In conjunction with its annual MAX creativity conference (going on now virtually, free to attend!), Adobe last night released cloud-based Lightroom desktop app version 4.0 for Windows and Mac, and Lightroom Mobile 6.0 for iOS and Android. These updates contain new features, including color grading and graphic watermarks, support for new cameras, new lens profiles, and bug fixes.

Lightroom Classic 10.0 was also released – read about it in my Lightroom Classic article.

In This Article:

Operating System Requirements
How and When to Update
New Cameras Now Supported
New Lens Profiles
Color Grading
Graphical Watermarks
Work Performed Indicators
Learn and Discover Enhancements
Lightroom Desktop: Zoom Enhancements
Lightroom Mobile: Best Photos
Related Content

(These links above to sections below may or may not work depending on what device and system you are using. If they don’t, then scroll down.)

Lightroom Desktop System Requirements

The cloud-based Lightroom desktop app version 4.0 drops support for MacOS High Sierra and Windows 10 versions before 1903.

Operating System Requirements

  • Windows 10 versions 1903 and later
  • MacOS Mojave, Catalina (and Big Sur when it comes out later this year).

If your operating system is not up-to-date enough, you will not see the option to update Lightroom in your Creative Cloud app.

Click here for complete system requirements.

How and When to Update

When to Update the Lightroom Desktop App (if Lightroom didn’t auto-update):

I don’t expect any issues with Lightroom 4.0 and updates of this app usually go smoothly, but as usual, if you’re not in a hurry to get the new features, it can’t hurt to wait a week or so to make sure that others aren’t experiencing serious bugs with it.

If I hear of serious issues with this release I will post them here in this section – please check here rather than emailing me.

Click here to check for bug reports and to report bugs or issues that you encounter.  Also please leave a comment below to let us know of bugs you experience!


How to Update the Lightroom Desktop App

If you previously were prompted to agree to auto-update Lightroom and if you agreed, then when you open Lightroom for the first time after the update is available, go to Help>System Info to verify that you are now using version 4.0. Otherwise to update to 4.0, go to Help>Updates, and in the Creative Cloud app, on the Updates tab click on Update next to Lightroom (cloud-based photo service; not Lightroom Classic or Lightroom CC 2015.)

How to Update Lightroom Mobile

Find the Lightroom app in the Apple App Store or Google Play Store and tap on Update.

Report Lightroom Mobile bugs here.

New Cameras Now Supported

The entire Lightroom ecosystem now support the following new camera:

  • Panasonic LUMIX DC-S5

Click here for a list of all cameras supported by each version of Lightroom (and Camera Raw).

New Lens Profiles

These new lens profiles are available throughout the Lightroom ecosystem:

  • Voigtlander MFT 60mm f/0.95 Nokton
  • Voigtlander VM 21mm f/1.4 Nokton Aspherical
  • SIGMA 16mm F1.4 DC DN
  • SIGMA 30mm F1.4 DC DN
  • SIGMA 56mm F1.4 DC DN
  • SIGMA 100-400mm F5-6.3 DG DN OS C020
  • SIGMA 100-400mm F5-6.3 DG DN OS C020 + TC-1411
  • SIGMA 100-400mm F5-6.3 DG DN OS C020 + TC-2011
  • SIGMA 100-400mm F5-6.3 DG DN OS C020
  • Voigtlander APO-LANTHAR 50mm F2 Aspherical
  • Voigtlander NOKTON 35mm F1.2 SE Aspherical
  • Voigtlander NOKTON 40mm F1.2 SE Aspherical
  • Voigtlander NOKTON 50mm F1.2 SE Aspherical

Color Grading

Now throughout the Lightroom ecosystem, as a replacement for the Split Toning panel, the Color Grading panel allows one to apply a color tint separately to highlights, shadows and midtones, controlling hue, saturation and luminance, and/or a tint globally using industry standard color controls.

Cloud-Based Lightroom Color Grading Panel

Hue and saturation are controlled with color wheels (or sliders), and luminance is controlled with the slider below the color wheel.

Lightroom Mobile Access:

Lightroom Mobile Color Grading Panel

Replicating Split Toning

To replicate the old split toning capability, use the Shadows and Highlights tints, and set Blending to 100.


There are three new presets in the Creative section of the Presets panel that use color grading: Cool Matte, Cool Shadows and Warm Highlights, and Warm and Moody. Other presets that used to use split toning now use color grading (with Blending=100).

Graphical Watermarks

Now apply a JPEG or PNG graphical watermark to your exported images, and sync your graphic watermark to your other devices.

To access this feature in Lightroom desktop, after clicking on the Share icon in the top right, choose Export Custom Settings, check Include Watermark and click on the gear symbol to the right.