Adobe Lightroom 6 leaked online

The French website already has a listing for the upcoming Adobe Lightroom 6. Here is are some details on the new LR6 (Google translation):

  • Release date: March 9th, 2015
  • Windows compatibility: Windows 7, 8, 8.1
  • Mac OS compatibility: Mac OS X v10.8, v10.9 or v10.10
  • Price: 130 EUR

Product Overview

Master your digital photography workflow

Ranking, optimization and sharing - Lightroom together in one fast, intuitive application all tools dedicated to digital photography.

Bring out the best of each photo

Test your ideas freely with non-destructive tools - your original pictures remain intact. Lightroom lets you optimize every pixel of your photos, they were taken with a professional digital SLR camera or mobile phone.

Key features of Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 6

Environment nondestructive

Unleash your creativity in a nondestructive editing environment that allows you to test your ideas freely. The originals remain intact and you can easily cancel your edits or save multiple versions of a cliché.

Advanced conversion feature black and white

Monitor closely the tonal qualities so essential to the black and white photos. Combine precisely the information of eight color layers in the grayscale conversion.

Development predefined settings

Save time by instantly applying the desired effect to your images.

Just save develop settings as a preset and apply them to other photos in a click. If Lightroom includes dozens of presets, thousands more are offered by third parties.

Face Recognition

Quickly find pictures of loved ones, even without metadata tags. You select a face on the photo, Lightroom and search the person it belongs to all of your other shots. Sort and group your photos by faces.

Sophisticated Healing Brush

Get best pictures with one touch. Set the brush size and move it according to specific plots. Unwanted items and other imperfections, including irregular shapes son type, magically disappear.

Upright (Vertically)

Straighten skewed images with a single click. The Upright tool (Vertically) analyzes the image and detects horizontal or vertical lines inclined. It can even recover images without horizon.

Merge to HDR

Create realistic or surreal images from high-contrast scenes. By merging HDR, you can easily combine photos with different exposures into a single HDR image.

Fusion panoramas

Realize XXL ultra detailed panoramas. Photo merge technology lets you merge multiple images, including raw files, to create panoramas out of the ordinary.

Performance gains

Import and refine your photos in record time. Lightroom leverages compatible graphics process to get you better performance, especially when you edit your images in the Develop module.

Sophisticated video slideshows

Create stunning slideshows combining still images, movies and music, and supplement them with pan and zoom effects, for example.

Optimized web galleries

Present your work in the most elegant web galleries, more attractive and interactive. The new models of HTML5 compatible galleries are supported by many browsers and mobile devices work stations.

Integration of online sharing

Easily publish images on social networks and sites for such as Facebook and Flickr. On some sites, you can even view the online comments on your images directly from Lightroom Library.

Creating photo books

Create beautiful photo books. Lightroom includes a large number of user-friendly catalog templates that you can now customize. Load them then printing a few clicks.

Update - here is another Lightroom 6 listing from Australia:


See also the LR6 leaks on Amazon I reported few days ago.

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  • Dave Stromberger

    “leverages compatible graphics process” …. it’ll finally use the graphics cards GPU? Very nice.

    • Elvir Redzepovic

      And about time ! 🙂

      • Dom

        Agree! I was already trying alternatives as I’m sick and tired of the slowness of LR5. Let’s hope it uses the GPU resources well, not like just small piece of it and leaves rest unused.

        • Camaman

          Sounds interesting. Hope It does and we get a comparisson of speed improvements with cpu built in and external card.
          As things stand the last time I needed an exernal graphic card was 5 years ago when I played my last game.

  • mikeswitz

    But will it really support Fuji?

    • ShaoLynx

      Who cares?… I don’t. 😉

      • Global

        I do. The more support the better for consumers.

      • mikeswitz

        People who have Fuji X gear who probably don’t care about your complete self-centeredness.

        • ShaoLynx

          Hey, you forgot to put a smiley.

          • mikeswitz


    • No Fuji problems in LR. It’s just a workflow problem. Try this

      • mikeswitz

        That is not support, that is a workaround and not all that great. Nor are cameras and lenses supported.

        • Not true at all. You should get your facts straight. Lens correction is in the raw files data. No profiles needed in this case. You can even test it yourself. Furthermore it is not a workaround but a workflow difference due to another sensor. Your response is proof you have no clue on how to use Lightroom but only repeat what others state who lack proper skills.

          • mikeswitz

            I’ve been using Lightroom since version 1. How about you? Notice I didn’t call your skills in question since I don’t know you but I will be glad to put my resume and work up against yours anytime.
            What exactly is the difference between “workaround” and “workflow”? Profiles are needed especially for lenses. I actually hasve the feeling you have no idea what you are talking about. Lets see some 18mm autocorrections.

          • Not going to debate you any further. What I just said can be found by using Google. I have no issues with my Fuji cameras and LR. You seem you have. Buy another brand and make photographs instead of whining on gearhead boards.

          • mikeswitz

            1. Have a D800 and a passle of Nikon lenses, my wife has a complete Sony package and I have A Fuji XT-1 and an X-Pro 1 with 5 lenses (only the original 3 are supported by Adobe). I use the gear that is right for the job. It has nothing to do with being a gearhead, only what works. Right now Fuji doesn’t work terribly well in Adobe, at least not as well as Nikon or Sony. It’s as simple as that. I don’t need Google to tell me I’m wrong, all I have to do is look at the results.
            2. What are you doing on a “gearhead blog” flaming people you don’t know about something you have to look up in google?

          • You don’t know the difference between a workflow and a workaround. That says enough. How much gear you have doesn’t interest me and is certainly no proof you have postprocessing skills. I’m not flaming. I disagree with your one sentence statement you made while tons of Fuji photographers on Flickr show you’re wrong.

          • mikeswitz

            Here’s the difference, schmuck. Workarounds increase your workflow. Because you must over sharpen, etc, is because Adobe has not figured out how to process the X-trans files. has done an admirable job creating a workaround for adobe’s shortcomings. Fuji must have the answer because if you process raw in camera it looks great, unfortunately you end up with a jpg and not a tiff. (Sorry, look those terms up on google.
            My point about what gear I own was that two of the three systems work do just fine in Lightroom and one doesn’t. Checking out all the pictures on Flickr (do you have an account?) doesn’t change that. No one said you can’t take great pictures with Fuji gear, certainly not me. You can take great pictures with a pinhole camera. Many of my pictures on Flickr were taken with the X-pro, that hasing nothing to do with Adobe’s unwillingness to provide support. It’s all about camera and lens sales. Look it up on google.

          • Did I call you names? You need insults to make a point? You are still not right and you have no valid arguments to backup what you claim. And I’m certainly not going to share my account with people like you. I use Canon, Ricoh, Olympus and Fuji and as many others I learned how to process x-trans files properly. You didn’t. Have a nice day.

          • dclivejazz

            You denigrated mikeswitz’s skills and said he was whining. That’s pretty close to calling somebody names, and provocatively patronizing at best. He is a long time contributor to these blogs and is normally a reasonable commenter.

          • No he is not. I searched on earlier comments and comments on other boards he made. He is rude to others also from time to time. Furthermore there is nothing reasonable on a one sentence statement without backing that up.

      • this *undocumented workaround* doesn’t even work optimally, my C1 or Aperture can bring out even more details by default without even using sharpening … and totally made sharpen amount useless. Adjusting sharpness brings out these weird worm-like false detail (very bad for portrait retouchers!), plus the trees/shrubs still has the watercolor effect, heck, even skin looks cartoony when detail is set too high. Finally setting detail too high will affect the bokeh too, I don’t want sharpened bokeh just to be able to attempt to match captureone’s output. Give us the default rendering that all my other brand cameras can do without these nasty ‘workarounds’. This is no good.

    • FWIW the main problem with your statement is that it’s so vague. You should start with some concrete things that work for other cameras but not Fuji. This is especially important because LR had such terrible support X-Trans files for such a long time, but it’s improved enormously in recent versions. It’s worth being precise when we complain to avoid people thinking we’re just rehashing old “Lightroom can’t do Fuji files” memes.

      IMHO the support is great, better than Aperture once you make a few decisions about how to use the LR tools.

      The integration of the “film simulations” is a fabulous example of Lr’s “support” for Fuji. The default rendering from “Adobe Standard” is just terrible, but an import preset that sets all photos to Astia completely fixed the problem and gave me color/contrast results similar to or better than Aperture gave me (I was always satisfied with Aperture in that regard, but am very happy to start with Astia rather than Provia, which is washed out to my eyes but was the closest to Aperture’s default RAW output). I just wish I could have Classic Chrome on my X-E1 files!

      The camera calibration stuff seems to work pretty well too, and the chromatic aberration removal is wonderful, infinitely better than the useless version Aperture had.

      • mikeswitz

        If you have worked with Canon, Nikon, Sony, Panasonic and really know how to get the most out LR you would know what I mean and it’s not just recognizing “classic chrome”. Look, I have and X-Pro and an X-T1 and a passel of Fuji lenses. I’m not complaining about Fuji, I’m complaining about Adobe. I can get pretty good files from RAFs out of LR but the workflow is 1/2 again as long as with my Nikon gear. LR’s raw conversion is still not as good as Fuji’s in-camera but it only outputs to jpeg not tiff. Also camera conversion is only good for three lenses and the CA fix is merely okay.
        I love my Fuji gear but I don’t understand why so many defend Adobe while saying its “good enough” when so much more is possible. Adobe and Fuji can do so much more if they would just work together.

  • A big perhaps to this one. It really depends upon the upgrade pricing level for me. Unless it takes over more of what I can do in Photoshop, I will likely wait until getting another camera before upgrading.

    • Always a sensible call, especially for those who paid full price, and for whom the most logical next step is to get on the monthly plan and basically throw away that upfront investment.

      As a CC customer this upgrade is just gleeful by comparison. It’s expensive but I love that Apple-style experience of free upgrades.

      • I would be more likely to buy the full version, than get onto the subscription model. I want to be able to upgrade hardware when I want, rather than when Adobe want better hardware to continue running their software.

        The other issue with Creative Cloud is the storage system. I’ve already seen the Adobe Cloud have problems. When you cannot access your files, and you have a deadline, then getting “we’re sorry” from Adobe does not placate a pissed off client.

        I understand this system works great for some people. Companies that change the number of temp workers really benefit from the per-seat per-month pricing structure. However, as in my case, Adobe CC is not for everyone.

  • Hm, panoramas and (hopefully tasteful) HDR without Photoshop – FINALLY!

    • ShaoLynx

      My thoughts exactly!

    • Eric Calabros

      But apparently not a newer noise reduction algorithm 🙁

      • NR is great in Lightroom, at least compared to Aperture (where it was useless). Is there another app that does a better job at NR?

        • Eric Calabros

          Yea, DxO Optics Pro, and Topaz DeNoise plugin

  • markus

    But will it come as a fred upgrade to the CC photography package?

    • Sashimi

      unless if they come up with some “CC2” bullshit excuse, I wouldn’t see why not.

    • cmorrow

      This is a selling feature of CC…. so it should. But, we’ll see!

  • Global

    For a second, I thought this post had been brought to us by the PiratesBay.

  • joe_l

    New are face recognition, and pan and zoom on slideshows.

  • Joe

    Finally using GPU acceleration? I’ll only upgrade if it’s true. Otherwise there is no point.

  • Chaitanya

    Auto tone feature from LR5 was the worst one I have seen so far. Due to this I didnt upgrade from LR4, if that has been fixed I would upgrade to this version. As far as panoramas are concerned I am going to stick with Microsoft ICE for panorama stitching.

    • Narretz

      What did they do to it in LR5? It is pretty solid in LR4, only sometimes it gets way to bright.

      • Chaitanya

        I tried the LR5 on my friends PC, in general it was worse than LR4 in terms of auto-tone corrections. It tends to apply too much contrast, white, black adjustments than needed.

        • Zos Xavius

          Why use auto tone at all? Make up your own presets and quit being lazy. 😛

  • sperdynamite

    The only feature I want to see is Performance, Performance, Performance! This program is slowwwwww.

    They could also refine their image archiving tools so DAM is less annoying.

    • Slow? On my laptop LR is extremely fast :/

      • For me LR is just as fast as Aperture (i.e. not very fast) and I definitely wouldn’t describe it as extremely fast, especially not in the develop module where it lags on almost every edit, which is a big problem when you’re trying to use sliders and live-preview to figure out the best settings.

        Throw a few local adjustments/spot-retouching/etc. filters on an image and it slows down to almost a crawl, with each setting change causing a re-render that takes 1-2 seconds. It’s a lot when you do it 20 times in a row. I’m really glad they’re going to try an improve this, even if the gains are small, it’s my #1 problem with Lr at the moment.

        My laptop: Retina 13″ Mac, 8GB ram, 2.8ghz i7

        • Dell X15, i7 CPU, 16 GB RAM, SSD diskdrive.. LR is extremely fast on this setup :/

          • Maybe it’s more relevant on Mac but the lagginess is real for many people, your speed doesn’t make my Lightroom faster but hopefully this update will.

          • Maybe LR is less good optimized for Mac. That could be possible. I used to have a Macbook Pro and wasn’t all that excited on LR performance. On Windows it does run better for me personally.

    • Camaman

      You should try Nikon or Olympus software.
      THAT is slow…

      Often i find myself in I need of a shave after applying a few tweaks and syncing.

      • sperdynamite

        Haha that’s true. But Photo Mechanic is SO FAST for culling. LR should at least be that fast so I don’t have to use 2 programs.

  • Ok, it isn’t official yet, but based on this ‘leak’ adobe thinks i need or want facial recognition and not layers. hmmm…

    • Zachary Reiss-Davis

      For me, at least, I agree with Adobe’s priorities in this case. If I want layers, I open Photoshop.

      • I’ve got photoshop too. It’s great. But if a few layers in lightroom would help save the round trip, why not? Layers in Capture 1 v8 work well. If phase one can do it I’d think so could adobe. Maybe they’re just trying to protect that ‘need’ for layers in photoshop. I do like the parametric work in lightroom/capture one.

        • Adobe gives away Photoshop for free with Lightroom, so I doubt they’re trying to protect the market for it 😉

          I support their philosophical move of keeping LR to only photo stuff, it’s already complex enough to look at without adding layers etc. Instead integrating the shortcut-workflows for HDR and panorama makes a lot of sense to me. I will be glad to avoid opening photoshop for those tasks just to see if they will work out or not.

          FWIW it would be great if they did something similar, without adding a whole layers module, that just let you overlay one image over another and gave you a paintbrush to mask one with the other. Like the HDR/Panorama features it would be a relatively simple and straightforward tool to use and it would solve a specific photographic problem.

  • Marco –

    Ok using gpu, but….which gpu? Will my ‘old’ amd 6970 be enough?

  • Aeroengineer

    My wish list: much improved performance, web interface as simple and as reliable as Aperture, library management UI as good as Aperture, and a mobile version that is standalone useful when traveling with just a tablet.

  • Camaman

    Fusion panoramas and HDR merge look new. It is also the most used external Export to Photoshop feature for me.
    I am looking forward to speeding up my workflow!

    Heal tool also looks to be upgraded. Hopefuly it works better when needed to put aditional correction on the same space and doesn’t select the previous correction.
    If only the put a clone stamp It would be 95% finished product for my needs.

    • OMG +1 on your issue with the healing tool. SO ANNOYING When you can’t paint on top of another brush because the outline is visible, even though you CAN paint on that spot if you start outside the border (which sometimes you can get away with but is almost always unnecessarily destructive).

      The whole painting UI is still pretty new in LR 5.7, so hopefully they’ll have improved it for 6 #fingerscrossed

      • Camaman

        Fingers crossed! 🙂

  • whisky

    i just hope they haven’t taken the same road as DxO and now require an i5 or i7 processor. if so, i’ll be shopping for a new CPU in addition to any upgrade i buy.

    • Zos Xavius

      You should upgrade anyways. LR is slow on my sandybridge i5 from a few years back.

  • Cesar Sales

    Maybe they’ll finally get their tethered shooting interface updated from 2001. Sticking with c1 until they do.

  • neonspark

    Seeing how apple gave up the professional photo and video market, adobe just keeps on getting more awesome.

    • I think Final Cut Pro is still a professional tool.

      You’re right about photography, of course.

  • Guest

    Sweet, face recognition with sort! Combined with 100MP cameras, now I can develop my very own Homeland Security and CSI Database at my house! 😀 *zooms in with infinite resolution on a car — identifies driver & license plate* They just need a Threat Rating next to the Stars.

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