Today we’re pleased to announce the availability of Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5. Creative Cloud members can immediately download this latest version of Lightroom. The release adds new photo editing capabilities and workflow solutions for both photography enthusiasts and professionals.
Here are some of the highlights of what’s new in Lightroom 5:
- The Advanced Healing Brush enables you to fix irregularly shaped imperfections such as dust spots, splotches, and other distractions with the precision and flexibility of a fine brush.
- The Upright tool analyzes each image to automatically straighten objects such as buildings and level horizons.
- Radial Gradients offer you the control to make photo subjects stand out by applying off-center and multiple vignettes in a single image.
- In the book module, you can now edit the easy-to-use book templates and add page numbers to create a customized look for your beautiful photo books.
- Smart Previews, new in Lightroom 5, enable you to make edits to your images offline, without bringing the entire library of original files with you. Edits and metadata changes to Smart Preview files are automatically applied to the original images when they are reconnected.
- With video slideshows you can combine still images, video clips and music in a creative HD slideshow that can be viewed on almost any device.
- Extended sharing and publishing capabilities, including the ability to publish photos directly to your work in progress on Behance.
We can’t believe 2012 is about to come to a close! Before we start planning for 2013, we wanted to reflect on some of the most memorable moments this year. Join us in counting down our top 12 most notable memories of 2012. Check out the first half of our list below and stay tuned for part two!
Moment #12 | Acrobat XI Launch
October marked a milestone for Acrobat with the release of Acrobat XI. This version is focused on simplifying everyday work from editing PDFs more intuitively to building forms from scratch in limits.
Moment #11 | Exclusive features for Creative Cloud Members
2012 was certainly a great year for Creative Cloud members. Just as we promised back when we introduced Creative Cloud in April, we’re providing exclusive tools and feature updates for fan favorite Creative Suite applications like Illustrator, Photoshop, Dreamweaver and more. And this is just the beginning. Just wait and see what we have in store for you in 2013!
Moment #10 | Digital Publishing Suite, Single Edition Added to Creative Cloud
In September, we launched Digital Publishing Suite, Single Edition to members, allowing them to create, develop, and deliver iPad apps – all without writing code! As of our Create Now event this month, there have been more than 20,000 apps published via our Digital Publishing family.
Moment #9 | Muse added to Creative Cloud
Added to the Creative Cloud in August, Muse has continued to receive updates that allow users to design HTML websites like never before. At the recent Create Now event (more on that in part 2), Creative Cloud users learned about added features, which enable users to design for mobile with ease.
Moment #8 | Lightroom added to Creative Cloud
In June, photo buffs certainly received a treat when they found out that Lightroom 4 was available as part of the Creative Cloud membership. The Lightroom team was exceptionally proud of this release – as they found the right balance between powerful controls and an intuitive user experience. Combine that with publishing tools and you have one magnificent update to Lightroom.
Moment #7 | Illustrator 25th Anniversary
On March, 19, 1987, drawing and line art changed forever. Enter Adobe Illustrator. This flagship product turned the big 2-5 this year and took vector graphics to a whole new level with the release of the CS6 version, offered in the Creative Cloud.
While you may have one favorite Adobe app, I’ll bet you’ve also used them together in combinations: for example, placing a layered Photoshop file in InDesign to take advantage of the flexible Layer Comps feature.
Adobe’s “No App Is an Island” contest challenged participants to describe your own multiple-product workflows. We recently chose the winners, and they’re a great cross-section of how today’s creatives make the most of our software.
For example, Theo Lipfert, an award-winning filmmaker and associate Professor in the School of Film and Photography at Montana State University, demonstrated how he combines Illustrator and After Effects to create animations that can range from simple to sophisticated:
For his video tutorial, Professor Lipfert goes home with the Grand Prize: a year’s subscription to the Creative Cloud.
Another winning how-to, by Howard Pinsky, used Lightroom and Photoshop to create a high-dynamic range photo with rich detail in the shadows and highlights:
The remaining winners are Jason Anderson (“Complete Map-Making Workflow”), Sara Frances (“Photo Effects and Filters”), Mike Gentilini (“Customizable Twitter and Facebook Logo Videos”), Kirk Nelson (“Create Cool Pie Charts”), and Kelly Vaughn (“Acrobat Highlighters that Don’t Require Recognizable Text”). Theo Lipfert was also recognized for two other entries: “Using Lightroom as a CinemaDNG importer for After Effects” and “CinemaDNG Round Tripping Between After Effects and Premiere Pro”.
In the coming year, look for all of the tutorials to appear in several places across Adobe. But in the meantime, anyone interested in cross-product how-to’s should download issue 2 of Adobe SWAPP, a free iPad publication. Every article in issue 2 (created by such experts as Von Glitschka, Ben Willmore, and David Blatner) is a multi-product goldmine.
Thank you to all the contest participants, and a big congratulations to the winners!
Does the photograph above look familiar to you? If you guessed that this was used as an album cover for the indie band, Imagine Dragons, you’d be spot on. While many may focus on the music from the Imagine Dragons’ Continued Silence EP album, we wanted to delve into the making of the album art and uncover who was behind the concept and design.
Meet the man responsible for this fascinating image, 19-year-old Louis Lander Deacon– a photography student whose photo has become synonymous with the Imagine Dragons’ brand. Check out more of this photographer’s work and our conversation with him about his creative process.
Our team noticed Photoshop trainer, author, speaker and photographer, Dave Cross (@DaveCross) sharing Creative Cloud tips on Twitter, so we tapped him to see if he’d be up for sharing his insights with our Creative Layer readers. Dave told us that in the relatively short time that he’s been an Adobe Creative Cloud member, he’s already benefited in some unexpected ways, and continues to see additional opportunities where he can take advantage of Creative Cloud features. Here are Dave’s top 5 Creative Cloud tips (and really some benefits), written by the pro himself:
Tip #1: Apps
Of course, having access to all the Adobe applications is pretty sweet. But there’s a “hidden” benefit: Adobe Creative Cloud members get access to new features before they are released to everyone else. There have already been exclusive new features added to Illustrator, Dreamweaver, Muse and more, and I expect that will continue in the future with other apps.
Our Photoshop team recently returned from Photoshop World 2012 – an expo held in Las Vegas, Nevada last week (Sept. 5-7). If you weren’t able to attend the conference itself, we’ve pulled together a few highlights:
Day 1 had something for everyone, including a keynote opened by Adobe’s Vice President of Products for Digital Imaging, Winston Hendrickson.
Day 2 focused on customer experiences with Photoshop Touch, Photoshop image editor software, & Lightroom photography software, but attendees got a thrill when monsters took over the floor for some exciting photo shoots.
The Next Photoshop Evangelist Contest winner Nicole Dalesio demonstrates her favorite Photoshop CS6 features.
To find out more about the events during the expo, visit the Photoshop World event site.