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.
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.
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”
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?
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.
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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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.
Some took notice of unusual wording around the “Buy now” button of Lightroom 6 (the name for the traditional / perpetual / standalone / non-CC version of Lightroom CC 2015). This wording has since changed, but for the first day it read (in part) “feature updates not included.” The wording has since been changed to read simply, “mobile capabilities not included,” but it was up long enough to cause the conspiracy theorists to start beating the drums.
Some were saying that Adobe would not fix bugs or add new camera support. If this had you worried, hit the jump to read more.
Seeing a blue box or screen in the Develop module? Lightroom CC / Lightroom 6 goes through a few checks to be sure your GPU is compatible with the new GPU acceleration. If the checks fail, Lightroom automatically disables GPU acceleration and falls back to the old mode used by Lightroom 5 and earlier. You won’t get the enhanced performance benefits, but at least the application will operate without interruption.
In spite of this, in some rare cases the checks may leave GPU acceleration enabled even though your machine isn’t compatible. When this happens, often your hardware is up to snuff, but your video driver is out of date. Some reports indicate this is more common with AMD/ATI drivers, but if you use a different card type don’t panic, the troubleshooting steps are the same.