Lightroom 5 Now Available!

The Lightroom team is proud to announce the available of Lightroom 5.  A number of you downloaded Lightroom 5 beta and we are thankful for the overwhelming feedback and suggestions that you’ve provided.  We’ve made over 400 tweaks since releasing Lightroom 5 beta, many of which are directly attributed to your feedback in our public forums.  Thank you.

Lightroom 5 is now feature complete and final.  Lightroom 5 will be available for $149 (for those new to Lightroom) and $79 (for Upgrade and Student/Teacher editions).  As with previous version of Lightroom, Lightroom 5 is a perpetual license.

Download Lightroom 5

Get Started with Julieanne Kost’s fantastic video tutorial series

Get help with Lightroom 5

Changes since the public beta:

  • Share your photos using the Behance Publish Service
  • Expanded the range of Radial Filter’s feather slider
  • Over 400 bugs found and fixed! (Thank you Lightroom 5 beta customers!)

New Camera Support in Lightroom 5.0

  • Hasselblad H5D-60
  • Olympus PEN E-P5
  • Olympus PEN E-PL6
  • Panasonic LUMIX DMC-G6
  • Panasonic LUMIX DMC-LF1
  • Phase One IQ260*
  • Ricoh GR
  • Sony DSC-RX1R (RX1R)**
  • Sony DSC-RX100M2 (RX100 II)*  **

* denotes preliminary support
**Support for these models was not listed in the original blog post

Tethered Support – New Cameras

  • Nikon D600

New Lens Profile Support in Lightroom 5

Lens Name

Lens Mount

Canon PowerShot G1 X


Canon PowerShot G15


Hasselblad HCD 4.8/24


Nikon Coolpix A


Nikon Coolpix P330


Nikon AF-S Nikkor 80-400 mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR


HD Pentax-D FA645 Macro 90mm F2.8ED AW SR


HD Pentax-DA 560mm F5.6ED AW


Sigma 30mm F1.4 DC HSM A013

Canon, Sigma

Sigma 17-70mm F2.8-4 DC Macro OS HSM C013          Nikon
Sigma 19mm F2.8 DN A013   Olympus, Sony
Sigma 30mm F2.8 DN A013   Olympus, Sony
Zeiss Apo Sonna T* 2/135 ZE          Canon
Zeiss Apo Sonnar T* 2/135 ZF.2          Nikon
Zeiss Touit 1.8/32          Sony
Zeiss Touit 2.8/12          Sony

Known Issues

  • Fullscreen Mode does not show the next image in your selection. This occurs only when you have selected a series of images before entering Fullscreen mode.
  • Video playback is not currently supported in Fullscreen mode.
  • There is no error message informing that offline photos and videos are not exported to slideshows.
  • The slide after a video clip is often not shown.  This only occurs when using the Manual Slideshow feature.
  • Custom slideshow templates will default to 480×270 on export. This only impacts custom slideshow templates created in previous versions of Lightroom.
  • The slideshow appears as a black screen occasionally.  This only occurs when a video file is chosen as the first slide.
  • Star ratings cannot be applied while previewing or viewing a Slideshow.
  • Deleting a book in the Book Module may occasionally cause another book to disappear.
  • XMP metadata changes are not automatically written to file when the original file is offline.
  • Canon cameras are not detected when using Tethered Capture in Windows 8.  This only occurs on Windows 8.
  • Offline photos go missing from Lightroom when moving folder of images to a different volume.
  • GPS metadata on videos created on an Apple iPhone is not imported.
  • Basic metadata is not imported with video files.  This only occurs when imported directly from the camera.   As a workaround, please copy the files from camera to your harddrive and then import into Lightroom.
  • When utilizing the “Merge to HDR” feature with Photoshop, the resulting HDR image contains metadata from the last selected photo.
  • Photos adjusted using Process Version 2003 incorrectly display a “Post Crop Vignette: Paint Overlay” History step. Selecting a subsequent History State can reset existing settings that follow that state in the History panel. This reset cannot be undone, effectively deleting any settings that have been applied after the selected History State. This only occurs with images adjusted in PV2003.
  • Images exported at less than 1/3 of their original size may not retain Output Sharpening and Noise Reduction settings.

Thank You!


Lightroom FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

I’ve put together a list of some of the most frequently asked questions about Lightroom.

Continue reading…

Keeping Lightroom Up-to-Date

Many software issues are resolved by simply updating to the latest version, below are resources to help you keep Lightroom up to date.

Table of Contents:

What is the most current version?

Lightroom CC/Lightroom 6

  • The most current version of Lightroom CC is 2015.0.1 & Lightroom 6 is 6.0.1

Lightroom 5

  • The most current version of Lightroom 5 is 5.7.1

Lightroom 4

  • The most current version of Lightroom 4 is 4.4.

Lightroom 3

  • The most current version of Lightroom 3 is 3.6.

How do I check for and install the most current updates?

Creative Cloud:

Launch the Creative Cloud app from your Applications (Mac) or Programs (Win) folder if it’s not already open.

Click on the Creative Cloud icon in the top menu (Mac) or the system tray in the lower left (Win) to open the Creative Cloud window. Click on Apps to display available updates:


Note: If you encounter errors or problems updating see: Troubleshoot Updates Errors

Lightroom 5 or earlier (this will also work for Lightroom CC):

Choose Help>Check for Updates…:


How do I verify which version of Lightroom I have?

To verify you have the latest version of Lightroom:

Lightroom 2015.0.1 & 6.0.1

  • Choose Help > System Info… 


Lightroom 5.7.1 and older

  • Mac: Choose Lightroom > About Adobe Photoshop Lightroom
  • Win: Choose Help > About Adobe Photoshop Lightroom


What issues have been addressed in the updates?

Sharad Mangalick and Tom Hogarty have created blog posts outlining the key changes and improvements in each Lightroom release:

Lightroom CC 2015 / Lightroom 6

Lightroom 5

Lightroom 4

Lightroom 3

What if the computer that Lightroom is on is not connected to the internet?

You’ll need to find a computer that is connected to the internet, and download the update to an external drive or media that you can move to the computer that’s not connected. (Note: You can install the product and updates offline, but you will need to have momentary internet access to sign-in and activate your software)

Lightroom 6 (the same links work for Lightroom CC):

Lightroom 5

For perpetual license customers, download here:

Lightroom 4.4

Lightroom 3.6

All updates/All versions:

** Important direct download instructions (only required for links that are followed by ** See important download instructions below) To avoid the error “Access Denied: You don’t have permission to access “…” on this server” follow the instructions below:

      1. Temporarily turn off firewalls, website/cookie blocking,  or antivirus software.
      2. Visit this page then sign in with your Adobe ID (if asked) before clicking any of the download links above.
      3. Close any windows that popped up and cancel any downloads that started.
      4. Download an installer – click or right-click on the desired link above and choose “Save Link As…” from the popup menu – and save all files to the same place (e.g. your Desktop).

For help installing after downloading the files complete , see this document: Start the installer after downloading.

How do I verify Photoshop and Camera Raw are up to date

If you use Photoshop and Camera Raw together with Lightroom, head over to Jeffrey Tranberry’s article for instructions on how to verify that Photoshop and Camera Raw are up to date.

Lightroom: Basic troubleshooting to fix most issues

lr5_totemHere is a set of basic troubleshooting steps that should resolve most problems encountered while using Lightroom.

If you encounter a crash, be sure to submit all crash reports and include your email address with the crash report.
If you submit a crash report for a known issue, we will be able to offer you a solution for correcting the problem.

Please try all the steps below prior to reporting a problem, posting on the forums or contacting support for Lightroom specific issues.

For mostly non-technical questions like How-to’s or What’s New, please see the Lightroom FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

If your issue is with getting up and running, please see the following document: Help with Downloading, Installing or Activating

Continue reading…

Camera Raw 8.1 Release Candidate for Photoshop CS6 Now Available

Camera Raw 8.1 and DNG Converter 8.1 Release Candidates are now available on Adobe Labs  This release includes support for HiDPI capable displays, bug fixes, new camera support, and new lens profiles.

Photoshop CS6 customers traditionally have received camera updates through Camera Raw 7.x releases.  This is the first time that we are providing camera support through a version of the camera raw plug-in that is a whole version number greater than the version of Camera Raw that shipped with a specific version of Photoshop. (Photoshop CS6 shipped with ACR7 and now we’re providing support to CS6 with ACR8.)  As mentioned here, this change allows us to be consistent with our past policy of providing raw support for currently shipping products.  However, when ACR8 is hosted by Photoshop CS6, it will not offer any of the new features described in Photoshop CC marketing materials for ACR8.

New Camera Support in Camera Raw 8.1 Release Candidate

  • Hasselblad H5D-60
  • Olympus PEN E-P5
  • Olympus PEN E-PL6
  • Phase One IQ260*
  • Pentax Ricoh GR
  • Panasonic LUMIX DMC-G6
  • Panasonic LUMIX DMC-LF1

* denotes preliminary support

New Lens Profile Support in Camera Raw 8.1 Release Candidate

Lens Name

Lens Mount

Canon PowerShot G1 X


Canon PowerShot G15


Hasselblad HCD 4.8/24


Nikon Coolpix A


Nikon Coolpix P330


Nikon AF-S Nikkor 80-400 mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR


HD Pentax-D FA645 Macro 90mm F2.8ED AW SR


HD Pentax-DA 560mm F5.6ED AW


Sigma 30mm F1.4 DC HSM A013

Canon, Sigma

Sigma 17-70mm F2.8-4 DC Macro OS HSM C013


Sigma 19mm F2.8 DN A013

Olympus, Sony

Sigma 30mm F2.8 DN A013

Olympus, Sony

Zeiss Apo Sonna T* 2/135 ZE


Zeiss Apo Sonnar T* 2/135 ZF.2


Zeiss Touit 1.8/32


Zeiss Touit 2.8/12


Release Notes

Camera Raw 8.1 RC includes support for HiDPI capable displays.  

Thank You

Adobe Camera Raw support for Photoshop CC and Photoshop CS6

Today’s Photoshop CC announcement requires a modest change in our camera raw support policy.  Because Adobe is still selling Photoshop CS6, those customers will continue to receive updated camera raw file format compatibility via Adobe Camera Raw.  When we update ACR with new camera support, Photoshop CS6 customers can work with the new version of the Camera Raw plug-in.  No new features or functionality will be available in ACR to Photoshop CS6 customers as part of those updates. (No Upright, advanced healing brush or radial filter, etc.)  I don’t have a timeline for how long this camera raw support will continue for Photoshop CS6 but I want to be consistent with our past policy of providing raw support for currently shipping products.

Thanks and I look forward to your feedback.

Lightroom and the Creative Cloud

Adobe’s recent announcement around our Creative Cloud update has generated quite a few questions around how it will impact Lightroom 5.  I’ve answered a few of the questions below and please feel free to ask additional questions in the comments.


Q. How much will Lightroom 5 cost?

A. Lightroom 5 is available for an estimated $149 US.  Customers of previous versions of Lightroom can upgrade to Lightroom 5 for an estimated $79 US.


Q. Will Lightroom 5 be included as part of Adobe Creative Cloud?

A. Yes.  Lightroom 5 will be delivered to Creative Cloud members at no extra charge when it’s available.


Q. Will I still be able to purchase Lightroom 5 outside of the Creative Cloud

A. Yes. Lightroom 5 will continue to be available as a standalone product, available for purchase as an Electronic Software Download(ESD) or as a boxed product with a traditional perpetual license.


Q. Will there be a different version of Lightroom called Lightroom CC?

A. No.


Q. Will there be features of Lightroom 5 that are exclusive to Creative Cloud members?

A. No.


Q. Will Lightroom become a subscription only offering after Lightroom 5?

A. Future versions of Lightroom will be made available via traditional perpetual licenses indefinitely.


Q. Is Lightroom included with a Photoshop CC single-app subscription?

A. Lightroom is available as stand-alone purchase, and through the full Creative Cloud package. Lightroom is not included with a Photoshop CC single-app membership.

Lr 5 beta resources

This is a list of various resources dedicated to educating photographers about Lightroom 5 public beta.  Please submit additional content through the comment field and I’ll add them to the list.  Adobe maintains an official YouTube channel that provides information about Lightroom 5 public beta but it’s often helpful to review other resources for a different perspective.


Lightroom 5 Beta Now Available!

The Lightroom team is proud to introduce the fifth major version of the product designed for and by photographers. It was 7 years ago when we introduced the very first public beta of Lightroom at MacWorld on January 9, 2006. Since 2006 we’ve been hard at work improving an application that’s intended to be as easy to use as it is powerful.  This release builds on the image quality improvements in Lightroom 4 to provide a truly complete workflow and imaging solution.  We keep hearing from customers that they love Lightroom but needed to leave Lightroom to complete X, Y, or Z.  Lightroom 5 beta solves those issues.

Lightroom 5 Beta Splash Screen

Download the beta 

Talk about the beta 

Learn about the beta 


Primary Known Issues

  • Lightroom 5 beta is not complete but please provide feedback on the available enhancements.
  • Lightroom 5 beta will not upgrade Lightroom 1.x, Lightroom 2.x, Lightroom 3.x, or Lightroom 4.x catalogs. The beta is intended to be used for testing and feedback purposes. Lightroom 1.x, 2.x, 3.x , 4.x and 5 beta libraries will be able to be migrated to the finished version of Lightroom 5.
  • While data loss is not expected, this is an early ‘beta’ quality build and you should always work on duplicates of files that are securely backed up.
  • Lightroom 5 beta will not overwrite or interfere with a machine that currently has Lightroom 1, Lightroom 2, Lightroom 3, or Lightroom 4 installed.
  • Develop settings applied in Lightroom 5 beta are not guaranteed to transfer correctly to the final version of Lightroom 5
  • The Lightroom 5 beta will expire after Lightroom 5.0 is available
  • Additional known issues are listed below.

Minimum system requirements


  • Intel® Pentium® 4 or AMD Athlon® 64 processor*
  • DirectX 10–capable or later graphics card
  • Microsoft® Windows® 7 with Service Pack 1 or Windows 8
  • 2GB of RAM (4GB recommended)
  • 2GB of available hard-disk space
  • 1024×768 display
  • DVD-ROM drive
  • Internet connection required for Internet-based services†

* Dual-core processor recommended for HD or AVCHD video functionality.

Mac OS

  • Multicore Intel processor with 64-bit support
  • Mac OS X v10.7 or v10.8
  • 2GB of RAM (4GB recommended)
  • 2GB of available hard-disk space
  • 1024×768 display
  • DVD-ROM drive
  • Internet connection required for Internet-based services†

Install Lightroom 5 beta

Download the beta 

1. Download Lightroom 5 beta from
2. Unzip the download, open the disk image, and double-click the Lightroom Beta 5 package in the resulting window.  Follow the on-screen instructions

Windows 7, Windows 8
1. Download Lightroom 5 beta from
2. Unzip the download, open the disk image, and double-click the Lightroom Beta 5 package in the resulting window.  Follow the on-screen instructions.

Serial Numbers

Anyone can download and work with the Lightroom 5 beta for the duration of the beta program. There is no serial number requirement.

Supported File Formats

  • JPEG
  • TIFF (8 bit, 16 bit)
  • PSD (8 bit, 16 bit)
  • PNG
  • DNG
  • Raw (Please visit for a full list of raw file support. File support for Lightroom 5 beta, aligns with Lightroom 4.4 and Camera Raw 7.4)

Important File Format Support Exceptions (Formats not supported)

• PSD files saved without a composite image. (Saved without “Maximize Compatibility” setting)
• Files with dimensions greater than 65,000 pixels per side

High Level Summary of What’s New

  • Advanced Healing Brush
  • Upright
  • Radial Gradient
  • Smart Previews
  • Improved Photo Book Creation
  • Slideshows with Videos and Still Images

Lightroom 5 beta Enhancements

Advanced Healing Brush
Lightroom 2 added the ability to quickly remove spots and imperfections from your images.  Photographers could only heal circular areas, but many unwanted elements in photographs have irregular shapes. In Lightroom 5 beta we’ve overhauled the Spot Removal algorithm.

With the Advanced Healing Brush, photographers can now adjust the size of the brush and move it in precise paths, so unwanted objects and flaws—even those with irregular shapes like threads—just disappear. Lightroom 5 even let’s portrait photographers achieve subtle, natural looking results when they smooth wrinkles or fix blemishes on their subjects.

Advanced Healing Brush


There are many things that can come between a photographer and the perfect photo. Not holding a camera straight, or taking a picture from an odd perspective or with the wrong lens, can cause a subject to appear tilted or askew when imported into the Lightroom catalog and viewed on a computer screen. Correcting such images often requires a number of separate adjustments. A photographer might rotate an image, adjust it vertically and horizontally, and change its aspect and perspective. Finding the optimal combination of these settings often relies on a time-consuming trial and error approach.

Lightroom 5 extends the range of image enhancements available to photographers with Upright. The new Upright tool gives photographers four easy methods to straighten tilted images with a single click. Upright analyzes images and detects skewed horizontal and vertical lines, even straightening shots where the horizon is hidden.


Radial Filter

Busy backgrounds or bright colors can distract viewers from the focal point of an image. Photographers may try to reduce the distraction by cropping an image, but this can result in the loss of interesting detail and balance. Another approach to focusing the viewer’s attention is to create a vignette effect, but this only works if a subject is in the center of an image.

The Radial Gradient tool in Lightroom 5 now offers photographers more flexibility and control in how they guide a viewer’s eye to emphasize the important parts of an image. Using this tool, photographers can create off-center vignette effects or multiple vignette areas in a single image. This local adjustment control lets photographers minimize distractions and focus a viewer’s attention exactly where it should be.

Radial Filter

Smart Previews

Photographers need flexibility, and new solid state drives and ultra-light laptops let them work from anywhere. However, the limited storage capacity of these devices restricts access to complete image libraries and original raw files, which are often stored on detachable storage devices or desktop computers. Inability to access to the files they need impacts their ability to edit and share high-quality images while on the go.

New Smart Previews in Lightroom 5 let photographers easily work with images without bringing their entire library with them. They just generate smaller, stand-in files called Smart Previews and leave the originals back at the studio. Photographers can make adjustments or metadata additions to Smart Previews and apply their changes to the fullsize originals later when they reconnect to the device holding the original files, all nondestructively, of course.

For many photographers, generating Smart Previews as they import their images gives them the freedom to disconnect from their storage device at any time, leave the originals at home or in the studio, and edit the Smart Previews from wherever they are. Building Smart Previews while importing is easy, just check the Build Smart Previews checkbox within the File Handling panel in the Import dialog box.

Improved Photo Book Creation

In Lightroom 4, Adobe introduced a robust Photo Book creation workflow. The Book Module makes it easy for photographers to create beautiful, custom books for clients, friends, or for their own personal enjoyment. The Book module provides everything photographers need to create a Photo Book and export it to a PDF for online viewing or directly upload it to the online printing site, Blurb.

Now Lightroom 5 lets photographers customize Photo Books more than ever, with a variety of easy-to-use book templates that you can now edit to create a customized look. Photographers can add page numbers, individual photo captions, and page captions.

Slideshows with Videos and Still Images

Lightroom 4 provided photographers tools to do more with video clips—from organizing, viewing, and making adjustments and edits to playing and trimming clips and extracting still images from video footage. With Lightroom 5 photographers can now easily combine still images, video clips, and music in creative HD video slideshows that can be viewed on almost any computer or device.

Lightroom 5 Additional Features and JDIs

  • PNG file support
  • True Full Screen Mode
  • Configurable grid overlays
  • Additional search criteria for filters and smart collections
  • Lock zoom position preference settings
  • Direction field in EXIF metadata panel
  • “Set as Target Collection” checkbox in Create Collections dialogue
  • Integrity verification of DNG files
  • LAB color readout
  • Aspect slider added to the Manual tab in the Lens Correction panel
  • Persistent clipping indicators between Lightroom sessions
  • Crop overlay aspect ratios
  • Visual indicator of Favorite book pages
  • Transparent buttons for improved Text creation in Books

Additional Known Issues


  • Localization is still in progress. The UI for all new features has not been translated to non-English languages.
  • Offline photos can go missing from Lightroom when moving folder of images to a different volume.

Book Module

  • Make sure to review your book carefully before printing. In particular, please avoid using the ‘Creative’ templates in this build due to a issue where the borders will not be printed.


  • Clipping Indicators turn on automatically with each new session

Smart Previews

  • Please build Smart Previews in batches of 1000 images or less.


  • The audio of trimmed video keeps playing even if the video slides is passed
  • The exported slideshow video does not applied the develop presets
  • Occasionally the exported slideshow video cannot be played
  • Stroke border draws incorrectly during transitions between slides.
  • Occasionally the slideshow will not allow you to stop playback.  In this case, please Force Quit Lightroom 5 beta.
  • Most of the keyboard shortcuts will be disabled during slideshow playing in the preview/full screen mode.
  • Quick Develop Adjustments will not be applied to exported video clips as part of Video Slideshows

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF6 support in Lightroom 4.4

Lightroom 4.4 has full raw support for the recently released Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF6.  If you are currently on Lightroom 4.4, there’s no further action required, it’ll just work with your new DMC-GF6.

Lightroom 4 customers can update their version to 4.4 using the Update Mechanism within Lightroom.