Color and Black and White Profiles
Many Lightroom users don’t know that for raw files you can choose a profile way down in the Camera Calibration panel to change the starting point for your raw file in terms of color and tonality. There have been profiles there that mimic your camera’s picture styles, in case you prefer them over the Adobe Standard default profile. Now in Lightroom Classic, Lightroom CC Desktop, Lightroom CC mobile and Adobe Camera Raw, there are dozens of new profiles for raw photos with different color and tonal appearances, as well as many color and B/W creative profiles for all file types that create artistic looks. These provide excellent starting points for your editing work.
To increase awareness of profiles and to encourage their application towards the beginning of your workflow, profile selection has been moved up to the top of the Basic panel:
Here’s an article and a video tutorial with complete details on profiles: Start Your Lightroom Photo Editing with Powerful New Color and Monochrome Profiles
Dehaze Moved to the Basic Panel
Dehaze, for removing or adding atmospheric haze, has been moved from the Effects panel to the Basic panel. (See first screenshot above.) In my opinion this is a much better place for it, since many of us apply Dehaze early in our workflow. This should encourage you to try it any time that you want more “pop”. You’ll then get a feel for when it is useful and when it isn’t.
Tone Curve Size and Opacity
The tone curve has been enlarged a bit, and the RGB, red, green, and blue histograms have been brightened so that we can see them better as we make our tone curve decisions. This enhancement was in response to a request from me and some of my followers!
The Presets panel in the Develop module now has more presets, in the following categories:
Clicking on the + in the top right of the panel used to create a new preset. Now it brings up a choice to create a new preset or import a preset.
You can now mark presets as favorites (right-click on a preset, Add to Favorites), and they’ll appear in the Favorites section at the top of the panel.
Any user/custom presets that you have will be converted upon the first launch of 7.3 from the .lrtemplate file type to .xmp and stored in a central location accessible to both Lightroom and Camera Raw. (If you are storing your presets with your catalog they will be stored there.) As the presets are converted upon the first launch of Classic 7.3 you’ll therefore get the message, “Updating Develop Presets to XMP. When update is complete, the files will be renamed by appending a tilde”.
Face Detection Improvements
The face detection engine has been updated, improving face detection and face recognition.
If you have turned on the catalog setting to automatically detect all faces (Lightroom on Mac, Edit on PC > Catalog Settings, Metadata tab), Lightroom Classic 7.3 will automatically reanalyze images without prior detected faces.
If you instead manually run face detection and want Lightroom to reanalyze images in folders or collections that you have run face detection on, then:
- Select All Photographs in the Catalog panel.
- Go to Grid view (G) and select all photos (Cmd/Ctl-A)
- Go to Library>Find Faces Again and check both options:
If you instead uncheck “Skip photos that include manually confirmed faces”, the process will wipe out all of your face tagging work on these photos!
Alternatively, when you open People view (O) with a source folder or collection that you have tagged, Lightroom will rerun face detection on untagged images in that source location.
Performance Improvements on Windows
In the Import dialog, when you are importing from connected devices (phone, camera), images will now start to appear sooner. Images will also be cached once they appear, so they will load faster during subsequent imports from this source.
You can no longer add a comment to your Facebook image post from the Comments panel in Lightroom. This is a limitation on the Facebook side.