The true stars of Lighroom 2 are the localized adjustment tools. For the first time, photographers can now edit their raw files using the adjustment brush and gradient filter tools. These allow you to apply all kinds of adjustments such as: darkening, lightening, coloring or sharpening an image. The following extract is taken from my new book in which I show how to work with the adjustment brush and auto-masking feature.
This post comes from Chicago where I am working with Jeff Schewe on a joint Focal Press book project to do with Photoshop. Meanwhile, print copies of the Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2 book were delivered to the studio last week, so now that Lightroom 2 has been officially announced, I can reveal that the Lightroom 2 book print run is complete and shipped to the main warehouse, ready for distribution.
The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2 book contains 624 pages and has been fully updated for all the major changes since version 1.0. I’ll be publishing some extracts from the book here on Lightroom-news over the next few weeks and you’ll also be able to read some extra article extracts over on Peachpit.com. You can also read some of the back story to the cover photo shoot as well as a video podcast that George Jardine made earlier this year.
When Adobe released the public beta of Photoshop Lightroom 2.0 back in early April 2008 it was with the express intention of providing the user community with an opportunity to try out many of the new features. Obviously, there was an expectation that the users would provide feedback on the new features and other aspects of the Lightroom workflow. So, here we are some 4 months later and the final release version is available, the question on everyone lips is – has the public beta delivered on it’s objectivesSo what’s new and improved?
As part of the newly launched Lightroom 2, there is also a new SDK. In addition to the new features from the original SDK, this one contains a wealth of details on creating your own galleries using Lua. While I learned the hard way, from other galleries, I found this explained things well. It provides a solid basis in coding, along with sample galleries.
Adobe has released new beta camera profiles for Camera Raw 4.5 and Lightroom 2.0 as well as a beta of the new application called DNG Profile Editor for editing DNG profiles. The betas of the profiles and the editor app are on Adobe Labs.
Major Software Upgrade Further Simplifies Photography Workflows
Press Release: SAN JOSE, Calif. — July 29, 2008 — Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) today announced the immediate availability of Adobe® Photoshop® Lightroom® 2 software, the photographer’s essential toolbox for managing, adjusting and presenting large volumes of digital photographs. With new enhancements such as dual-monitor support, radical advances in non-destructive localized image correction, and streamlined search capabilities, Lightroom 2 is a compelling upgrade that simplifies photography from shoot to finish. As Adobe’
s first application to support 64-bit for Mac OS X 10.5 Macintosh computers with Intel® processors and Microsoft® Windows® Vista® 64bit operating systems, Lightroom 2 also provides improved memory performance for dealing with large scale images.
Matthew Campagna has updated his TTG Client Response Gallery for V2. In this case it’s for the Beta, but there are further additions to be made with potential features from the release version of Lightroom V2.
This gallery is especially useful to those who interact with clients online. From the gallery page:
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