Lightroom 3 public beta is here!

Today you can download the latest release of Lightroom 3 beta. The Adobe team have really made some nice adjustments on this release compared to LR 2 with lots of new and improved functions.

What’s new in Lightroom 3?

There are so many new things so you should really download a copy of the beta release yourself, to try them out.
Scott Kelby from Photoshop Insider has written a great post about some of the new features. Check it out:

(1) Importing has been redesigned with a new import window that lets you easily see where your images are coming from and where they’re going, with lots of little improvements and enhancements to make the process easier and much more visual.

(2) Drag and Drop Publishing to the Web (and more). Now you can just drag and drop an image to have it automatically published directly from Lightroom right up to Flickr, or directly to an iPhone sync folder, etc..

(3) Pro-level Noise Reduction. This is an area that Lightroom always lagged behind on, but now they have real pro-level noise reduction which competes, or beats, about anything out there (especially because it can do its noise reduction at the Raw file level, rather than on a processed 8-bit file).

(4) Built-in Film Grain feature. There’s been a lot of buzz recently about bringing back that film-grain look, and now that’s built right in.

(5) Better vignetting by a long shot. They really enhanced the post crop vignetting, and now post crop gives you a much better looking, and more natural result (and you have two choices for the type of vignetting effect as well).

(6) You can finally (finally, finally!!!!!) export a slideshow with music embedded in the slideshow (at last), and you can have your slideshow automatically sync the length of the slideshow to the length of your song. Plus, they made it so, on a Mac, you don’t need to use iTunes to host your slideshow music.

(7) Real watermarking is here! Now you can create real watermarks, at different sizes and opacities, and put them where you want them, for both web and print.

(8) Create print layouts with photos wherever you want them. Now there’s a Custom Print Package feature that lets you put as many photos, in whatever shape and size, on the page wherever you want them (you’re no longer restricted to use a grid of uniform cells), so now you can really come up with some creative print layouts without having your hands tied.

(9) You can change the background color for prints. Now you can choose any color as your background for printed pages. I know it sounds like a little thing, but it’s big.

(10) The Collections panel is now in the Develop Module, too. This one addition will dramatically increase your efficiency because now you don’t have to constantly switch back and forth between the Library Module and Develop Module, because you can get to all your collections and images from right within the Develop Module itself.

Check out these three videos to see what’s new in Lightroom 3:

Part one:

– Library and develop modules
– New streamline import function
– Improved sharpening tool and color noise reduction
– More natural vignetting and… Add Grain!
– Faster!

Part two:

– New ways to share and publish images (Direct access to your Flickr account)
– Add sound to your slideshows
– Custom package in the Print mode for better layouts
– Edit watermarks (text or image)

Part three:

– 25+ new features
– New crop presets
– Sort images based on cropped size
– New option for overlay info in loupe view
– Turn autosync (new feature) on and off in the loupe view
– Create and import new folders and images easier
– “Show photos in subfolders” easier to set on/off
– New improved Collection functions
– Lock library filters
– Filter images on flash state
– Find missing files
– Back-up on exit
– Access to Collections in the Develop mode

For more details on the new functionality in the Lightroom 3 beta:

Download now

Lightroom 3 SDK for developers will be released when Lightroom 3 is out on the market (according to the Adobe forum)


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  1. I have an issue with not being able to FTP images direct to clients or my lab, I deal a lot with school photos and to download direct from light room would save me exporting to folders before uploading. as I use multi labs for different packages and print requirements I need to FTP to a multitude of labs, but how often do upload to flickr or smug mug etc NEVER.

    How many professional Photographers smug mug / flickr clients images.

  2. Hi Scott!
    When you export, do you want to export a web gallery or just the images as single files to your FTP?

    You can use a plug-in to export your images to FTP in Lightroom (without web-gallery):

    I haven’t tested it so I’m not sure if it works for you.

  3. Hi Pierre

    I would on average transfer between 100 – 1000 images per school to my school photo supplier, presently I need to export all images to smaller folders for ease of tracking, transferring and uploading. This is very time consuming.

    Now if it was possible to upload multiple folders of files via light room to a ftp server that the user defines and that keeps track of any issues that may occur during upload, it would also need to be able to size images to suit senders needs and watermark.

    I am sure that I am not the only other photographer that has this issue, for a professional program you would think that this would be a key issue of uploading images to clients and stock Libraries around the world.

  4. Hi again Scott,
    I’ll put some more time on this issue soon. Right now I’m in the middle of a big project that ends on Saturday. If/when I find a solution I’ll make a post about it.

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