My Vote For “Most Confusing” New Lightroom Classic 7.2 Feature

I’m basing my vote on comments, emails, Tweets, etc., because I’m seeing a lot of folks scratching their head over this one. So, Adobe added (in the recent 7.2 update) a new criteria for making Smart Collections, or filtering in the Library Filter Bar. This new criteria is called “Has Edits” so theoretically choosing this criteria would make a Smart Collection (or you can filter by it), with nothing but your images that have edits applied. But wait, isn’t there already a criteria called “Has Adjustments?” Isn’t that the same thing? Well, yes it is, but with one small, weird, confusing exception (well, confusing if you didn’t somehow know).

Has Adjustments — this means you applied adjustments to it in Lightroom but it DOES NOT include cropped images. So, you could have just cropped an image; chosen “Has Adjustments” and even though you adjusted that image, that cropped image wouldn’t appear in your Smart Collection or in your Library Filtered results.

Has Edits – is the same thing, but this one actually will include photos that are cropped. Oy!

I know what you’re thinking, but let’s keep this classy. 😉 Anyway, I hope that clears up any confusion.

My New Post Processing Class is now live
Part 2 of my courses called “Mastering the Natural Light Portrait” is now online, and this one is all about the Post Processing. In the course, I take the images taken in Part 1; I let you download the original RAW files and follow right along, and I go through my Lightroom and Photoshop editing techniques. Sometimes they’re really minor, some times they’re kinda major (I’m not doing retouching – this is Develop Module stuff and some Photoshop).

Here’s the direct link to the course (I hope you’ll check it out this weekend — Start with Part 1 – the shooting, then do the Part 2: post processing). Also, dig our groovy new set while you’re there (the images you see on the monitors behind me are the images I’m editing in the class).

NOTE: even if you’re not a member, you can still watch the first lesson where I take you through how I edited the image you see above from start to finish. Join right there on the spot to see the entire course (and loads of other courses, too!).

OK, that’s it for me folks. I’m taking the day off today to hang out with my sweetie. Hope you all have a rockin’ Friday!



P.S. Don’t forget next Wednesday I’m teaching my Lightroom seminar in San Antoniohope you come out and spend the day with me. 

Author: Scott Kelby

Scott is the President of KelbyOne, an online educational community for photographers, Photoshop and Lightroom users. He's editor and publisher of Photoshop User Magazine, Editor of "Lightroom magazine"; Conference Technical Chair for the Photoshop World Conference & Expo, and the author of a string of bestselling Photoshop, Lightroom, and photography books. You can learn more about Scott at

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  1. The one thing I really miss from RawShooter Pro days (the product that Adobe purchased as a basis for creating Lightroom) was that RSP would keep track of which images had been EXPORTED. This bit of info is SO VALUABLE to me. When I’m processing hundreds of wedding images, I can’t do them all in one sitting, so I need some way to keep track of where I left off. RSP did that for me. With LR I have to work around the issue… I do that by color coding all of my exported images to “green” whenever I export them. So … highlight images, right-click, export, then right-click again, color green. I’ve been doing that two-step process since LR 1.0 came out and really wish that some day LR would take over that functionality for me. After all, it’s predecessor had that functionality.

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    • I wonder if a local Publish Service could help with that? Publish services can help you keep track of what has published and what hasn’t. Will have to think about that some more. I agree that it would be nice to have an easier way though.

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  2. But what if you import with a preset, then you don’t make an edit. What happens? What if you do make an edit? I would consider that 2 different options.

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  3. Started watching part 2 yesterday at work during breaks in the action and what I saw was great. I also love the new set, very clean looking.

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    • The new class posted this week is great!

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    • Not sure why they didn’t just add cropping to “has Adjustments” but….glad this helped. 🙂

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      • Hi, IMHO that is a matter of consistency. You can‘t alter the function of an existing action once it has been published, there will be people that rely on the function as initially implemented – regardless how impossible it may seem to you, as a software developer myself I know that this will be the case…

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