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Lightroom Dec 2018 Update Brings a Customizable Develop Panel

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Adobe has released the December 2018 update to its entire photo ecosystem, bringing new features, improvements, and bug fixes to Camera Raw, Lightroom Classic CC, and Lightroom CC for Mac, Windows, Android, ChromeOS, and iOS.

Here’s a rundown of the notable changes across the different apps (a full list of changes can be found here):

Lightroom Classic

“In the December update for Lightroom Classic CC, we’ve focused on workflow and performance improvements,” Adobe writes.

Customize Develop Panel

You can now customize the order of (or hide) tools found in the Develop module for your own personal flow. Right click (or Ctrl+click on Mac) on any panel header and select “Customize Develop Panel” to bring up the box for reordering and hiding tools.

Auto-import to collection

You can now auto-import photos directly into a collection. By setting up a watched folder, you can have new images in that folder automatically imported and added into a collection. Visit File menu->Auto Import Settings and select “Add to Collection”.

Grid snap in Book Module

“In the Book Module, photos now snap to align with other photos by default, and a new option was added to allow photos to be aligned to grid lines, making precise layouts super simple.”

Performance improvements

“[Y]ou’ll notice faster grid scrolling as well as up to 5x faster switching between the Library and Develop modules on 4K and 5K monitors.”

Lightroom CC for Mac and Windows

Set as Target Album

“With the new Target Album feature, you can quickly add photos to a target album from anywhere in your library with a single shortcut.”

Right click (or Ctrl+click on Mac) an album or click the three-dot menu and hit the “Set as the Target Album” option. Once this is selected, anytime you hit the ‘T‘ key the select photo will be added to the target album.

Album sharing improvements

“When sharing your Lightroom albums with friends and family, you can filter which images are shared based on picks and star ratings, enabling you to share an entire album but ensuring that only the best photos are accessible by anyone else.”

Performance improvements

“We improved import speed, making it faster for you to import images into Lightroom CC from an SD memory card or camera connected over USB. We also improved how quickly faces load in People view.”

Lightroom CC for Android and ChromeOS

New shared albums tab

“In addition to the Library Tab, there’s a new tab that provides you with access to all of the photos and albums that you’ve shared to online to lightroom.adobe.com.”

Ad-hoc photo shares

“You can now create an online share of photos with a arbitrary assortment of photos. Instead of creating an album and sharing that album, you can now select any number of photos that you want to share, tap the 3-dot menu at the top-right of the screen, and then select Share to Web.”

Wired ethernet support

“You can now access the internet via wired ethernet, a feature often requested for running Lightroom Android on ChromeOS.”

Lightroom CC for iOS

“This release has a number of small tweaks and performance improvements as we prepare for some exciting features that will be coming next year.”

Availability

You can start using these new features and improvements now by updating your Adobe app to the latest version through the Creative Cloud or through the app store you use.

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