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13 August 2019

Adobe has announced updates to the Lightroom ecosystem featuring GPU-accelerated editing in Lightroom Classic and Camera Raw to provide "a smoother and more responsive experience" as well as a number of other improvements.

In his blog post announcing the updates, Josh Haftel explains the new GPU acceleration:

Lightroom Classic and Camera Raw take advantage of the more powerful graphics cards (GPUs) while editing, providing a smoother and more responsive experience. GPU acceleration is more pronounced with larger resolution monitors (4k and above) as well as with more powerful GPUs.


The new release of Adobe Camera Raw (version 11.4) features the enhanced GPU support to accelerate editing of images and also edge-aware editing in 360-degree panoramas. Additionally the release adds support for new cameras and lenses and fixes several issues.

Enhanced GPU support for accelerated image editing

GPU acceleration speeds up image processing most noticeably for photos with several adjustments and for high resolution monitors (4K and higher). It is enabled on supported systems in the Performance tab of Camera Raw Preferences. On some computers the feature is enabled automatically.

Edge aware editing in 360-degree panoramas

Previously, when making adjustments to a 360-degree panorama a seam could appear around the merged edges, especially if you set Clarity or Dehaze. Starting with this release, you can make seamless edits to 360-degree panoramas, even when adjusting Clarity or Dehaze. This feature is currently not supported in the Camera Raw filter in Photoshop.


Additional new features to the Lightroom ecosystem itself include:

  • Speed up your workflow with batch merge for HDR and panoramas in Lightroom Classic. "To batch merge, first make a stack of each HDR or pano that you want to merge (make sure that you're selecting like stacks, all HDR or all pano merges, without mixing up the two types). Then, select each stack you want to merge and select the appropriate option from the Photo>Photo Merge menu," Haftel writes.
  • Download edits found on Discover posts as presets by tapping on the three-dot menu at the top of each post. Then go to your preset library to start applying them to your images in Lightroom for mobile, both iOS and Android.
  • Recover deleted photos on the device you're using (free users) and any devices connected to your account (premium subscriptions) in the Lightroom ecosystem. "A new Deleted folder is now available in all Lightroom apps, making it possible to recover photos that were accidentally deleted for up to 60 days," Haftel explains.
  • Use color labels to organize your collections, collection sets and smart collections in Lightroom Classic.
  • Export your photos as PNGs in Lightroom Classic and Camera Raw.
  • Significant improvements were made to the Library module while browsing folders in Lightroom Classic.
  • Three new auto-complete search tools were added to Lightroom for iOS, Android, and ChromeOS (these tools were already available in Lightroom for Windows and Mac). "You can now search for photos shot with a specific focal length, for Raw, HDR or pano photo types and for images that include a depth map. To use, start typing 'focal length:,' 'type:,' or 'depth map:' and the search auto-complete will let you pick from the available options in your catalog," Haftel writes.


For more information see Josh Haftel's August Photography Releases on the Adobe blog. The post links to fuller descriptions of all the new features. And Julieanne Kost has a rundown in her piece Lightroom Classic 8.4.

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