Lightroom 5: Will You Upgrade? Your Presets Will!

Myself, I just upgraded to Lightroom 5.

You might have read my post a few weeks ago about the Lightroom 5 beta.  I am still loving the new features, and I’m thrilled to have my catalog moved over once and for all.

The best news is that any presets you’ve invested in should work just fine.  I tested everything that Jodi and I created over at MCP and they are all great!

And to recap, here are my favorite new features about Lightroom 5:

  • Advanced Healing Brush – remove large, irregularly shaped distractions – not just the spots we’ve been limited to removing previously.  This is my favorite!  Cloning and the spot removal are always big reasons for me to take a photo into Elements or Photoshop.  Now I have one less reason to do that.
  • Upright – to correct perspective distortion
  • Radial Gradient – apply adjustments to highlight key areas of your photo.  This is great for off center vignettes, or more than one vignette per image.

My Lightroom upgrade came as part of the Creative Cloud subscription that I purchased a few weeks back.  Have any of you subscribed also?  It doesn’t apply to Elements users.  However, for LR or full Photoshop users, you can pay one monthly fee and have access to most of Adobe’s programs.  I, being an upgrade junkie, like knowing that I always have the most recent release, and it was so easy to download the latest version of Lightroom when I woke up Monday morning.  However, if I didn’t use Lightroom, Photoshop and In Design, it probably wouldn’t be worth it for me.

So here are my questions:  Did you subscribe to Creative Cloud?  And are you upgrading to Lightroom 5?



  1. kedR June 18, 2013 at 12:54 am - Reply


    Just purchased LR5. Using the presets I was using on LR4, they come our with wierd results. Something I am not happy with. Just wondering if there is a better way to covert LR3/4 presets to LR5.

    • Erin Peloquin June 18, 2013 at 9:22 am - Reply

      HI KedR. If the presets were made for LR3, they would give you problems in both 4 & 5. But they shouldn’t be different between LR 4 & 5. If there is a exclamation point at the bottom right of your develop module, you should update the process version of the photo. That would hlep.

  2. Caroline (Frogmum/TMFH) June 14, 2013 at 2:59 pm - Reply

    Going to wait until my son starts college next term and then get him to sub to it (he’s doing photography) at significantly lower cost! Otherwise have to go through a lot of hassle to prove our home-ed status …

  3. Jackie June 14, 2013 at 8:22 am - Reply

    I would call myself an advanced amatuer photographer-strictly a hobby for me. I use Lightroom and PSE, although I’m using LR much more. I’ll upgrade to LR5, but at this point I don’t see a reason to move to Creative Cloud.

  4. christi June 14, 2013 at 8:16 am - Reply

    I’m pretty happy with Lightroom 3. I also have PSE 9. So as you can see I don’t upgrade often.
    I’m not interested in the cloud solution. I don’t want to pay a monthly fee. I’m tired of “just $X.99/month” offerings. I want to pay for it and own it and be done for a few years.

  5. bobbie June 12, 2013 at 6:56 am - Reply

    i do not subscribe to creative cloud. can you just upgrade LR without being in creative cloud?

    when creative cloud first came out i figured that i only use LR and PS so it didnt seem to make sense. Did i chose correctly?

    hope someone gives me some answers to this

    • Erin Peloquin June 12, 2013 at 9:07 am - Reply

      Hi Bobbie, you can upgrade to LR without being in Creative Cloud currently. I don’t know if that will always be the case. This isn’t a right or wrong answer, it’s a matter of what’s right for you. 😉

      • bobbie June 12, 2013 at 9:10 am - Reply

        thanks erin

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