Adobe has recently released its latest version of Lightroom into beta and reviews of its usability and new features are already beginning to garner widespread positive attention. Some of the features have been long awaited, while others come as a pleasant surprise. In the video below, Lightroom 5 Beta user, Trevor Dayley, takes a few moments to show us some of his favorite new additions to the popular photo editing software:
While not everything that was added to Lightroom 5 may be of use to everyone, the new features certainly help a majority of photographers. Here are five of Trevor Dayley’s favorite new improvements:
- Radial Filter: Easily produces a highly customizable vignette to help create more powerful photos or to single out a certain subject.
- Improved Spot Removal Tool: Now allows users to clone out defects in a similar style as Photoshop and no longer requires the spot removal to be circular in shape.
- Visualize Spots: Darkens the image to helps users see white spots (i.e. dust) so they can more easily be edited out.
- Upright Tool: Offers a very quick fix to uneven horizon lines and lens distortion.
- Smart Preview: Allows photos stored on external hard drives to be edited when the hard drive is not connected to your computer. After edits are made and the hard drive is reconnected to the computer, Lightroom automatically updates the changes to the files stored on the hard drive.
Other changes in the release include an improved photobook creation tool and a versatile video slideshow tool.
As mentioned before, Lightroom 5 is now available in public beta via the Adobe Labs website for free; however the license will expire on June 30th, 2013. Adobe does recommend that any critical work be done in an official Lightroom release such as Lightroom 4, as the beta 5 version is for testing purposes only and may not be as stable as previous releases at this time.
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