Lightroom: Touchscreen input not available for brush editing

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in Lr 5.x i was able to use my 10-point touch screen to edit photos with brushes, by using my fingertips. i was able to do very accurate work using my fingers on the screen (27" AIO). imagine my disappointment with Lr 6 when trying to use my finger for brush strokes, only to find that Lr 6 interprets them as "swipes" and initiates a Control-N, loading the next photo in the filmstrip. when in Develop mode, the touch screen should be available for editing like it was in Lr 5.x. thank you.
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Second that
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MJ Klein

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i can't believe that only 2 people have this issue!
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Thanks for the feedback. This situation frankly stumped us because we couldn't find a path we were happy with to differentiate between when a swipe should move to the next photo vs. when it meant you wanted to paint. Note that painting is possible with a stylus if you have one, like with the Surface Pro 3.
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Exactly, make it dependent upon what state the program is in: viewing vs developing.

Better yet, give individual users the choice for themselves as to how LR responds to such a command. Because, for me, I would simply disable the "Swipe=Next" behavior. I have absolutely no interest or need for such functionality -- it is nearly worthless for my workflow. Whereas, if I could once again have the abilities available in LR5, then I would use them on virtually any photo to which I gave more than a cursory edit.

Please. Please. Please.

Just give us the option. Just a little button/slider hiding in the backend.

Thank you.
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MJ Klein

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Julie, do you have any update for us on the progress of fixing this issue? if Adobe has no intention of fixing this, we'd like to know that so we can make informed decisions. thanks.
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I just faced this issue as well when changing from 5 to 6, I can no longer paint using my fingers, which makes my 23" screen completely useless...
Any update?
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Vasco Baptista

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Any update?
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Leonardo Motta

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I have a stylus (Adonit Jot Pro) and was very surprised to find out that I cannot use it with Lightroom, even though I can use it to draw in Paint. It makes absolutely no sense to prevent the adjustment brush from working via touch screen. It was a plain dumb project development decision.
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but it did work with Lr 5.x. something in Lr 6.x broke this functionality.

paint in Develop, swipe in Library seems pretty useful.

in retrospect, i came back and added this:

you used the word "stumped" as in past-tense. does this mean you've solved the problem? i certainly hope so! thanks.
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As MJ said, using a touchscreen to edit was possible in LR 5.x, such as "painting" with the adjustment brush in Develop mode.

Will this be added back in for LR 6? Or if you continue to be "stumped", perhaps we can have a way to turn off Touch Mode, so that our touchscreen will just act like a mouse, the way it was back in LR 5.x?

(A lot of touch screens are capacitive touch, and doesn't / cannot use a dedicated digitizer stylus such as the Surface. I have a Lenovo Yoga 13, for example.)

If this isn't going to be fixed, it is actually making me want to request a refund, as it's a big part of my workflow.... :(
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I also use a 23" capacitive screen, same issue
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MJ Klein

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Wayne, i feel your pain. it was very disappointed to find that touchscreen painting with the adjustment brushes didn't work in Lr 6. actually i was shocked at first since it was a feature i regularly used in Lr 5. i never dreamed it wouldn't work in Lr 6.
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MJ Klein

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i just updated to the latest version, and tried the touchscreen with a brush in the Develop module. the photo moves with the finger!

we want to paint in Develop mode! please put this back the way it was in Lr 5!
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MJ Klein

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again, disappointed with the latest update - the photo still moves when using the touchscreen. perhaps i'm naive, but it seems to me that adding a function back to Lr shouldn't be that difficult, since version 5.x functioned perfectly in this regard.
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Yes please fix this, it slows us down and is not as accurate!!
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Lightroom 6 touch causes many problems, how to get Lightroom 5 functionality in 6....

Lightroom 6 causes all sorts of trouble with touch screen windows 8.1. How do i get it to function like Lightroom 5 when it worked? Basically some touch options work and some don't, I can't do local adjustments anymore and I can't touch a slider then change it with the arrow keys either.
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Almost 6 months later, multiple updates, and still not fixed? This is unbelievable. Take my money, Adobe! I want to use LR CC, but am stuck with LR5 as this version isn't usable at all.
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MJ Klein

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all because I wasn't able to d/l a standalone version of Lr6 - because it doesn't exist, thanks to Adobe's plan to migrate EVERYONE onto a bleedware plan. so, not being able to test it out first (as I did in previous versions), I bought Lr6 only to find that touchscreen capability is gone. now, sufficient time has passed where it's obvious that they aren't going to fix it (they're spending time on new features like dehaze).
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It's sad to think that future versions of Lightroom will be 100% incompatible with my workflow moving forward if they don't they ever get around to fixing this seemingly simple issue. Combined with all of the news I've been hearing about the latest update causing trouble/breaking things, maybe it's time to look elsewhere.
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right brek. they have all this new gimmick stuff for tablets (who is going to edit serious work on a tablet?) and they don't seem to have a "path" problem with that. but Lr desktop? it used to work! all we want is for them to PUT IT BACK THE WAY IT WAS! are you listening Adobe?
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The more Adobe tinkers, the worse things get. Between losing eject, move and this I'm REALLY frustrated.
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MJ Klein

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well, I had the bright idea to try Windows 10 tablet mode, since Adobe is goofing around with all these new tablet apps that obviously use touch. no variation of methods will allow me brush anything on the photo. as soon as I move my finger, it swipes to the next photograph.

Adobe, you had to give those gimmicky tablet apps away for free because no one uses them! but we use Lightroom every single day and we can't use touch????

malignantly stupid.
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I too find using the adjustment brush with a mouse is terribly inaccurate.
Brushing directly on the screen would definitely improve accuracy. Come on Adobe, listen to photographers.
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MJ Klein

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the latest release fixed the import experience. we appreciate that Adobe.

I also want to express my appreciation for your attempt at restoring the touch functionality to us computer users with a touch screen. unfortunately, it doesn't work for us yet. selecting Touch Workspace doesn't seem to change touch input on PC touchscreens. i'm sure it works in the Surface Pro, but it doesn't work on my Windows 10 AIO with a 10-point touch screen.

can you please just put it back to where it was in version 5? Lr 5's touch ability was flawless! I did my best work in Lr 5 because of that. thank you.
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"I also want to express my appreciation for your attempt at restoring the touch functionality to us computer users with a touch screen."

Where did you see it mentioned they were attempting to restore the functionality? I don't see anything in the changelog about it in the latest update. :(
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Oh yeah, the new import was horrible. Glad they put the old way back.
I agree with MJ, touch workspace may be nice for tablets but on the computer with a touch screen it just makes it bigger but no brush touch which is what we need.
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MJ Klein

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hi brek. I didn't check the changelog - I was referring to the new Touch Workspace. maybe i'm being too optimistic....
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interestingly, the only thing that does work in the new Touch Workspace, is cropping. I can use my finger on my touchscreen to crop a photo. everything else is interpreted as a navigation input.
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This function is removed so that it can be sold in LR 7 guys. Peace
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MJ Klein

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I thought it was a conspiracy to force everyone to use a tablet, and thus buy into the CC BS.

there are no more standalone versions after 6, so the new 2016 CC splash screen is a middle finger.
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I have recently acquired a touchscreen laptop that comes with a stylus. I though it would be awesome in Lightroom to use the stylus to activate the brushes. No such luck! Same frustration as the original poster - sure would love to be able to use touch mode as a brush! It just makes sense. Can't believe that Adobe responded to this initially and has since ignored it for all these months. I am on CC.
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Wondering if anyone has found a fix or if they know when Adobe will add it back into Lightroom?
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Hi Guys,

I also have the same frustration and I would really appreciate it to be fixed.
It appears to be such a non sense to us not being able to edit a photo locally (radial or linear filters) with the fingers, on a PC tablet.

By the way, in the Touch interface, there is no possibility to invert a radial mask (either by fingers or mouse), or did I miss anything?
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MJ Klein

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you missed nothing. Adobe doesn't care. this is the last version of Lr I will buy. i'm changing over to Capture One Pro. i highly recommend that you STOP converting your camera raw files to DNG. you can use your finger to make local adjustments with a touchscreen PC with Capture One Pro. it's a no-brainer.
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Good to know. i'll be looking in to that. Thank's
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So I guess no extra updates, right?...
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This is annoying. I was really keen to do touch adjustments in photoshop and paint them in with my finger. it would be as simple as having a button for gestures and a button for painting to swap between the two. why are you crippling us adobe?