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Tutorials for Adobe Lightroom’s New Features (Generative Remove, Lens Blur, Curved Control & more!)

Tutorials for Adobe Lightroom’s New Features (Generative Remove, Lens Blur, Curved Control & more!)

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Now that Adobe Lightroom has released its latest update, with unique, AI-enhanced features to elevate your photo editing experience.

Read our Adobe Lightroom guide on how to use Adobe Lightroom’s latest features and embrace the full potential of the new tools.

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Tutorials for Adobe Lightroom’s New Features

Here are the 5 tutorials we will cover today:

  1. Generative Remove by Adobe Lightroom
  2. Lens Blur
  3. Adaptive Blur Background
  4. Edit Archived Photos Locally
  5. Curve Controls

1. Generative Remove by Adobe Lightroom

Step 1: Remove Tool

Locate the Remove tool in the Develop module (previously known as the Healing Tool). You can also use the following keyboard shortcuts.

  • Command + Shift + H for Mac
  • Control + Shift + H for PCs.
Generative Remove by Adobe Lightroom
Generative Remove by Adobe Lightroom

Step 2: Select Generative AI

Within the Remove Tool, select the Remove tab (which is the far left option). Then check the Generative AI box that appears under the Remove tool tabs.

Step 3: Brush

Use the brush to paint a rough selection around the object you want to remove. It is recommended that you be slightly generous with your choice. It’s better to grab a little extra area than miss parts of the object.

Brushing in Generative Remove
Brushing in Generative Remove

Step 4: Refine

You further refine your selection by using the refinement tools offered by Adobe Lightroom. These include:


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  • Add: Add to the selection by painting with this brush.
  • Subtract: Remove from the selection by painting with this brush.
  • Feather: Soften the edges of the selection for a smoother transition.

Step 5: Apply

Once you’re happy with your selection, click the Apply button and wait for the AI to remove the distraction from your image.

Applying in Generative Remove
Applying in Generative Remove

 

2. Lens Blur

Step 1: Apply Lens Blur

First, you must go to the Edit and select Lens Blur. Many options to customize your image blurring will appear below.

Image Loaded into Lens Blur
Image Loaded into Lens Blur

Step 2: Automatic Blur

To harness the power of the AI that has been integrated into Adobe Lightroom, select the Apply checkbox to apply AI-powered Lens Blur automatically.

Step 3: Refine Blur

To make sure the Lens Blur is to your liking, take advantage of the many refinement options offered for blurring. These include,

  • Adjusting the slider to control the strength of the blur (default: 50).
  • Choosing the type of blur effect from the following:
    • Circle: Modern circular lens
    • Bubble: Standard circular with over-correction
    • 5-blade: Vintage lens effect
    • Ring: Reflex or mirror lens effect
    • Cat Eye: Vignetting effect
  • Boosting or adjusting the brightness of out-of-focus light sources.

Step 4: Adjust Focus Range

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You can control the area that appears sharp and blurred using the Focus Range options. There are three ways to do this:

  1. Use the AI in Adobe Lightroom to automatically set the focal range based on what it detects as the subject in the image.
  2. Manually define the focal point by clicking on a specific photo area. You can also drag to create a larger area in focus.
  3. Visualize the depth information in your image by overlaying the image with different colors to represent the focal range. This means using,
    • Warm or yellow areas near the focal range
    • cool or blue areas far focal range
    • white areas for the current focus area
Image After Using Lens Blur
Image After Using Lens Blur

Step 5: Refine Blur

Finally, choose the Focus option to refine the blur areas and make your image blurring clear-cut. To adjust the selection, you can edit using the Amount, Brush Size, Feather, and Flow sliders. For a bit of help from AI, consider using the Auto Mask option to enable automatic edge detection while brushing.

 

3. Adaptive Blur Background

Adaptive Blur Background Dashboard
Adaptive Blur Background Dashboard

Step 1: Select the Adaptive Blur Preset

In the Presets panel, navigate to the “Adaptive” section. Choose any Blur Background preset that is to your liking.

Image Background Blurred in Adaptive Blur Background
Image Background Blurred in Adaptive Blur Background

Step 2: Preview Preset Effects

Hover your cursor over each preset to preview how it will affect your photo. This helps you understand the blur intensity before applying.

Step 3: Apply the Preset

Click on the desired preset to apply the Lens Blur effect. The Adobe Lightroom AI technology will detect your subject and automatically apply the blur settings.

Step 4: Fine-tune Lens Blur

The Lens Blur panel will open with the preset settings. You can adjust the Blur Amount slider for stronger or weaker blur or explore other options like Bokeh shape and size.

 

4. Edit Archived Photos Locally

Step 1: Select Photos for Archiving

In Adobe Lightroom, switch to the Grid view and choose the photos you want to archive from the cloud. You can select individual photos or even an entire album.

Archive by Adobe Lightroom
Archive by Adobe Lightroom

Step 2: Initiate Archiving Process

Right-click on the selected photos (or album). Then, from the context menu, choose Archive Photos Locally.

Step 3: Choose Destination and Organization

When the Archive to Local Storage dialog box appears, click the “Save to” section. Within this, click Browse to select where on your computer you want to save the archived photos. Then, under Organize, choose how you want to organize the archived photos: into a single folder or by date.

Step 4: Confirm Archiving

Once you’ve selected the destination and organization method, click the Archive button to begin archiving the photos.

Step 5: Edit Archived Photos Locally

After successfully archiving, the photos will be removed from the cloud storage and stored in your local folder. Finally, you can now edit these photos directly within Lightroom using the local files.

Editing the Image in Archive by Adobe Lightroom
Editing the Image in Archive by Adobe Lightroom

 

5. Curve Controls

Curve Controls by Adobe Lightroom
Curve Controls by Adobe Lightroom

Step 1: Access Tone Curve Panel

Head over to the Develop module on Adobe Lightroom. Locate the Tone Curve panel on the right side and lick the double-triangle header to expand it and view the graph.

Step 2: Make Adjustments

Adjust the Tone Curve graph by moving the Highlights, Lights, Shadows, and Darks sliders to brighten or darken specific areas of your image.

Adjustments Made in Curve Controls
Adjustments Made in Curve Controls

Step 3: Precise Control with Point Curve

For more precise adjustments, switch to the Point Curve mode. Click the Point Curve icon (it looks like a circle with a line). Now, you can directly add points to the graph itself, with each point representing a tonal value.

Step 4: Target Specific Tones

If you want to adjust a specific color in a particular area of the image or video, click the Tone Curve selector icon (eye dropper symbol) on the image area you want to target. Now, adjustments you make with the sliders or Point Curve on Adobe Lightroom will specifically affect those tones.

Step 5: Color Adjustments

Like brightness, Tone Curves can adjust colors and tones. To do this, click the red, green, or blue button above the graph to target a specific color channel for the graph to represent. Similar to the Point Curve mode, add points and drag the line up and down to add or subtract that color from your image.

Lightroom New Features Tutorial – Final Words

With this brief photographer’s guide to Adobe Lightroom’s new features, you can take your photo editing to the next level. So join Adobe Lightroom today and enjoy these dynamic new features.

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