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Lightroom Classic CC 7.3 Just Killed My Workflow


Dallas

Last week Adobe introduced the latest version of their popular Lightroom Classic CC software and at first it seemed like a pretty good upgrade. They introduced several new colour profiles in addition to the old Adobe Standard one and while they weren’t things I could see myself using on a regular basis, it’s always good to see new features coming out for the software. 

 

I was happy right up until I had to do my usual editing for another property shoot I had done last week and discovered that all is not well with the new version. Let me explain. 

 

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Over the years I have developed an efficiency in my workflow that depends on a number of presets that I have added to the develop module. Basically I have presets to do things like straighten vertical lines, remove distortion from my Olympus 9-18mm lens, apply Dehaze in increments of 10, apply a “vanity” filter (which is a value of -20 on the clarity filter), recover 50% highlights and shadows, and so on. 

 

What I normally do when editing a shoot is I open an image and I apply each of the usual presets and depending on how things look on the main preview I will either undo what I applied and select the next preset increment, or if I can’t get my preset to produce the look I want I will then move to the sliders and manually adjust them. The manual adjustments are a last resort because this is a real time sapper when you’re editing through a lot of images. It’s just very handy to be able to do these adjustments with a single click. Once I’m happy with the way the image looks I flag it as a pick (P) and move on to the next one. At the end of the editing session I filter in all the flagged images, select them all and export with (you guessed it) one of a large number of saved exporting presets. I’ve been working this way for several years. 

 

So, when I was editing my property shoot, I was clicking on a preset then moving my cursor over another unrelated preset. I couldn’t understand why suddenly my image was looking horrendous and also that the preset I had just applied didn’t appear to be working (it was the correct verticals one). I also noticed that the fan on my Mac was spinning like crazy and every now and then I would get the spinning beachball too, both things that have not happened in the recent past when doing the same kind of editing. 

 

What could be going on? 

 

It turns out that in Lightroom 7.3 when you move the cursor over a preset in the develop module, it applies that preset as a “preview” over the image you see in that module. In other words, it doesn’t appear in your editing history but you will see the effect that preset has in the main image window instead of just in the smaller preview window on the top left corner of the module. If you happen to slide the cursor over a whole lot of presets on the way to finding one of your regular ones you are in effect causing the computer to activate every one of them and display what they are going to do to the image you’re busy editing. 

 

Ok, I’ll just turn that behaviour off in the preferences, I thought. Except when I went into the preferences there was no option for that to be found. The coders at Adobe have neglected to provide that as an option. 

 

Are you kidding me? 

 

Nope. That’s the way it works now. 

 

Well, needless to say it has a lot of photographers up in arms and if the responses to a request to have this changed on the Adobe community forum are anything to go by, hopefully soon they will see the error of their ways and provide an option to turn this off. Or if they were smart, don’t make the user have to go into the prefs to turn it on again, rather allow us to activate the large preview by holding down the CMD key while hovering over a preset. That would be an efficient solution. 

 

For now I have reverted to the previous version on my iMac (finally returned to me after 3.5 weeks of waiting for the hinge to be repaired - a story for another column). At least I can get on with my work now and not be left wondering what on earth is going on with my images. 

 

If this change is also annoying or interfering with your workflow please follow this link to add your voice to the chorus calling for this to be turned off or at least provided as an option (it's currently "under consideration" by Adobe). 


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Since I normally only use a preset to be applied on import I have not run into the issue you have Dallas.  I really like the Olympus profiles that Lightroom finally added a few versions ago and have been happy ever since.  I find for the Olympus camera I greatly prefer the Olympus profiles over the Adode ones, even the new ones they added with this update.

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Dallas,

get used to it.

LR finally does what decent editors have been doing for a long time, making it much more efficient to quickly compare presets or other settings.

Just move your mouse in a slightly different path and everything is easy.

 

cheers

afx

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Feedback received from Adobe this week indicates that they are working on a fix as they have asked for beta testers to volunteer. I put my hand up because I really can't work with the software the way it currently operates with presets. Lr does show the effect of the preset in the small preview window, so I don't know why they would want it to show in the main loupe too. 

 

In other developer news it looks like DXO are going to break apart as they are filing for bankruptcy. 

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A very kind soul (F. McLion) on the proper Adobe forums has posted a solution to this very annoying "feature" of the new Lr Classic CC. Here's how to disable the presets previewing on the main image: 

 

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1. Launch Lightroom Classic CC

2. Choose Edit > Preferences.

3. In the Preferences dialog, go the Presets tab.

4. In the Presets tab, click the Show Lightroom Presets Folder button. The root preset folder opens in the File Explorer.

5. In the File Explorer, navigate into the Lightroom folder.

6. Go to the link https://adobe.ly/2He219B and download the config.lua file. Copy the downloaded config.lua file into the Lightroom folder mentioned in the previous step. 

7. Relaunch Lightroom Classic CC.

 

The System Info dialog (Help > System Info) should display the config.lua flags entry as shown below, indicating that Lightroom Classic CC is now disabling the live preset preview in the loupe view:

Config.lua-Flags:
Develop.disableLoupePresetPreview = true

 

At first this wasn't working for me but there is a new version of Lr out (7.3.1) that I had to upgrade to before doing this. Once I got the upgrade the fix mentioned works perfectly and you will only see the preview on the small image. 

 

Oh yes, when you paste the config.lua file you put it in the root of the folder that Lightroom takes you to when following step 5. Don't try looking for a sub-folder to put it in. 

 

Now to upgrade my production machine. :) 

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So now my iMac won't update any Adobe software. It goes for a few % points and then stops, throws up a 119 error and that's that. Last night I had a representative take over control of the machine and he managed to get Photoshop updated, but now the other apps are not updating either. Unbelievable. 

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6 hours ago, Dallas said:

So now my iMac won't update any Adobe software. It goes for a few % points and then stops, throws up a 119 error and that's that. Last night I had a representative take over control of the machine and he managed to get Photoshop updated, but now the other apps are not updating either. Unbelievable. 

 

Constant updates to software and operating systems are a mess!  The only solution to this dilemma that is offered by the vendors seems to be for us to buy an entirely new system every 3 years or so.

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I'm so anti-upgrades right now. Even camera upgrades. My 4.5 year old Olympus E-M1's are still going strong (touch wood) and I even dropped one onto hard tiles on a shoot the other day. First time I have ever dropped a camera in 18 years of holding them. Well, I didn't actually drop it, I stupidly undid the wrong knob on the tripod head and watched helplessly as it fell onto the the floor. It survived, as did the Olympus 9-18mm lens, although the lens was completely cockeyed in it's extended position. Somehow I got it back into position and while it was initially a bit tight to retract back into its collapsed position it seems to be perfect again. Thank the Lord. 🙏🏻

 

I gave Adobe another crack at fixing this disaster today and once again they have failed. I don't know what to say...

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