After what seems an eternity filled with impatient photographers who have had lots of potential release dates come and go, Adobe has finally released Photoshop Lightoom CC. The photo editing software is available as part of Adobe’s creative cloud subscription services but is also available to buy as a standalone program. The stand alone program is called Photoshop Lightroom 6, which is available as a full purchase or as a discounted upgrade. The update has been long-awaited, with the last version (Photoshop Lightroom 5) being released almost 2 years ago.
As well as performance improvements Adobe has added several new features.
Lightroom now has a native option to merge images to HDR, which is sure to be really popular for those that use the application as a standalone photo-editing tool.
Another feature that will please users that solely edit in Lightroom is the new panorama merge feature, which means that you can now create panoramic images from a series of photos without needing to use Photoshop or any other external application.
Other changes and feature upgrades include:
- Facial recognition – Find and organize photos of family and friends with new Facial Recognition features.
- Performance Improvements – Lightroom can now harness the processing power of compatible graphics cards to give massive improvements, especially in the develop module.
- Advanced video slideshows – Combine still images, video and music with professional effects like pan and zoom.
- Improved web galleries.
- Filter Brush – Precisely control which parts of your image are affected by the Graduated or Radial filters. Now you can use a brush to edit the filter’s mask, adding or subtracting filter effects wherever you want.
Lighroom on mobile
Lightroom has had upgrades to its mobile offering Android tablet support, Android SD card support, Native DNG on Android 5 and improved cropping.
You can find out about all of the new features here.