LightroomAdobe has released version 5.2 of its popular Lightroom software.

New features in the release include:

  • A Smoothness adjustment slider has been added to the Detail Panel under Color Noise Reduction
  • Refinements to the Spot Healing Tool
  • Auto Exposure has been improved
  • Smart Preview size has been updated to 2560 pixels on the long edge, and
  • Refinements to the Local Adjustment Brush

As well as the above, new cameras and lenses are now supported, along with some bug fixes. I’m particularly pleased to see the issue with the spot healing tool auto-selecting a source area outside your cropped image, resulting in you having to undo your crop if you wanted to move it to a more appropriate area, has been fixed. This was a big annoyance for me!

You can check out the full list of changes on the official Adobe release post.

Of course now Lightroom 5.2 has been released it also means Adobe is offering its photographer’s version of Creative Cloud too. If you already have Photoshop CS3 or later you can subscribe to CC Photoshop Photography Program which includes access to Photoshop CC and Lightroom 5, plus feature updates and upgrades as they are available, 20GB of cloud storage for file sharing and collaboration, and Behance ProSite for your own fully customizable professional portfolio.

More importantly if you sign up before December 31st 2013 you get this for $9.99/month (£8.78/month incl. tax). This isn’t a time limited price either but the standard price for those that sign up before the end of the year. Seems quite a good deal to me.

You can find out more, check out the FAQs, or sign up over at the Adobe Photoshop Photography Program page.