Adobe has announced the release of Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC2015.4/6.4. This update provides the usual new camera support, new lens support, bug fixes, performance enhancements, and new camera tethering support. Complete details can be found at the Lightroom Journal Blog.
The cool announcement as far as Holy Crop! is concerned is a new feature for the Creative Cloud subscribers of Lightroom. And, it is a Crop-Related Tool!
Introducing Boundary Warp
Below the Auto Crop check box is a new slider called Boundary Warp. Boundary Warp is a new feature that allows you to deal with the irregular boundaries left after stitching together a panorama. You can see in the three-image sample stitch above that there are white spaces (transparent areas) left top and bottom after invoking Photo Merge. Sliding the Boundary Warp slider off of zero, Lightroom will attempt to fill in these transparent areas – intelligently.
As I slide the Boundary Warp slider toward 100, portions of the image expand to remove the empty areas left by the stitching process – all without leaving Lightroom! If you want to avoid creating a massive Tiff file and round-tripping to Photoshop, this is a good option. Formerly Auto Crop would chop off the extra pixels to eliminate the empty space or you could use Photoshop Content Aware Fill to work those image out. The beauty of Boundary Warp is in the DNG File that is your result. No baked-in settings of a Tiff and no huge disk space requirements are your benefits. Give it a try!
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