Adobe’s new Lightroom features make photo editing easier for people with no professional experience, regardless of the specific task. The AI masking categories have been expanded for the “Select People Tool. These new categories automatically select clothing and facial hair to allow users to make quick adjustments to color and texture.
Update also adds three more Adaptive Presets to portraits – Darken Beard (for men), Polished Portrait (for women) and Enhance Clothing – allowing users make predetermined changes with a click. Darken Beard has a single purpose: to make facial hair darker, so it will stand out more. Polished Portrait will smooth the skin of a subject while improving their facial features, and enhance lighting in the photo. Enhance Clothing is a tool that optimizes clothing by increasing contrast, saturation and texture. Before and after comparisons of Adobe Lightroom’s new Polished Portrait Preset and Darken Beard Presets.
Adobe Lightroom already has presets that can automatically whiten teeth and darken eyebrows. They also have options to adjust hair texture. These presets were created to compete with more novice-friendly apps like beauty filters that allow users to easily alter their appearance. Canva and other creative suites have released user-friendly tools for photo editing that automate complex tasks or those that require a lot of labor. This could threaten Adobe’s share of the market.
Lightroom’s AI Mask categories will be available on Mac, Windows and Adobe Camera Raw. The three new Adaptive Presets are also available for iOS, Android and Lightroom web.
Adobe’s newest Lightroom update includes some other noteworthy features. DeNoise is a new tool that removes the “digital noise”, which can sometimes occur when photos are taken under low-light conditions. Adobe says that DeNoise will soon be available for other file types, including JPEGs. DeNoise removes the grainy, static-like interferance seen in images taken under poor lighting.
Adobe has also announced that the company’s Content Credentials feature, which is a Tech Preview, is now available on Mac and Windows via Adobe Camera Raw. This is Adobe’s term to describe post-beta, limited functionality features. Content Credentials allows users to authenticate work by adding digital attribution information to images. This feature was introduced for the first time in 2021 as a way to validate non-functional tests.