Adobe rolled out Photoshop Lightroom 5 a few months ago as a beta and today is officially launching the software. You can still purchase this software as a boxed set vs. the way they are moving with the creative cloud apps and it’s available for $149.99 if you don’t have a past version of Lightroom, $79.99 for an upgrade or free for users of the creative cloud.

A few of the new features of Lightroom 5:

– Advanced Healing Brush: Remove distracting elements with a single brush stroke. Adjust the size of the brush and move it in precise paths. Unwanted objects and flaws—even those with irregular shapes like threads—just disappear.

– Upright tool: Straighten tilted images with a single click. The new Upright tool analyzes images and detects skewed horizontal and vertical lines, even straightening shots where the horizon is hidden.

– Radial Gradient tool: Emphasize important parts of your image with more flexibility and control. The Radial Gradient tool lets you create off-center vignette effects, or multiple vignetted areas within a single image.

– Smart Previews: Easily work with images without bringing your entire catalog of original images with you. Just generate smaller stand-in files called Smart Previews. Make adjustments or metadata additions to the Smart Previews and apply your changes to the full-size originals later.

– 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.

– Video slideshows: 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.

We have covered a few of the new features with these articles. If you have questions about Lightroom 5 just let me know in the comments below:

Upright Feature in Lightroom 5

Advanced Healing Brush in Lightroom 5

Radial Gradient Tool in Lightroom 5

Smart Previews in Lightroom 5

Lightroom 5 radial gradient

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