Lightroom 6 is expected to launch within the next week or so with several new features. Thanks to leaks from Adobe, we now know a little more about the HDR Merge and Panorama Merge features that will be built into Lightroom 6. [Read more…]
The launch of Lightroom 6 appears to be just around the corner with March 9, 2015 being the suspected release date. Photo Rumors uncovered a leak at a French retailer of the new Lightroom 6 box art (seen above) and some of the key new features, which look very impressive.
The big new features include:
- Face recognition without metadata tagging
- Merge to HDR for combining multiple photos with different exposures into a single HDR image
- Fusion panoramas for merging multiple files (including RAW files) to create panoramas in Lightroom
- GPU acceleration for image editing
- Sophisticated video slideshows that allow you to combine images, movies and music, along with adding Ken Burns effect to images
- Optimized web galleries with HTML5 compatible galleries
These are all great additions if this leak turns out to be legit. Based on other info in the leak, there appears to be a retail prices for Lightroom 6, which would negate some rumors that have been floating around suggesting that Lightroom 6 would make the exclusive move to Creative Cloud. Of course, you still need Creative Cloud to take advantage of some of the great features inside of Lightroom mobile.
As noted previously, Lightroom 6 will be a 64-bit only application and will require Windows 7 or higher; or OS X 10.8 or higher to run.
Adobe has updated Lightroom mobile for iOS to version 1.3, which includes the following new features:
- The ability to edit images faster by copying image adjustments and pasting them onto another photo
- Segmented view in Collections enables users to easily find favorite images
- Presentation Mode allows users to share images with family and friends without worrying about flags, ratings and adjustments being accidentally changed
- Bug fixes for issues identified in earlier Lightroom mobile releases
You can download the update through App Store if you don’t have it already via automatic updates. If you haven’t tried Lightroom mobile yet, you can find it here on the iTunes App Store.
Also, Premiere Elements 13 is available for $59.99 (reg. $89.99) in limited quantity. Check it out here at B&H Photo.
You can also get the combo pack of Premiere and Photoshop Elements on sale for $104.99 (reg. $134.99) here at B&H Photo.
Adobe has been churning out steady releases of Lightroom for nearly 10 years now – since the very first beta hit in 2006. I’ve been using it since those early days and it was a fresh take on non-destructive image editing. It is a fantastic program for both developing and organizing RAW image files.
It is supported over a wide range of operating systems for both Mac and Windows computers. However, that list of supported systems is about to drop. [Read more…]
Lightroom mobile is now available for Android phones. Previously, Adobe had released Lightroom mobile for iPad and iPhone.
Now, all of you Samsung Galaxy and Note users, along with other Android devices devices that meet the minimum requirements of a Quad Core CPU with 1.7GHz ARMv7 architechture, 1GB RAM, 8GB internal storage and Jellybean, KitKat or Lollipop OS.
Key Lightroom mobile capabilities include:
- Sync edits, metadata and collection changes to the Lightroom catalog on a Mac or Windows computer
- Automatically import images from the smartphone gallery and sync back to the Lightroom catalog on the desktop
- Edit images using familiar Lightroom tools and presets, including non-destructive processing using Smart Previews
- Quickly flag and reject photos
Of course Lightroom mobile requires a Creative Cloud subscription in order to sync your Lightroom catalog from you Mac or PC, but it is no additional cost if you are a Creative Cloud member. You can download Lightroom mobile for Android here on the Google Play Store.
In addition to Lightroom mobile, Adobe has also launched Lightroom web, which is a new way to view and share your photos from any web browser. You can find more info about Lightroom for web here on lightroom.adobe.com. If you already have a Creative Cloud account, your sync galleries are already on Lightroom web for you to see now.
Adobe recently updated Photoshop Mix to version 1.4 for the iPad and iPhone with several new features, including:
- Auto Crop analyzes images and suggests non-destructive boundaries based on the primary objects in an image
- Easier sharing with Instagram now as an option
- Open files from Lightroom, Photoshop Sketch, Illustrator Line and Illustrator Draw through expanded Creative Cloud connectivity
- Faster preview generation and iOS 8 compatibility
You can download the updated version for free on the iTunes App Store.
It’s the baby steps that take us where we want to go. But they don’t always take us down the path we want to get us there. [Read more…]
Adobe has announced the availability of Camera Raw 8.7.1 for Photoshop CC and Photoshop CS6, which adds RAW file support for the new Sony A7 II and updated support for the Samsung NX1. Several new lens profiles are also part of the update.
A corresponding update for Lightroom 5 (to version 5.7.1) is expected to be released within the next week. I’ll have the latest on that update as soon as it is released.
You can easily make a custom splash screen for Lightroom 5, which you will see every time the program opens. Watch the video above, courtesy of Craig McCormik, for the simple 5 minute tutorial.
Here are the specifics he mentions in the video:
- Max Image Dimensions: 900 x 600
- OSX File Path:
Users/[username]/Library/Application Support/Adobe/Lightroom/Splash Screen
- Windows File Path:
[via ISO 1200]