I’ve been messing around with Adobe Lightroom’s newest update for a few hours, and it’s quite impressive. The headline feature here is the new color grading tools, which brings selective color adjustments in an interface similar to the color correction tools already available in Adobe Premiere.
The new tool allows for changing the hues, saturation, and luminance of a photo’s highlights, mid-tones, shadows, and globally. This was previously possible using a combination of Lightroom’s color mix and split-toning tools, but that workflow was complicated and often quite finicky to use. Now, all of this control is accessible through a single panel, and presented in a familiar triple color wheel interface. I’m no Premiere color grading expert, but I was able to easily get going with the Color Grade panel even with my limited experience.
The end result is that I have significantly more control over the color of my photos than before. And since color grading presets can be saved (along with film grain and sharpening settings), it essentially gives you the ability to create your own photo filters. I really dig it.
On a final note, I’ve been testing the Color Grade tools on my iPad Pro. Adobe has done a really tremendous job keeping the iPad version of Lightroom in feature parity with the desktop version, something they unfortunately do not do with Photoshop.