All our new features, fixes & improvements. Thank you, to everybody whom has reported issues, and suggested features on our suggestion board!
- Added the Black Friday awareness campaign to the app.
- Fixed some issues with then newly introduced black Friday campaign.
- Added a Mac help menu item to open page with all keyboard shortcuts.
- Fixed an issues that would not show the Darkroom+ purchase screen.
This update resolves an issue causing the app launching slowly, as well as improve other performance issues.
Album List Improvements
This update makes managing, browsing, sorting, and searching for albums 📕 and folders 📁 in iCloud Photo Library across all your devices a breeze. No more endlessly scrolling through alphabetically sorted albums without any folder structure.
- When duplicating a mask edits are now always included.
- Renamed links to X from Twitter, added link to our Threads profile.
- There are some album list focus issues on iOS 17, we reported them to Apple.
- Unfortunately, due to constraints in iCloud Photo Library, the sort order of the albums in Darkroom will not match what you see in the Photos app, nor in other 3rd-party applications.
- Changes made outside of Darkroom won't be reflected in Darkroom until you restart the app.
We hope these issues can get sorted in a future update of the operating systems.
- Added an invert option for linear masks.
- Fixed showing the first photo in your library when attempting to edit a newly-captured photo.
- Fix the assets badge occasionally flashing when opening a photo.
- Fixed the scroll to bottom button icon color being wrong.
Fixed an issue that caused the photo strip to use larger preview image than necessary.
Community Preset Discovery
Introducing Darkroom's Community Preset Discovery - a powerful new tool that lets you easily explore the many new presets created by the talented photographers that edit in Darkroom. Whether you're an amateur or professional, you'll find a treasure trove of presets to elevate your photography and expand your creative expression.
In the preset tool you can discover community presets by tapping the new compass icon, which will open up Community Presets Discovery on your iPhone, iPad and Mac. And it's also available on the web if you go to [darkroom.co/presets](/presets), making sure that finding new presets is accessible inside and outside of Darkroom.
- Fixed the mask red overlay drawing improperly when inverting a radial mask.
- Fixed the Batch button in the photo grid being drawn to small.
- Fixed the toolbar no longer to reveal flag and reject actions in landscape orientation.
- Fixed the library grid badges sometimes being drawn incorrectly.
- Fixed several icons being unintentionally drawn blue.
- Fixed a crash that could occur when changing photo access while app was running.
- Updated the "Create Preset" button color to be more readable in light mode.
Fixed a crash that would occur when tapping on camera app partner icon in the library grid.
Introducing Mask Previews
With Mask Preview Thumbnails Darkrooms get's an even smoother and more efficient photo editing workflow. Previously, if you added more than one mask, you had no clear visual way to differentiate between them, leaving you to hunt around for the right one. Now, you can see the mask preview thumbnail and easily select the one you want to edit.
- Fixed a crash that would occur in the watermark tool when tapping either of the two image options.
Leica FOTOS and Darkroom Integration
If you're a Leica photographer, your mobile photography just got a major boost with our new integration with the official Leica FOTOS app, available today on iOS and iPadOS.
Now, the Leica FOTOS 4.0 app update will display the option to open and edit a photo in Darkroom when viewing a photo. Similarly, Darkroom 6.3.12 will display the Leica FOTOS app icon at the top of the Library if you have it installed. You can manage multiple camera apps from settings, or by tapping and holding on the camera app icon at the top of your photo library.
As admirers of Leica's passion for creating unique images and commitment to quality and expert craftsmanship in both digital and analog cameras, we are honored to collaborate with them to provide an even better mobile photography workflow for photographers.
- Added iCloud syncing support for Flagged and Rejected items across devices as pre-announced in our roadmap post from last week. You shouldn't notice any difference day to day, but your flagged and rejected assets should update across devices faster and more reliably.
- Added an option to quickly 'Select All' photos inside albums.
- Fixed the Recents sort menu on macOS not working properly.
- Fixed a minor user interface issue.
- Added integration for Obscura camera. Tap the Obscura icon at the left top of the Library if you have it installed to quickly switch to it. And with their update, quickly open and edit a photo in Darkroom from within Obscura after capture.
- Fixed an issue on Mac where windows would sometimes not restore restore properly on external monitors.
- Fixes a possible issue while trying to import a photo.
Added integration for ProShot camera by Rise Up Games. Tap the ProShot icon at left top of the Library if you have it installed to quickly switch to it. And with their update, quickly open and edit a photo in Darkroom from within ProShot after capture.
- Dramatically improved the rendering performance across the board, but particularly on macOS. The biggest improvement can we experienced while moving sliders interactively.
- Improved several of our localization and translations.
- Fixed Darkroom unintentionally asking for photo access directly on startup.
- Added a close button to the camera app settings view.
- Fixed an issue on macOS Venture where the window size would not restored when closing the window.
- The Background Blur slider has been temporarily removed, when editing new Portrait Depth Photos.
- If you wish to change the blur in the meantime, you can do so in the Apple Photos app.
- Background Blur is still available when editing existing Portrait Depth Photos.
- This change should decrease the chance of a crash when exporting Portrait photos for many people.
- Fixed an issue where keyboard shortcuts would occasionally stop working on macOS.
- Updated some of our partner camera app names and icons.
- Added a new option in settings to control your preferred Camera App for quick access from the photo library.
- Fixed a crash that was affecting some specific devices.
Fixes a crash that was affecting only some specific devices.
Color Grading comes to Darkroom
Today, we're excited to announce the addition of Color Grading as a new Darkroom+ feature, unlocking opportunities for creative expression that were previously impossible in Darkroom. It's an essential tool to give your photos and videos a distinct style and for making presets. Oh, and it's also our first new top-level tool since Frames in 2018!
With the four Color Grading wheels, you can now adjust the overall tone of your photo or video by changing the color, saturation, and luminance globally, or in your highlights, midtones, or shadows. It's remarkable how far you can go in creating unique stylistic looks only using this new Darkroom+ tool.
- Added ReeXpose camera integration. Quickly tap the ReeXpose icon at left top of the Library if you have it installed. And with their 1.4 update, quickly open and edit a photo in Darkroom from ReeXpose after capture.
- We have been hard at work to improve the general stability of the app.
- Improved memory usage for older devices with less available memory.
- Improved memory usage when editing RAW images.
- Improved memory usage when navigating between images.
- Fixed edits occasionally being applied twice when restoring edits.
- Fixed the Image menu accidentally missing on Mac.
- Fixed a crash that could occur when exporting assets.
- Improved restoration of previously made purchases.
- Improved icons throughout the app to even better visually explain their action.
This update reduces the amount of memory used when initializing RAW images, and improves how we use memory to ensure smooth and consistent rendering results.
- Added Fjorden camera integration. Quickly tap the Fjorden icon at left top of the Library if you have it installed. And with their recent 1.4 update, quickly open and edit a photo in Darkroom from Fjorden after capture.
- Fix an issue where exporting RAW photos using the HEIF format generates a green thumbnail and a corrupted image when using iMessage.
- Removed the double swipe to switch to another app or go to the Home Screen when editing a photo. Now you can just directly swipe away.
- Shared Community presets can now be exported by Legacy customers.
- Improved performance of scrolling through the library.
- Fixed color masks not working for RAW and Depth photos.
- Fixed an issue with loading of RAW image that where already exported.
- Moved the purchase and membership option up in setting to make them more accessible.
- Fixed a crash when trying to select photos to edit in Limited Access mode.
State of the Art Highlight and Shadow Recovery
Today, we’re releasing a major upgrade to our exposure recovery sliders that dramatically improves their recovery range and refines the result. This enables a whole new set of creative effects in Darkroom that were simply out of reach previously.
Five sliders in Darkroom have been rebuilt from the ground up: Exposure, Whites, Highlights, Shadows, and Blacks. These enhancements are available for all image types, though they are particularly powerful for RAW editing workflows, since RAW photos have a lot more detail to recover.
- Fixed thumbnails showing green artifacts in the Photos app when exporting ProRAW images to HEIF on iOS 16.
- Improved general performance, that should help increase stability and reliability.
- Fixed a bug where photos appeared stuck loading and didn’t report any error properly.
- Fixed a bug where rotating an image resulted in a stretched-out preview in the library and during transitions.
- Fixed a common crash that would occur specifically on older devices.
- Dramatically reduced the size of the image cache we store on device.
- We added three new icons to celebrate this release: Shadow, Holo, and Album.
- We removed the Photo Editing Extension. This means you can no longer use Darkroom to make edits within the Photos app. For more details, please read the announcement about this release on our website.
Share your presets from Darkroom
You can now share your custom presets with anyone quickly and easily using a simple link. Select the preset you want to share, tap on it again (•••) to view its options and you'll find the new “Share” button. From the share sheet, you'll be able to share a link to anyone, whether they have Darkroom installed or not. Anyone with your link can preview and install your presets with a tap. That's pretty much it! There are no files to manage, host, download or import. It couldn't be simpler or more flexible.
- Renamed Filters to Presets, the tool is now also called the Preset tool.
- Improved how we cache thumbnails in Darkroom. We now generate much smaller images for caching, saving you disk space, and enhancing memory load and performance as well.
- Fixed a crash when attempting to grant Darkroom Limited Photo Library Access.
- Fixed the brightness and/or exposure sliders being hidden behind the mask controls on certain devices.
- Fixed unintended layout animations for the main toolbar and masks bar.
- Fixed the Export button appearing to be hidden on certain devices when editing a photo.
- Fixed the flag or reject badges sometimes not showing when viewing a photo.
- Updated how Settings look on to ensure they look more up-to-date with the latest iterations of iOS and iPadOS.
- Fixed seams or lines showing when editing or exporting a portrait photo with a subject mask.
- Fixed a common crash caused by a memory leak during long usage sessions.
- Improved performance when navigating from photo to photo.
- Fixed a visual issue with the Grain app icon variant showing black along the edges.
- Fixed layout regressions on several devices.
- Removed the “Hidden” smart album on latest version of iOS, as it is no longer supported.
- Removed the ability to tap the “LIVE” photo badge to play back video from a Live Photo.
- Fixed a minor layout issue for the Mac Preferences window.
- Improved Mac window resizing performance in the library.
- Fixed a bug wherein the trial prompt appeared when not using any premium features.
- Added mirroring support for external displays and Airplay, for your iPad and iPhone.
- Added scroll-to-top support when tapping on the header on iPhone when in an album.
- Moved Selective Copy & Paste Options
- We added an explicit option on all devices to access "Copy Edits Selectively" from the photo action menu (•••), as an additional option next to "Copy Edits".
- On iPad and iPhone you now have to tap-and-hold the Copy option in the History tool to show the Copy Options.
- On iPad and Mac we updated the keyboard shortcuts, ⌘ C (command + C) performs simple copy, and ⌘ ⇧ C (command + shift + C) performs selective copy.
- Added the camera make and model to the metadata viewer.
- Updated the Batch bar showing the Unhide option (instead of the Hide option) in the Hidden album.
- Fixed image previews showing positioned above or below from where the should be when swiping between photos.
- Fixed the paywall on Mac not closing on a successful purchase restore.
- Fixed a minor layout issue with the Masks bar.
- Fixed a top crash.
- Fixed a bug causing paywall to pop up to existing Darkroom+ users on export.
- Fixed an issue with crop being applied twice in certain edge cases.
- Fixed the bug causing the original unedited photo to be shown in the wrong dimensions, after being cropped.
- Fixed a cropped image sometimes showing at un-cropped dimensions, causing the image to be stretched.
- Fixed cropped and exported image appearing stretched when starting editing, until you move a slider.
- Fixed exporting from the library not properly marking photo as exported.
- Fixed the progress indicator at times hiding too soon, making it appear as if the crop/transform tool was unresponsive.
- Fixed an issue that would result in restored edits not being applied.
- Added the Depth Range mask in the new iPhone quick mask options bar.
- Fixed the bug causing the quick mask options to appear unintentionally when scrolling down.
- Fixed some minor layout issues with the Masks control bar.
- Fixed a bug resulting in Darkroom occasionally crashing while running in the background.
- On iPhone you can now create masks quicker without having to open the “+” menu, using the new quick mask bar.
- Masks can now be duplicated, from the mask actions. Note, this doesn’t duplicate the edits, only the mask properties.
- Fixed a bug that appeared on iOS 15.5 where the background of the photo preview had a light yellow tint in light mode, and a dark green tint in dark mode.
- Fixed several bugs where edits would be reset if you where viewing the original unedited version of a photo.
- Fixed several Portrait photo and Depth mask released crashes and bugs.
- Fixed Live Photos exporting without mask adjustments.
- Fixed a crash that could occur using the frame tool after exporting.
- Loading photos and smart masks is faster.
- Fixed an issue where some edits where not being applied when exporting a photo from batch actions or photo action menu.
- We also fixed exposure and brightness edits on RAW photos not exporting when batch applies using selective copy/paste.
- Fixed an issues that would cause the histogram to not consistently show and hide when it should.
- The red mask overlay is now properly positioned after adjusting perspective and or orientation.
- Fixed the file type badge staying visible when it should be hidden when also hiding the interface.
- Fixed an error when exporting using HEIF on iOS 14.
- Fixed a top crasher.
- Fixed aspect crop being lost when navigating to another photo.
- Fixed showing original in the Transform tool causing all edits to be cleared.
- Fixed an issue where frames would not be added in the expected color on export when inset is set on export.
- Fixed a bug causing luminance and hue range masks to affect unexpected areas of the photo.
- Fixed a crash that would sometimes happen when dismissing mask editing or deleting a mask.
- Fixed a bug with Filters where intensity level would not affect mask edits.
- Improved the experience and performance of moving and resizing radial and linear masks.
- Fixed luminance range masks not affecting expected areas when editing videos.
- Fixed a bug causing the app to crash while editing masks, often happening when changing the feather of a radial mask.
- Fixed an issue causing the app to crash while dragging some mask controls.
- Fixed an issue that caused synced edits not to be retrieve when using Masks.
- Fixed an issue that caused crop handles on the Mac to sometimes unresponsive.
Make Local Adjustments with Masks
Masks are a fundamental tool for photographers, and Darkroom is proud to introduce them in a powerful package, backed by AI, and designed for mobile photographers as part of Darkroom+. With masks, you can enhance the lighting in a photo or separate a subject from its background to direct the viewer’s eye, thereby telling a more compelling story.
- AI-powered masks generate a 3D map of the scene in your photo, allowing you to edit the primary subject, foreground, background, and any range in-between.
- Smart Masks intelligently single out the subject, sky, hair, glasses, skin or teeth when editing Portrait and ProRAW photos.
- Gradient & Range masks are the standard mask types and can be combined to create pixel-perfect selections that single-out an object or a region of your photo.
- Videos also support masks with realtime 4K playback, adding another tool to your storytelling tool belt.
- Copy & Paste Options allow you to select which edits you want to paste onto other photos. Now you can apply any combination of adjustments, aspect ratio, frames and masks to an entire photoshoot.