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Your Complete Guide to What's New in Lightroom: June 2022 Updates

Updated: Oct 15, 2022

Your in-depth look at all the improvements and new features in this year's summer updates to Lightroom Classic 11.4 and Lightroom 5.4

 

It's summer here in the northern hemisphere, and that means it's time for the annual bigger-than-normal updates for Lightroom "cloud" and Lightroom Classic. Aside from the major releases we see each fall with Adobe Max, these summer updates are usually the biggest ones put out each year.


To say there are a lot of updates arriving with Lightroom 5.4 and Lightroom Classic 11.4 is an understatement. I have pages and pages of notes to condense down into a digestible length for you.


Below, I cover the updates to both versions of the desktop apps: Lightroom (aka Lightroom "Cloud") and Lightroom Classic. I'll call out where some of the updates apply to Adobe Camera Raw, Lightroom Web, and the Lightroom Mobile apps, as well.


If you're not familiar with the differences between the two desktop versions of Lightroom, I encourage you to hop over to my deep-dive post where I compare the two options and provide some recommendations for how to use them together.


To see my Top 5 new features in action, watch my walkthrough video. I review - and demo - what I think are the biggest new Lightroom updates that will have the most impact on your editing. There's a TON more in these releases than just those five things, though, so be sure to review this entire post for all the details.

 

TABLE OF CONTENTS

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Did I mention this is a pretty hefty mid-year update?!


It may look like Classic didn't get as much love, but keep in mind it's already far more built out than the newer Lightroom so there are less features to add (and, unfortunately, the AI-based Adobe Sensei features, such as the new automatic red eye correction, remain exclusive to the cloud-based Lightroom app).


Also, Classic has received a lot of updates this round, they just fall under the "both versions" list... as they should. I'm personally glad to see Adobe continuing to make more of an effort to ensure new updates are coming to both versions where possible, instead of having one version or the other miss out, as we've seen at times in the past.


One more quick note: I've included a short poll at the end of this post so, when you're done reading, be sure to share your feedback. Comments and questions are always welcome, as well!


Don't forget to check out the video to see full demos of my Top 5 favorite Lightroom updates for June 2022!

 

June 2022 Updates Available in Both Versions of Lightroom


LENS & CAMERA SUPPORT

Also available in Adobe Camera Raw and Lightroom Mobile


Let's get the standard stuff out of the way first: As with any update, Adobe has added new lens correction support for several lenses, as well as adding in tethering support for the Canon R3 (tethering is only available in Lightroom Classic).


If you have deep enough pockets, the newly added lens support includes Canon's RF 800mm f/5.6 L and RF 1200mm f/8 L.


But I digress. Let's get into the more exciting updates for the Lightroom desktop apps.

 

COMPLEX MASK INVERT / MASK DUPLICATE & INVERT

Also available in Adobe Camera Raw and Lightroom Mobile


Adobe doing what they do best: Making my past tutorials and videos obsolete! Sarcasm aside, this is a GREAT update, and one of the most requested enhancements to Lightroom masking. Instead of having to manually convert a complex mask group in order to invert it as a whole group, you can now simply go into the mask group's context menu and click on the option to invert the entire complex mask (named "Lower Rt - Dodge/Cool Shadows in the following example):

Lightroom Classic menu showing the option to invert a mask group
New mask group context menu w/invert options

If you're observant, you may have noticed there's an additional new option: Duplicate and Invert Mask. This is a great additional enhancement Adobe threw in. If you've watched my Ultimate Guide to Lightroom Masking video, you may recall the example I showed where there was a subject mask of a person holding a pumpkin.


That subject mask wasn't quite perfect, and it included the pumpkin, so I made some further refinements with additional masks. Now, once you have that complex mask group for the subject set as you want, you can use that new Duplicate and Invert Mask option to create a new mask for the background instead of the subject, and those refinement masks will automatically convert as needed.


In only two clicks you can do what would have taken 4-5 clicks that required you to have specific knowledge of how to invert the complex mask group manually. Less clicks to do what you want is always good!


I demo both of these new mask group invert tools in my Top 5 features video, so if you're not sure what they do, exactly, give it a watch!



One important note on the Duplicate and Invert Mask tool: It will RESET all your slider adjustments on the newly created mask group. The thinking on this is that when you duplicate and invert a mask group, you're rarely going to want the same adjustments as, otherwise, you would have masked the entire area.


Think of a subject mask of a person: if you duplicate and invert the subject mask to work on the background instead of the person, it makes no sense for the settings applied to the person to carry over to the newly duplicated and inverted mask you created for the background.


So, your new mask will be created for you with all sliders at zero so you can adjust as needed without having to manually reset all adjustments first.

 

AI-GENERATED MASKS MACHINE LEARNING UPDATE


This one is more of an FYI than anything. In previous versions of Lightroom Classic 11 and Lightroom 5, the AI-generated masks could vary depending on what adjustments had already been made to the image. Some users were "hacking" the mask generation algorithm to create more accurate masks by cranking up Clarity, Texture, and some other sliders.


This also meant that a Select Sky mask you created later in your editing workflow may have been different than one you created early on. I think it's fair to say most users would not consider that a good thing.


With this update to Lightroom Classic 11.4 and Lightroom 5.4, the Select Subject and Select Sky masks are now generated consistently no matter what settings may already be applied to the image.