Lightroom 4 Beta

Photoshop Lightroom

More exciting news this week, Lightroom4 Beta has finally arrived and it’s loaded with some great new features and refinements.  You can download this for free and it’s available until March. Of course being a Beta, Adobe would like any feedback with bugs, etc. You can download it at

So far I really like some of the new tools and develop adjustments they’ve added. One set in particular is the Highlights & Shadows sliders in the Develop Module. These replace the Recovery & Fill Light sliders and the control they give you is just amazing.

There’s lots of other little tweaks and adjustments they’ve made as well, making some things that much better, including the Adjustment Brush tool which now has even more editing adjustments you can add.

A couple big additions that will be apparent is the ability to now create your own photo books and also a new maps feature allowing you to utilize GPS image locations.

Scott Kelby and Matt Kloskowski have a great intro video with all these new features at

Lightroom has certainly matured into a fantastic program that keeps getting better. It’s not all roses though as the clone tool still unfortunately stinks and of course you have to send anything over to Photoshop for layering as usual, but overall my work spends more time in Lightroom now than anywhere else.

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