Lightroom 5 Review: Fast Overview of Adobe Photo-Editing Tool

Lightroom 5 reviewWith the many different styles of cameras and video-recorders, people are less shy about taking their own photos. While some merely take them for memories, some take them for their careers. Whether you are the former or the latter, Adobe’s Lightroom 5 is a product that can take a lot of the menial and time-consuming tasks and transform them into simple fixes you would like them to be. Lightroom’s first Beta edition was released in 2006, with the first launch of the product in 2007. This photo-editing program has been designed to assist those who need to manage large amounts of digital images, while also providing them with an efficient and effective workflows. When first launched, this photo-editing program had many features geared toward making the best looking photos, as well as touching up pictures that may have had unwanted elements. Photo editing has come a long way with Lightroom 5 and it continues to prove that works of art are just a few clicks away.

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The focus of the Adobe Lightroom 5 workflow has six elements that are needed to make the process run smoothly. The first element of the program is the library, which holds the collection of files and allows for much organization. The library feature allows you to store all of your media files to access all in one place. After accessing the library function, a file can be chosen and edited in any way you wish. With this 5th edition of the photo-editing program, original files are stored while the ones that are edited become new files. This is a great feature because sometimes changes are made that shouldn’t have been, and with most programs, once the file is saved over; there is no going back. Non-Destructive editing allows your photos to stay intact and provides many options to the editor for different views of the file.


Another element of the workflow with photo-editing is development. Many features are encompassed in this element; too many to list. However, there are some that are well worth pointing out. During development, the main function is editing, which includes many of the new features of the Adobe Lightroom 5 program.

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In the previous version, there was a tool called the Healing Brush. This Healing Brush allows the developer to remove certain elements of the photo that, either weren’t supposed to be there, or look much better without them. With the updated version of the program, the features of this tool have been enhanced. While the older version featured the tool, the use was somewhat limited by the small size of the feature. Objects and spots could be removed, but the amount that could be done at one time was very small. The new version of Lightroom allows you to “paint” over a specific area in the file and then the program finds the best place in the file to take the replacement image from to cover up the spot. This is effective in taking out problems within a photo, such as a “photo bomb”, when someone jumps in the photo at the last minute to ruin it.


Another helpful feature of this particular photo-editing program is the upright tool. This tool can correct distortions in the lens, making the photo’s perception more appealing. The program is designed to find these distortions on its own, and an added bonus is that if there is no problem detected, nothing in the file will be changed.


Radial gradient is a feature that helps to focus the attention on the subject of the file. This feature includes the ability to create circular or elliptical marquee, and then change the appearance of the objects outside and inside of the marquee. This allows much control over the way the file will be viewed, based on the developer’s perception.

All of these new features can greatly enhance the capabilities of editing photos and creating masterpieces. Once all of the files have been edited, Lightroom 5 provides the ability to create photobooks, and slideshows.

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With previous versions of Lightroom, slideshows were available, however, with the new program, there is now a capability to share these slideshows. Not only can you share them, but you can also incorporate videos and music with the still files, and even export them onto other devices. This allows you to keep all your files with you no matter where you are. Along with creating slideshows, photo-editing has gotten even more in-depth with the built in Photobook creator, which with the new version, makes it easier to produce paper numbers and add text to the files.


With printing options, you can decide what sizes you would like your files to be, whether it be an 8×10 or a 5×7. There are also those files that you would rather not pint. These files, upon creation, are automatically put into an online gallery, with another option to upload, of course. This program can be the answer to all your photo-editing needs.

All of these features in one place can be very confusing for people who are not familiar with photo-editing, or maybe just get confused by all the bonuses. While this may seem like a program for those who work with media for a living, Lightroom 5 can also be very beneficial to the hobbyist who loves taking pictures. If you want to master Adobe’s Lightroom 5 photo-editing program, practice your skills and keep learning with courses and guides, to ensure that all the features are utilized for a brilliant work of art.