Adobe has released a new version of its popular photo developing software, adding several great new features. This new update is available to subscription customers and stand alone license holders. This new version is referred to as "Lightroom 6" for stand alone license holders and "Lightroom CC" for creative cloud subscription members.
There are several new additions to Lightroom 6 along with quite a few small changes. In this post I'll be touching on the most significant changes released in the new version.
Probably one of the most welcome new additions is an increased level of performance. Anybody who has used Lightroom can attest to the sluggish performance that often plagues the software. Adobe accomplished this performance increase by tapping into the video card to boost performance, this allows the GPU to alleviate some of the processing burden from the CPU. During this time I've spent many mind killing hours clicking and waiting for images to load, hopefully this new change will remedy the terribly slow performance for good.
After spending a little time using the new software, I have found image loading to much quicker than it previously was though I still run into some of the typical snags and non-responsive fits that I had before.
- HDR Merge - Lightroom now allows you to merge multiple exposures directly within Lightroom. Merging bracketed exposures previously required either exporting to Photoshop or using an alternative HDR processing program such as Photomatix. This new feature is very simple to use and produces good results. This features is accessed by either selecting the images you'd like to merge and either right clicking and choosing the "Photo Merge" option or alternatively accessing it from the "photo" menu at the top of the Lightroom window. The HDR merge feature has a simple interface that allows you to select the strength of the deghosting effect while leaving most of the processing adjustments to the develop module in Lightroom just as you would any other image. If you're looking for that hyper HDR look, you won't find that with this function. This feature creates very natural results leaving you with an image with an increased dynamic range.
You access this feature by either pressing CRTL + H, right clicking and choosing "Photo Merge" from the menu, or from the drop down photo menu along the top of the Lightroom window. After choosing the desired settings within the dialog box below, just click merge and Lightroom will process the image and save it as a DNG file in the same folder as the source images.
- Merge to Panorama- Multiple photos can now be merged to create panoramas within Lightroom, the feature is accessed from the same "Photo Merge" menu that HDR Merging is found or by pressing CTRL+M.
- Facial Recognition- The popular technology of facial recognition has now been introduced in light room.
- Filter Brush- Adobe has introduced a filter brush, this allows you to apply a gradient filter then edit out portions that may be covering objects within the scene.