Adobe Officially Announces Lightroom 5

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Lightroom 5 (1 of 1)

Adobe announced Lightroom 5’s beta a while back, and today they’re officially announcing the final product. The latest version of the software includes new changes such as a new advanced healing brush (finally), radial gradient for a strange creative effect, the upright tool to help get your photos perfectly straight, and much more such as smart previews.

The full version will retail at $149 while the upgrade will cost you $79. Members of the creative cloud will get Lightroom for free. It’s available now for purchase and download. More specs and details are after the jump.

Editor’s Note: Adobe Lightroom 5 can be (pre)ordered now

What’s New

Lightroom 5 offers photographers and enthusiasts many new features including:

  • Advanced Healing Brush allows customers to heal imperfections and remove distracting elements
  • Upright tool analyzes an image to automatically level horizons and straighten objects like buildings to correct a keystone effect
  • Radial Gradient tool creates off-center or multiple vignette effects
  • Smart Previews allow customers to edit images without needing the original raw file
  • Video slideshow enables customers to combine still images, video clips and music in a creative HD slideshow
  • Upgrades to the Book module enhancing the ability to create, customize and order elegant photo books using a variety of tailored templates



  • •  LAB color readout
  • •  Keyboard shortcut to toggle between clone andheal modes
  • •  Duplicate local adjustments
  • •  Duplicate linear gradients
  • •  Aspect slider added to Manual Lens Corrections
  • •  Persistent clipping indicators between Lightroomsessions
  • •  Crop overlay aspect ratios


  • •  Behance Publish Plugin
  • •  Visual indicator of Favorite book pages
  • •  Improved visualization of select book elements
  • •  Transparent buttons for improved Text creationin Books
  • •  More page text metadata options


  • •  PNG file support
  • •  True full Screen Mode
  • •  Configurable grid overlays
  • •  Windows HiDPI
  • •  Additional criteria for filters and smart collection
  • •  Lock zoom position preference settings
  • •  Keyboard shortcut to trigger tethered capture
  • •  Direction field in the EXIF metadata panel.
  • •  Persistent place in Collections
  • •  “Set as Target Collection” checkbox in CreateCollection dialogue
  • •  Drag photo directly to a Saved Location in theMap Module
  • •  Drag Saved Location to a photo in the MapModule
  • •  Integrity verification of DNG Files

Minimum Specs


  • Multicore Intel® processor with 64-bit support
  • Mac OS X v10.7 (Lion) or v10.8 (Mountain Lion)
  • 2GB of RAM (4GB recommended)
  • 2GB of available hard-disk space
  • 1024×768 display
  • DVD-ROM drive
  • Internet connection required for Internet-based services


  • Intel® Pentium® or AMD® Athlon® with 64-bit support
  • Microsoft® Windows 7 with Service Pack 1 or Windows 8
  • 2GB of RAM (4GB recommended)
  • 2GB of available hard-disk space
  •  1024×768 display
  • DVD-ROM drive
  • Internet connection required for Internet-based services

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Chris Gampat

Chris Gampat is the Editor in Chief, Founder, and Publisher of the Phoblographer. He also likes pizza.