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Lightroom 6 plays catch up (pictures)

The new version finally adds face recognition, plus basic HDR merge and panorama stitching.

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The recognition process

For each face it recognizes, it stacks similar ones together and you go through either entering names or confirming its guesses.

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People view

It generates a name tag for each person you've trained it to recognize so that you can subsequently filter by person.

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Filter Brush

The new Filter Brush lets you add or erase mask areas from a graduated or radial filter. I used the graduated filter to color-correct the kitten and the hammock and then brushed out the background.

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Mask erase-ish

On dark areas, the filter brush couldn't completely erase the mask.

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Panorama merge

There are only a few basic options in Lightroom's panorama stitching mode.

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Not-so-seamless

Because you can't interact with the stitching, you can't correct obvious errors.

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HDR merge

Like panorama, HDR merge has only a few options. It does show an overlay on the areas where it thinks deghosting is necessary.

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Web templates

Lightroom adds HTML 5 web grid templates.

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