Adobe adds photo edit options

photoshop-lightroom-5Adobe has announced the availability of Photoshop Lightroom 5 and also a major update to Adobe Creative Cloud involving, among others, Photoshop.

Photoshop Lightroom 5 for Mac OS and Windows 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.

The Advanced Healing Brush enables users 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 users the control to make photo subjects stand out by applying off-centre and multiple vignettes in a single image.

New video slideshows let you 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.

Cost is US$149 for the standalone software.

The Adobe Creative Cloud update continues to add to the professional’s repertoire, with increased productivity, streamlining of the effort to build mobile content and showcases some new imaging and video science.

According to the company, a designer can take a photo on their iPad, use Photoshop Touch to refine the photo while on the go, then access that file, via the cloud, and use Photoshop CC on their Mac or Windows PC to further enhance the image.

This update to Creative Cloud includes the next generation of 15 Adobe desktop applications — including Adobe Photoshop CC.

Photoshop CC ships with new sharpening technologies and designer workflow enhancements. Camera Shake Reduction deblurs images that would have otherwise been lost due to camera movement. All-new Smart Sharpen makes texture and detail pop, and Adobe Camera Raw 8 adds even more powerful photographic controls to straighten and perfect images.


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