How to Use Super Resolution in Lightroom (June 2021 Update)

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A couple of months ago, Adobe added a feature called Super Resolution to Adobe Camera Raw, and they finally brought the same feature to Lightroom and Lightroom Classic earlier this month. If you last updated more than a couple of weeks ago, go do that now to get access to Super Resolution! (Help menu > Updates)

 

It’s pretty cool, so I’ll explain how it works and how to use it so that you can get started right away.

 

What is “Super Resolution”?

The Super Resolution feature allows you to double the resolution of an image. Now, it doesn’t work like in spy movies, where things that weren’t captured at all in the original image suddenly become visible, but it can make your photos look a lot better. Super Resolution can give you sharper, better detail for making large prints of an image, turning an older photo into something that looks new, or cropping an image heavily without sacrificing the quality. 

 

It’s able to do this very effectively thanks to some impressive artificial intelligence. The Super Resolution AI looks at each pixel and figures out what the pixels around it should probably be at a higher resolution. This allows it to double both the height and the width of the image, for a grand total of four times as many pixels as the original. 

 

You may not need to use this feature every day, but when you do have an image that needs to be enhanced like this, you’ll be really glad it’s available.

 

How do you use Super Resolution?

Super Resolution is pretty simple to use, and it can be found under the “Enhance” menu. Right click on the image, then from the menu that pops up, click on Photo > Enhance and select Super Resolution. The preview window will show you what the Super Resolution version of the image will look like, and you’ll see an estimated time for how long it will take to enhance it.

 

Other Features in the 10.3 Update

The addition of Super Resolution has had the biggest fuss made over it, but there were some other interesting updates in the June release, too.

 

Tethered Live View for Nikon

This feature is only for certain Nikon cameras: the D850, D500, Z6, and Z7. It allows you to see and interact with the camera’s view in real time. You can adjust things like the camera’s focus and the orientation you’re viewing the image at from inside Lightroom.

 

New Support

Starting with 10.3, Lightroom can now run natively on Apple Silicon devices. Tethered capture is the one feature that does not run natively, but it can be accessed through Rosetta emulation.

A ton of new cameras (mostly Sony cameras) and lens profiles are newly supported with the 10.3 update. That list is pretty long, so you can check with Adobe’s lists of supported cameras and supported lenses to see if they’ve added the ones you were hoping they would.

 

Presets

We all know how important presets are to the editing process. Adobe’s own presets aren’t necessarily my favorites, but everyone loves free stuff, so it was nice of them to add a few extra premium presets in this update.

 

Performance Improvement and Bug Fixes

These aren’t the most exciting to talk about, and there were way too many with this update to list here, but you can expect Lightroom to run better and have fewer crashes or other issues in the 10.3 version.

 

Sharing

In Lightroom (but not Lightroom Classic) you can now invite people to edit your photos. You’ll be able to see their edited version, but if you don’t like it, you can remove their changes and go back to your own edits.

This takes a lot of the hassle out of collaboration for team projects and makes it easier to oversee any extra editors you’ve hired to help you tackle a big job. 

 

Custom Cropping

Also only in Lightroom, you now have the option to crop to a custom aspect ratio, instead of having to choose from their presets or freeform cropping. You can simply select “Custom” as the aspect ratio and then enter your own preferred numbers.

 

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