Lightroom CC: Edited images randomly turning monochrome

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Here's a new one for me. I've just migrated my full Lightroom Classic catalogue over to Lightroom CC, and switched to the Lightroom CC 1TB plan.

It is still uploading my 60,000 images, but as I understand it, it's OK to work on some images while this happens - or is that bad (didn't want to wait a week for the upload to complete).

Anyway, I've been re-editing some images, in this case some Nikon NEFs, but as I browse through an album, after applying some edits, the thumbnails and previews turn monochrome - but looking like a preset has been applied.

I can move back and forth along the filmstrip, and as I do, some images will go from colour to monochrome, and then revert back again on subsequent visits. It's not a case of time to write the files either, I came to my iMac this evening, after leaving it running for 9 hours, and the phenomenon still occurred.

Any suggestions, I couldn't see anything on a quick search.

Regards

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I've done a little more testing on this, and it appears this is caused when using Adobe Profiles. If I change the Profile to a camera specific one, then the problem doesn't appear.

Which looks like there may be more to that problem as well, as I also cannot use Adobe Profiles on any of my older Olympus ORF images either, they all cause an incorrect white balance correction, with any image applied getting a very brownish tint. As there are no Olympus specific profiles so I had to use the ACR 4.4 and ACR 4.5 profiles (depending on the camera).
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Andy, this is an odd one. 

Can you share a specific profile name that is causing the problem? In addition, would you be willing to share one of your older ORF files that is balking at the profile?
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Hi Rikk,

Thanks for replying again.

I think the first issue has resolved itself, probably the syncing processes still working perhaps? At least I cannot seem to recreate it anymore. Strange it was happening with only Adobe profiles at the time though, and not the Camera profiles. It was happening to any of them that were colour.

The second issue is definitely repeatable, and was apparent in Lightroom Classic too.

I have an ORF image prepared that shows the effect (it is an old Olympus E1 image, but I have quite a few in my collection, other Olympus camera Raws show a similar effect). Any of the Adobe profiles have a stronger brown tint, whereas the ACR 4.4 profile shows a much more natural balance.

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Andy

Can I send the file by Email, as it's a Raw, it won't upload here.
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OK, another update here on the original problem. I had only noticed this happening between colour and monochrome images, but now I have found it is happening whatever Profile is applied, seems the profiles are not the cause here.

What I'm seeing is the displayed preview is changing as I browse through an album of images. This is on a fully synced album.

If I do some re-editing, change some settings, may use a different Preset, the image changes to the expected result. I move onto the next image, and edit that. If I go back to the previous image, it changes, I can see all the sliders moving about as I navigate back and forth between the images. not only that but all images show this problem up, as I browse, they all change back and forth from one version to the other. Seems like they're remembering a previous edit condition, and can't decide which one to use each time you view it.

The thumbnails displayed in the filmstrip show consistently the same throughout. It's also the same if in Edit mode or not.
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This flickering sounds a lot like an issue I saw during the 1.3 cycle, but I haven't see it again since. Has it finished syncing now? 
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I've done some more testing and experimenting here. It seems to be related to the Auto-Adjust function in a Preset. If I use a Preset (User created) that includes the Auto option, I see this issue occurring. It seems to be switching back and forth between different Preset Settings and even back to a reset condition, then back to a preset condition.

However, if I remove the Auto option from the Preset, apply it, then hit Auto (or use Shift-A) separately, then the problem does not occur.

No, my library hasn't finished syncing as yet, still 26,000 (of 60,000) to go, I only have a 10Mb/s upload here, so I'm expecting a few days yet.

Thanks.