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Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4, Upgrade Edition (Mac/PC)

by Adobe Systems Inc.
Windows Vista / 7, Mac OS X
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)

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  • Organise, perfect, and share--all your digital photography tools are combined in one fast, efficient application
  • Get the highest possible quality from every pixel in your images
  • Easily share your photographs on social networks or in web galleries, slideshows, photo books, prints, and more
  • Organise and edit video
  • Make one-click adjustments to multiple images
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System Requirements

  • Platform:    Windows Vista / 7, Mac OS X
  • Media: DVD-ROM
  • Item Quantity: 1

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  • Product Dimensions: 1,920 x 1,430 x 350 cm ; 54 g
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  • Release Date: 6 Mar 2012
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 742 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)

Product Description

Product Description

Perfect Your Photography from Shoot to Finish

With Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4, you can bring out the best in every shot with powerfully simple one-click adjustments and cutting-edge advanced controls.

Reasons to Buy Lightroom 4

New--Highlight and Shadow Recovery

Bring out all the detail that your camera captures in dark shadows and bright highlights. Now you have more power than ever before to make great images under challenging lighting conditions.

Highlight and shadow recovery--before

Highlight and shadow recovery tool--before
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Highlight and shadow recovery--after

Highlight and shadow recovery tool--after
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New--Photo Book Creation

Create beautiful photo books from your images with a variety of easy-to-use templates included in Lightroom, and then upload your book for printing with just a few clicks.

Superior Image Processing

Get the very best from your images with state-of-the-art image processing controls. Make precise overall adjustments, or correct specific targeted areas.

Non-Destructive Environment

Set your creativity free in a non-destructive editing environment that encourages you to experiment. Your original images are never altered and it's easy to reverse your steps.

Selective Editing Brushes

A flexible brush lets you adjust selected areas of your photo for just the look you want.

Advanced Black-and-White Conversion

Gain powerful control over the tonal qualities that make or break black-and-white images. Lightroom 4 allows you to precisely mix information from eight colour channels when you convert to grayscale.

Extended Video Support

Organise, view, and make adjustments and edits to video clips. Play and trim clips, extract still images from them, or adjust clips with the Quick Develop tool.

Superior Noise Reduction

Achieve amazing, natural-looking results from your high ISO images with state-of-the-art noise reduction technology. You can apply noise reduction to the entire image or target specific areas.

One-Click Adjustments to Multiple Images

Save time when processing many images. Apply the same Develop settings--exposure or contrast, for example--to all photos in a group at once using presets or syncing.

Tight Adobe Photoshop integration

Select one or multiple photos and automatically open them in Adobe Photoshop software to perform detailed, pixel-level editing. See your results immediately in Lightroom 4.

Fast Performance Across Platforms

Speed up day-to-day imaging tasks and process images faster with cross-platform 64-bit support for the latest Mac OS or Microsoft Windows operating systems.

Intuitive Environment

Be more productive and efficient. The intuitive environment and controls of Lightroom 4 are easy to master and let you quickly and smoothly accomplish your photography tasks.

Tethered Shooting

Instantly import and view images in detail as you shoot them with tethered capture, available for select cameras. Check the shot, the lighting and more, as you work.

Develop Presets

Save time by instantly applying favorite looks to images. Just save Develop settings as a preset and apply it to your other photos at any time with one click.

Extensive Image Management Tools

Use a powerful set of image management features to organise your photos, flexibly rate and label them, and find them easily using metadata tags and information.

Enhanced Online Sharing Integration

Easily post images to more social media and photo sharing sites. With selected sites, online comments about your images are visible within Lightroom 4.*

Before and after comparison tool

Distinguish image adjustments using the before-and-after comparison tool
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I Have Older Versions of Lightroom. Why Should I Upgrade?

Lightroom 4 extends your ability to make great images and share your vision. New tools provide greater detail in highlights and shadows and let you make targeted adjustments to white balance, noise reduction and more. Lightroom 4 allows you to organise images by location; craft elegant photo books; and easily share your images on social media and photo sharing sites including Facebook and Flickr. You can also view video clips, make simple edits and upload HD clips to the web.*

How Does Lightroom Differ from Photoshop?

Lightroom provides all the tools you need for digital photography in one intuitive solution. Lightroom helps photographers work fast and efficiently, while maintaining the highest quality. Adobe Photoshop software is the industry standard in digital image editing, with advanced tools for detailed, pixel-level editing and working with multi-layered files.

Compare Lightroom Editions

Get Everything You Need Beyond the Camera Version 2
Version 3
Version 4
Location-based photo organisation

Extended video support

Importing libraries from other software

Basic support for video files

Improved watermarking

Cross-platform 64-bit support

Multiple monitor support
Off-line photo management
Batch application of Develop settings
Adobe Photoshop integration
Develop presets
Tools to manage and refine many images at once
Comprehensive image management
Multiple viewing options
DNG file conversion
Single or group metadata stamping
File renaming
Advanced search and sort
Simple, customised keywording
IPTC/EXIF/XMP metadata support
Time-saving presets for import and export
Metadata stamp on import
Get the Best from Every Image Version 2
Version 3
Version 4
Highlight and shadow recovery

White balance brush

Additional adjustment brush options

Advanced noise reduction

Film grain simulation

Lens correction

Perspective correction and crop

Selective editing brush

Non-destructive environment
Superior image processing
Tracking of editing adjustments
Before-and-after comparison
Advanced black-and-white conversion
Simplified tone curve tools
Advanced hue, saturation and luminance editing
Intelligent sharpening
Dust busting
Red-eye removal
Share Effortlessly Version 2
Version 3
Version 4
Photo book creation

Video publishing

Soft proofing

Direct email support

Enhanced online sharing integration

Improved customisable print packages

Portable, easy-to-share video slide shows

Flexible online publishing directly from Lightroom

HTML or Adobe Flash Player compatible web gallery output
One-click publishing to your website

Minimum System Requirements for Windows

  • Intel Pentium 4 or AMD Athlon 64 processor
  • Microsoft Windows Vista with Service Pack 2 or Windows 7 with Service Pack 1
  • 2GB of RAM
  • 1GB of available hard disk space
  • 1024x768 display
  • DVD-ROM drive
  • Internet connection required for Internet-based services*

Minimum System Requirements for Mac

  • Multicore Intel processor with 64-bit support
  • Mac OS X v10.6.8 or v10.7
  • 2GB of RAM
  • 1GB of available hard disk space
  • 1024x768 display
  • DVD-ROM drive
  • Internet connection required for Internet-based services*

*Adobe online services and other third-party online services are available only to users 13 and older and require agreement to additional terms and/or Adobe’s online privacy policy (available at www.adobe.com/go/terms). Online services are not available in all countries or languages, may require user registration and may be subject to change or discontinuation without notice. Additional fees or subscription charges may apply.

Product Description

What is Lightroom? Adobe® Photoshop® Lightroom® 4 software provides a comprehensive set of digital photography tools, from powerfully simple one-click adjustments to cutting-edge advanced controls. Create images that inspire, inform, and delight. Highlight and shadow recovery Bring out all the detail that your camera captures in dark shadows and bright highlights. Now you have more power than ever before to create great images in challenging light. Photo book creation Create beautiful photo books from your images with a variety of easy-to-use templates included in Lightroom....

Customer Reviews

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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Definitely worth upgrading from version 3 4 April 2012
By Paul
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The new processing engine in v4 really is better, clarity works a lot better now without creating halos. I find the new engine will pull back even more detail and levels of adjustment than before, the sliders have changed and now make more sense. You can now apply all of the adjustments with localised brushes. It will import your v3 library and you can continue to edit your old v3 library images with the old engine or click to upgrade them to the new process. The tone curve is now R,G,B separate if you want it to be, so that you can add cross process type effects without having to use Photoshop. I would recommend searching for some reviews of the changes in the new version and then try the 30 day demo if you are still unsure.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A worth while upgrade 29 July 2012
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Some reviewers mentioned poor performance, poor installation and CS6 only edit integration. Also mentioned was that the improvements were not worth the update price. I disagree with all of this. This review is based on the version 4.1 30-day trial available directly from Adobe. This installs in its own directory and makes its own copy of the catalogue. I chose not to opt for the automatic conversion of existing photos to Lightroom 4 standard, this seemed to be a heavy solution to re-write history (and 5000 photos).

First I must admit my PC is a Windows 7 64bit i5 with 8GB RAM, I upgraded to improve the performance of Lightroom 3. My PC coped well with Lightroom 4. There is no doubt this is a power hungry application that needs processor speed and lots of RAM. Those of you experiencing installation and performance problems, you need more welly. The minimum standards published for Lightroom are precisely that, absolute minimum.

The CS6 edit linking is a new maximum, Lightroom 3 could only link to CS5 max. Two ideas here: the new RAW image processor in Lightroom 4 is probably the same as the new RAW image processor of CS6 (Lightroom 3 has the CS5 RAW processing engine). The other point is that CS6 is only a maximum. I have CS2 (shows how long I have been a Lightroom user) and the edit link works well. The editing facilities and the workflow in Lightroom are so good that I only use CS2 for clone edits to remove telegraph wires and satellite dishes (i.e. rarely).

The major upgrade that is relevant to me are in the Basic Development facilities. Gone the Recovery & Fill Lights sliders and new Whites & Highlights sliders are added, with corresponding areas in the histogram. The same changes also occur in the Tone Curve tab.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Adobe Lightroom 4 upgrade 20 May 2012
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Excellent product, easy to install, and with some very useful new features making the upgrade worthwhile - BUT check them out to see if YOU will find them useful.
Unfortunately, due to the revised technicalities, it will only fully integrate with the new Adobe Photoshop CS6. I am sure this is not just a marketing ploy by Adobe but it is the reason why I have dropped one star!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lightroom 4 21 April 2012
By Jamie T
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I have owned Lightroom since it first appeared and have regularly updated the program with each new version. Lightroom 4 is now my program of choice when optimising my digital images and I find myself using Photoshop CS5 less and less. As an enthusiastic amateur club photographer I consider that a combination of Lightroom 4 and Photoshop Elements 10 is all that is required to produce excellent results from my image files.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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Without doubt, Lightroom (LR) is the best and most ubiquitous RAW editing and workflow software available for Mac and PC. Some may argue that Apple's own Aperture is better. I'm solely a Mac user and have used Aperture. It's good, Mac stuff always is. It's also cheaper than the full version of LR and is easily downloaded through the Mac App Store, but for me I keep coming back to LR which is part of Adobe's ecosystem of essential professional digital imaging software. More importantly, it works in perfect harmony with Adobe's industry standard Photoshop.

I've been using LR since version 1. I've upgraded each time and found the improvement in each one to justify the very reasonable upgrade cost. Yes, new headline changes for each version are designed primarily to tempt new users in or persuade users of other editors away, but for the existing LR users, the changes are just as valuable. The actions each of the tools performs on photos are constantly evolving, so using the same tool across 2 different versions can yield (sometimes significantly) different results. This gives you the ability to go back to images taken in the past and re-edit them to see the shot in a completely different light (literally - pardon the pun).

For those new to these sorts of RAW editors (this review is on the upgrade version, so that's not very likely i guess) LR's key ability whilst editing RAW files is that DOESN'T actually edit the RAW files. Non-destructive editing is the process by which changes to a photo are made as series of actions on the photo, visible within LR (and Photoshop), rather than editing the actual pixels of the image. This has 2 key advantages.
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Published 10 days ago by Keith Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars This is brilliant
Again well recommended to me by a professional photographer. Slow learning curve -still so much to learn but this does more to a photograph than anything else I have seem. Read more
Published 4 months ago by A Consumer Esq
5.0 out of 5 stars Photo editing choice
See my review for Lightroom 5
Best bit of photo editing software I use.
It's not as cheap as it should be (??) but still represents good value for a working pro. Read more
Published 5 months ago by David Graeme-Baker
4.0 out of 5 stars Much improved over LR 3
This program is much improved over LR 3 and as an upgrade is well worth having, it still causes problems setting keywords but that is because it is not, in my oppinion, intuitivve... Read more
Published 10 months ago by G Barham
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
Love lightroom. 4 was a complete upgrade and I couldn't argue with the price on amazon.

It's not a about cataloging so much as its an application that means I can... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Richard Hill
5.0 out of 5 stars upgrade
Upgrade for my adobe photoshop lightroom 2.5 much better than 2.5 ver buy it with confidence and see your images come alive
Published 13 months ago by dmphotouk
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't work without it
If you take digital photos, you need this software, not just for editing but for organising your workflow it is essential.
Published 13 months ago by G. Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Lightroom
Excellent product and a good upgrade to Lightroom 3. Easily installed in about 3/4 minutes. Final product on computer easy to understand. Look forward to Lightroom 5.
Published 15 months ago by Pengam
4.0 out of 5 stars Upgrade again...worth it this time
Everything went fine - delivery - installation - first experience with v4. very positive.
Worth the upgrade, several features seemed to work much better.
Published 15 months ago by deejonn
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I've got to say I was talked into this from a good friend of mine who shoots landscapes for a living! Read more
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