Monday, September 16, 2013

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5 – Best Digital Image Processing Software

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5 - Best Digital Image ProcessingPhotography captures the most unforgettable moments of your living and it adds color to your life. To make photographers and digital photo enthusiasts more comfortable in managing and processing digital images, Adobe had designed Photo Lightroom which offers a wide range of digital tools to fine-tune RAW images for the best-look. The latest version Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5.0 features advanced image processing tools such as Advanced Healing Brush, Enhanced Photo Organizing/Sharing, Adobe Creative Cloud, and many more.

The new version Lightroom 5 has added a ‘Smoothness Adjustment Slider’ to the Detail Panel under Color Noise Reduction which helps to reduce low-frequency color mottling artifacts. It also added a new feather control and improved ‘Auto find source’ method, updated ‘Smart Preview’ size to 2560 px on the long edge, and few refinements to the Local Adjustment Brush. Support for new cameras like Canon EOS 70D, Casio Exilim EX-ZR800, Fujifil FinePix HS22EXR, Phase One IQ260, Sony DSC-RX1R, etc. is included.

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5 comes as 30-day trial version that is supported in Windows 8, 7, and Vista operating systems. Surprisingly, Windows XP version support has been taken off. You can buy the full version for $149.

Key Features:

  • (NEW) Advanced Healing Brush – Remove dust spots, splotches, or other distractions and flaws get in the way of a great shot.
  • (NEW) Upright – Straighten tilted images with a single click.
  • (NEW) Radial Gradient – Highlight important portions of your image with more flexibility and control.
  • (NEW) Smart Previews – Generates smaller stand-in files of your full-size images. The adjustments made to these images will reflect the originals.
  • (NEW) Video Slide Shows – Combine still images, video clips, and music in creative HD videos that can be viewed on any computer or device.
  • Location-based Organization
  • Highlight and Shadow recovery
  • Tight Photoshop Integration
  • Advanced black-and-white conversion
  • Fast cross-platform performance
  • Selective adjustment brushes
  • Superior noise reduction
  • Non-destructive environment and Develop presets.
Interface:

Photoshop Lightroom 5 includes a rich photography toolset that performs a variety of tasks such as organizing, editing, and publishing. The tools are categorized in such a way that the workflow is smooth and not compromised. It provides the necessary tools for refining white balance, correcting chromatic aberrations, lens and perspective correction as well as intelligent image sharpening that improves detail without inserting uncanny artifacts.

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5 - Develop

On the left-side of the interface, tools like Navigator, Catalog, Folders, Collections, and Publish Services, etc. are included. On the left, you can find Histogram, Quick Develop, Keywording, Keyword List, Metadata, Comments, and Sync settings. The collection of images is shown down the interface.

There are seven different stages carried out that photos go through to meet the end product.
  • Library – where a set of images of your choice is gathered.
  • Develop – performs the actual editing.
  • Map – allows you to insert geo data.
  • Book – for creating albums and publishing.
  • Slideshow – devoted to designing and presentations.
  • Print – deals with layout options and
  • Web – focuses on exporting galleries online.
The superior image processing, non-destructive environment, selective editing brushes and extended video support holds the creativity and flexibility features. To enhance color saturation and remove color casts, you need advanced color editing with control over eight color channels. Advanced black-and-white conversion helps you to achieve ultimate control over the tonal qualities.

The image detail and correction features include superior noise reduction, additional editing brushes, lens correction, perspective correction, intelligent sharpening, film grain simulation, red-eye removal, white balance brush, and highlight and shadow recovery. Lightroom 5 saves enormous time providing you the ‘One Toolset’ for your photography tasks in an intuitive environment with tight photoshop integration. The one-click adjustment of multiple images saves processing time when applying for many images. Embed your name or company name in your images i.e. apply text or graphic watermarking. It offers many tools for organizing, managing, finding, searching, sorting, importing/exporting, sharing, and printing your digital images.

Pros and Cons:

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5 holds offline images a lot more efficiently than previous versions and adds a few tools that streamline local retouching. It still lacks some useful features like face detection, HDR, panorama tools and powerful video support.

Overall, Photoshop Lightroom 5 remains strong as the best digital image processing software when working with raw images despite of lacking some handy tools. If you are serious about digital photography, then this program will really help a lot in need.
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