The few of nowadays professional photographers can imagine their life without post-processing photos in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom. This tool was released by Adobe in 2006 as a lighter version of Photoshop which was meant to be more efficient to photographers and not to designers.
The program became really popular among both enthusiast and professional photographers because it turned out really easy-to-use. Since 2006, Adobe released six versions of Lightroom, with the last one released less than a year ago. It is called Lightroom CC—although if you upgrade to it from your Lightroom 5 it would still be called Lightroom 6—and in this article we would like to give an overview of the new features that were added to it.
Though the software’s essential aim and mechanism didn’t change, it received quite a few useful perks and now it processes photos faster. All those photographers who still use Lightroom 5 or older version should definitely give it a try.
Apart from it, now you don’t need to purchase a one-off license to be able to use Lightroom. Just subscribe to Creative Cloud service by Adobe—hence the name of the new version—and pay a small monthly fee to get both Lightroom and Photoshop CC.
Well, it’s time to check out how Photoshop CC is different from its older counterparts. Let’s get going!
Lightroom started to use facial recognition technologies to help all those who make photographs of people—whether for fun or for life—find and edit them faster. Just tag someone on a photo once and then the software will automatically find all photos with the same person.
This is especially convenient when you have been taking portraits of a lot of people the same day, but some of the photos should be edited quicker than the others.
Now Lightroom doesn’t only use your CPU and RAM to import, develop, and export your photos but your GPU, too. This makes the program work a lot faster and contributes to the speed of developing photos and seeing changes on your pictures even if your computer is not too powerful.
HDR and Panorama Merge
Merging several photos into one HDR or panorama image has always been a headache for most photographers. We bet you usually used either Photoshop or any other third-party software—wasting precious resources of your computer—to do that. Now you can do this in Lightroom, too. And it works great!
The filter brush feature has been improved a lot in the new version of Lightroom. Now you can control the filter size using Edit Pins, which is especially convenient when you would like to add a graduated or radial filter on a certain area without touching other parts of your photo.
New Camera Support, Lens Profiles, and Bug Fixes
And as a matter of course, Lightroom CC features a lot new supported cameras, lens profiles, and numerous bug fixes.
Find out more about all new features of Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC over here.
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