Adobe Lightroom 6 debuts alongside Lightroom CC, but how does it improve on it's predecessor? We take a closer look

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Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 6


Adobe Lightroom 6 Announced


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Following a series of leaks, Adobe yesterday debuted the latest incarnation of its Lightroom software – Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 6.

The latest version of the popular image editing software arrives in two forms – either as a standalone desktop app or as part of Adobe’s Creative Cloud Photography suite.

Adobe Lightroom 6 - PanoMerge

Adobe Lightroom 6 adds a new ‘PanoMerge’ feature

Lightroom 6/CC boasts with a host of improvements which will no doubt prove welcome to Lightroom aficionados. The new features include HDR Merge functionality, as well as a Panorama Merge stitching tool.

Other key new features include a Facial Recognition functionality, allowing you to quickly sort and categorise images by the friends and family.

As well as new features, the latest version of Lightroom also boasts a wide range of speed improvements, with Adobe claiming the GPU enhancements allow the software to run up to 10 times faster than any previous version.

Adobe Lightroom 6 - Facial Recognition

The new facial recognition feature will help with organising large amounts of images

Although Adobe Lightroom 6 is available as a standalone desktop app (priced at £100.07 in the UK), the main emphasis seems to be its integration with Adobe’s Creative Cloud.

This is perhaps best illustrated by a comparison page on the Adobe website which runs the headline ‘See what you’re missing’, alluding to the desktop app versus the CC version.

Amongst the features unique to the Creative Cloud Photography plan – which includes Lightroom CC – are full mobile compatibility, access to web galleries and Lightroom integration with a range of partner apps.

Adobe Lightroom 6 - Web Galleries

Lightroom CC allows for seamless integration across a range of platforms

Lightroom CC is priced at £8.57 a month as part of the Creative Cloud Photography plan, with the price increasing incrementally through the Creative Suite packages up to £26.68 for the complete CS range.


Adobe also released a range of video guides showcasing the new features in action.