Adobe releases Photoshop Lightroom version 1.1

Adobe announces Photoshop Lightroom version 1.1 with many new features and enhancements, and support for Windows Vista. This latest update adds a flexible image management system for multi-computer workflows, improved noise reduction and sharpening, and raw file support for 13 additional digital cameras from leading manufacturers including Canon, Nikon, Olympus, Ricoh, Sigma and Phase One. Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 1.1 update is now available as a free download from Adobe's website for existing customers...

You can download Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 1.1 here

New in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 1.1

General

  • Template Browsers in the Slideshow, Print, and Web module as well as the Preset Browser in the Develop module are now hierarchical, allowing for a one-level deep hierarchy. Folders can be created by choosing the Folder drop-down option below the preset or template name field.
  • The "breadcrumbs" text at the top of the filmstrip now changes the highlighted item based on context. For example, if a command in Library will affect all selected photos, the text "5 selected" is highlighted instead of the filename. In output modules, the highlighted section indicates which photos are being included in the output of the module.
  • The filmstrip filter now includes additional icons to show only negative(master) photos or virtual copies
  • When importing from removable media, Lightroom provides the option to eject-after-import.
  • Lightroom now supports all of the available DNG conversion settings:
      -File Extension
      -JPEG Preview Size
      -Image Conversion Method
      -Compression
      -Embed Original Raw File
  • Preferences have been separated into global application preferences and catalog-specific settings:
    Catalog Specific
      -Backup options
      -Preview size
      -Sequence numbers
      -Metadata browser options
      -XMP metadata handling
      -Optimize Catalog: This command will be useful for larger databases that seem to perform below their initial levels. Optimization is also a part of the upgrade process and provides the most benefit after Lightroom has performed a number of catalog operations. (additions, deletions, changes, etc.)
    Additional global preferences
      -Default camera raw settings can now be shared with Camera Raw 4.1 and be set on a per camera model, serial number or ISO setting basis
      -Store presets with catalog file
      -Treat JPEG files with the same name as a neighboring raw file as a separate photo
      -Edit externally file naming presets
      -Option to read and respect various hierarchical separator formats in the dc:subject keyword field on import
      -Additional panel end marks have been included in the interface preferences

Library Module

  • Ctrl-clicking or right-clicking on a photo will provide a method of directly locating and viewing the image folder in the Library
  • A Copy Name field is available in the default Metadata panel. This field is blank by default for normal photos, but is set to "Copy 1", "Copy 2", etc. for subsequent virtual copies of that image. This field is available in the naming tokens under the same popup that contains "Original Name" for use when generating filenames on export. It is also searchable with the Find panel.
  • A virtual copy may be set as the master image using the Photo file menu. The previous master will be set as a virtual copy
  • The Find panel layout has been improved
  • The Keyword Stamper tool in the Library toolbar has been replaced by a spray can that be utilized as a general purpose applicator. The spray applicator now allows application of keywords, ratings, flags, labels, develop presets, metadata presets, and rotations. The icon can be used to click-and-drag to apply the specified content to multiple photos at one time.
  • A Ctrl-click or right-click on a folder in the Library provides a new "Synchronize Folder" command that can check for new images in the folder, check for missing photos and scan for metadata updates.
  • Catalog Export provides the ability to select a subset of a current catalog(any active selection) and create a new independent catalog file including only the selected images. The exported catalog has the option to include the master files or negatives and the previews associated with the files. A common use of an exported catalog would be to export a portfolio collection from a desktop computer to be used on a laptop computer for a lightweight portable presentation catalog.
  • Catalog import provides photographers with the opportunity to merge existing catalogs of different or identical images. A common use of catalog import would be to merge a set of photographs temporarily stored on a laptop with a larger set of images stored on a separate computer.
  • Catalog import conflict: If the file sets overlap during a catalog import, the import dialog offers several options for "Existing Photos."

Metadata

  • Develop snapshots are now stored in XMP
  • Metadata can now be updated in the file using the Command(ctrl) + S shortcut
  • Hierarchical keywords are now stored in XMP. Keywords removed in other editors will not be removed from Lightroom. Keyword synonyms and other keyword export options will only be applied when you export from Lightroom and not to the XMP of your negative
  • The Metadata menu has a new option to update previews along with metadata in DNG. This menu will operate on your selection in the grid view
  • The copyright status field has been added to the metadata panel
  • Metadata presets can now be viewed, renamed, deleted, and updated in the Edit Presets dialog.
  • The metadata browser now shows ISO, Aperture, Shutter Speed, and Label
  • The metadata panel now has "action" arrow buttons next to a selection of data fields.

Develop module

  • Clarity: New Control available in the Basic panel. Clarity adds depth to an image by increasing local contrast. When using this setting, it is best to zoom in to 100% or greater. To maximize the effect, increase the setting until you see halos near the edge details of the image, and then reduce the setting slightly.
  • Sharpening Improvements:
    Additional controls available in the Detail panel. The zoom level must be set to 100% or greater in order to view the effects of these controls.
    -Amount: Adjusts edge definition. Increase the Amount value to increase sharpening. A value of zero turns off sharpening. In general, set Amount to a lower value for cleaner images. The adjustment locates pixels that differ from surrounding pixels based on the threshold you specify and increases the pixels’ contrast by the amount you specify. Press Alt (Windows) or Option (Mac OS) while dragging this slider to view the sharpening on a grayscale preview.
    -Radius: Adjusts the size of the details that sharpening is applied to. Photos with very fine details may need a lower radius setting. Photos with larger details may be able to use a larger radius. Using too large a radius will generally result in unnatural looking results. Press Alt (Windows) or Option (Mac OS) while dragging this slider to preview the radius effect on edge definition.
    -Detail: Adjusts how much high-frequency information is sharpened in the image and how much the sharpening process emphasizes edges. Lower settings primarily sharpen edges to remove blurring. Higher values are useful for making the textures in the image more pronounced.
    -Masking: Controls an edge mask. With a setting of zero, everything in the image receives the same amount of sharpening. With a setting of 100, sharpening is mostly restricted to those areas near the strongest edges. Press Alt (Windows) or Option (Mac OS) while dragging this slider to see the areas to be sharpened (white) versus the areas masked out (black).
  • You can now load a snapshot or history state into the Before view by ctrl-clicking or right-clicking it in the panel.

Slideshow module

  • The Slideshow module now uses a different mechanism to present the slideshow in order to generate smoother transitions.
  • By default, slideshows will now only include the selected photos if there is more than one photo selected.

Print module

  • There is now a checkbox next to Print Resolution. Turning off this checkbox will cause the native resolution of the photo to be used given that it falls within the range of 72 and 480 ppi.
  • There is an available overlay on the print preview that shows the dimensions of the photo inside each cell (in the print units) and if a specific resolution is not being used the resolution each photo will be printed at.

Web module

  • The following options are now included:
    • Include all metadata with files generated from Web, or to elect to minimize the metadata to just the content of the Copyright field
    • Only use selected photos
    • Turn off section borders
    • Apply drop-shadows and photo borders

Additional Information: You can download Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 1.1 here

June 27, 2007

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