Adobe Pho­to­shop Light­room

Make light work of photo edit­ing while you’re on the move

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What the app does

The Light­room mo­bile app en­ables you to im­port pho­tos from Light­room CC on your desk­top, edit pre­view ver­sions of your RAW files when you’re on the go, then sync them back with your main col­lec­tion. It’s free, but you need to be a paid-up subscriber to the Adobe CC Pho­tog­ra­phy Plan to be able to take ad­van­tage of this. The Light­room app also gives you the op­tion to take pho­tos from within the app.

When to use it

The mo­bile ver­sion of Light­room is per­fect for those mo­ments where you want to play around with RAW edit­ing on the move. It’s also a con­ve­nient way of im­port­ing your pho­tos to your smart de­vice, al­though it can be a rel­a­tively slow process if you’ve got lots of files to sync up.

How to use it

Sync­ing RAW files from the desk­top ver­sion cre­ates Smart Pre­views in the app, with any changes you make be­ing mir­rored in your main Light­room li­brary. While you can ap­ply one-touch enhancements us­ing the app’s pre­sets, you can carry out a range of man­ual de­vel­op­ing op­tions, such as ba­sic white bal­ance and bright­ness through to tweak­ing the tone curve, mak­ing blackand-white ad­just­ments and split ton­ing. You can also make lo­cal ad­just­ments. As well as sav­ing im­ages as JPEGs you can save them in Adobe’s DNG RAW file for­mat on a com­pat­i­ble phone (such as an iPhone 6S or later run­ning iOS 10).

Any ad­just­ments you make to a Smart Pre­view im­age will be up­dated on the orig­i­nal im­age stored in Light­room CC (the cloud icon in­di­cates when the im­ages are be­ing synced) To make ed­its, tap Edit in the bot­tom bar and use the rel­e­vant on-screen slid­ers. For be­fore/af­ter pre­views, press the screen with three fin­gers

There’s a set of one-click pre­sets for colour, black and white, vignettes and more

You can call up a his­togram to keep an eye on the ex­po­sure when you’re tweak­ing tones

Mak­ing lo­cal ad­just­ments on a small screen can be fid­dly, but it’s eas­ier on a tablet

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