List of improvements I'd love to see in Lightroom

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I recently got one those little Adobe feedback pop-ups in LR and I figured I should probably tell Adobe the features I want rather than just talking about it with my friends.

So, here are a few things that I'd love to see implemented:


1. Properly utilize multiple cpu cores; this program is painfully slow. (Sorry, I know everyone's heard this one before but I just had to get it out of my system) (also fix the damn spot heal tool, make like 4 heals and the whole album halves in speed of use)

2. Put HLS sliders on the brush tool; the colour based filtering doesn't work properly and simply allowing localised HLS interactions would satisfy most of its use cases i.e. localised toning (such as skin-tones in an image with other warm tones you don't want to effect) and colour distraction reduction (hiding background pops of colour that are also in other places that you want to keep).
I know you want to protect PS but come on, I want to be able to continue editing a RAW file not have to do it again in PS if I ever revisit an image.

3. Arrow key input for Tone Curve Points. The points, as they stand are sticky and very hard to make small adjustments to. This is very frustrating as particularly RGB curves are very sensitive; a tiny movement in a point can translate to a heavy colour shift in the image.

4. Break Split-toning up into Highlights, Shadows, and Midtones with Saturation sliders for each. Preferably, with control over the changeover values between each (similar to how the tone curve works when you're not using points). Again this is all about control.

5. Give Opacity sliders for Grain for Highlights and Shadows (and maybe Midtones too). This can allow for more natural looking grain and also allow for adding texture to shadows without reducing sharpness in other areas.

6. Fix the Yellow/Green Range in HLS sliders; 50% green grass (I live in New Zealand, trust me, it's green) and 50% of skin tones shouldn't all be mashed onto the Yellow slider.

Minor Annoyance: Why is the incrementation on the "Amount" slider for manual defringing set to 5px? That's 25% of the whole slider (and usually the maximum size of an aberration).


I want to love this program, and it's frustratingly close, but please, please Adobe, don't make me learn Capture One ;)
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Fix the bloody speed issue. It needs to be as quick as Capture One. Their Classic CC app is without a doubt unusable. 
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The increments on the Amount slider for Defringe are 1, not 5.
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You didn't say you were using the keyboard or wheel.  With the keyboard you can hold the OPTION key on Mac and the sliders moves by 1.  Probably ALT on Windows.
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afraid not, only button that effects it is shift which results in it jumping from 0 to 20 in one keystroke
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Are you on Windows as OPTION work on the Mac for increments of 1?
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Jordan Vickers

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I am indeed on windows
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ALT should work on windows to make it increment by 1.  If not it must be a bug you should report.
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Greetings,

Thank you for your enthusiasm for the Lightroom family of products. For your Ideas to gain more prominent notice and have maximum impact with the team, there are a few things you could do to help.

Ideas, or feature requests as some call them, work like this on the Feedback Forum:  Each individual Idea is single post anchoring a thread. All of the people who have a similar idea and relate their rational will be merged into a single master post that contains all the comments on a single topic.  This has a few advantages:

1. It gives Adobe a place to accumulate votes (by either creating a thread that is merged into the master thread or by hitting the [Me Too] button in the upper right corner. Adobe can see at a glance, search for, and rank the top features being requested without having to search for scattered posts. The engineering staff can read the user’s comments and divine the best ways to implement a given request.
2. By being a part of this master Idea thread, when an Idea comes to fruition and becomes an active feature in the software, Adobe updates this thread. Participants in the thread, those who’ve been merged in and those who have hit the [Me Too] button will be notified by email to updates and feature announcements related to the original request.

You can help us out by doing a few things to make your idea count. First, if you have an idea, search to see if idea is already posted as a formal Idea. If it is, hit the [Me Too] button and if you like add your individual comments to the thread. Second, if you don’t find the idea is already posted, create a new thread and post your idea for a new feature. 

Please keep the Ideas as one idea per thread so that we can merge them with the correct master threads if necessary.  We don’t have a way to merge an Idea into multiple threads so if you make multiple feature requests in a single post, it is likely to get lost in the shuffle, lessening its impact,
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I think Rikk has the right idea about separating the issues. Its easier to track and easier for others to comment on a specific issue without getting lost in the forest of ideas. Separated ideas seem to get more and better feedback.

As far as bug fixing and feature implementation, since Lightroom 7 Adobe has seemed to be a LOT more responsive. They have fixed a lot of long term issues and have implemented many user ideas. There are still a backlog of bugs/glitches due to years of seemingly neglecting fixing them but they seem to be working on the list a lot better than they did.
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I think separating ideas and problems would be a good idea. A feedback forum cluttered with troubleshooting is what makes it cluttered.
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My post was feedback for Devs, as David said, a vote based system is not relevant and common sense and judgement should be applied. All I'm really hoping for here is someone on the team reads the list and maybe goes "oh, yeah, that makes sense, let's chuck that in". So if someone could pass it on to them that'd be great :)

Not trying to run a popularity contest, just want this program to be better.
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Jordan,

The information I provided earlier will provide you channels and methods for much greater impact.
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"My post was feedback for Devs, as David said, a vote based system is not relevant and common sense and judgement should be applied. All I'm really hoping for here is someone on the team reads the list and maybe goes "oh, yeah, that makes sense, let's chuck that in". 

Often, one person's "common sense" is another person's stupidest idea ever. Lightroom's user base is very broad: novice consumers just learning DSLRs, prosumers with expert knowledge and huge catalogs, "creative" professionals, commercial high-volume photographers (weddings, real estate, products, advertising), digital archivists, ... You just have to read this forum for a couple of months to see the diversity of opinions and "common sense".

Of course we expect Lightroom's product managers to apply their knowledge and expertise. But a good product manager also listens carefully to her user base, and this feedback forum is one very important source of feedback from users.
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Reference #3:  You can use your [Alt/Opt] key to constrain the movement to 10% of normal for fine adjustments. 
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"Put HLS sliders on the brush tool"

Please add your constructive opinion and vote to this feature request: 
https://feedback.photoshop.com/photoshop_family/topics/hsl_controls_for_adjustment_brush_and_gradien...
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 "Arrow key input for Tone Curve Points"

Please add your constructive opinion and vote to this feature request:
https://feedback.photoshop.com/photoshop_family/topics/lightroom_nudging_rgb_curves_with_arrow_keys

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A real improvement would be increasing the speed of organizing 200 000 photos on a Mac with 32 GB RAM and the possibility to switch between two or more catalogues without closing Lightroom.