Jun 092013

How to Upgrade to Lightroom 5 You have taken the plunge and bought Lightroom 5. In the video below, I show you how to upgrade. I discuss how you can find your old catalog if necessary, how to ensure that your new Lightroom 5 catalog is named appropriately and that your presets come along, and how to remove  your old catalog and software.

This video has been UPDATED to include the scenario where Lightroom does not prompt you to upgrade your old catalog.

For higher quality video, hit Play, then click on the sprocket wheel in the bottom right and choose 720/HD.

(For those of you more experienced users wondering why in this video I have users who store their presets with their catalog rename their catalog later, it is because if you do it in the upgrade dialog, it will put the catalog in a new folder, which will separate your presets (i.e. your Lightroom Settings folder) from this new catalog. If you choose to go this route, copy your Lightroom Settings folder into this new catalog folder.)

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Jun 092013
Adobe Releases Lightroom 5.0

Adobe announced the release of Lightroom 5.0 today, with essentially the same features made available in the beta version in April. Purchase the upgrade for $79 or the full version for $149 from Adobe here. Note the new system requirements at the bottom of this page — in a nutshell, Windows 7 or newer, Mac 10.7 (Lion) or newer.

With a shorter develop time than Lightroom 4, there are fewer new features  than we have come to expect from previous releases, but I am happy with what has been added.

Below you will find a written description of what is new. Also check out:

Highlights of the release include:

  • Much more powerful advanced healing brush capabilities in the spot removal tool: allowing for non-circular click-and-drag healing and cloning (my favorite new feature!); quick identification of spots with Visualize Spots:

lightroom-5-healing-brush-visualize-spots Continue reading »

May 302013

adobe-kuler-colorThe Adobe Kuler iPhone app is available starting today. Kuler is a cloud-based application for making and exploring color themes using an iPhone or your browser. Kuler now gives you multiple options to capture inspiring color themes whenever and wherever you come across them; capturing color inspiration on your iPhone, syncing colors in Illustrator, Photoshop, and other Adobe apps, or using the new Kuler website.

I haven’t had much time to play with this yet, but I can already see that this will be very handy. If you find a great color or combination of colors while browsing a website or wandering a store and you want to identify these colors for use in  in a Lightroom slideshow, web gallery, print layout or book layout, for example, Kuler will identify the colors via your iPhone camera phone and give you the hex color numbers to plug into Lightroom.

The Kuler iPhone app and website are both free:

– Use Kuler in your favorite browser: https://kuler.adobe.com/

– Download the brand new Kuler iPhone app

– Learn more, check out the post on the Creative Layer blog.

May 152013

Adobe Creative CloudI’m a bit late on this news from last week, as I was on vacation with no internet access, but here goes:

Adobe announced the upcoming June 17 release of the next version of Photoshop, Photoshop CC, available only through a Creative Cloud monthly or annual subscription. No longer will we able to purchase and own new versions of Photoshop (or other Creative Suite software, which have also all been updated) — users must subscribe, and when they stop subscribing, they lose access to the software.  Here are U.S. prices, per month with an annual subscription:

 Adobe Creative Cloud Prices

This new policy of only being able to  “rent” Adobe’s Creative Suite software has caused some outcry throughout the creative community, but much more so amongst photographers, many of whom have more limited needs for Creative Suite software. Adobe seems to be scrambling now to convince photographers that this is a win for them and possibly to make changes to their plans to make the value more compelling.

Below you will find questions and answers about this new policy as it stands right now, and its implications for photographers.

What’s New in Photoshop CC?

The most attractive addition for photographers is the new camera-shake filter, to reduce blur from camera shake (not from subject motion). Below is an example of before and after, using the automatic fix, with no further tweaking:


Before and After, Zoomed into 50%


Before and After, Zoomed into 100%

This will definitely save some of my blurry photos but it is a feature that will benefit from more development — it can produce heavy artifacts and halos even with its advanced features. (Generally you won’t see this in video demos, of course!) Speaking of which, here is a demo by Adobe:

Additionally for photographers, Photoshop CC has improved Smart Sharpen and upscaling capabilities, and has added camera raw as a filter that you can make changes with without having to close your photo and go back to ACR or Lightroom. Next, all Photoshop CS6 Extended features, such as 3D, have been folded into the one edition of Photoshop CC. Finally, there are other smaller improvements.

Will Lightroom and Photoshop Elements be available as stand-alone (perpetually-licensed) products?

Yes, Lightroom and Elements (and Premiere Elements) will be available as stand-alone products as well as through the Creative Cloud. At this point, the only way to get Lightroom in the Cloud is to purchase the Complete version. If you only plan to use Lightroom and Photoshop, at this point you would be better off purchasing the stand-alone version of Lightroom, and the single-product Photoshop Creative Cloud. Adobe has indicated that they are looking further at whether to offer a cloud package geared specifically to photographers.

Will the Lightroom offered through the Creative Cloud be different and better than the stand-alone Lightroom product?

No, Adobe’s Tom Hogarty has indicated that it will be the same.

Will Lightroom become a subscription only offering after Lightroom 5?

Per Tom Hogarty of Adobe, “future versions of Lightroom will be made available via traditional perpetual licenses indefinitely.”

Do I have to be connected to the internet to use Photoshop CC?

You will have to connect to the internet to download updates and then once every 90 (soon to be 180) days for verification. The software will live on and run from your computer, as it has before.

What If I Want a Stand-Alone Photoshop Product Instead?

Adobe will continue to sell Photoshop CS6 as a stand-alone product, and promises that it will be compatible with the next versions of Windows and Mac operating systems, and it will receive new bug fixes and new camera support (ACR). CS6 however will not have the new features introduced in Photoshop CC or in Lightroom 5. No promises have been made past the next operating system versions simply because Adobe doesn’t know what Apple and Microsoft have in store for them.

Other than the new product features to be released next month, what are the benefits to photographers of Creative Cloud membership ?

  • The ability to sync your Photoshop (and other CC software) preferences, styles, actions, etc.., to multiple computers, and access your work from multiple computers.
  • Cloud storage (20 GB with Photoshop CC, 100 GB with the Complete Cloud)
  • Behance ProSite membership, to share your work with and get feedback from the creative community
  • Always up-t0-date software — new features as they become available
  • Cross-platform license (Mac and PC)

Do I have to pay a year in advance?

You can pay monthly and cancel at any time, but prices will be higher.

Where can I find more information?

Adobe Creative Cloud FAQ for Photographers

Adobe Response to Reaction to Announcement



May 012013

Kelby TV with Tom Hogarty of Adobe on LightroomToday on Kelby TV’s Grid show, Adobe Product Manager Tom Hogarty demonstrated an iPad app still under development that might give us many of Lightroom’s capabilities. How many is unclear, but specifically mentioned as possibilities were basic editing, sorting, picking, and collections management. This app would  not use our original raw files, but the “DNG  smart previews” generated back on our computers with Lightroom 5. Tom kept things a bit vague, but it appears that we would be able to sync our Lightroom catalog across devices via the Creative Cloud. (I have no information on this, but I am hoping that there will be a trimmed down cloud service just for photographers that is less expensive than the full service.)

When will we see this app and service? When it’s ready … but not in time for the Lightroom 5 release. I can’t wait!

In the meantime, Adobe wants your feedback on this idea — what would you want to see and how would you use it?

Watch the recording from today’s Grid Show with Tom Hogarty on Lightroom (once it is posted – it may take a day).

Apr 302013

Lightroom 4 SaleAmazon U.S. currently has Lightroom 4 on sale for $40 off ($109.99). I do not know how long this will last.

Adobe has Lightroom 4 on sale for $30 off through May 11, 2013 in the Adobe store with coupon code SPRING 30. (At the moment the discount code is not working online, but from your shopping cart page you will see a number to call Adobe – they will give you the discount over the phone.) This discount code is also valid for Elements 11 and Premiere Elements 11, and is valid on all retail sales (not just commercial sales, as the website suggests.)

Keep in mind that Lightroom 5 is due out sometime fairly soon — the beta version is out now, and expires June 30. Speculation has its limitations, but this suggests that the official version of Lightroom 5 might  be out before June 30 — unless Adobe decides to release a second beta version, which they did with Lightroom 3.

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