How To Duplicate Masks & Brushes in Adobe Lightroom CC / 6

Have you ever wanted to copy or duplicate a radial filter, graduated filter, or brush mask in Lightroom?  Now you can.  In Lightroom 6 / CC, simply hold down the ALT & CTRL (ALT & CMD for Mac) keys while clicking and dragging the pin for the mask.  Prefer a quick video?  Your wish is my command.

Images Appear Fine, Then Suddenly Corrupted in Lightroom

Have you ever imported images into Adobe Lightroom and they looked fine for a split second, then after just a moment suddenly they started to corrupt?  Or maybe you looked carefully at your images on the back of the camera where the looked fine, and they even looked fine in File Explorer or Finder, but then when you open them in Photoshop or ACR, suddenly they didn’t look fine anymore.

In a nutshell, have you ever seen images go from this:

Image courtesy of and copyright 2015 Jennifer Graham
Image courtesy of and copyright 2015 Jennifer Graham

to this:
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It can be a terrifying experience, especially when clients are depending on your images.  I’ve put a YouTube video together demonstrating the problem, explaining a few possible causes, and how you (might) be able to recover.C

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Adobe Lightroom 6.0.1 Patches Available for Separate Download

The recent 6.0.1 / CC 2015.0.1 patch, released on April 30th is now available for manual download.  One of the issues addressed by the patch is a crash on launch.  Users not affected by this crash, or users on Adobe Creative Cloud, had no problem accessing the patch through the in-app or Creative Cloud update systems.

Users on the perpetual Lightroom 6 license, and who were experiencing the crash on startup, could not get access to the patch.  Now you can download it manually.

http://blogs.adobe.com/lightroomjournal/2013/06/keeping-lightroom-up-to-date.html

You’ll need to scroll to the section titled “What if the computer that Lightroom is on is not connected to the internet?”

Adobe DNG HDR Format, Part 2

This is a follow-up to my previous post about Adobe’s new HDR DNG format.

I had another conversation with Eric Chan, a developer on Adobe Lightroom CC / 6, and one of the key people involved in the new Photo Merge features.  It was mentioned that the data in an HDR DNG is demosaiced, linear data, so I had some questions as to how closely the file resembles a true RAW file, and how this stacked up against sRAW or mRAW formats which are also demosaiced. Continue reading Adobe DNG HDR Format, Part 2

Mixing CC and Perpetual Software Licenses for Adobe & Lightroom

This is likely a fringe case, but some of you may have Creative Cloud licensed software that does not include Adobe Lightroom.  How do you get Lightroom to register with a perpetual license even though you have the Creative Cloud utility installed, and the Lightroom trial defaults to a CC subscription?

Consider this scenario:

Maxine has a CC license for Adobe Illustrator on her computer.  She recently downloaded the trial for Lightroom 6 (the stand-alone version,) but noticed that after installing it, it was branded as Lightroom CC 2015.  Maxine prefers to have a perpetual license for Lightroom rather than a CC subscription.  What can she do? Continue reading Mixing CC and Perpetual Software Licenses for Adobe & Lightroom

Lightroom CC / 6 Receives 6.0.1 Patch

If it hasn’t happened already, then very soon you’ll see a small update arrive in the form of a patch for Lightroom CC / 6.  This will update you to version 6.0.1, and fixes two issues.  First, it corrects the problem of Lightroom’s help files linking to the wrong server.  Second, it corrects an application hang on startup.

You may have noticed that the installer for Lightroom CC / 6 now more closely matches that of other Creative Cloud applications.  Part of the motivation for this was that Adobe can now deliver updates as lightweight patches, rather than requiring you to download and install the entire application.  Consequently, do not uninstall Lightroom.  This patch requires that the base application be installed in order to work.  While nobody has a crystal ball, you can expect this patching system to be the way that that Adobe typically delivers updates in the future.

[Edit] Looking for download links?  I’ve got a post on how to manually download the patch right here.

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Lightroom CC / 6 Photo Merge to HDR’s Deghosting

Here’s another quick video tutorial for you about the impact that deghosting has on the image quality of an HDR merged in Lightroom CC / 6.  The image noise shown in the video is a result of Lightroom depending on a single exposure for the image areas where deghosting was applied.  You can minimise this issue by being careful to hold the camera steady, and only photograph stationary subjects.

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Lightroom CC / 6 Changes to Copy as DNG

Lightroom CC / 6 has made a change to the way it handles importing via the Copy as DNG command.  It’s just a little tweak, really, but it may have a positive impact on your import process.

Lightroom CC / 6's dialog for import as DNG. Continue reading Lightroom CC / 6 Changes to Copy as DNG

Correct / Remove Chromatic Aberration in Adobe Lightroom

Chromatic Aberration, purple fringing, green fringing, CA… call it what you will, it can be really distracting in an otherwise beautiful image.

Purple fringing in a photograph shot at f/1.6

How do you remove it, and can Adobe Lightroom simplify the process?  It sure can, and I’ve made a quick video to help you understand Lightroom’s defringe tool, how to use it, and what to watch out for when you do.  As with all my Lightroom Minute videos, this one is quite short so you can get back to work rather than listening to some blow-hard for 20 minutes trying to get to just the 1 minute of content that you really need.  If you appreciate the brevity, please subscribe to my channel and consider sharing this article.

Lightroom CC / 6 Also Does Vertical Panoramas

Yes, Lightroom CC / 6 can stitch vertical panos.  Larry asked this question after watching my YouTube video about panorama stitching with Adobe Lightroom, so I thought an actual sample would be better than a simple “yes.”  Here’s a vertical pano I shot back in 2011, which merged without a hitch in Lightroom CC / 6.

The merge preview of a stitched vertical panorama from Adobe Lightroom CC / 6
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Finished vertical panorama stitched by Adobe Lightroom CC / 6
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