The Top Five New Features In Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC is now available as part of an Adobe Creative Cloud Photography Monthly Subscription or as the standalone Lightroom 6 application. Personally, I believe that you get will more value for your money with from the monthly Adobe Photography Creative Cloud Subscription Plan then you get from the standalone Lightroom 6 product but all of the features in this demonstration are included in either version of this software.

This release takes Adobe Photoshop Lightroom’s image enhancement tools to a whole new level. Today, I finally get to demonstrate my Top Five New Features of Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC (Lightroom 6) including:

  • Merge To Panorama
  • Merge To HDR
  • Filter Brush Refinements
  • Pet Eye Repair Tool
  • Face Tagging

See what’s new in the video below.

Panorama and HDR Merge

For the very first time, photographers now have the ability to create Panoramas and High-Dynamic Range images without leaving Lightroom. Better still the panoramic images and HDR composites that Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC creates are still raw files. Like all digital camera raw files, this means that the new .dng panoramas and HDR that Lightroom CC can generate are incredibly flexible and easy to improve. This is truly game changing stuff because now we have the ability to make panoramas and High Dynamic Range images without the need for additional tools and software programs.

As you can see in the video above, the new Merge process are incredibly fast and elegant when given the right set of images. Now we can literally organize, stitch, enhance, and share these types of images without ever leaving the Adobe Photoshop Lightroom.

Glacier National Park Panorama built in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC

Glacier National Park Panorama built entirely inside of Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC

Facial Recognition

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC’s new Face Tagging system is going to be a big help when organizing images of friends and family. When desired, Lightroom’s new Facial Recognition algorithms will study your images and look for recognizable faces. Adobe’s new algorithm gets better and better at guessing whose face is in the next photo as you assign Person Keywords to facial regions. This new feature is going to take a lot of the drudgery out of keywoarding portraits of friends and family.

Now the new Face Tagging feature is exciting but beware. You need to know what you are doing with this new tool before you starting using it if you are currently a Lightroom user with a large catalog of images. I love the new Facial Recognition engine but some setup is required before you start assigning names to faces. You do not want to activate this new feature during the Lightroom CC Catalog upgrade process if your image library contains thousands or hundreds of thousands of faces. I will have more on Face Tagging in an upcoming tutorial.

Before and after Merge To HDR comparison using only Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC

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David Marx specializes in landscape, travel, mobile, and night photography. He is an Adobe Certified Expert in both Adobe Photoshop Lightroom and Adobe Photoshop CC with more than 15 years of experience in the field teaching digital photography. David loves sharing his knowledge with others, whether in person or online, and his entertaining teaching style works well for photographers of all skill levels. In addition to field workshops, David’s extensive library of video tutorials on image processing and mobile photography are available at