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Adobe adds Color Grading tool to Lightroom and Camera Raw

Adobe adds Color Grading tool to Lightroom and Camera Raw
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Adobe has revealed that it is working on an all-new Color Grading tool, which will allow advanced color control over images in Lightroom Classic, Lightroom CC, and in Photoshop's Adobe Camera Raw. 

The new tool will be a replacement to the existing Split Toning tool – and will provide an advanced color grading solution which will give editors distinct control over the hue of shadows, highlights and midtones. New color wheel interfaces allow you to tweak hue and saturation values independently in each of these three brightness bands.

The Color Grading tool draws inspiration from the Lumetri Color Panel in Adobe Premiere Pro video editing software – allowing photo editors to give a particular cinematic look and feel to their images.

Revealed in a sneak peek video (opens in new tab) by Pei Ketron from Adobe's Lightroom team, more details of this new feature are expected to be announced during the free Adobe MAX Creativity Conference (opens in new tab) which this year takes place online 20 – 22 October, 2020.

Last week, Adobe also revealed that a new AI Sky Replacement feature (opens in new tab) would also be a new feature in the next Creative Cloud update.

• See also: Why I dumped Lightroom CC and went back to Lightroom Classic (opens in new tab)

Lightroom's new Color Grading tool (Image credit: Adobe)
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Chris George has worked on Digital Camera World since its launch in 2017. He has been writing about photography, mobile phones, video making and technology for over 30 years – and has edited numerous magazines including PhotoPlus, N-Photo, Digital Camera, Video Camera, and Professional Photography. 


His first serious camera was the iconic Olympus OM10, with which he won the title of Young Photographer of the Year - long before the advent of autofocus and memory cards. Today he uses a Nikon D800, a Fujifilm X-T1, a Sony A7, and his iPhone 11 Pro.


He has written about technology for countless publications and websites including The Sunday Times Magazine, The Daily Telegraph, Dorling Kindersley, What Cellphone, T3 and Techradar.