Normally, updates to Adobe Lightroom 5 are completely welcome changes in my book. On this particular occasion, I just happened to have stayed up until 3AM last night recording in order to reach our release deadline for the Lightroom 5 Workshop Collection which we are hoping to release by the end of August. If “serendipity” describes a happy accident, what would be the exact opposite of that word? You see, last night I just finished the advanced Lightroom 5 retouching videos for the Lightroom 5 Workshop Collection. This morning the Spot Removal tool and Adjustment Brushes, which I just recorded instruction on, both received a significant update.

In this article and video we will discuss what is new with the Adobe Lightroom 5.2 Release Candidate. After this video, I will be heading back to the drawing board to re-record lots and lots of videos.

Keep in mind that Release Candidates are not final releases. They are essentially version “betas” where Adobe is relying on users to help provide feedback. If you need stability and you need performance, you are better off sticking with final release versions as Release Candidates will indeed overwrite the existing respective version of Lightroom.

Watch the lightroom 5.2 Release Candidate Update Video

Read what’s New in the lightroom 5.2 RC

Spot Removal Tool Feathering – Last night during recording one of our several retouching videos, I specifically said, “Since we don’t have a featuring or edge smoothing option with the Spot Removal tool, even with the new brush like functionality in Lightroom 5, we are still better off fixing fly-away hairs and other more complicated image issues within Photoshop. Well, guess what, things change quickly. As of this morning, we now have a Feather Slider within the Spot Removal tool doing just that.

Spot Removal Tool Auto Find Source Accuracy – During recording, I was also explaining that for some reason Lightroom 5 wasn’t doing the best job of automatically finding the source area for our targeted Spot Removal adjustments. Once again, with the 5.2 RC Adobe has greatly improved the auto find accuracy of the Spot Removal tool which we have verified.

These are probably the two largest improvements in the lightroom 5.2 Release Candidate. They are also the two reasons we will need to be re-recording our retouch videos.

In addition, Adobe has given us additional refinement options within the Local Adjustment Brush tool.

We can now Right Click (PC) or Control-click (Mac) to bring up a context menu for adjustment brush options. In addition, we can Ctrl+Alt+Drag (PC) or Cmd+Opt+Drag (Mac) to duplicate a specific brush adjustment.

Smart Preview sizes have also been updated to 2560 pixels on the long edge, and of course we have additional camera support and new bug fixes.

As for overall performance on stability, we will be doing quite a bit of testing while finishing up on the Lightroom 5 Workshop Collection, so we will get back to you on that.

To Download and read the official Adobe Lightroom 5.2 Release Candidate Notes, please click here.


In conclusion, despite being a little perturbed that I have a lot of re-work to do. These new features and hot-fixes are a welcome update to Adobe Lightroom 5, thanks Adobe!