What's New in Lightroom 5.2 RC?

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Don't worry! You didn't miss Lightroom  5.1. The Lightroom team has been hard at work on our favorite photography application. They're using 5.2 so that the dot version stays in synch with Adobe Camera Raw which is now up to 8.2.

Currently at the RC or Release Candidate stage, LR 5.2 RC is available as a FREE download over at Adobe Labs. A Release Candidate means it is well tested but could benefit from addition community testing before it is pushed out to all users. If you're interested then give it a try and let the team know what you find over at the Feedback Portal. Bookmark that site since it is a great place to go and request new features for future versions as well as report bugs. So what's new in 5.2?

As you would expect, there are some new cameras supported as well as some new lens profiles. In addition, several bugs in Lightroom 5.0 have been corrected:

  • Catalogs containing images processed with PV2003 were adding a post-crop vignette when upgraded to Lightroom 5.
  • Pressing the Reset button while holding down the Shift key caused Lightroom to exit abruptly.
  • Output Sharpening and Noise Reduction were not applied to exported images that were resized to less than 1/3 of the original image size.
  • Incorrect photo was selected when trying to select a photo in segmented grid in Publish Services.
  • The Esc key did not exit the slideshow after right clicking screen with mouse during slideshow playing.
  • Import dialog remained blank for folders that contain PNG files with XMP sidecars.
  • Metadata panel displayed incorrect information after modifying published photo. Please note that this only occurred when metadata was changed after the photo was published.

That's great! But on the fun side of things the team added a few new features!

The Color Noise Reduction section of the Detail Panel now has a Smoothness adjustment slider. This will help you address color mottling artifacts when using this tool.

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The Spot Healing Tool got a few new features, too. There is now a feather slider!

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The auto-find algorithms now do a much better job for images with textures like foliage, rocks, tree bark, etc. and areas within the crop rectangle are given preference. This will make the suggested source areas more appropriate and lessen the times you need to adjust the healing source data.

Smart Previews are now 2,560 pixels on the long edge!

Lastly, the Local Adjustment Brush has some new duplication and deletion options. Each time you Command + Option drag on a pin you duplicate the adjustment. Right click on a pin for a new contextual menu with duplication and deletion options.

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That's quite a lot for a dot release don't you think? So go ahead and give it a try. Download it from Adobe Labs and let the team know what you think at the Feedback Portal!

Happy Lightrooming!