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Key Details of Adobe Photoshop Lightroom

  • Perfect your photos with advanced controls, experiment in a nondestructive environment, organize and share anywhere
  • Last updated on 04/06/20
  • There has been 1 update within the past 6 months
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Editors' Review

Download.com staff

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom is a powerful and versatile program for editing and enhancing your photos, as well as compiling them into a slideshow. With an intuitive interface and plenty of built-in tips along the way, this program makes advanced editing features available to all experience levels.

Pros

Nice interface: This app provides you with a large viewing area, which is nice when you're working to perfect an image. But that doesn't mean you have to sacrifice accessibility of the tools you use the most. Instead, these are nicely arrayed to the left and right of the viewing area, and collapsable menus keep everything within easy reach.

Direct uploads: In addition to photo editing and slideshow creation, this program also enables you to create HTML or Flash Galleries. When they're done, these can be directly uploaded to your website straight from the app.

Photo books: Another nice feature is the option to order physical photo books through the app. You can choose to have these printed by Blurb, or you can format them to export as a PDF and then print them yourself.

Cons

Text color: Some of the text in this program can be hard to read at times because of the lack of contrast with the black background that dominates the interface. This is especially true of the Tips, which are very helpful but are printed in gray in a black pop-up window.

Bottom Line

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom is a good option for novices as well as veterans. It offers a comprehensive list of features in an intuitive and attractive package, and it has some nice add-ons as well. You can try this app for free for 30 days, although you do have to create a free account with Adobe to do so. If you'd like to purchase a full license, it costs $178.77.

Editors' note: This is a review of the trial version of Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4.4.

What's new in version 3.2

  • Easily export photos as DNG files. You can now export your raw photos to DNG. This feature was previously available on mobile only.
  • Select photos and press Command (macOS)/Ctrl (Windows)+Shift+H for HDR merge and Command (macOS)/Ctrl (Windows)+Shift+M to create a panorama. To know more, see Merge photos to create HDRs and panoramas.
  • Drag and drop photos from your computer directly to a desired album in the Albums panel.
  • When you contribute photos to shared albums, you can now choose to include keywords, star and flag ratings, and GPS coordinates in the Add Photo dialog box.
  • You can export photos that have been contributed by others in shared albums. This can be done only if the album owner has provided download access to contributors.
  • Lightroom now autocompletes keywords as you enter them. This helps avoid typos and duplicate keywords.


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Full Specifications

GENERAL
Release
April 6, 2020
Latest update
February 29, 2024
Version
3.2
OPERATING SYSTEMS
Platform
Windows
Operating System
Windows 7, Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows 10
Additional Requirements
None
POPULARITY
Total Downloads
766,233
Downloads Last Week
8

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Developer's Description

Perfect your photos with advanced controls, experiment in a nondestructive environment, organize and share anywhere.
Lightroom makes digital photography easier, faster, and more amazing. Experiment without limits in a nondestructive editing environment. Perfect your shots with advanced controls for tone, contrast, color, and more. Efficiently organize all your photos and share them almost anywhere.

Keywords and collections make it easy to categorize, find, and manage your favorite photos.

Use the Lightroom Develop module to make non-destructive adjustments, such as cropping, color correction, spot removal, tonal adjustments, and exposure.

In Lightroom, you do not save photos in the traditional sense. Instead, you export new sets of files that include Develop module adjustments. Lightroom export supports a variety of file formats suitable for a wide range of uses. For example, you can export photos as JPEGs to share online, or as TIFFs for a print publication.