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Photoshop Lightroom 5 Beta Now Available FREE

Lightroom 5 Beta became free to download as from today  (Monday 15th April 2013). This beta offers a free, public preview of new features and tools that will be offered in the final release, expected later this year.

So, start your download here or Here and while you wait take a look at just some of the great new features;
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Advanced Healing Brush allows users to heal imperfections and remove distracting elements

No more healing circular areas, now you paint over what you want to remove and ONLY what to remove.


Upright tool analyses an image to automatically level horizons and straighten objects like buildings to correct a keystone effect

Watching this new tool do it’s thing made me vocalise an expletive, quite extraordinary how quickly and accurately angles are corrected!


Radial Gradient tool creates off-centre or multiple vignette effects

Lightroom users can now target specifically where they want to draw the eye thanks to this great new feature.


Smart Previews allow customers to edit images without needing the original raw file

Lightroom can use the off line version of your image and alter the sidecar file, then apply it when the drive with the correct file is connected. Great for editing on the go!

Video slideshow enables customers to combine still images, video clips and music in a creative HD slideshow

In Lightroom 5 slideshows run seamlessly even if the include video, it just starts playing when you get to it.

Upgrades to the Book module enhancing the ability to create, customise and order elegant photo books using a variety of tailored templates


Is This Beta Download Fully Featured?

Yes, Adobe has offered Lightroom 5 for public preview and testing prior to the final release. Adobe encourages customers to provide comments through its community forums on both new and legacy features. Feedback offered may be integrated into updates added before the final version of the software is released.

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Eric’s background in video editing with Adobe Premier led to his interest, and then obsession, with Photoshop. Starting TipSquirrel.com as a hobby he is proud to have gathered together and be a part of The Photoshop Nuts. Known as only “TipSquirrel” for two years, Eric ‘went public’ when he was a finalist in The Next Adobe Photoshop Evangelist competition. He’s also been a finalist in Deke’s Techniques Photoshop Challenge. While still taking on some freelance work, Eric has recently become a Lecturer at Peterborough’s Media and Journalism Centre where he enjoys sharing his knowledge as well as learning new skills. This realisation that he loves to teach has made Eric look at altering his career path.

4 Comments on Photoshop Lightroom 5 Beta Now Available FREE

  1. Features aside, has performance improved?

  2. Hello, no more beta link for download! 🙁 #like2

  3. Lightroom 5 is now out of Beta. The retail edition has over 400 tweaks and improvements over the beta version though

  4. I’ve already got on site and offsite backup systems in place that’s not the problem, I just want Lightroom to be able to synchronise my onside backup drives with my master library, so when I delete or add photos from my Lightroom master library, Lightroom goes ahead and does the same to my backups.

    At the moment I use carbon copy cloner which works great but a similar system built into Lightroom would be superb. Look at apertures vault system if you want an example of what I mean.

    This must be so easy to implement, maybe even a backup tab on the top line at the end after WEB?

    Backing up should be encouraged so an inbuilt system that’s easy to use would make the program almost complete.

    The system that Lightroom uses at the moment is totally useless, what’s the point in making a backup at the time of import if you are then forced to manually delete the images from the backup which you have deleted from your master catalogue? I can’t see the point in keeping files backed up that you don’t want.

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