Adobe is an American multinational computer software company headquartered in San Jose, California, United States. The company has historically focused upon the creation of multimedia and creativity software products, with a more-recent foray towards rich Internet application software development.

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5 is out!

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5 now available featuring a new selective editing tool and advanced healing/cloning tool, automatic image leveling and perspective correction, and the ability to edit files that are offline.

SAN JOSE, Calif. — June 10, 2013 — Adobe today announced the availability of Adobe® Photoshop® Lightroom® 5 for Mac OS® and Windows®. The product is available as an individual license or as part of Adobe Creative Cloud™. Designed for both photography enthusiasts and professionals alike, Lightroom 5 adds critical photo editing capabilities and creates groundbreaking workflows. Lightroom 5 was initially released as a free, public beta in April 2013.

"Lightroom was originally conceived through the requests of Adobe customers, and this feedback continues to drive each new iteration," said Winston Hendrickson, vice president of products, Creative Media Solutions, Adobe. "As the digital photography landscape advances and evolves, Lightroom is the best solution for photographers and passionate hobbyists who want to get the most out of their digital images."

New Features in Lightroom 5

Lightroom 5 adds powerful new editing tools to help photographers create better images faster. . . . read more

Winston Hendrickson (Adobe VP of Creative Solutions) and Bryan O'Neill Hughes (Senior Product Manager for Ps) answers questions about the new line of Cloud based applications at DPreview

Following the announcement by Adobe about it's Creative Suite and the backlash that created on the web,  Adobe's VP of Creative Solutions, Winston Hendrickson and Bryan O'Neill Hughes, Senior Product Manager for Photoshop aswers a series of questions at DPreview

"Were you expecting such a negative response from the photographic community?
We expected a higher degree of this type of reaction from the hobbyist photographic community because currently there's not a lot of photography-specific value in our subscription products. That's why we've taken the unusual steps of Tom Hogarty's appearance on The Grid [a Scott Kelby webisode] showing potential Lightroom CC features and the Photoshop Sneak Peek where we showed new features like Camera Shake reduction.

Is a subscription model less prone to piracy?
While service options that connect to our servers are inherently less prone to piracy, once a user downloads software to their computer the piracy threat is the same as for our perpetual products....."

The next version of Photoshop will be Cloud based only

Adobe moves all the CS applications (Photoshop, Illustrator, Indesign ...) on its membership based Creative Cloud. 
Adobe has published an open letter explaining the future of the Creative Suit 

Creative Cloud and the future of the creative process.
To our creative users,

At Adobe, we believe our customers are some of the most influential people in the world. You are storytellers. You capture and relate the human experience — be it through a Hollywood blockbuster, an interactive iPad app, or photos from your child’s school play. For decades, building the tools that shape those stories and the world around us has been our passion. . . . read more

Adobe releases Lightroom 5 beta, is it finally time to kick Photoshop to the curb?

Adobe Lightroom 5 Uproght level horizon feature before and after

For me, yes, the new 'Advanced Healing Brush' and the Horizon leveling thingie do the trick nicelly. From the Adobe Photoshop Blog:

"We’ve been working hard on the next version of Lightroom, and now we’re giving our customers a chance to try out some of the new technology available with the release of Lightroom 5 beta. Since the initial Lightroom public beta release in 2006, we’ve learned a tremendous amount through a collaborative dialogue with our customers, and I’m excited to continue that collaboration to receive feedback on the Lightroom 5 beta. . . . read more

Lightroom 4.4 Now Available, Finally with proper support of the X-Trans Sensor

Fujifilm's X-Trans sensor has an originally developed color filter array with a highly random pixel arrangement. It eliminates the need for an optical low-pass filter, which is used in conventional systems to inhibit moiré at the expense of resolution. The X-Trans sensor produces very sharp and noise free images but there was no "proper" RAW file support by the major program manufacturers. A year after the release of the first X-Trans sensor camera, the Fujifilm X-Pro1, Adobe corrects the demosaic algorithms of Lightroom and adds full support for the X-Trans sensor cameras. 

The new update extends the support to the latest cameras and lens profiles, as well as several bug fixes. In detail:

Lightroom 4.4 is now available as a final release on Adobe.com and through the update mechanism in Lightroom 4.  The goal of this release is to provide additional camera raw support, lens profile support and address bugs that were introduced in previous releases of Lightroom.

Changes to Existing Camera Support:

Lightroom 4.4  includes a correction to the demosaic algorithms for Fujifilm cameras with the X-Trans sensor. This specifically impacts the following cameras:

  • Fujifilm X-Pro1 (*)
  • Fujifilm X-E1 (*)
  • Fujifilm X100S
  • Fujifilm X20

Adobe posts Lightroom 4.4 and ACR 7.4 release candidades, promises proper Fujifilm X-Trans sensor support at last. Also, bug fixes and some new cameras and lenses supported.

It is not every day Adobe goes back and changes the de-mosaicing algorithms for previously supported cameras, but this time they've done it, and the first preliminary reports are in. DPreview's Amadou Diallo runs some tests with a couple of X-Pro1 raw files: 

"Capture One Pro 7 produces more crisp results than ACR with contrast and saturation defaults that more closely mimic the in-camera JPEG. Having said that, however, ACR 7.4 RC avoids the edge halos and even more obvious aliasing patterns that exist in the Capture One Pro 7 renderings of our real world and studio test scene. Overall, the ACR 7.4 RC files deliver more realistic, natural results in areas of organic low-contrast detail like the foliage in the street scene above and the fuzzy balls in the studio scene below." . . . read more

Lightroom 4 sharpening tips and tutorial at EPZ

"If you're a Lightroom user you may not have considered the sharpening tool as a serious feature, just dragged the amount to the right and never given it a second thought. Well it's a much more powerful tool than that and here we explain how to get the most out of it. As Lightoom is none destructive the sharpening changes you make do not appear on the original file. And you can have two or more variations of sharpening for each photo - one for printing and one for web viewing, for example. When you've adjusted the sharpening to the desired settings save as a snapshot (Develop>New Snapshot or ctrl+N). Then no matter what you do you can revert to that version by clicking on it in the left Snapshots  . . . read more

Adobe Photoshop version 13.0.4 (Macintosh) Update for CS6 available for download, adds support for Retina HiDpi displays.

"For convenience and reliability, we highly recommend that you apply this update directly from within Photoshop. To do so, choose Help > Updates in Photoshop CS6 and apply all of the updates listed under Adobe Photoshop CS6 in the Adobe Application Manager. The Adobe Photoshop 13.0.4 update enables support for new HiDPI displays on the Macintosh platform for a dramatic improvement in image fidelity and resolution. This update applies to all languages of Adobe Photoshop CS6. To install the Photoshop 13.0.4 update: . . . read more

Lightroom Video: Fooling Lightroom Presets To Create Cool Effects, by Matt Kloskowski at Lightroom Killer Tips.

Neat! Also check out their other recent videos with tutorials about Lightroom 4 working aspects.

"Hey everyone. Got a new video for you. A question or comment I hear quite a bit about is the fact that you can’t save Adjustment Brush settings into a preset in Lightroom. Now, don’t confuse this with saving adjustment brush presets – that you can do (say you have a favorite brush setting for softening skin or whitening eyes). But if you paint something on to the photo you can’t save it. There is a semi-workaround though. It uses the Graduated Filter in Lightroom, and . . . read more

Adobe decides to give away the CS2 Suite for free, creates havoc among software archeologists.

This piece of code is now almost 10 years old, and of no use to someone that wants the Adobe raw converter to work with his or hers latast raw  capable camera. According to Gizmodo, Adobe got tired of keeping the dedicated activation servers running to support legitimate installations of CS2 (and costing them money), so, instead, the company decided to just give it away for free. If you're really desperate, try your luck getting the swamped download link work for you. . . . read more

Adobe releases Lightroom 4.3 and DNG converter/Camera Raw 7.3 final versions, lots of fixes, lots of new cameras added, lots of disappointments for Fujifilm X-Trans sensor users.

Adobe Lightroom 4.3 final and Adobe DNG converter 7.3 final released

Bugs Corrected in Lightroom 4.3:

The following bugs that were part the Lightroom 4 releases have been corrected. The team appreciates the very detailed feedback the community has provided on Lightroom 4 and we’re excited to correct a number of issues experienced by our customers. These issues have been FIXED:
Autolayout produces a Book with the correct amount of pages but without any images added. Please note that this only occurs when the filter is set to “Unused”. . . . read more

Adobe's creative cloud is on a roll: Mith the membership pool having surpassed the 1 million mark, Adobe gifts its users with new Photoshop features, the most outstanding of these is of course the much rumored Apple retina display compatibility.

Press release by Adobe:

SAN JOSE, Calif. — December 11, 2012

Adobe Systems Incorporated

Adobe  today is revealing a major update to its Adobe® Creative Cloud™ offering.

During Create Now, an online event this morning, the company is announcing that Creative . . . read more

PetaPixel presents the "Simplified guide to getting started in Photoshop". Easy and thorough enough for grandma to understand.

Adobe Photoshop getting started tutorial

Seriously, this has got to be one of the most comprehensive Photoshop for starters tutorial there is:

"When photographer Devon Mikale was in high school, he created this lengthy manual for his newspaper class to help others learn how to get started in Photoshop. The high school’s faculty loved it so much that they ended up purchasing it for re-distribution in future classes. Mikale has graciously allowed us to publish the guide here for free. . . . read more

How to Enhance Landscape Photos in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4, By Nasim Mansurov.

Photoshop Lightroom 4 before and after screen.

"Graduated Filter – this is a very powerful tool within Lightroom environment. Essentially, Graduated Filter allows you to selectively post-process parts of an image and adjust all kinds of settings, such as Exposure, White Balance, basic Sharpness, Clarity and so on. I will discuss this vastly capable tool in much more detail in upcoming tutorial. For now, I only need to adjust a few settings with two separate Filters. In order to apply Graduated Filter, click and drag anywhere on the photograph to define where you want it to affect your image. Best way to see how it works is to set extreme settings first (Contrast and Clarity to +100, for example) which you can then tune down. . . . read more

Adobe ireleases Lightroom 4.3 and Adobe Camera Raw 7.3 release candidates

"Adobe Press Release:

Adobe Announces HiDPI Support in Lightroom 4.3 and Camera Raw 7.3 Release Candidates

Adobe today announced the availability of Lightroom 4.3 and Camera Raw 7.3 release candidates on Adobe Labs. . . . read more

Adobe Photoshop Elements 11 review roundup

If the first reviews are a good indicator about the 'goes to 11' version of Photoshop Elements, we have a winner in our hands. Imaging Resource were the first ones ready with a review, and they're really thankful for adobe's efforts to rejuvenate the UI:  . . . read more

Adobe releases Photoshop and Premiere version 11

The main common new feature between those 2 apps is the vastly redesigned new user interface and a bunch of new filters/effects.

Adobe Press Release

Adobe Introduces All-New Photoshop Elements 11 and Premiere Elements 11 . . . read more

Adobe Lightroom 4.1 Rc2: Still buggy according to many users.

After yet another update to the LightRoom 4.xx installment, some bugs persist and new ones rear their ugly head. The most peculiar of them is what appears to be a color rendering issue that many users have noticed. There are many threads on this issue on the interwebs, here's one, and another one. Also. . . . read more

Adobe Announces Lightroom 4.1 Release Candidate 2

This release adds the best defringing tool Adobe has ever produced, support for many new cameras, and some bug fixes.

Adobe press release

Adobe Announces Lightroom 4.1 Release Candidate 2 . . . read more

Adobe Photoshop CS6 compatibility: Windows XP yes(!), Windows Vista no, Apple 64 bit only.

Jeffrey Tranberry from Adobe explains the weirdness of Win XP support in the official Photoshop Blog:

"I’m pleased to announce that we’ll be providing official support for Windows XP, in addition to Windows 7, with Photoshop CS6.

We know that some of our Windows customers were concerned about Photoshop CS6 dropping Windows XP support similar to Lightroom 4. . . . read more

Camera Raw 6.7 RC released by Adobe, adds support for Canon 5D Mark III, and more.

And as always, the 'what's new' part is pretty much identical to the latest Lightroom release. No its NOT, we got the Canon 5D Mark III included here! Is that a pitch fork toting mob yelling 'what about us X-Pro1 users' on its way to San Jose? Anyway, both Adobe and Fujifilm have expressed commitment to X-Pro1 proper support in Lightroom, so, no worries. Maybe the delay is because of the overly complex sensor Fuji uses, or a bug that won't go away? Don't think of the white orbs thing though,  . . . read more

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4 final released, at a more affordable price.

A few new cameras are supported in this final version:

Canon" EOS-1D X, PowerShot G1 X, PowerShot S100
Fujifilm: FinePix F505 EXR, FinePix F605 EXR, FinePix HS30 EXR, FinePix HS33 EXR
Nikon: D4, D800, D800E  . . . read more

[Breaking News!] Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4 final to be released March 6th, 2012

Amazon posted, and then quickly removed the page about Lightroom 4 regular edition. However, they forgot the student/teachers edition page, and we totally ripped it off, for your pleasure. Price will be $149/$79 for regular/student editions.

  . . . read more

Adobe Photoshop 6 sneak peak: Recompose with Photoshop

Yes, recompose. Neatly done too, with seemingly minimal effort. I guess this will this will make it a lot more tempting for photographers from all walks of life to cheat in contests, something that's been happening all too often lately.

For years we had dodge and burn, mask this and selective that. Recently we got 'content aware fill' that too gets an extensive overhaul this time around, and soon with 'recompose' and 'refocus' in the pipeline, we'll be closer to the blurry

line between reality and virtuality than ever before.  There are more sneak peeks into the future of Photoshop photography at the Youtube Adobe Photoshop channel. . . . read more

How to Reduce Moiré in Lightroom 4 by Nasim Mansurov.

The weaker antialiasing filters become on cameras (and it IS a trend) the more important moiré handling in software is:

 

"As you may have noticed, I used the word “reduce” instead of “remove” in the header of this article. That’s because the moiré pattern often cannot be completely eliminated with a non-destructive editing application like Lightroom (except for mild cases of moiré), especially when moire . . . read more

Apple updates Final Cut Pro X @ BJP

"Version 10.0.3 can now automatically syncs clips from a shoot using audio waveforms, time and date, or timecode "to create a Multicam Clip with up to 64 angles of video, which can include mixed formats, frame sizes and frame rates," says Apple. "The powerful Angle Editor allows you to dive into your Multicam Clip to make precise adjustments, and the Angle Viewer lets you play back multiple angles at the same time and . . . read more

5 Ways for Photographers to use an iPad to Jumpstart their Business @ DPS

I've got a 6th tip: Let's petition Apple to come out with a better, unrestricted iPad, like say, unlocked WiFi and ports, a real battery and a bigger model for those of us that think the current iPad looks like an oversized iPhone. Things like they enjoy over at the Android camp. . . . read more

Editing Video in Lightroom 4 @ DPB

Yes, you can edit video in Lightroom now, but its a very crude kind of editing. 

  . . . read more

A “Happy Snap” Lightroom Workflow @ DPS

If you feel like a newbie to Adobe Lightroom here's a 101 001 to get you started. Remember, small steps. Oh, and no windows XP if you plan on upgrading to Lightroom 4, Adobe doesn't like that. . . . read more

Lightroom 4 and Windows XP

Short story: Forget about it. Long story: You can still forget about it, but Adobe is sorry for you.

"As many have noticed, the Lightroom 4 public beta we released last week does not support Windows XP.  This decision did not come lightly and . . . read more

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