#CreativeFriday – Lightroom 5 Beta – new features and JDI enhancements

If you have downloaded the Lightroom 5 Beta from labs, hopefully you are excited by it’s new capabilities. If you have not downloaded it, you can from this site for free (Free until Lightroom 5 is officially released). We have also included 50 JDI enhancements in this release. JDI enhancements are typically workflow items that are raised from the user community (that means you), so please keep the feed back come it, as you do make a difference. Anyway, here are a whole load of JDI’s included with Lightroom 5 as well as some more details on the new Lightroom 5 features.

Library enhancements & JDI’s

Smart Previews

  • Lightweight DNG files are used for the Lightroom 5 smart previews. This allows the files to be kept small and performant when in use.
  • Original files are prioritised above Smart Previews and will be used when available.
  • Smart Preview swill be used in the absence of an original file.  Changes are saved to the Lightroom catalog and will be visible on both the Smart Preview and original image.
  • You are able to generate Smart Previews in many ways
    • On import, check the “generate Smart Previews” field in the File Handling Panel
    • In the Library module, go to the Library-> Previews -> Build Smart Previews menu option
    • When exporting to catalog, there is a “Generate Smart Previews” checkbox option
  • Smart Previews can be used in Export, Publish Services, and Export to Email
  • Smart Previews can be generated while importing from another catalog
  • Previews can be rendered from Smart Previews if the original is offline but the Smart Preview is available
  • Quick Develop works with Smart Previews
  • Zooming to 1:1 with a Smart Preview – if the original is offline, then Lightroom will zoom to the Smart Preview’s 1:1 setting, which may be different than the original file’s 1:1 setting
  • A true full screen mode is now available by using the “F” key.
  • Previous “F” key features are now available using Shift+F
  • Drag-able view overlays available within Library module when Loupe view is active, also in Develop module during Tethered Capture. This can be enabled using the View-> Loupe Overlay menu option. You are able to modify the size of the gridlines of the overlay mode by holding the command/control key and click “Size” while dragging the mouse to the left (to decrease) or right (to increase). or by changing the slides at the top of the screen.
  • Support for Windows HiDPI at 150% and 200% resolution.
  • New criteria for Smart Collections including:
    • File size
    • Image size
    • Image Bit Depth
    • Number of color channels
    • Color Mode
    • Color Profile
    • Smart Preview status*
    • PNG*

*PNG Support:

  • Lightroom 5 now supports importing of PNGs
  • Edit-inside Photoshop is supported. The PNG will be converted either to a TIFF or PSD, based on the preferences that have been set in the preferences.
  • PNG Transparency appears white
  • PNG file type criteria is both part of a Smart collections and Filters


  • Upon hiding the Filter bar, a heads up information panel informs customers that the Filter Bar is hidden and can be restored using the / keyboard shortcut.  This occurs in Library, Map, Book, Slideshow, Print and Web modules.
  • Upon hiding the Toolbar, an overlay bezel informs customers that the Toolbar is hidden can be restored using the “T” keyboard shortcut.  This occurs in all Lightroom 5 modules.
  • Added a new menu item to the View menu called “Lock Zoom Position”.  If the menu item is checked, the zoom position of each image will be remembered, and when switching between images, the loupe view will be centered on the point you clicked last time.
  • Ability to generate Previews with 2880 pixels on the long edge.  These are Standard sized previews and is an option within the Catalog Settings preferences.
  • Keyboard shortcut F12 to trigger tethered capture.
  • “Direction” field is added to the EXIF Metadata panel. If the image contains GPS direction information, then this field will show the compass directions as one of 8 options (North, Northwest, West, etc.).  The degree value will shown as a tooltip on mouse hover. The “Direction” EXIF metadata field is editable.  The 8 compass directions (North, North-west, east, etc.) are the only values that can be entered in this field.  This field can be synced across multiple images using the “Sync Metadata” button.
  • Added a new Import option to Preferences.  When ” Show the ‘Current/Previous Import’ collection during Import” is checked, the customer is shown their newly imported photos.  When unchecked, the photos are still imported, but the focus will remain on the last previously viewed images (prior to Import).
  • Lightroom remembers last viewed image in a Collection.  You’ll be restored to that image upon returning to the Collection.
  • A “Set as target collection” checkbox has been added to the Create Collection dialog.
  • Photos can be dragged directly to Saved Locations and Saved Locations can be dragged to photos.  In both cases, the photo will receive the same location as the already defined “Saved Location”.
  • There is now a command to verify the integrity of DNG files (Library>Validate DNG Files). Any invalid DNG files will be placed in a special collection. Only DNG files created by Adobe software can be validated (camera-‐created DNGs cannot be validated because they do not contain the necessary checksum).

Development enhancements & JDI’s

Advanced Healing Brush

  • 2 types of spots are now available:
    • Circle spots – existing functionality within Lightroom
    • Custom shape spots – can be used for arbitrary shapes
  • Tablet/Mouse and keyboard usage options:
    • Click + Drag – create brush spot
    • Single click – create a circle spot from auto-find source
    • Shift + Click – connect the selected spot with the new spot via a straight brush stroke
    • Cmd/Ctrl + Drag – Create a circle spot from user-defined source
    • Cmd/Ctrl + Option + Drag: Create a circle spot that scales from center
    • Cmd/Ctrl + Shift + Drag: Create a circle spot that scales from anchor
    • Backslash (/) – select new source for existing circle or brush spot
    • Shift + Drag – Constrain brush spot to horizontal or vertical axis
  • Deletion
    • Option/Alt + Click – delete spot
    • Option/Alt + Drag – delete multiple spots using a marquee selection
  • Visualisation spot mode to help detect hidden spots (such as sensor dust and pronounced artefacts)
    • A – Visualize spots*
    • H – Hide spot overlays
  • Using the shift-click to “connect the dots” will now automatically re-evaluate the source selection. In other words, the spot tool will now account for the fact that the user has extended an existing spot. Exception: if the user has previously manually set the source for a spot, then shift-clicking to extend that spot will not invoke the “auto find source” logic.
  • Improve spot tool’s ability to patch spots automatically
  •  Shift+Drag to constrain the brush to horizontal or vertical stroke
  • A “Select New Source” command has been added to the contextual menu.
  • Holding down Shift will constrain the brush stroke to the horizontal or vertical
  • New Loupe overlay (Grid / Guides and Layout Image) , with ability to change Grid layout, Guide.
  • New Aspect Ratio crop overlay, with ability to change the aspect ratios

* please note that this is also available as a checkbox and slider in Toolbar

Radial Filter

  • Radial Filter appears in the Histogram Toolbar between the Graduated Filter and the Adjustment Brush.  Radial Filter allows users to apply existing local adjustment attributes to a circular mask with a feathered falloff.  Users can now create off-center vignettes, among other effects.
  • Usage instructions:
    • Select the tool and drag out a bounding ellipse or command/Ctrl + double-click on the image to set the bounding ellipse to the image bounds
    • Bounding ellipse can then be manipulated in the same way as the Crop overlay
  • Keyboard Shortcuts:
    • Shift + M: Expand Radial Filter tool
    • Drag: Radial Filter is scaled from center
    • Cmd/Ctrl + double-click: Expand Radial Filter to visible image area
    • Cmd/Ctrl + double-click on existing RF: Expand to visible image area
    • Option/Alt + Cmd/Ctrl + Drag: Duplicate Radial Filter
    • H: Hide Bounding Box
    • Apostrophe key ( ‘ ): Invert Mask
    • Double-click on existing Radial Filter: Apply & dismiss Radial Filter
  • Upright has been designed to  straighten pictures automatically. Common use cases include fixing horizons (to avoid “tilted pictures”) and straightening buildings (to avoid the “keystone” effect).
  • Upright’s main advantage over previous methods (e.g., straighten and crop tools, Horizontal and Vertical sliders) is that it automatically finds the desired correction by analysing the image content.
  • Usage:
    • Within Develop-> Lens Correction, ensure Enable Profile Correction is checked, Upright will have a better if any lens corrections have been applied to the image, although it won’t stop the feature working.
    • Using Upright will reset any crop or manual transform adjustments
    • Check one of the 4 modes, but try them all to work out the best effect.
    • modify (if necessary) using the Manual transforms available in the “Manual” tab.
    • The Reanalyze button is helpful if you enable/disable Lens Correction.  Reanalyze will force Upright to calculate a new transformation.
  • Upright Modes
    • Off: Upright is disabled (no adjustment). This is the default option.
    • Auto: Apply an automatic “balanced” correction to the image. It generally tries to level the image and fix converging horizontal and vertical lines, but will be conservative (e.g., it will not completely fix converging verticals if doing so would involve an overly strong correction that would result in distorting too many image features). In general, Auto will not be the same as Full, Level, or Vertical.
    • Full: Apply a full 3D warp correction to the image (level + fix converging horizontals and verticals). This may mean that strong correction (large rotations) are applied in some cases.
    • Level: Level the image (i.e., fix tilts). Similar to an automatic application of the Straighten tool or using the Rotate slider. Doesn’t fix converging horizontals/verticals.
    • Vertical: Combines the level (see previous item) with fixing converging verticals.
  • Copy/Sync Behavior when used for Upright mode
    • “Upright Mode” will utilize the same Upright mode as part of the preset or copy/sync.  Each image will be independently analyzed to determine the best transform based on the Upright mode chosen.
    • “Upright Transforms” utilises the Upright transformation from that image for presets and copy/sync.  Each image will utilize the exact same transformation.
  •  Ability to show LAB colour values on the Histogram. Right/control + click on the Histogram. Hover the mouse cursor over the image and the RGB Histogram will be replaced by LAB color readout.
  • If available Lightroom 5 will load the preview first when moving to the Development module, enabling basic Develop modes (i.e. basic panel), in parallel Lightroom will build a high-resolution preview in the background, swaping in the high-resolution preview once built and enabling all of Develop functionality.
  • The before/after views now show the current photo and the proofed photo in Soft Proofing mode
  • Aspect slider was added to the Lens Correction Manual Tab.  Slider allows for small aspect ratio change that helps to improve image appearance.  Dragging to the left should make things look more “squat” and dragging to the right should make things look taller and skinnier.
  • A new “Basic” tab exists within the Lens Correction panel.  This includes a checkbox to enable lens profile, constrain crop, remove chromatic aberration, and Upright.  As in prior versions, Lens Profiles can be enabled via the Profile tab, and Chromatic Aberration can be enabled via the “Color” tab.
  • Clipping indicators are persistent between Lightroom sessions.
  • Crop Overlay Aspect Ratios – Enable via Tools-> Crop Guide Overlay -> Aspect Ratios.  They provide a crop aspect overlay that can be enabled using the O keyboard shortcut while in the Crop tool.
  • Transparent Buttons for “Page Text” and if a photo exists on the page, “Photo Text”.  These are linked to the existing Page Text and Photo Text controls and are designed to help make the text experience in Lightroom easier to use.
  • All the text tools available in Lr4 can still be used, this is a simpler way for customers to interact with the text technology
  • Ability to input text directly to a Text box in Book.  In Lightroom 4, you had to first change the Text panel to “Custom” before you could enter text. Ensure that the “Fill Text Boxes with” customer preference in Book Preferences is set to “Filler Text” for this to work.
  • New global checkbox for adding the Page Numbers.  You can also use the icon to select where the Page Number should go.
  • The appearance of Page number can be changed either globally or locally
  • Page Numbering can start at a custom page, or starting on the first non-cover page.
  • After modifying a page template (for example, by changing the cell padding), you can now save the modified template as a Custom User Page.
  • These page layouts are available as “Custom Pages” in the Page Picker
  • Custom Pages are saved to the Layout Templates -> User Templates folder
  • Add video clips to your Slideshows
  • Improved synchronization of slides with soundtrack duration.
  • Visual indicator to help identify favorite page layout styles within the Page Picker.  Click on the circular Collection badge in order to quickly add them to their Favorites list.  Favorite pages will have a filled in circle, making them easier to find.
  • Ability to print books with Blurb’s “Standard” paper type.  This is a lighter weight option than “Premium Luster”.
  • Selected pages will have a thicker yellow border compared to unselected pages.
  • All the same metadata that is available for captions in other modules is now available for captions in the Book module.

Book enhancements


  • Improved text creation on  pages
  • Introduction of Page numbers, including option to hide and start numbering
  • Ability to create custom pages from an existing template. The custom page will appear in the custom pages section of the Lightroom Book templates, and is useable in the auto layout section of the book build

Slide Show

  • Ability to inclue a video as part of an image slide show.


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One Response to #CreativeFriday – Lightroom 5 Beta – new features and JDI enhancements

  1. Wayne McCauley says:

    Disappointed about Slide Show Module upgrades:

    Happy to see you can use video clips in slide show, going to be very useful (and fast) (in LR5).
    Extremely disappointed that simple “text overlays” per photo is not available. When doing travel slide shows, it would be nice to point out a site or situation. I send LR4 slideshows all over the country and I’m not there to explain every situation. It would also be nice to make a joke for some reason. A game, a stag, a reunion, wedding, etc. Some thing fast, how about a simple text box that you can move around, nothing fancy.

    The last thing I was hoping for was the ability to queue multiple songs in a slide show. I make slide shows from 10-25 minutes and hearing the same song over and over makes it not only distracting but unprofessional. I have premiere 9 and have made a few slide shows with it. It makes beautiful shows. I make too many shows to want to use it. I just want to be able to string two or three songs together very quickly. A, B, C – Done. Maybe in LR6.

    Wayne McCauley