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Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3 Upgrade

by Adobe
Windows Vista / 7 / XP, Mac OS X
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Technical Details

  • New import handling designed to make importing streamlined and easy
  • Enhanced batch processing for nondestructive adjustments
  • Target specific photo areas for more precise adjustments
  • Enhanced algorithms that can automatically sharpen photos
  • Freely manage and organize your images across multiple drives and continue to work with the high-resolution previews
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  • Platform:    Windows Vista / 7 / XP, Mac OS X
  • Media: CD-ROM
  • Item Quantity: 1

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Adobe Lightroom has been rebuilt from its core to provide a performance architecture that meets the needs of photographers today and into the future.

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Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3 software delivers sweeping new capabilities to help you bring out the best in your photography. Accelerated performance makes key tasks quicker, and now you can manage video files from most digital SLR cameras side-by-side with your still photos. Perfect your images with new nondestructive editing tools, including world-class noise reduction and lens correction. Showcase your work with greater style and impact using more customizable print layouts, captivating slide show videos with music, streamlined publishing to online photo-sharing sites, and more.

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3 software delivers sweeping new capabilities to help you bring out the best in your photography.

Top reasons to upgrade to Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3

Accelerated performance
Get your digital photography tasks done fast and have more time to shoot and promote your work. Already quick performance has been dramatically accelerated in Lightroom 3, saving you time from first look to final image.

Superior noise reduction
Achieve amazing, natural-looking results from your high ISO images with all-new state-of-the-art noise reduction technology. You won’t need more than what’s built into Lightroom 3 to get the cleanest images at any ISO.

Lens correction
Quickly and easily perfect your images by automatically reducing lens defects like geometric distortion, chromatic aberration, and vignetting with single-click profiles. Even images from the best lenses will be improved.

Support for DSLR video files
New support for video files from most digital SLR cameras lets you easily manage and organize both still photographs and video files side-by-side.

Image watermarking
Easily embed your identity or your brand and logo in your images with more options for customizing their look. The new watermarking tool lets you apply text or graphic watermarks to a photo with adjustable size, position, and opacity.

Flickr integration
Use Lightroom seamlessly with Flickr, a Yahoo! service. When friends or clients post comments and ratings on your Flickr galleries, you can immediately see their feedback in the Lightroom 3 Library alongside your images.

Easy-to-share slide show videos with music
Show your images to clients, friends, or family with more style and flair using elegant slide shows with music. Slide shows are a breeze to create, and you can share them easily by exporting them as videos, even in high definition.

Easy image importing
Save time with fast image importing. The newly designed import interface is easy to set up and navigate with clear visual indications of where your photos will be located and how they’ll be organized after you’ve downloaded them.

Tethered shooting
Instantly import and view images as you shoot them with tethered capture, available for select cameras. Use it to make an immediate, highly detailed check of your shot, the lighting, or the shooting setup. Or get instant feedback from clients or subjects.

Perspective correction
Get more natural-looking results by applying powerful, nondestructive perspective corrections to your images. Reduce or eliminate the distortion that can occur, for example, when you take a photograph with the camera pointed upwards, causing buildings to appear to be leaning backwards in your image.

More flexible print layout
Showcase your work in more creative formats using highly customizable print layouts, which you can save as reusable templates. With the new custom print layout creation tool, you just drag one image or several different shots onto a page and resize or reposition them as you like.

Film grain simulation
Use new sliders to easily control the amount, size, and roughness of grain that you can add to your images to simulate the look of film.


Adobe Lightroom 3 GUI

Bring out the best in your photography, whether you're perfecting one image, searching for ten, processing hundreds, or organizing thousands. Click to enlarge.

Lightroom 3 Importing

Save time with fast image importing. Click to enlarge.

Lightroom 3 Slide Shows

Share your images in style using elegant slide shows with music. Click to enlarge.

Lightroom 3 and Flickr

Use Lightroom seamlessly with Flickr. Click to enlarge.

Simplify Photography From Shoot to Finish

Nondestructive editing environment
Set your creativity free in a nondestructive editing environment that encourages experimentation. Your original images are always safely unaltered, and it's easy to reverse your steps or save multiple versions of any photo.

Superior image processing
Get the absolute best from your images with state-of-the-art image processing controls that work with raw files from more than 290 camera models as well as JPEG, TIFF, and other file formats. Make precise overall adjustments or correct targeted areas for just the look you want. Dodge and burn, convert to black-and-white, add grain, reduce noise, adjust sharpness, create vignettes, and more.

Intuitive environment
Be more productive and efficient, and enjoy the freedom and creativity that comes from working with excellent tools designed specifically for photographers. The intuitive environment and controls of Lightroom are easy to master and let you quickly and smoothly accomplish your essential photography tasks.

Accelerated performance
Get your digital photography tasks done fast and have more time to shoot and promote your work. Already quick performance has been dramatically accelerated in Lightroom 3, saving you time from first look to final image.

Image management
Take advantage of a powerful suite of image management features to organize your photographs, flexibly rate and label them, and find them easily using a wide range of metadata tags and information.

Superior noise reduction
Achieve amazing, natural-looking results from your high ISO images with all-new state-of-the-art noise reduction technology. You won't need more than what's built in to Lightroom 3 to get the cleanest images at any ISO.

One-click adjustments for multiple images
Save time when processing photographs that were shot under consistent conditions by applying the same Develop settings to all the images in a group at once using presets or the sync feature.

Flickr integration
Use Lightroom seamlessly with Flickr, a Yahoo! service. When friends or clients post comments and ratings on your Flickr galleries, you can immediately see their feedback in the Lightroom 3 Library alongside your images.

Fast performance across platforms
Speed up day-to-day imaging tasks and process your images faster by taking advantage of cross-platform 64-bit support. Use the advanced memory handling capabilities of the latest Mac OS and Windows operating systems.

Develop presets
Save time by instantly applying favorite looks to images. When you've perfected a look that you particularly like for an image—a high-contrast black-and-white effect or a super saturated color look, for example—you simply save the settings as a preset and apply it to your other photographs at any time. Many presets are included with Lightroom, and thousands more are available from the thriving worldwide community of Lightroom photographers and experts.

Easy-to-share slide show videos with music
Show your images to clients, friends, or family with more style and flair using elegant slide shows with music. Slide shows are a breeze to create, and you can share them easily by exporting them as videos, even in high definition.

Tethered shooting
Instantly import and view images as you shoot them with tethered capture, available for select cameras. Use it to make an immediate, highly detailed check of your shot, the lighting, or the shooting setup. Or get instant feedback from clients or subjects.

Tight Photoshop integration
Select one or multiple photos and then automatically open them in Adobe Photoshop for detailed, pixel-level editing or to merge multiple photos into a panorama, a high dynamic range photo, or a multilayered file. After making your edits in Photoshop, see the results immediately back in Lightroom.


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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars LR3 Better than ever............ July 23 2010
Format:CD-ROM
Having used Lightroom since version 1.0 I have found the steady improvements absolutely amazing.
There is help for new users all over the web and in numerous "How To" books, most offered by Amazon.ca.
In my opinion Scott Kelbey's is the absolute best but I am biased having at least 20 of his helps books.
This inexpensive program allows you to catalogue all you photos wherever they may reside, in a spare hard drive
or on line, and in different computers. You can set the program up to personalize it with your company or
studio identification and present finished slideshows that you can set up in minutes. This latest version
allows you to add voice and music to your presentations which is a big plus. If you take the time to put
in keywords or have done so with a previous version this new version allows you to import them upon the
upgrade. The numerous ways (at least 5) to sort and search for photos make it easy to retrieve any catalogued
photo within seconds even on a source that is not currently connected to your system at that particular
time.
New enhanced vignetting and noise reduction alone make this upgrade worth the price but its newly enhanced
algorithms 2010 version make all the developing tools work faster and easier than ever before. Go to 64
bit and it gets even better. It works almost seemlessly with Photoshop CS5 and the entire Creative Suite
making it truly valuable to for any photographer wanting to present the very best possible images.
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47 of 50 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The BEST noise reduction (IMO), watermarking, excellent new RAW rendering and other tweaks... July 25 2010
By JAB - Published on Amazon.com
Format:CD-ROM
I have been using LR since v1. The last 2 revisions have brought significant improvements.
With v2 the standout benefit for me was the local adjustments brush (that alone made the upgrade a no-brainer.
With v3 I wasn't as eager to buy another upgrade - UNTIL I tried it out and noticed that after "updating" views of my images to use the "2010 process" the difference jumped out at me (particularly those at ISO 800+).
The higher ISO RAW files from an Olympus E-1 and E-300 suddenly looked demonstrably better (same with files from my E-3).
Noise reduction in Lightroom has always been less-than-stellar and I've been saving my pennies to buy a "real" noise reduction program for ~$100.

I am SO glad that I held off buying a separate noise reduction program until after I tested LR3 - I was about to pay just about the same price as the LR3 upgrade just for a noise reduction program!
IMO, the noise reduction now integrated into LR3 is the BEST that I have yet seen.

Another tool which I've pined for was a USABLE watermarking tool. FINALLY it is here!
Thanks Adobe (even though you really should've had this in there from the get-go.

There are a number of other tweaks that I've noticed (with a smile) - a bit of a speed increase (thanks to true 64bit support), a little more power in working with Black & White renderings and the lens profiles are fantastically useful (for me).

If you are on the fence as to whether you really want to buy this upgrade or wait for the next version just answer the following questions:
1 - Do you shoot primarily in JPG? The image processing engine won't mean as much to you.
2 - Does your camera already have excellent high-iso noise characteristics? This upgrade won't be the revelation it was to me.
3 - Do you not really care about watermarking? One less reason to upgrade.
4 - Are you running on a 32bit system or with <4GB of RAM? You won't see much speed improvement.

If you can answer yes to questions 1 & 2 above then this upgrade is probably not for you.

Personally, the noise reduction and watermarking were what enticed me and then seeing the new RAW processing is what made me click the "buy" button.

Now the only features I'm wishing for are soft-proofing, content-aware fill (I can dream can't I), a clone BRUSH (not stamp) and direct DVD burning.
46 of 50 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic upgrade - a must-have for all photographers. July 3 2010
By MiRSD - Published on Amazon.com
Format:CD-ROM|Verified Purchase
I've been using Lightroom since the beginning - ordering Lightroom v1 immediately upon it's release and absolutely loved it. It's not a complete replacement for photoshop (it does a LOT of the stuff Photoshop does, but not a lot of the selective editing/power you get in PS).

After using the Lightroom 3 beta for the past few months, I knew I needed to get this upgrade.

Unlike Photoshop which is more of a "One image at a time" program, Lightroom brings your whole collection of photos into the application, allowing you to quickly navigate through them, tag/flag them (by stars, for example) and make quick edits to either a single photo or the whole set. This is the most important thing as if you shoot a few hundred photos and need the SAME settings quickly applied to each of them (white balance, for example) it's just a few clicks away. Lightroom also uses a non-destructive editing system, which means you can make as many edits to photos as you want, and the original is still untouched (you don't "save" over your photos, you create new versions once you've edited them how you like).

The built in presets, and ability to create your own/download others online, is a huge feature. Need a black and white high-contrast look with a vignette? You can find it. Need a HDR look? You can find it. Just about any "look" you need, you can either create or find online as a preset (most free).

With Lightroom 3 there are some obvious upgrades/changes:

One of the nicest is the noise reduction - take those ISO 3200 photos and make them look like ISO 200. The feature is much improved over Lightroom 1 and 2, and of course you have full control of the strength.

Faster (at least for me). It was never too slow to begin with, but seems to have gotten even faster in V3 (Windows 7, quad-core)

Lens Correction - great for those super-wide lenses!

Watermarking - I believe this was in LR1, but the current version is VERY nice. I'm usually one to avoid watermarks, but the ones on LR3 can be classy and non-obtrusive.

Tethered shooting - now you don't need to combine multiple programs and set up a "ghetto" tethering solution - it's built in!

Flickr upload built in - a nice feature for those that use the service.

Video importing - unfortunately you can't edit the video, but it's nice to have it in the same spot if you do both photo and video (like most HD DSLRs and almost all point and shoots do now)

Slideshows - you can now export them as video (even HD), with music!

New print options - I don't use these, but I'm guessing some people do. If that's you, you have some upgrades here!

Ability to create galleries for your site (either basic HTML or Flash) - This is the same as Lightroom V2 (but an upgrade for those who went from v1 to v3)

Selective editing brush - Same as above, nothing new but something not available in Lightroom v1

Overall it's a great system, especially working with hundreds or thousands of photos at once! A must-have for all photographers, professionals or amateurs. I'd like to see the ability to add effects/filters and edit video files in the future, but this is a PHOTO application so I won't hold it against them! Can't wait to see the new updates coming out over the upcoming months (Adobe has been very good about adding new features in same-version updates (like 3.1, 3.2) which come free.
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential Upgrade Aug. 9 2010
By David J. Schneider - Published on Amazon.com
Format:CD-ROM|Verified Purchase
This is the first Lightroom version that I would consider fully mature. Lots of new features worth having, and the whole operation seems sleek and efficient. While certainly easier to use than Photoshop, this is not a beginner's photo-editing program (at least if one uses most of the features). I bought it primarily for the lens correction feature which works well but since I use good Nikon lenses the corrections are hardly earthshaking and in fact I now rarely use the feature. Importing is now much easier, and the print module more sophisticated. Noise reduction is much improved. Tethered shooting is now possible although I prefer to use another product I already own. I feels much faster and although I haven't checked on changes in menus and modules, it somehow seems more intuitive. With the first version of LR I did about 50% of my editing in LR and the rest in PS, second version about 70% in LR, but now I'm using LR for probably 90% of my image processing. You still need PS for some things, but LR does most corrections faster and easier. There are certainly programs that are easier to use and cheaper, and then there's PS. I like LR for the tight integration of photo correction and a database; many of the cheaper programs do not have such a powerful database engine. ACEsee is also a good program, perhaps easier to use as a photo management system but not as good on editing. For those who already own LR, an upgrade is almost a no-brainer even for those like myself for whom $95 is a significant sum of money.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nikon almost got more of my money July 14 2010
By TriggerHappy - Published on Amazon.com
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I shoot Nikon. I needed to shoot tethered on my laptop. Almost paid $150 for Nikon's capture software to be able to do this. Held off because I was waiting to upgrade LR which only cost $100. Glad I did! Built in tethered capture support for most Nikon DSLRs. Works awesome! A little bit of delay in loading them into LR during capture, but that was to be expected with the limitations of my laptop transferring raw files via USB.

As for the other improvements: well worth the upgrade. I won't go over all the changes, as you can read about them on the Adobe site and everywhere else.

My only complaint: LR3 seems much slower, even on my desktop. Zooming in to check details is really slow to refresh to higher res. (compared to LR2) Advancing through images has display lag. "Optimized catalog". I checked the same images in LR2 to see if it was maybe my CPU. LR2 is faster with minimal delays. Maybe I am missing something is LR3 that will help with this delay.
I can still simultaneously run LR2, CS4 and listen to music on dual monitors without delays. But running only LR3 gives me delays. Annoying. I guess when Adobe completely revamped its engine, it must now be very processor intensive and I need to upgrade my computer? I must be missing something. If anyone has any insight, please leave a comment.
(Dell XPS 3ghz quad processor, 8gb ram running on Vista home)
42 of 55 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Import conventions for LR3 are incompatible with LR2 June 24 2010
By Wishful Dreams - Tim Townsend - Published on Amazon.com
Format:CD-ROM
I have about 35,000 images in several catalogs. Uniformly, images are identified with a title
yyyymmdd-s.format. "s" is a sequence number assigned by me, sometimes with a modifier like 5a, 5b.
Format is the usual .jpg, dgn, etc. Formerly, I imported from a scanner folder on my desktop or directly from a flash card (used in a canon). I would direct LR to store the contents in a folder (of my own making like ""2010"). LR2 would then generate a folder in my designated folder (2010) with the format of yyyy-mm-dd for each image taken on a specific day of that month.

LR3 doesn't do this! It creates folders with the format yyyymmdd (not much of a problem). But it does not place pictures corresponding to yyyymmdd into the proper folder. Some would be in one folder, some in another folder. BEWARE. This is a software bug which I spent >3hours discussing with their tech reps: (Satya, Nirmal) both good. Hopefully they will fix the bug soon.
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