7 Top New Features in Lightroom 5

Yesterday, Adobe announced Lightroom 5 public beta as a free download for everyone. Well, Scott, Glyn Dewis and I recorded a quick video showing our top 7 features, as well as a few tips thrown in. The video is embedded below so you can watch it right here.

Also, today kicks off Photoshop World over in Orlando and I’ll be teaching all week. If you’re joining us, here’s my class schedule in case you can stop by.

Tuesday 1-5pm: Photoshop Compositing Secrets Workshop (w/ Glyn Dewis)
Wednesday 10:45-11:45: Lightroom Crash Course
Thursday 10:45-11:45: Photoshop Restoration Rescue
Thursday 6-7pm: Developing Your Own Lightroom Presets and Special Effects
Friday 11-12pm: Photoshop For Landscape Photographers
Friday 1-2pm: The Art of Dodging and Burning

Make sure you stop by and say hi if you’re in Orlando this week. Hope to see you there!

  • http://www.facebook.com/chris.houston.3958 Chris Houston

    Hey Matt, do you know if the Smart Previews will make doing an initial editing pass any faster than it was in Lightroom 4? I like to do bird photography and always do a first runthrough where I edit based solely on critical sharpness. If it isn’t extremely sharp it goes in the trash. With Lightroom 4 it takes a long time to generate 1:1 previews for every file just to be able to run through and delete a lot of them. I had been thinking about checking out Breezebrowser or Photomechanic to get past that problem but am hoping that maybe the smart previews will perform a similar function.

    • http://twitter.com/algia10 A.G. Photography

      Mine is slow too…I do the same thing you do (except not for birds), and it is sluggish.

  • http://twitter.com/algia10 A.G. Photography

    I was wondering one thing: I have not yet upgraded my CS 5.5 to 6, and so every time I use Lightroom 4, it is telling me to upgrade my Camera RAW to version 7.2 for full compatibility, and then when it opens the file in PS several options under the Filter menu are grayed out. Can it stop doing this? I am not ready ($$$$) to upgrade my PS. So, my question is this: since LR4 is giving me trouble with using CS 5.5, will Lightroom 5 even work in my case? I rely 100% on it, and toggle between LR and PS daily. (Not for spot removal though…LOL) but for more complex things.

    Can they leave the Camera Raw open to all versions for those of us who have not been able to upgrade yet? or can I download Camera RAW 7.2 without upgrading the whole suite?
    Thank you.

    • http://twitter.com/algia10 A.G. Photography

      Problem solved…it was because the RAW files were opening in 16 bit, rather than 8.

  • http://twitter.com/pcollingridge Paul

    Having just bought PerfectSuite 7 it seems that the spot-gradient & the new healing brush are less valuable to me (though it would be great to be able to do it all in metadata & save creating a huge PSD). Julieanne Kost gives a great tip for the new healing brush: If you click to set a circle spot and then Shift +click in different area Lightroom will connect the first spot with the new spot via a straight brush stroke (a great way to remove telephone lines). Now that looks useful!

  • Guest

    We still can’t a simple stroke our photos. It seems so strange to me that Lightroom doesn’t include such a basic feature (that, btw, it includes in the Print module)

  • http://500px.com/SusanBlickPhotography Susan

    Matt could you please do an up to date tut on adding camera and lens profiles to LR 4.4? I’m unsure if they’re supposed to be preloaded? If they are, why can’t I ever find my camera or lens in the list? Cheers!

  • Alex.G.

    Regarding LR5: I am using the 5BETA now, but I was wondering what is the time frame between beta and the full version generally as I never used a BETA version before? When it is supposed to be available for purchase? and will that time frame affect my catalog? just curious. Thanks.