Adobe today released Lightroom 6.6 and CC 2015.6. In addition to support for new cameras, new lens profiles and bug fixes, this free update introduces performance and other improvements for both Creative Cloud (CC) subscribers and 6 owners, and a new feature just for CC subscribers – Guided Upright, which allows you to draw lines on your photo to tell Lightroom what perspective corrections to make.
How to Update
If Lightroom doesn’t prompt you to update, go to Help>Updates. Creative Cloud subscribers can also use their Creative Cloud app – go to the Apps tab and click on Update next to Lightroom CC. If you are reading this on the release date (June 8) and the updates aren’t yet available, you can download the file directly and then double-click on it to run it. Download here: Mac Windows.
It’s always a good idea to back up your Lightroom catalog before updating. If Lightroom doesn’t prompt you to back up when you close it, then go to Edit (PC) or Lightroom (Mac) > Catalog Settings, and on the General tab set Back Up to “When Lightroom next exits”, and then close Catalog Settings and Lightroom.
I don’t anticipate major issues with this update, but if you don’t need the features and fixes right away, it never hurts to see how it goes for others. No news from me means that I haven’t heard of widespread serious issues.
New Camera Support
Raw files from the following new cameras can now be imported into Lightroom:
- Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II
- Leica MD (Typ 262)
- Nikon COOLPIX B700
- Panasonic DMCGX85 (DMCGX80, DMCGX7MK2)
In addition, camera matching color profiles have been added to the Camera Calibration panel for Pentax 645Z, Pentax K1,and Pentax K3 II cameras, and automatic lens profile corrections have been added for Tokina and Tamron lenses on Canon and Nikon camera bodies.
Changes and Improvements for CC Subscribers and 6 Owners
All changes below apply to both Lightroom CC and 6, unless otherwise indicated.
- Lens Corrections panel functions have been reorganized into Lens Corrections and Transform panels. Upright and manual transformation sliders have been moved to the new Transform panel. For CC subscribers only: Guided Upright has been added to the Transform panel – read more about this in the next section.
- In Develop, sequential navigation from one photo to the next will be faster, because upcoming photos are now pre-cached.
- Exports should be faster. This will be noticeable for bulk exports.
- You can now perform HDR and panorama merges when only smart previews are available. Note that smart previews are limited to 2,560 pixels, so the resulting merged file will be smaller than a merge with master files. It will not be updated to full size and quality when your drive with the originals is reconnected. Because the drive and folder where the master files are stored are offline, you will be prompted to specify where the resulting merged DNG file should be saved.
- With a photo selected, hovering over the large box in the Keywording panel will give you a tooltip with number of keywords applied.
- You can now import a Photoshop Elements catalog that has images stored on a NAS (networked) drive.
- Sub-location is no longer retrieved when performing address lookup / reverse geocoding. This does not affect photos that already have sub-location assigned.
- For CC subscribers, the Lightroom mobile tab in Preferences now has a Pending Sync Activity section. This area is useful for identifying any potential issues related to image syncing across the Lightroom family of applications (desktop, mobile and web).
New Guided Upright Feature for CC Subscribers Only
The new Guided Upright feature that allows you to draw lines on your photos to tell Lightroom how to straighten vertical and horizontal perspective lines. Watch the video below for a demonstration of this feature, or read the details below the video.
- For best results, perform lens corrections work first.
- In the Transform panel, click on Guided or on the cross-hatch icon
- Draw two vertical lines that should be parallel, and Lightroom will distort the photo to make them parallel and fix vertical perspective. Draw two horizontal lines that should be parallel and Lightroom will distort the photo to make them parallel and fix horizontal perspective. Alternatively, you can draw two perpendicular lines to straighten photos. A maximum of four lines can be drawn.
- To delete a line, click on it and hit the Delete key on your keyboard. To move a line, click and drag on each end.
- After a transformation, you may have white areas around your photo. Either crop them off (Constrain Crop or go into the Crop tool) or use the Scale slider to enlarge what is left.
- In cases where The X and Y Offset sliders (along with Scale) can be used to fine-tune what portion of your photo remains. Slide the sliders or hold down Cmd/Ctl and Opt/Alt and drag in your photo to move it on the canvas.
- The “As Shot” White Balance showed different values when using the Adobe Standard color profile and other camera matching color profiles. (This only occurred with the Canon EOS IDx MKII, Canon EOS 80D, and Canon EOS Rebel T6 cameras.)
- DNG Flat Field plugin would not work if the source image contained GPS metadata.
- Mac users unable to export user-created/ custom Develop presets.
- Tethered shooting with Canon 5D did not work on MacOS 10.11 El Capitan.
- Unable to see the New Folder preview inside the Destination panel within the Import Dialog.
- “Print to File” feature did not work if the default filename was changed by the customer (Mac OS X 10.11.3).
- Removing Virtual Copy Smart Preview also deleted original’s smart preview.
- Unable to merge images after using the Recover Edges plugin for older cameras with in-camera crop applied.
- Scrollbars missing from the Book module (Windows)
- Lightroom would crash when using tethered shooting with certain Canon camera models.
- Removing face tags causes photos to get stuck in “To Be Republished” state when using Publish Service Plugins such as SmugMug.
- Inconsistent dialog behavior when using fullscreen mode in Mac OSX 10.11.
- Text overlays within the Slideshow Module appeared fuzzy.
New Lens Profiles Added
For a complete list of lens profiles added, read the Adobe announcement.
GPU: Graphics Cards Blacklisted on Mac
GPU acceleration will be disabled for the following AMD GPUs on Macs running El Capitan because of an issue with El Capitan:
Radeon HD: 6330M, 6350M, 6370M, 6430M, 6450M, 6470M, 6490M, 6530M, 6550M, 6570M, 6630M, 6650M, 6730M, 6750M, 6770M, 6830M, 6850M, 6850M, 6870M, 6950M, 6970M, 6990M