We’re excited to get Lightroom, our end-to-end solution for both amateur and professional photographers, into the hands of Creative Cloud customers who want to bring out the best from their photographs. Lightroom will help you organize, perfect, and share your photos more easily than ever before.
New tools in Lightroom 4 provide more detail in shadows and highlights and let you make targeted adjustments of white balance, noise reduction, and more. The new Map module allows you to find and group images by location, automatically display location data from your camera or smartphone, and assign locations to images. Lightroom 4 also allows customers to craft elegant photo books and easily share your images on social media and photo sharing sites, including Facebook and Flickr. Newly added video support lets you view video clips, make simple edits, and then upload your HD clips to Facebook and Flickr.
Creative Cloud is the digital hub that lets you download and install any of the new Adobe Creative Suite 6 desktop apps you want, plus cloud storage, device syncing, and the ability to easily publish, manage, and host websites through your membership.
Lightroom coming into Creative Cloud is a good example of why we think people will really love Creative Cloud — we can add new creative tools and members just get them at no additional cost – it’s as simple as that. We’ll be adding even more great stuff to Creative Cloud over time; Lightroom is just the beginning.
Getting started with Lightroom 4
If you’re a member of Creative Cloud, log into your account to download, install and start using Lightroom 4 today.
If you’re not yet a member to Creative Cloud you can join and/or find additional information here.
If you already have Lightroom installed as a 30-day trial, or already own Lightroom, see the following FAQ: Lightroom & Creative Cloud FAQ It covers converting your current Lightroom install to be part of your Creative Cloud membership. It also answers questions regarding recently purchasing Lightroom 4 as well as a number of other questions about using Lightroom with Creative Cloud.
Finally, I’ve gathered a number of free learning resources on my personal blog for folks getting up to speed with our products, including Lightroom 4.
Operating System Support
A few notes for customers looking to start working with Lightroom along with Photoshop CS6 and the rest of the Creative Cloud family of applications:
Lightroom does not support Windows XP and is a 64-bit only application on Mac OS X. The system requirements for Lightroom include support for Microsoft® Windows Vista® & Windows® 7 (32-bit or 64-bit) and Mac OS X 10.6.8 or 10.7.x (64-bit only).
While the Photoshop CS6 system requirements currently include support for Windows XP, some features that heavily leverage modern operating systems, graphics cards/GPUs and graphics drivers were not supported specifically on Windows XP. These include 3D, Blur Gallery and the new Lighting Effects features.
What does this mean for customers who use Windows XP? I recently wrote an article on the Photoshop.com blog titled “Photoshop CS6 Operating System Support…and Beyond” in which I discussed system requirements and OS support in Photoshop CS6 and forward looking guidance that suggests customers move to a modern, 64–bit OS like Windows 7 or Mac OS 10.7 Lion, and start eyeing Windows 8 and OS 10.8 Mountain Lion.
I hope this information helps you quickly get started using Lightroom 4 along with the rest of Creative Cloud. Enjoy!
- Jeffrey Tranberry
Product Manager – Chief Customer Advocate – Digital Imaging
@jtranber on Twitter
- Lightroom & Creative Cloud FAQ
- Creative Cloud FAQ
- Lightroom 4 product page
- Lightroom 4 FAQ
- Tuning Lightroom for Peak Performance
- Lightroom 4 System Requirements
- Tuning Photoshop for Peak Performance
- Photoshop CS6 System Requirements