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Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 1.0

£147 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Adobe

Our Rating: We rate this 4 out of 5

Photoshop Lightroom 1.0 is a brand-new workflow tool that combines image-editing and photo management with the ability to produce slideshows, high-quality prints and web portfolios.

Photoshop Lightroom 1.0 is a brand-new workflow tool that combines image-editing and photo management with the ability to produce slideshows, high-quality prints and web portfolios. It works nicely in conjunction with Photoshop, preserving image edits as you go back and forth between the programs.

Lightroom can read five photographic file types: Jpeg, Tiff, Photoshop, Digital Negative and Raw. Working with any of these image types is seamless, but you'll find Lightroom most powerful with Raw images from your camera. This software gives you all the benefits of Raw processing, without the speed hit.

A wide range of useful tools are provided. The Tone Curve panel and histogram offer feedback that should prevent you from generating unnatural-looking shots, with muddy shadows and overblown highlights. And the Targeted Adjustment facility is one of the best image-adjustment tools we've ever used.

Any editing changes can be copied and applied to another image or group of images. And you needn't worry about making a mistake because Lightroom stores your edits separately, leaving the original intact.

Printing from Lightroom is a dream. The editing panels in the Print module are plain, but can create custom page grids for anything from a single image on a custom layout to contact sheets with metadata information and text overlays. And when you print, you can apply one of three levels of sharpening.

Use the Web module to create impressive web pages. There's a good selection of HTML templates and customisable Flash templates to add pazzazz. The Slideshow module, however, feels less polished. You're limited to a single transition style and the only export option is PDF.

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 1.0 Expert Verdict »

Intel Pentium 4 or AMD Athlon processor
Windows XP SP2 (Vista upcoming)
768MB RAM (1GB recommended)
1GB hard disk space
1,024x768 resolution
  • Ease of Use: We give this item 9 of 10 for ease of use
  • Features: We give this item 8 of 10 for features
  • Value for Money: We give this item 8 of 10 for value for money
  • Overall: We give this item 8 of 10 overall

Lightroom generally performs well, but the documentation is a little skimpy for such a pricey product - and some features are a little jumpy. However, its smart editing features and support for Raw files effortlessly help get the most out of your photos.

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