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Adobe launches Photoshop Lightroom 5

Adobe has launched Photoshop Lightroom 5 for Windows and Mac OS, providing the latest software for amateur and professional photographers.

The updated software adds several new features, including the Advanced Healing Brush for fixing photographic imperfections like dust spots and splotches; the Upright tool that automatically straightens objects like buildings and horizons; and Radial Graidents for applying off-centre and multiple vignettes to a single image.

Another useful feature is Smart Previews, which lets photographers make changes to their pictures offline and then automatically applies these changes to the original images stored on the cloud.

Lightroom 5 also improves the sharing and publishing capabilities, including the ability to make slideshows and an updated Book module for personalised photo books, with numerous templates available to use.

“Lightroom was originally conceived through the requests of Adobe customers, and this feedback continues to drive each new iteration,” said Winston Hendrickson, Vice President of Products, at the Creative Media Solutions division of Adobe. “As the digital photography landscape advances and evolves, Lightroom is the best solution for photographers and passionate hobbyists who want to get the most out of their digital images.”

Lightroom 5 is available immediately for £102.57, or £57.64 as an upgrade from a previous version. The software is also available for Adobe Creative Cloud subscribers.

For an idea of what to expect from Adobe's latest Photoshop software, check out our preview of the Lightroom 5 beta release.