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Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4 Software Upgrade for Mac and Windows

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About the Adobe Lightroom

The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4 Software Upgrade for Mac and Windows is a complete photo management and editing suite for Mac OS X and Windows. Ideal for enthusiasts and professionals alike, Lightroom takes a nondestructive approach to photo editing, leaving the original files unmolested. All your adjustments and edits are stored in a database and applied to an image on the fly, so that you'll always be able to go back to the original image. This enables you to execute as many post-processing adjustments on a photo as you'd like, without making permanent changes to the original image.

Lightroom also serves as a powerful organizational tool for your photographs. Organize photos to suit your needs via an intuitive folder-based data structure. Lightroom lets you store images on multiple storage devices and it stores low-resolution previews of each image in its central database, allowing you to browse photos even when the original files are offline. You'll be able to search your images based on any number of criteria, accelerating the process of locating a specific image.

Lightroom's interface is divided into five major components: Library, Develop, Slideshow, Print and Web. Each screen serves its own purpose and you can go back and forth between them easily. There is some overlap in functionality, but for the most part, the components are compartmentalized.

The Library screen is where you organize and browse your photos. Enjoy full access to all folders in your library from this screen, allowing you to reorganize as needed. Apply keywords, ratings, color labels and metadata additions to images. You can make custom searches to create "Collections" based on any of these criteria. The "Smart Collections" function updates on the fly as additional images meet your criteria. For example, you can have an up-to-date collection of all images that you've given a 5-star rating. There is also a "Quick Develop" panel allowing you to make minor adjustments to an image, without having to venture into the Develop screen.

The Library also serves as the gateway to import and export images. Clicking "Import" brings up a redesigned screen: The Import window now expands to fill your entire display. Browse through your hard drive or a memory card to find images for import. You can leave the images in their original location, copying or moving to a different folder, or copy and convert them to Adobe's DNG format. Apply Develop settings, add metadata and add keywords during import, such as one for the camera used to capture the photos. Rename files and save a second copy to a backup drive during import.

When you've finished editing, use the Library screen to export your photos with ease. You can use the "Export" function, which brings up a window with numerous settings - including image size, sharpening, file format and the like - that you can customize. There is a new "Publish Services" section, enabling you to send images to your hard drive or Flickr with ease. Create as many presets for Publish Services as you'd like, giving you one-click access to frequently used export operations. This section can be further expanded via third-party plug-ins, available from Adobe's Lightroom Exchange website.

The second major component of Lightroom is the Develop screen. This is where you'll do the vast majority of your photo editing and toning. Perform any adjustment imaginable here, including color temperature, exposure, black levels, contrast, sharpness and brightness, to name just a few. You can make adjustments via sliders or tone curves, discretely modify color channels and convert images to black and white. Numerous presets are available, allowing you to quickly apply a certain "look" to a photo and you can create your own presets based on your favorite settings.

The Develop screen also features useful History and Snapshot functions. History lets you browse through all of the adjustments you've made to an image, in the order that they were made, so that you can revert back to any stage in the image process. At any time, create a snapshot of an image, which saves all of the settings you've applied, allowing you to continue to experiment with a photo after you've found a look you like.

Remove dust spots and red eye from photos, thanks to Lightroom's spot editing tools. Create image masks to apply graduated filter adjustments to a photo, or use the brush tool to dodge, burn and make other spot adjustments. You can add vignettes and simulated film grain to images, great for breathing analog life into digital photos.

With distortion correction, "defishing" of images captured via fisheye lenses can be done from within the program. Correct for both fisheye and rectilinear distortion, a capability highly useful for those shooting with extreme wide angle lenses. Numerous lens profiles are included with the software and you can save your own presets for oft-used lenses.

Lens corrections can also eliminate the keystone effect that ensues when your camera is not straight-on a subject. Basic crop and rotation tools are also available for quick and easy adjustments. If there is anything that can't be handled by Lightroom, it's easy to export a photo to Photoshop CS4 or CS5 for editing; any changes you make to an image in Photoshop will be automatically reflected in Lightroom. Lightroom's other three screens are all about sharing your images. The Slideshow screen gives you all the tools necessary to create digital slideshows of your images, complete with transitions and music. View these from within Lightroom or export them to a PDF or video file to share.

The Print screen allows you to print your images in any way imaginable. Adjustable for many standard paper sizes, it lets you visually lay out photos on them, allowing you to maximize the number of photos on a single page - thus helping to reduce printing costs. Lightroom can automatically position photos so that space on a page will be used as efficiently as possible. Adjust prints for different paper types and color profiles and add a signature plate if you wish.

The Web screen gives you numerous means of outputting photos to the web. Adobe includes a number of HTML and Flash galleries, allowing you to create a web gallery without any knowledge of programming. These can be customized to suit your needs and third-party galleries are available via the Adobe Lightroom Exchange website.

Top new features in Lightroom 4 include: Highlight and shadow recovery, photo book creation, location-based photo organization, extended video support, white balance brush and additional editing brushes, video publishing, soft proofing, improved online sharing integration, e-mailing from Lightroom and importing libraries from other software.

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Adobe Lightroom Features

  • Superior image processing: Get the absolute best from your images with state-of-the-art image processing controls. Make precise overall adjustments or correct targeted areas
  • Nondestructive environment: Set your creativity free in a nondestructive editing environment that encourages experimentation. Your original images are never altered and it's easy to reverse your steps
  • Selective editing brushes: Extend your creative control with a flexible brush that lets you adjust selected areas of your photo for just the look you want
  • Extended video support: Organize, view and make adjustments to video clips. Play and trim clips, extract still images from them, or adjust clips with the Quick Develop tool
  • Advanced black-and-white conversion: Gain powerful control over the tonal qualities that make or break black-and-white images. Precisely mix information from eight color channels when you convert to grayscale
  • Advanced color editing: Enhance color saturation and remove color casts with control over eight color channels each for hue, saturation and luminance
  • Highlight and shadow recovery: Bring out all the detail that your camera captures in dark shadows and bright highlights. Now you have more power than ever before to create great images in challenging light
  • Superior noise reduction: Achieve amazing, natural-looking results from your high ISO images with state-of-the-art noise reduction technology. Apply noise reduction to the entire image or target specific areas
  • White balance brush: Get more consistent color across your image in scenes with mixed lighting sources. A flexible brush lets you refine and adjust white balance in targeted areas of your shot
  • Lens correction: Quickly and easily perfect your images by automatically reducing lens defects like geometric distortion, chromatic aberration and vignetting with single-click profiles
  • Perspective correction: Get truer images by correcting perspective distortion that occurs when you shoot with your camera tilted, causing a building, for example, to look as if it's leaning
  • Film grain simulation: Use sliders to easily control the amount, size and roughness of grain that you can add to your images to simulate the look of film
  • Intelligent sharpening: Make sharp, natural-looking images with intelligent sharpening, which enhances detail without introducing harmful artifacts. Tailor sharpening for print, web and more
  • Red-eye removal: Instantly fix red eye in flash photos
  • One toolset for your photography tasks: Get your digital photography essentials in one package that includes what you need to organize, perfect and share all your images
  • Fast zooming: Check for critical sharpness and see small details by zooming in and out of any area of a photo with simple keyboard commands or a click of the mouse
  • Image watermarking: Easily embed your name or business identity in your images and customize their look. Apply text or graphic watermarks to a photo with adjustable size, position and opacity
  • Offline photo management: Work with the photos in your Lightroom Library even when the actual image files are stored on drives or media that are not currently connected to your computer
  • DNG conversion: Increase the compatibility and archival security of your proprietary raw format images by converting them to the universal DNG format, on import or in the Lightroom library
  • Location-based organization: Find and group images by location, easily assign locations to images, or plot a photo journey. Automatically display location data from GPS-enabled cameras and camera phones
  • Simple, customized keywording: Track your photos with the keywords that make sense to you - just type and apply
  • Import or export of keywords sets: Create a system for categorizing your images with keywords and then easily transfer keyword sets between computers, so you can use the same keywords in every image library
  • Metadata stamp on import: Efficiently combine image management tasks by applying custom metadata or metadata presets to images as you import them
  • Enhanced online sharing integration: Easily post images to social media and photo sharing sites like Facebook and Flickr. With selected sites, online comments about your images are visible within Lightroom
  • Easy-to-share slide shows with music: Show your images to clients, friends, or family with more style and flair using elegant slide shows with music. Share them easily by exporting them as HD videos

Adobe Lightroom Specifications

Windows requirements Intel Pentium 4 or AMD Athlon 64 processor
Microsoft Windows Vista with Service Pack 2 or Windows 7 with Service Pack 1
2GB of RAM
1GB of available hard-disk space
1024x768 display
DVD-ROM drive
Internet connection required for Internet-based services
Mac OS requirements Multicore Intel processor with 64-bit support
Mac OS X v10.6.8 or v10.7
2GB of RAM
1GB of available hard-disk space
1024x768 display
DVD-ROM drive
Internet connection required for Internet-based services
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