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Wednesday, 27 January 2016

Lightroom Update Versions 6.4 and CC 2015.4

A new iteration of Lightroom has been rolled out today including some new features for subscribers.

Boundary Warp

The Photomerge Panorama process often produces a stitched panorama that is not rectangular, requiring some cropping or sending into Photoshop to use the content aware function. The new Boundary Warp feature in LR CC 2015.4 (not LR 6.4) uses an analysis of the edges of the panorama and warps the image so that it is rectangular and doesn’t require cropping.

Watch Boundary Warp Video Tutorials

LR Mobile Prefs

The latest update to LR CC 2015.4 now gives the ability to specify regular folders in LR desktop.

In the past auto-import from Camera Roll on a phone or tablet automatically copied jpeg images into LR desktop but these photos were stored in a .lrdata file. Moving them into regular folders required manually moving them using the folders panel.

The new functionality can be found in preferences:

Edit >> Preferences >> Lightroom Mobile (tab) on Windows

Lightroom >> Preferences >> Lightroom Mobile (tab) on Mac

You can now choose a folder location and also choose dated sub folders, if required.

Performance Improvements – LR CC 2015.4 & LR 6.4

  • The panorama merging process is said to complete roughly twice as fast as Lightroom 6.3
  • Thumbnails update more quickly when copying and pasting settings or using Sync
  • Improved quality when applying Auto Straighten and Upright “Level” mode
  • Preview images load faster in the Library module when zoomed in 

Update to LR CC 2015.4 from the Apps Tab in Creative Cloud
Update to LR 6.4 from the LR Help Menu

Or use one of the direct download links.

Direct Download: Windows | Mac
New camera support, lens profiles and bug fixes are included in this update. Full details can be found at:

Adobe Lightroom Journal

Friday, 22 January 2016

Adding Text to Photos in Photoshop Elements

In this video, Corey Barker walks you through the various options to add text to photos and manipulate various text-related settings. 

Techniques covered:

* Standard text - re-sizing, re-positioning and justifying

* Creative text - adding text to follow a path

* Shapes - adding text inside or outside a drawn shape

Saturday, 16 January 2016

Ten Years Of Lightroom

10 years ago, January 2006, Lightroom’s first public beta was released to photographers.

Adobe says:

“Whether you started with 1.0 beta, Lightroom CC, or any version in between, thanks for helping to shape Lightroom over time.”

Thursday, 14 January 2016

Photoshop Competition

Blue Visions by Lewis Moorhead

Create a composite using Photoshop and Library assets. Submit your entry by 30 January under the theme ‘new beginnings’. 

Seven winners from UK, France, Germany, Nordics, Benelux, Spain and Italy will be selected by the jury based on technical skill with CC displayed in the artwork, understanding and interpretation of the brief and the overall aesthetic and creativity. They will be announced on the 12th February 2016. Each winner will receive a free one-year CC subscription.