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10 June 2013

Adobe has released Lightroom 5 with two licensing options. The application is available as an individual license or via Adobe Creative Cloud.

It's Here. Caught in the act of converting our 49,650-image Lightroom 5 Beta database with Smart Previews.

New features in Lightroom 5 includes:

  • Advanced Healing Brush: change brush size and move it in precise paths to touch up images
  • Upright Tool: correct skew and perspective
  • Radial Gradient: multiple, flexible vignette effects
  • Smart Previews: previews large enough to edit but small enough to take with you
  • Video Slide Shows: combine stills, video and music in HD videos
  • Improved Photo Book Creation: editable templates

Library Module. Note Smart Previews on the left.

Book Module. With editable templates.

We covered the highlights in our Lightroom 5 Beta Preview. Changes made since the beta include:

  • Share your photos using the Behance Publish Service
  • Expanded the range of Radial Filter's feather slider

According to a blog post on, as a result of suggestions from the public beta, the Lightroom team has "made more than 400 tweaks since releasing Lightroom 5 beta." The blog also includes videos of the major new features. And Julienne Kost has already assembled 14 Getting Started videos.

Regarding the choice of licenses, we've always recommended the permanent licensing option of an individual license so you can continue to access the SQLite database Lightroom uses to organize your images and store your edits. Adobe has subsequently said it intends to provide lapsed subscribers to its Creative Cloud products with the same access but has so far not provided a means to do so.

Free to Creative Cloud subscribers, Lightroom 5 is $149 or $79 for previous owners/teachers/students.

More details in the press release below.

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5 Now Available

Powerful New Features Advance Photography Workflows

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Adobe has announced the availability of Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5 for Mac OS and Windows. The product is available as an individual license or as part of Adobe Creative Cloud. Designed for both photography enthusiasts and professionals alike, Lightroom 5 adds critical photo editing capabilities and creates groundbreaking workflows. Lightroom 5 was initially released as a free, public beta in April 2013.

"Lightroom was originally conceived through the requests of Adobe customers, and this feedback continues to drive each new iteration," said Winston Hendrickson, vice president of products, Creative Media Solutions, Adobe. "As the digital photography landscape advances and evolves, Lightroom is the best solution for photographers and passionate hobbyists who want to get the most out of their digital images."

New Features in Lightroom 5

Lightroom 5 adds powerful new editing tools to help photographers create better images faster. The Advanced Healing Brush enables customers 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 customers the control to make photo subjects stand out by applying off-center and multiple vignettes in a single image.

Lightroom 5 also brings extended sharing and publishing capabilities. New video slideshows enable customers to combine still images, video clips and music in a creative HD slideshow that can be viewed on almost any device. Updates to the Book module bring the ability to create, personalize and print elegant photo books from a variety of tailored, easy-to-use templates, as well as create customer-specific templates.

Smart Previews, new in Lightroom 5, enable photographers to make edits to their images offline, without bringing their entire library of original files with them. Edits and metadata changes to Smart Preview files are automatically applied to the original images when they are reconnected.

Pricing and Availability

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5 is available now for immediate download for Adobe Creative Cloud members. Standalone software is available at and participating retailers for $149 or $79 for upgrades. For more detailed information about product features, upgrade policies, pricing and language versions, please visit

Customers can also connect with the Lightroom team directly on Facebook (, via Twitter ( or on the Adobe Lightroom blog. For Lightroom how-to videos, visit

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