mobile, (and if you use Lightroom Mobile on your iPad, today’s an even better day for you).

Note: on the heels of this announcement, we’re releasing my new “Lightroom Mobile: Start to Finish” online course today, too! KelbyOne members will be able to watch it later this morning (or you can take the 10-day free trial if you’re not a member, and watch it today, as well). 

In the meantime, I made a quick “first look” video for you going over the new features and interface (below), but before we get to there, in short here’s what’s new:

  • The Adjustment Brush is here (Awwwww, yeah!) and it rocks! Great implementation (see the video below). Plus, if you have an iPhone with 3D Touch support, it’s pressure sensitive when “painting” with your finger, and if you have an  iPad Pro, it supports the Apple Pencil’s pressure sensitivity.
  • You can now Erase areas in the Radial and Graduated Filter  (like you can on desktop Lightroom)
  • Full Featured Sharpening is here (the full panel from Desktop Lightroom CC with all the same sliders)
  • The Noise Reduction Panel is here, too! (in the Detail panel)
  • Cool ‘Haptic Feedback’ feature for straightening images while aiming built-in camera app
  • Live Clipping Warning (via a Zebra pattern) while shooting with the built-in camera app
  • All new updated Android phone interface, designed to be most “Android-y” UI for Lightroom Mobile yet, with a faster, more natural Android feel throughout the App.
  • The iPad gets the new “more Lightroom CC-like” user interface introduced in the iPhone previously (seen at the top of this post).

There’s a few other smaller tweaks and enhancements, and some things are more discoverable thanks to the update interface. Take a look at the video before for a quick look:

Adobe has not yet released the new user interface for Android tablet’s yet, but hopefully, that won’t be too far behind.

Hope you enjoyed this first look, and I invite you to check out my new Lightroom Mobile: Start to Finish course that comes out today at KelbyOne. 

Have a totally updated mobile day, ya’ll! 🙂




  1. Meep 18 July, 2017 at 18:24 Reply

    Nice list. I’ve really been enjoying LR Mobile on the iPad Pro. I find it is a much better platform from culling since there is 0 delay when switching photos when using the arrow keys on the keyboard. LR on the desktop always takes time to rerendar the photos which really slows down the culling process.

    • Meep 18 July, 2017 at 22:46 Reply

      Now that I have tried the new iPad version I have to say that I REALLY do not like it. It almost seems like Adobe is trying to force the desktop paradigm into the mobile space as opposed to rethinking how stuff should work.

      The photo is now tiny due to the persistent right pane. It doesn’t seem like the panel needs to be that big. How about something with smaller sliders that you then tap on to get a bigger slider with a transparent background that overlaps the image. Or how about an option in the far right strip allows me to collapse the panel. I don’t want it when I am culling.

      And speaking of culling, it looks like the flick to rate & reject is gone. It doesn’t seem to be available in the tiny photo + ginormous panel view nor in the full screen photo view (thankfully there is a full screen photo view).

      And my custom sort order has been totally changed.

      This may be an improvement for editing, but it is a huge step backwards for culling.

  2. Matthieu 18 July, 2017 at 15:11 Reply

    Very nice update 🙂 Still waiting the major desktop update…

    Is there a way to show a live histogram while shooting ??

  3. kapomuk 18 July, 2017 at 13:15 Reply

    That’s great news – I tried the Apple Pencil on the iPad Pro as brush and it’s awesome!

    Now what will we get next? Hierarchic folders? Tag search?

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