Adobe has just announced that the new version of its image editing software, Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5, is now available for download from the Adobe website.
Adobe is offering Lightroom 5 for download to their Creative Cloud subscribers or as a standalone software download from the Adobe website with an upgrade price of $99 or $186 for new customers.
Standalone versions will also be sold through select retailers such as Harvey Norman and Officeworks.
Adobe's Lightroom makes is easier to fix imperfections in images and produce professional documents that combine multimedia elements
The company says that the latest version of Lightroom adds new image editing tools that enable the user to “create better images faster”.
According to the press release, these new features include:
- The Advanced Healing Brush - Enables customers to fix irregularly shaped imperfections such as dust spots, splotches, and other distractions with the precision and flexibility of a fine brush.
- The Upright tool - Analyses each image to automatically straighten objects such as buildings and level horizons.
- Radial Gradients - Offer customers the control to make photo subjects stand out by applying off-center and multiple vignettes in a single image.
- Extended sharing and publishing capabilities - New video slideshows enable customers to combine still images, video clips and music in a creative HD slideshow that can be viewed on almost any device.
- Updates to the Book module - Brings the ability to create, personalize and print elegant photo books from a variety of tailored, easy-to-use templates, as well as create customer-specific templates.
- Smart Previews - Enables photographers to make edits to their images offline, without bringing their entire library of original files with them. Edits and metadata changes to Smart Preview files are automatically applied to the original images when they are reconnected.
So, what is the difference between Photoshop and Lightroom?
Lightroom shares some similar features to Photoshop and some professional photographers describe Lightroom as “good enough” for the majority of the day-to-day editing tasks, however it does lack some of the more advanced editing tools that seasoned Photoshop users would be used to.
Where Lightroom shines over Photoshop is the extensive image management capabilities that help professionals keep large volumes of images organised in one place.
Lightroom also possess a simpler user interface than Photoshop, so if you are a newcomer to the world of image editing software, Lightroom might be a good place to start.
It’s also worth noting that if you’re planning on buying the standalone version, Lightroom is significantly cheaper than Photoshop.
For more information on Adobe’s Creative Cloud subscription programmes, go here.