Adobe dropped a new update for ACR (Adobe Camera RAW) and Lightroom CC this morning, among the usual bug fixes and camera support updates we also got a new feature to talk about: Guided Upright.
Guided Upright is Adobe’s latest feature to make our lives as photographers easier, while maintaining some control. Adobe’s new Guided Upright feature allows photographers the ability to give the software ‘hints’ that help it more accurately adjust the image. The process of making these adjustments is simple enough, in the new Transform tab (located down just below the Lens Corrections tab) you selected the Guided option and then draw 2-4 ‘
The process of making these adjustments is simple enough, in the new Transform tab (located down just below the Lens Corrections tab) you selected the Guided option and then draw 2-4 ‘guide lines’ along the image to help the software know which lines to base its adjustments on. Its as simple as that, then the software automatically adjusts the image and you can make manual adjustments as you see fit using the manual sliders in the Transform tab.
Adobe notes that the original upright feature would sometimes be confused or have issues with images where there were few defined lines or too many lines. This new guided feature allows photographers the ability to still have images that fit those criteria adjusted relatively quickly and automatically, just with a little added user help/input. A nice improvement if you ask me.
As far as other updates, Adobe added support for the following cameras:
- Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II
- Leica M-D (Typ 262)
- Nikon COOLPIX B700
- Panasonic DMC-GX85 (DMC-GX80, DMC-GX7MK2)
They also quietly improved the Pano feature quite significantly for those of us who make use of the Smart Previews functionality in Lightroom. Now you can use the Merge to Panorama/HDR feature with Smart Previews, the original files were required previously, so this is a nice improvement.
Overall, it looks like a pretty standard update from Adobe. No mention of performance improvements or optimizations or anything like that, so those of you hoping for some increased speed are still going to have to wait. If you are interested in the full details about this Lightroom update you can find all of the information over on Adobe’s blog here.