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Tuesday, 3 April 2018

Lightroom Classic CC 7.3 April Update

What’s New

New Adobe Raw Profiles
In addition to the age-old Standard profile, Adobe is introducing a range of new profiles specifically for raw files together with a range of enhanced profiles which can be applied other file types. The new raw profiles are:

Adobe Color
Adobe Monochrome
Adobe Neutral
Adobe Vivid
Adobe Portrait
Adobe Landscape

Camera matching, and creative profiles are also available in the new interface at the top of the basic panel. All profiles can be browsed as thumbnails (square or landscape) or as a list. Hovering over a name or thumbnail shows the effect in the main editing window. Profiles can also be marked as favorites.

Creative Profiles are grouped together as follows:

-Modern Profiles designed to create unique effects that fit in with current photography styles
-Vintage Profiles designed to replicate the effects of analogue imagery
-Artistic Profiles designed to be more edgy, with stronger color shifts
-B&W Profiles designed to optimize tonality shifts needed for high impact black and white

Creative profiles work on any file type, from Raw files to JPEGs and TIFFs. Under the hood, Creative Profiles can now take advantage of 3D Look Up Tables (LUTs) offering more creative possibilities comparred with the previous dcp profiles.

Unlike the raw and camera profiles which are fixed, the creative profiles activate the amount slider which enables the intensity of the effect to be reduced or increased.

Many customers are familiar with third party offerings such as VSO and those profiles that contain a 3D LUT will enable enhancements not possible with any of the sliders found in the Develop module. Adobe has been working closely with third party developers of presets and profiles such as RNI, Contrastly, DVLOP, Nicolesy, Brian Matiash, Kevin Kubota and others. Their offerings should be available for purchase at around the same time as this latest Lightroom update or in the very near future.

How are profiles different from presets?

In a nutshell presets fix the slider values and overwrite previous settings. Profiles do not change the slider values; so they can be used on top of develop settings to give a "look" or used as a starting point.


Unless customers use their own import preset with or without a custom/camera profile, all new imports will get the Adobe Color profile automatically. Default sharpening is also raised from 25 to 40. This is likely to give a starting point similar to those found in some other raw converters as Adobe Standard traditionally produced what many felt to be a rather flat starting point. Existing photos already in the catalog will not be changed.

Other Enhancements

Import Grid Performance Improvement on Windows
Improved batching should result in a slightly faster import experience.

Face Tagging – Updates
The face recognition engine has been improved to give more consistent results. A checkbox has been added to allow you to retain all confirmed faces (confirmed named faces or manually drawn faces) when opting for “Find Faces Again”.

Tone Curve – Scaled Up
Tone Curve is made bigger, to give more control on your tone curve points and adjustments. I have my font UI set to 150% in preferences and on Windows 10 this makes the panel even larger.

Dehaze now in Basic Panel
The slider for Dehaze has been moved from Effects to the Basic Panel. This is based on customer feedback. I do find this useful as I often found myself tweaking shadows or exposure after adding a Dehaze adjustment.  Also, in Copy Settings and Preset creation dialogs, you should find Dehaze under Basic Tone.

New Camera Support 
New support has added since the last release for the following cameras:
-Canon EOS 1500D (EOS Rebel T7/EOS Kiss X90/EOS 2000D)
-Canon 3000D (EOS Rebel T100/EOS 4000D)
-Panasonic LUMIX DC-GX9 (DC-GX7MK3)
-Panasonic LUMIX ZS200 (DC-TX2/DC-TZ200/DC-TZ202/DC-TZ220/DC-ZS220)
-Sony A7 III (ILCE-7M3) 

These latest features are being introduced system wide in LR Classic CC 7.3, LRCC 1.3, LRCC iOS 3.2 and LRCC Android 3.4

The Android version finally gets the detail panel with sliders for noise reduction and masking.

Adobe rolls out updates to different regions at different times. So you may need to wait a few hours if the update is not immediately showing under the Apps tab in Creative Cloud Desktop. Or click the three dots (top-right) and choose check for updates.



  1. I have some profiles that automatically imported into Lightroom CC from Lightroom Classic CC. They are not showing up in Lightroom CC mobile iOS. Is there a way to bring them in?

  2. At present it is not possible to add custom or third party profiles to the iOS or Android versions of LRCC but I think it should be possible in coming months, perhaps with the ability to sync from the desktop version.

  3. I install Lightroom CC 7.3 so I can read Sony A7lll ARW raw files and after the install there is an update. When you install the update it installs the wrong version and 7.3 is gone and so is the ability to read A7lll arw raw files. Is there a fix?