After public beta testing that began in October 2009, Adobe has launched Lightroom 3. This update to Lightroom offers improved noise reduction algorithms, lens profiles for distortion correction, and greater flexibility in print layout on contact sheets.
Lightroom users will now be able to export slideshows as movie files. They'll also be able to set slideshows to music. Slideshow output ranges from web-friendly resolutions to 1080p HD presentations.
Adobe has also added greater artistic control over the existing vignette tool, making it possible to control the shape and intensity of a vignette effect on images. Photographers will also gain control over the look of watermarks produced in Lightroom 3. Size, position, and opacity can all be adjusted.
Lightroom 3 will ship with popular Nikon, Canon and Sigma lens profiles bundled to the software. Photographers can apply lens profiles to their images and correct for lens distortions. Lightroom 3 users will also be able to create their own lens profiles using a custom profile creator tool.
Perspective distortions, such as keystone distortion, can also be fixed in Lightroom 3. Using the Constrain Crop tool, border areas of the images that become warped while using the tool will be automatically cropped away.
Pricing and Availability
Lightroom 3 is available starting today for $299 for first-time users. Those who own Lightroom 1 or 2 can upgrade for $99. The beta test versions saw more than 600,000 downloads. Those versions of the software will expire on June 30th.