Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4 is officially released. I’ve had a great time with the public beta and am really looking forward to using the final version. Want to learn more about it? Try these links, which I update over time:
Announcement on the Lightroom blog at adobe.com (includes a list of changes from the Lightroom 4 public beta)
List of changes between Lightroom 4 and Lightroom 3 by Victoria Bampton
Before you order, remember to check all of your professional memberships and educational associations to see if discounts on Adobe software are part of your membership. I used a discount code to save 15% on my upgrade price.
List of known problems. (March 12, 2012) The official Lightroom blog has posted a Lightroom Hot Issues document, including the point curve conversion bug reported by A.J. Wood. If you’re running into a problem with Lightroom 4 or just want to know what you’re in for when you upgrade, check there first. Lightroom Queen Victoria Bampton adds a few issues of her own.
Before you convert your Lightroom 3 catalog, optimize it and back it up! This can help prevent problems during conversion. To optimize, choose File > Optimize Catalog. When backing up, if you don’t want to turn on automatic backups, in the Catalog Settings dialog box you can select When Lightroom Next Exits and it will back it up just that one time, while also checking the catalog for integrity.
If you open raw files from Lightroom 4 into Photoshop, keep in mind that the raw processing engine inside Lightroom 4 is now ahead of the one in Camera Raw 6, which comes with Photoshop CS5.5. To successfully preserve the raw settings from Lightroom 4 in Camera Raw 6, you’ll need a newer version of Camera Raw. While that isn’t officially available yet, a test version is available at Adobe Labs. Since it isn’t final, if you run into problems you can report them to Adobe. If you don’t want to go through all that, when you open raw files from Lightroom 4 into Photoshop and the Camera Raw warning appears, just click the Render Using Lightroom button. That converts the raw file into Photoshop format while preserving how it looked in Lightroom 4.
Can’t find Fill Light and Recovery anymore? It isn’t a problem; those features are still present but work differently in Lightroom 4 when adjusting the redesigned and renamed Basic panel sliders when using the new Process Version 2012. The intent was not to take those features away, but make them more effective overall. Read more about this on the Lightroom blog.