Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5 for Mac and Windows is now available for purchase, two months after the Beta version was released, and is available individually for £102 (£58 for an upgrade) or as part of the Adobe Creative Cloud. Designed for both photography enthusiasts and professionals alike, Lightroom 5 adds essential photo editing capabilities and with a range of new features, will it be enough to tempt those who already own Lightroom to an upgrade?
New Features in Lightroom 5
Lightroom 5 adds new editing tools, and although won't match up to an advanced editing program such as Photoshop, the selection is vast enough to satisfy most photographers needs. New features include the Advanced Healing Brush that enables photographers to fix imperfections such as dust spots with precision and flexibility. While the Upright tool analyses each image to automatically straighten objects such as buildings and level horizons. A full description of the new features are listed on our Lightroom 5 beta news story.
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. Lightroom 5 also introduces Smart Previews that enable photographers to make edits to their images offline.
"Lightroom was originally conceived through the requests of Adobe customers, and this feedback continues to drive each new iteration," said Winston Hendrickson, vice president of products, Creative Media Solutions, Adobe. However, the only alterations that have been made from the Beta version are bug fixes.
Pricing and Availability
If these new features are enough to tempt you, Adobe Lightroom 5 is available now for download for Adobe Creative Cloud members. Standalone software is available at Adobe.com/uk and participating retailers for £102.57 or £57.64 for upgrades. For more detailed information about the product please visit the Adobe website www.adobe.com/uk/products/photoshop-lightroom.