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Mon, Oct 23, 2017 4:37 AM

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Lightroom Classic CC User Interface

So with the release of the new Lightroom CC I was super excited to look at the new interface. It's really one of my favorite designs. It's something that we creatives and artists look forward to. Maybe I can speak for all of us when I say we'd love to work in a very nice,clean, updated and simple area like anyone else would. That's what Lightroom CC is to me.

However, I can't say the same for Lightroom Classic CC. I am absolutely in love with the fact that Adobe is listening and finally speeding up Lightroom. We love the classic (pro) features that comes with it but I think we may be tired of the classic design. I totally wouldn't mind using Lightroom CC but as a wedding photographer there are several features I need from the classic version.

So my question is, can Lightroom Classic CC get an interface lift? I really think you can work on getting Lightroom Classic to look 2017-ish. 

There are a few things (and also reasons) I'd like to see in an updated interface for the classic:
  • Make better use of space - For us traveling photographers we don't always have the pleasure of working on a desktop display. For some of us we are using pretty small laptop displays and would love to work on our images at a larger size. So with that being said, I think Lightroom Classic CC can go on a diet and free up some of the useless space for our images. I always feel like the modules and text areas to be a bit obtrusive. I would like a slimmer, sleek design. Kind of like Lightroom CC
  • Lightroom CC makes Lightroom Classic CC look kind of ancient. We love new and shiny things without compromise of function.
  • Photoshop and Illustrator looks like updates programs. Lightroom Classic CC really looks like a sore thumb to these.
  • It would be nice for the HSL to be included when using the brush tool. An example of this would be changing the hue of the oranges in a shirt without affecting the oranges in skin.
  • I'd love for the healing brush to behave fast and as efficient as the brush in photoshop. I also wish there'd be an option for lightroom to disable the opaque white highlight that appears when using the healing/clone brush.
  • After the release of Lightroom CC, I'm very jealous that the program doesn't suit me but the interface does.

Thanks for reading. I just want to say that I'm saying this all out of love. Please don't take this as a rant. Lightroom is still the most essential and life changing part of my profession. Thanks for all you do Adobe! :)

I am hopeful and excited to know that Adobe will take this into consideration.

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12.1K Points

3 years ago

Hey Quinton, I believe the "new" LR CC had that view in mind(clean, modern interface for Lightroom). Although the products are separated at the moment, the idea was to build Lightroom from the ground up, instead of giving LR Classic an interface lift. Although LR CC don't have all the bells and whistles(your wishlist) at the moment, Adobe plan on implementing changes over coming releases and adding more features. At the moment, it's far from a finished product but rather, the start of something new, clean and fresh looking. Disclosure: I am not Adobe staff but speaking based on what I've read across forums. 

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3 years ago

> It would be nice for the HSL to be included when using the brush tool. An example of this would be changing the hue of the oranges in a shirt without affecting the oranges in skin.

Try the new Color Range mask for this. It's not a perfect replacement, but if you make a selection, set the color range and then tweak Exposure for Luminance, Saturation for Saturation and WB for Hue, you can get pretty close.

Victoria Bampton a.k.a. The Lightroom Queen

www.lightroomqueen.com

Author of Adobe Lightroom Classic - The Missing FAQ and Adobe Lightroom - Edit Like a Pro books.

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11.5K Points

3 years ago

PLRASE do not give Lightroom Classic an “interface lift”! It works fine just as it is, and change for the sake of change is usually bad. Everything created before 2010 is only bad to contrarians.

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320 Points

3 years ago

I'm with you Carlos. The last thing that I want for Lightroom Classic CC is an "interface lift". This version is primarily for use with a desktop and monitor, so please Adobe leave it the way it is. Adobe include Lightroom CC with a simplified interface for mobile use.

I am worried that Adobe may one day drop the Classic version and force us to use a more capable version of Lightroom CC for both tablet and monitor. Microsoft tried this with Windows 8 and it was a disaster!

More or improved features are of course always welcome.

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320 Points

3 years ago

I'm with you Carlos. The last thing that I want for Lightroom Classic CC is an "interface lift". This version is primarily for use with a desktop and monitor, so please Adobe leave it the way it is. Adobe include Lightroom CC with a simplified interface for mobile use.

I am worried that Adobe may one day drop the Classic version and force us to use a more capable version of Lightroom CC for both tablet and monitor. Microsoft tried this with Windows 8 and it was a disaster!

More or improved features are of course always welcome.

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72 Points

5 months ago

Just moved from Lightroom CC to Classic for needed features and storage reasons, and Lightroom Classic looks horrible, and since Adobe can clearly make awesome UI, as is evident in Lightroom CC, please let's make the update happen!

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Then you would have two of the same product? I can't see that being a feasible option for Adobe. I do agree that Classic can do with a refreshed interface and by the looks of it, they've already done a few things in the most recent update to refresh the look i.e. curves, colour panel, local hue etc. I'm sure more will come given this evidence. 

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I guess Beauty is in the eye of the beholder! Adobe will never drop Classic, unless it wants to lose 75% of its customers?

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72 Points

I'm not saying they should drop Lightroom Classic at all, in fact, they have said multiple times they won't, and sure, beauty truly is subjective, but i use many adobe softwares and all of them share the same aesthetics, while Lightroom Classic is clearly different, so if not for "beauty", for consistency.

I'm not talking about changing UX either, only the looks of the interface, as in dropping some of those mid-tone grays and bevel effects for a more streamlined look, along with simpler, clearer icons. I'm not one to make aesthetic changes for the sake of it, but i think you would agree that photographers are visual creatures, and a cleaner look would make for a better mindspace to work on your images.


On another note, i don't see how having a similar UI would make Lightroom Classic and Lightroom CC "the same product", just like Photoshop and Illustrator have a similar UI and they are made for very different purposes.

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I much agree that Classic could use a refreshed appearance. No features have to be removed, but the UI could be less clunky and overdone, like the little end caps on the scroll bar, or the space above the filmstrip. I would love the new grid view from CC where all the images are tiled to make the best use of space. 

The main issue I have with Classic, though, is performance -- it could really use a boost! Scrolling through CC, I tried it out, was 10x smoother and snappier. Clicking F to enter fullscreen photo view was instant, versus a couple seconds. Admittedly, I use a laptop, although a recent 15" MacBook Pro with upgraded specs so there's no reason it should be so laggy as far as I can see. 

As with what most others have said, CC is not ready, and may take a while to become so. Importing is a two-button interface, and I hadn't even realized it copied all the photos to inside the catalog (it never asked). There are no color labels (which are my savior) nor any customization options (Classic may look old, but at least you can customize it!). Simply clicking around the menu bar is disappointing, with barely any items to mess with. What would I do without the Print tab? As well, I think I should point out that CC doesn't have the interface completely right -- for example, I couldn't find a way to hide the bars across the left and top, nor are there ways to resize the panels like Edit and Presets......but just some ideas! Wouldn't it be nice to combine the best of both worlds?

Hopefully Adobe is reading this thread, and all the others, cooking up something good for both Classic and CC!