ADOBE HAS UPDATED its Creative Cloud Photography offering with the addition of Photoshop Lightroom CC software, which the firm said is faster and includes an improved toolset for enhancing photos.
Adobe said that the major update to Lightroom CC, which is integrated into the Creative Cloud Photography plan, offers performance and GPU enhancements that make photo editing up to 10 times faster, something that should please professionals working with photos.
It also introduces the following tools:
- HDR Merge, to create more natural-looking or surreal images from high-contrast scenes by combining multiple shots taken with different exposure settings into a single raw high dynamic range image.
- Panorama Merge, to capture wide fields of view and higher detail by stitching together multiple images to create raw panorama shots.
- Face recognition, to find and categorise images of family and friends more quickly.
- Advanced video slideshows, to create more polished-looking slideshows using still images, video and music along with professional effects like pan and zoom.
The Lightroom CC update means that users can automatically sync photos across desktop machines and mobile devices, allowing them to access and edit photos on an iPad or iPhone, and on Android smartphones and tablets.
“This release includes a major enhancement for Android with DNG raw file support on compatible Lollipop-enabled devices, providing the full power of raw file post-processing on Android smartphones and tablets,” Adobe said.
Adobe has also improved the Creative Cloud Photography plan, which now includes Photoshop CC so that photographers can work across software seamlessly.
For example, a user could cut out and combine photos on an iPhone and iPad with Photoshop Mix, connect to Creative Cloud, then refine the work in Photoshop CC.
Adobe’s photography plan will set users back $9.99 per month, although we haven’t yet had confirmation of UK pricing. A free 30-day trial version of the improved Lightroom CC software is also available, Adobe said.
Adobe’s Photoshop software turned the ripe old age of 25 earlier this year. It is one of the most pervasive pieces of software known to man, and has helped to create logos, adverts, marketing material and high-profile product designs across the world.
These range from the logos on clothes, to the apps downloaded on a smartphone and even the objects we buy and have around us every day. µ