August 2018 Updates to Lightroom Classic and Lightroom CC

Lightroom Classic 7.5 and Lightroom CC 1.5 for Mac and PC started rolling out to Creative Cloud subscribers last night and should be coming to a CC application manager near you (if it’s not there already). This update brings the usual new camera support (and bug fixes), but due to the nature of the subscription model we’re also being provided with new features to enhance the Classic and CC experience. This round of updates features heavily in the Book module for Classic, but there are a couple of other new items to be aware of too. Lightroom CC for desktop has also gained a few new features to discover, and Adobe has even given us a heads up on a few new additions that will be coming to the Lightroom CC mobile apps in a soon to be released update. Check for Updates If you’re not seeing the update yet, don’t worry, they roll out separately to different regions to prevent overloading the system. You should see the red notification appearing on the CC app manager, but if you don’t you can click the 3-dot menu and choose Check for App Updates to manually trigger it to take a look for anything new. If still no update, just give it some more time. As a last resort (for the impatient) you can log out / log in of the app manager to see if that triggers the update notification. Ultimately, you may just need to wait. Let’s dig into what’s new. Custom Cell Sizes We now have the ability to create custom photo and text cell sizes on page in our book layouts! Previously we could only change the padding within the cell, which could only move the photo within the cell, but this new functionality gives us the ability to change the size of the cell too. We can even have one cell overlay another cell in the same way we can with the Custom Package layouts in the Print module. All kinds of new options are opening up with this change. This is most easily done via the Single Page view, but the controls are accessible in the other views too. Move your cursor over a photo to see the resize and move handles appear. The resize handles are around the outside edge, while the center handle is for moving the entire cell around the page. Expand the Guides panel and check the boxes for Page Grid and Guide Lines for aids in placing the cells. You can also hold down the Option key (PC: Alt) to use the arrow keys to nudge the cell into place. Add additional photo or text cells by control-clicking (PC: right-clicking) on the page and using Add Cell from the contextual menu. You can send a cell to the back or front using the contextual menu that appears when right-clicking on a photo. Note the Save as Custom Page option in the contextual menu if you want to save your newly customized page for reuse down the road. New Book Types Two new book types have been added to the Book drop-down menu of the Book Settings panel. The first is the Blurb Magazine, which comes in one size with a softcover and magazine paper. The Book module only supports the Premium Magazine, and you can learn more about the magazine option from the Blurb website. The second new book is called a Trade Book, which is designed to match the style of book you would buy at a book store. Trade Books come in three different sizes and can be printed in color or B&W. You can also learn more about them on the Blurb website. New Paper Type There’s also one new paper type available for photo books, and it is called Layflat. As the name implies, these books are bound in such a way so that they lay flat with a seamless center. These are great for books with large two-page spreads. Improved Page Number Visibility The Page panel has new options for controlling the placement of page numbering within the book. Under the Location drop-down menu we have options for top corner, bottom corner, top, side, and bottom. Using the Display drop-down menu we can control if page numbers appear on all pages, just the left pages or just the right pages. You can also hide page numbers on a page-by-page basis from the contextual menu that appears when you right-click a page. Pause and Resume Upload to Blurb You can now pause and resume the uploads to Blurb within a single Lightroom session. Click the progress bar to open the Activity Center and access the pause/resume button but note that you must complete the upload before quitting your Lightroom session or it won’t complete. That’s it for the Book module, but there are a few more goodies in this release. Import Multiple Develop Presets or Profiles The first thing you’ll notice in the Presets panel of the Develop module is that presets are now grouped into clusters with a separator between each one. You can still hide and show those preset groups from the Manage Presets dialog accessible from the + icon at the top of the Presets panel or by right-clicking within the panel. What isn’t so obvious is that it is now much easier to import a batch of presets or profiles that are compressed into a zip file by simply importing the zip file. For presets, click the + icon at the top of the Presets panel and choose Import Presets. For profiles, open the Profile Browser within the Basic panel and you will see there is now a similar + icon at the top. Click that icon and choose Import Profiles. Navigate to the location of the zip file containing the presets or profiles and select it for import. Once imported, the new files will appear in the panel. HEIC Image File Support on Windows If you are an iPhone owner who … Continue reading August 2018 Updates to Lightroom Classic and Lightroom CC