After being officially announced on January 29, 2007, Adobe Photoshop Lightroom v.1 is now shipping. My article describing some of its new features can be found here. Since I wrote that article, a new website, Lightroom-News.com has been built that has many resources for learning more about Lightroom and for getting up to speed with the program. On the site, there is a free chapter available of Martin Evening’s new Lightroom book. You can also find an overview and a link to the PDF on this page of PhotoshopNews.com. I’m a fan of Martin Evening’s Photoshop books, and I found it the sample chapter to be an excellent resource.
Michael Reichman and Jeff Schewe have created the first installment of a 4.5 hour video tutorial covering Lightroom v.1 that looks to be an excellent resource. There will be eight to ten downloadable files, and the cost is currently $11.96 for the whole series. Based on other materials that Reichman and Schewe have produced, I think that these videos will help make getting up to speed in the program much easier.
Another resource is a series of very well-produced free online videos by Michael Tapes of RAWWorkflow (screenshot shown above) that can be found here. The videos are also available for purchase on DVD. I like how Tapes includes describes many specific shortcuts and key commands as he moves through the tutorial.
Adobe Camera Raw (ACR) 3.7 plug-in and the new Adobe DNG Converter are also now available for download. ACR must be updated to provide compatibility with Photoshop Lightroom. When you download the files, there are instructions for where to place the ACR plug-in. According to Adobe, “it is now possible to apply default image settings specific to a camera serial number and apply default image settings specific to a camera ISO setting. The additional criteria are located in the Camera Raw preferences. Also, the default settings, including the global auto preference, are now shared with the DNG Converter.”
Related Links: Lightroom can be purchased for $197.99 at Amazon.com (there are a number of Photoshop Lightroom book links on the same Amazon.com page). It can also be purchased from the Adobe Worldwide Store for $199.99. According to Adobe, this is a special introductory price through April 30, 2007 and Photoshop Lightroom will later sell for an estimated street price of US $299.
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom v.1 30 Day Tryout.
The Adobe Photoshop CS3 beta download page.
Adobe Camera Raw 3.7 download page.
Martin Evening’s Photoshop books, and other related books on Amazon.com.