Adobe Lightroom 5 Beta now available for download





The previously rumored Adobe Lightroom 5 Beta version is now available for download at Adobe Labs. The videos in this post will give a good overview of the new features and functionality.

Additional Lightroom 5 resources can be found here and here.

Lightroom 5 Beta what's new video:

Lightroom 5 top 5 favorite features:

Lightroom 5 beta Upright functionality:

Lightroom 5 beta Radial Filter:

Lightroom 5 beta Advanced Healing Brush:

Lightroom 5 Beta new Healing and Cloning Tools:

Lightroom 5 Beta using the Develop Radial Filter Tool:

Lightroom 5 Beta using the new Upright tool:

Lightroom 5 Beta new Book Module Features:

New Features in Lightroom 5 Beta:

  • Advanced Healing Brush – Easily remove objects and fix defects—even those with irregular shapes such as threads or lint—with a single brush stroke. Take precise control over what's being removed as you make unwanted objects just disappear.

  • Upright – Straighten tilted images with a single click. Upright analyzes images and detects skewed horizontal or vertical lines. You choose one of four correction methods, and Upright can even straighten images where the horizon is hidden.

  • Radial Gradient – Lead your viewer's eye through your images with more flexibility and control. The radial gradient tool lets you create off-center vignette effects, or multiple vignette areas within a single image.

  • Offline editing with Smart Previews – Easily work with images without bringing your entire library with you. Just generate smaller stand-in files called Smart Previews. Make adjustments or metadata additions to Smart Previews and your changes will be automatically applied to the full-size originals later.

  • Video slideshow sharing – Easily share your work in elegant video slideshows. Combine still images, video clips, and music in creative HD videos that can be viewed on almost any computer or device.

  • Improved photo book creation – Create beautiful photo books from your images. Lightroom includes a variety of easy-to-use book templates, and now you can edit them to create a customized look. Upload your book for printing with just a few clicks.

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  • Advanced healing brush will be a hit with us D600 shooters.

    • “Advanced healing brush will be a hit with us camera shooters.”


    • Павел


  • ’bout freaking time on the healing brush. I always thought they were slow to develop it because they were worried about cannibalizing Photoshop sales.

    Radial gradient is nice, but not something that had to wait to a version release. A point release could have added this, no problem.

    Offline editing will change the way I work. Period. I never need to export from my laptop, just edit. No more importing to laptop, then transferring to desktop… and/or being stuck editing in a single place due to library location.

    Auto upright is just a simplification of the existing perspective correction for the most common task. Nothing groundbreaking.

    • Gethin Coles

      Nothing groundbreaking? For you maybe. If it works robustly on interiors it will cut my initial post time in half.

      • I’m not arguing that it’s nice. I’m just saying, well, it’s not groundbreaking. It’s a faster, simpler way of using a feature it already has implemented. Radial gradient falls into the same category. These are features they could add at anytime, and I’m disappointed they are being considered flagship ones.

        Offline editing is a flagship feature. TOTAL overhaul of the healing brush is a flagship feature. Tweaks and repackaging of existing tools, while very welcome, are point release material.

        • Gethin Coles

          Well I just used it on a job – I’d agree with you mostly. The upright tool has the potential to be ground breaking – depending on what you photograph. Real estate photographers will love it. But it doesn’t get it perfect, and you cant apply it to all images. I’ll keep adding to my review in the next few days:
          Oh and its still soooo sllloooooowwwww

  • Z.T.

    Being Apple Aperture user is even more embarrassing now. C’mon Apple, wake the bloody up!

    • I’d plan your transition ASAP. It’s not that Aperture is a bad product. It’s not even that they update it slower. It’s that, long term, I wouldn’t trust apple to continue to support professional users of its programs. Look at what they did to the Final Cut pros.

  • Lance

    The addition of the healing brush is a travesty for Lightroom. Now it’s full of just as much faking potential as Photoshop. Make your shot right when you get it, then there’s no need for most of these ridiculous “features” or even the fix-your-rotten-technique raw file for that matter. Maybe I’m a purest, as a documentary photojournalist and coming from the days of film as well, but this stuff is abhorrent to me. I shoot B&W jpegs, and do only dodge and burn in Lightroom, just like I did in the darkroom. I keep it as close to film as I can. Is there anyone else left who doesn’t resort to these new crutches?

    • No one is forcing you to use the tools. Don’t like them, don’t use them?

      I, for one, will gladly use anything that makes my images better and my workflow more efficient. They aren’t crutches. They are tools.

      I’d say the same thing about dodging and burning. Just get it right the first time.

      • LarryC

        I for one agree that LR and PS are the ruin of photography as an art form. However, I think the equally sloppy shooting techniques fostered by the lazy man’s use of the darkroom to “doge and burn” as a cover up for poor photography skills is no less of a travesty and any who do this should be ashamed to call themselves photographers. It’s daguerreotype or nothing for me.

    • Edubyatx

      You have picked a point in the history of photography and proclaimed it pure. Good for you.

    • Calibrator

      Dodging & burning is OK but other image editing is not?
      Do you even have the slightest idea of the trickery that is involved *inside* your camera to put out a jpg file?

      You are not a purist but the photographic equivalent of a taliban, Sir!

  • Rock Kenwell

    Any rumor on the Aperture 4, 5, or even X? X = Apple doesn’t care about what the Lightroom version they kept coming out.

    I am about to Jump Ship from Aperture to LR, also in debate about Nikon to Canon. And just like my bag is loaded with lots of Nikon lens, my libraries are loaded with thousands and thousands of photos.

    Better to read less of rumors, read less daily on rumor sites.

  • IgorSoyka

    Does spot removing feature work with b&w images? Thanks

    • Is there a reason it wouldn’t?

      • IgorSoyka

        Yes, the system can’t identify the most of them. The same problem have Nikon’s scanners, they’re removing all spots only on color images

        • Calibrator

          My toaster also can’t identify spots in my images.

          But then again it’s also completely different tech…

  • Camaman

    Great features! 🙂

    But, how about a feature that tells me photos cant be shrunken to a certain
    file size in advance and not only at the end after LR tried and failed
    to export them on by one. Or at least tell me as soon as one can’t be
    exported in those parameters so I can stop the export process.

    I can’t tell you many times I imputed a file size limitation that was a bit
    to small and later hat to manually search which files weren’t exported.

    Or worse, waited for the entire import procedure so that it can tell me all photos failed during export.

  • Павел

    At last!!!!! Healing brush for human !!! :)))

  • LarryC

    I’m not certain I’m reading this right, but does the smart preview feature mean we will be able to edit common files on a network share? If so, that would be fantastic.

  • AR22

    “Lightroom includes a variety of easy-to-use book templates, and now you can edit them to create a customized look” I still not know how to make my own template

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