Adobe Lightroom 5 review: is this the game-changer you’ve been waiting for?

New features in Lightroom 5 - Radial Gradient

Our original Adobe Lightroom 5 announcement story

The Adobe Lightroom 5 price tag and new features list has been officially revealed, as the beta period for the latest version of Adobe’s image management and photo editing software has come to an end.

Adobe Lightroom 5 price and new features confirmed as software is formally released

Formally releasing the software today, the Adobe Lightroom 5 price tag will be £102.57 / $149.99 to download the standalone software from Adobe’s website. Alternatively, the price for upgrading to Lightroom 5 from your current software is £57.64 / $79.

Among the new features in Adobe Lightroom 5 is an Advanced Healing Brush, which allows users to make precise adjustments to fix irregularly shaped imperfections like dust spots and splotches.

An Upright tool analyses each of your images and automatically straightens objects such as buildings and horizons.

New Radial Gradients in Lightroom 5 allow users to apply off-centre and multiple vignettes in a single images.

Also among the Adobe Lightroom 5 new features set are a range of extended sharing and publishing capabilities.

New video slideshow functionality lets users combine their still images with video clips and music, while updates to the Adobe Lightroom Book module allow photographers to personalise photo books of their images from a variety of templates – as well as create their own specific templates.

Finally, another of the most significant Adobe Lightroom 5 new features are Smart Previews, which enable photographers to make edits to their images offline without bringing their entire library of original image files with them.

Photographers can make changes to their image metadata using the Smart Preview function, and these changes are then automatically applied to the original files when they are reconnected.

Adobe Lightroom 5 was initially released as a free, public beta in April 2013, and is now available as an individual license or as part of Adobe Creative Cloud.

PAGE 1: How Lightroom works
PAGE 2: New features in Lightroom 5 – Advanced Healing
PAGE 3: New features in Lightroom 5 – Upright tool
PAGE 4: New features in Lightroom 5 – Radial Gradient
PAGE 5: New features in Lightroom 5 – Smart previews, slideshows & photo books
PAGE 6: Adobe Lightroom 5 Review Verdict & Specs
PAGE 7: Our original Adobe Lightroom 5 announcement story

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