Sneak Peek: Lightroom is Getting Advanced Color Grading

Adobe revealed today that it’s bringing a powerful new Advanced Color Grading feature to Lightroom Classic, Lightroom, and Adobe Camera Raw. This 2-minute video offers a sneak peek at how the panel works.

The new panel draws inspiration from the Lumetri Color panel found inside Adobe’s Premiere Pro video editing software, and it’s an upgraded version of the tool/panel formerly known as Split Toning.

While Split Toning allowed you to stylize photos by specifying the color tint of the shadows and highlights, Color Grading takes it to the next level by giving you control over the tint of midtones as well.

Instead of sliders, you’ll be able to make precise adjustments using new color wheels. You can tap a point in the wheel and drag it around in a circle to pick the hue you’d like. Dragging in and out of the center of the wheel will lock the hue and allow you to adjust the saturation.

In addition to the new color wheels, there’s also a new Global color wheel, a Luminance slider, and a new Blending slider.

“The new highly sophisticated color grading tools shown here will provide you with the added control you need for beautifully cinematic results,” Lightroom team member Pei Ketron says.

Adobe will be sharing more about this upcoming tool at the virtual Adobe Max conference from October 20-22, and we’re guessing this feature will be released to the masses shortly afterward.