Whether you're an amateur or professional photographer or somewhere in between, Lightroom 5 is an intuitive, all-in-one solution for bringing out the best in your photographs. It includes powerful yet simple automatic adjustments and features as well as state-of-the-art advanced tools, allowing you to achieve amazing image quality.
Lightroom 5 includes a range of new features to help you create even better images, work more efficiently, and share your photos almost anywhere. New tools let you easily remove defects and unwanted objects from your images, automatically straighten tilted shots, and create vignettes with much more control. Now you can work with images without bringing your entire library with you, and you'll enjoy more creative options for your video slide shows and photo books.
Lightroom 5 supports the large majority of native camera raw file formats, in addition to PNG, DNG, TIFF, and JPEG formats — in other words, the formats primarily used in digital cameras. Lightroom 5 also supports the PSD file format for enhanced integration with Adobe Photoshop. For a complete list of raw format support by camera make and model, see the camera raw page.
It is both. Lightroom provides what photographers need to organize, perfect, and share all their images in one clean, uncluttered, intuitive package.
Lightroom includes all the tools you need for most digital photography tasks in one intuitive solution. It helps photographers work faster and more efficiently with one image, a set of images, or a large image library. Photoshop is the industry standard in digital image editing, with advanced tools used by photographers, graphic designers, and other graphics professionals when they need complete control to perform detailed, pixel-level editing and to work with multilayered files.
Bridge is designed to work with a wide variety of graphic, image, and video file types and to manage files in varied workflows involving applications in Adobe Creative Cloud™. Lightroom and its file management functions are tailored specifically for the digital photography workflow. Lightroom combines all your photography tools, including image editing, in one intuitive application. It uses a catalog structure, which speeds up searches and enables it to store information about images and display them on offline media. Bridge cannot display offline images.
If you work with raw format photographs in Photoshop or Bridge, you use the Camera Raw plug-in to achieve the same kinds of editing as you would in Lightroom. In fact, Lightroom uses the same underlying processing engine as the Camera Raw plug-in, which delivers consistent and compatible results across Adobe applications. Adobe understands that photographers work in many different ways. We are committed to providing customers not only with the choice of which software to use, but also with the ability to use multiple applications together as needed.
Where the Camera Raw implementation in Bridge or Photoshop has the same functions as Lightroom, you will find virtually identical options and sliders. That means you can move back and forth without confusion. Where Lightroom contains additional enhancements to raw processing, the enhancements you make will be recognized when the photo file is opened in Camera Raw. A typical example is the Targeted Adjustment tool that is exclusive to Lightroom.
Lightroom and Camera Raw share the same image processing technology to help ensure consistent and compatible results across applications that support raw processing. These applications include Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, and Adobe Premiere® Elements for Windows®. (Older versions of some of the applications may not support raw processing.)
Adobe applications must be updated with the Camera Raw 8 plug-in to help ensure compatibility with Lightroom 5 Develop module settings. Photoshop users can update the Camera Raw plug-in automatically using the Update tool listed under the Help menu.
By default, the Develop module settings in Lightroom are stored in the Lightroom catalog. To ensure that Lightroom Develop settings can be viewed by Camera Raw 8, the settings must be written to the XMP metadata block for that file. This metadata is stored in an XMP sidecar file (Imagename.xmp) in the current image directory of proprietary raw files or stored directly within DNG files. To update images with the latest Develop settings, choose the Library module and select the group of target images. Choose the shortcut Command/Control+S to save the settings to the XMP metadata block.
Sidecar XMP files are required only when working with files with both Lightroom and Adobe Bridge or Photoshop for use in Camera Raw. If you prefer, you can simply wait until the files need to be used with Bridge or Photoshop, select the photos in the Library module in Lightroom, and then choose Metadata > XMP > Export XMP Metadata To Files.
Yes. Photoshop CC (or later) can be updated to use Camera Raw 8, which will use the same processing technology available in Lightroom 5. This means that not only will raw images look the same in either application, but also that changes you make in Lightroom can appear in Camera Raw and vice versa. To complete this interactivity, changes in both Camera Raw and Lightroom need to be written to XMP metadata. This is so that each software application can recognize the other's edits. This functionality is set in the preferences in each product.
Lightroom 5 offers a completely nondestructive editing environment because, in fact, your photographs are never changed. Instead, the changes you make to your photographs are stored in metadata as a series of instructions. Whether you are viewing them onscreen, creating a web gallery, or making prints, Lightroom is simply applying those instructions to the original, untouched photo file. This provides you complete flexibility, control, and creative exploration, with the knowledge that any change you apply to an image is 100% reversible at any time — today, tomorrow, or years in the future.
Yes. Lightroom 5 has the same features and delivers the same professional, best-of-class results no matter which platform you use.
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