Adobe Releases Photoshop Lightroom 5 With New Healing Brush, Radial Gradient, and Straightening Tools

Following the release of a public beta nearly two months ago, Adobe today announced immediate availability of the official release of Photoshop Lightroom 5, the company's professional photo management and manipulation software.

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Lightroom 5 Advanced Healing Brush (Click for larger)

Adobe highlights six major new and improved features found in Lightroom 5, as well as a number of other smaller features designed to make the software more powerful and efficient than ever.

- Advanced Healing Brush: Remove distracting elements with a single brush stroke. Adjust the size of the brush and move it in precise paths. Unwanted objects and flaws—even those with irregular shapes like threads—just disappear.

- Upright tool: Straighten tilted images with a single click. The new Upright tool analyzes images and detects skewed horizontal and vertical lines, even straightening shots where the horizon is hidden.

- Radial Gradient tool: Emphasize important parts of your image with more flexibility and control. The Radial Gradient tool lets you create off-center vignette effects, or multiple vignetted areas within a single image.

- Smart Previews: Easily work with images without bringing your entire catalog of original images with you. Just generate smaller stand-in files called Smart Previews. Make adjustments or metadata additions to the Smart Previews and apply your changes to the full-size originals later.

- Improved photo book creation: Create beautiful photo books from your images. Lightroom includes a variety of easy-to-use book templates, and now you can edit them to create a customized look. Upload your book for printing with just a few clicks.

- Video slideshows: Easily share your work in elegant video slideshows. Combine still images, video clips, and music in creative HD videos that can be viewed on almost any computer or device.


Lightroom 5 is priced at $149 as a standalone purchase, with upgrading pricing of $79 available to current Lightroom users. Subscribers to Adobe's Creative Cloud service will also receive access to Lightroom 5 with their memberships.

Lightroom competes with Apple's Aperture software, which is available on the Mac App Store for $79.99. Each successive version of Aperture has seen Apple reduce pricing, moves that drove Adobe to slash the price of Lightroom in half to $149 with the release of Lightroom 4 last year. But with no sign of a new version of Aperture and Apple continuing to price Aperture 3 at $79.99, Adobe apparently remains comfortable with its $149 standard pricing on Lightroom while it also seeks to transition users to its Creative Cloud subscription services.

Top Rated Comments

Marlor Avatar
101 months ago
Does anybody understand this? :confused:

Presumably, real men store their photos directly on disk, not a library, and edit out any imperfections with a hex editor.
Score: 16 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Renzatic Avatar
101 months ago
Presumably, real men store their photos directly on disk, not a library, and edit out any imperfections with a hex editor.
Real men do everything analog. That's why I wrap my monitor in Saran Wrap, and edit all my photos with magic markers.
Score: 12 Votes (Like | Disagree)
3282868 Avatar
101 months ago
Check and mate, Apple. it's embarrassing that Aperture hasn't had a decent update while competitors are running circles around it.

We get it, iOS, iPads, iPhones, "Angry Birds", games, Facebook and Twitter are your bread and butter focus. Yet you once made great displays, powerful and current tech, and a great, stable OS. I'm not buying this post-PC era ****, try real work on a tablet. At most, they're entertainment devices and extensions for desktop systems. Market over-saturation and breaking into the Chinese market aren't doing well for that stock, and you lost the business/pro sect that supported you through your tough years. With Adobe releasing subscription apps, now's the time to get some of that market back, it adds up when businesses invest tens or hundreds of thousands at a time in upgrades.

Bring back the Mac!
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)
David G. Avatar
101 months ago
Lightroom 5, the perfect way to get rid of your daughter in a photograph but not that annoying stick in the lower right hand portion of the image.
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)
iBug2 Avatar
101 months ago
I can't see Aperture 4 at WWDC. It's not a developer tool.

And iRadio is?
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Bubba Satori Avatar
101 months ago
Lightroom, a photo editing program designed for the not-so-tech-savy "photographer". :rolleyes:

Does anybody understand this? :confused:
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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