Lightroom CC2015 for Creative Cloud subscribers
& Lightroom 6.0 for perpetual license holders
Adobe releases Lightroom V1.4 iOS
Adobe releases Lightroom V1.1 Android
(Includes Tablet Support)
The next version of Lightroom is out – well the next ‘two versions’…, well, four if you count Lightroom mobile… The difference between them is subtle. If you had a boxed version of Lightroom with a serial number, you can purchase an upgrade to Lightroom 6.0. If you have a Creative Cloud subscription currently containing Lightroom 5, you are entitled to an included upgrade to Lightroom CC2015. Lightroom CC2015 also features the full benefits of the Lightroom Mobile and Lightroom Web platforms. Other than those distinctions, the programs are the same – save for the way they are licensed.
Briefly – what’s new:
(note: These aren’t all the new features – just the features that catch my interest).
Facial recognition algorithms coupled with a new type of keyword to quickly identify and reference the persons in your photographs.
The Photomerge function allows for the assembly of panoramic images from multiple exposures without leaving Lightroom.
Like Photomerge, the HDR Merge allows you to take bracketed exposures into Lightroom and combine them without leaving the Lightroom environment, returning a 32 Bit HDR DNG file.
Import to a Collection:
This is big. When you import (or tether) to ingest images into Lightroom, you can now specify and/or create a collection during the acquisition. This makes tethering direct to Lightroom mobile possible!
Keyword Painter can now access, load and use keywords from your saved keyword sets. A shift key will give you access when the tool is active.
Filtered Collection Lists, New Windows UI Scaling, Easy Reset Preferences, Finer Quick Develop Options, Resizing by percentage in Export, and more!
Image Editing speed improvements by using GPU to process Develop Module tasks.
Bringing parity with Adobe Camera Raw’s eraser brush for the Graduated and Radial Filters, Lightroom now has this option to paint or erase from these two filters.
Pet Eye Corrections:
Correct non-human pupil discoloration caused during flash photography. Ability to add an artificial catch light is also included.
New Auto Button to allow adjustments similar to the Level in the Upright control from the crop dialog.
Updates to Local Adjustments:
Move Adjustment Brush Pins, Constrain to straight lines when using the adjustment brush, Mask Overlays for Graduated and Radial filters!
Lens Correction Updates:
Indicators identify when built-in Lens Corrections are used plus the addition of new keyboard shortcuts.
CYMK Softproofing support and reduced history panel and image switching time.
Pan and Zoom:
A Ken Burns style motion effect to make your slideshow more dynamic
Multiple Audio Tracks
Up to 10 music tracks played sequentially in your chosen order
Sync Transitions to Music
Lightroom will analyze music and suggest transition timing based upon the analysis.
Aspect Ratio Preview and low quality “fast” previewing.
Flash Galleries replaced with HTML 5 galleries including 3 new galleries added designed to work with desktop and mobile browsers.
Touch PC Support:
Improvements to support Touch-enabled devices such as the Microsoft Surface Pro 3
Version 1.4 for iOS
- Tiff Support on iOS
- Improved Cropping
Version 1.1 for Android
- Tablet Support
- Native DNG
- Android SD Card Support
That is a quick round up of the exciting stuff. Like any release, there are dozens of other tiny tweaks and small changes that improve the Lightroom experience. Complete information can be found at the Lightroom Journal blog.
Rikk Flohr © 2015