About a month ago, Adobe released its most recent update to their Lightroom products: Lightroom Classic CC (the desktop version) and Lightroom CC (the cloud-based version). This newest update includes a big-time upgrade to what had previously been the Camera Profiles feature. This feature is now simply called ‘Profiles’, and it’s awesome!
The upgrade expands the power of profiles, allowing you to compare and select from over 40 new Creative Profiles, applying this most basic adjustment with a single button click.
But what exactly are Profiles?
Profiles are all of the data that is used to render your photographs into the colors and tones that we see, packaged up into a single adjustment.
In the past, Camera Profiles were used with RAW image files to include the unique settings and sensor characteristics of the different camera makes and models in the development process. But with the enhancement of the Profile feature, these adjustments have been expanded and made more accessible. The result is a profile that can be used creatively, to change the look and feel of a photo. There’s even an Amount slider that lets you increase or decrease the effect of the selected profile so that it can be fine-tuned to your image and your taste.
The new Profile feature allows 3D Lookup Tables (LUTs)–that can be used to add color grading effects to a photo–to be included within a profile. Nice!
Best of all, the Profiles are completely independent from the other controls available in the Develop Module (in Lightroom Classic) or the under the Edit menu (in Lightroom CC). This means that you can use any of the other adjustments on top of the Profile you choose. This also means that you can save a Profile as part of a Lightroom preset.
There’s a lot to be excited about in the Profiles feature!
To walk you through using Lightroom’s new Profiles, I’ve attached three videos.
The first is from Matt Kloskowski of Matt Kloskowski Photography. In it, he shows all the ins and outs of the latest Lightroom update, and especially how the new Profile feature–what he calls “Preset of the Future”–will change and simply our photography workflows.
The last two videos are from Adobe evangelist Julieanne Kost. The reason why I clouded both of these is because the interface for the Profile feature is a little different in Lightroom Class vs. Lightroom CC. Julieanne has created a video for each.