The output section of the program has also seen major improvements. Changes to the printing section include the ability to produce multi-image print layouts and contact sheets. Images can be dragged and dropped into pre-set layouts, and the layouts can be customised by dragging and re-sizing the frames. Custom layouts can be saved as user pre-sets.
Another new feature is the ability to output video and PDF slideshows with music, obviously useful for presentations and portfolio demonstrations. The intro screen, background, drop shadow effects and title header can all be customised. The duration of the slideshow can be automatically set to the length of the selected soundtrack, which can save a lot of messing about with sound editing. Lightroom 3 also features a well-featured and easy-to-use web publishing section, which can output a ready-made image gallery which can be uploaded to a website. It has an extensive list of pre-set styles, which can be customised with title text, captions, EXIF data and more.
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3 is an astonishingly versatile and capable program, packed with advanced features and clever details, and a real one-stop-shop for all your photo management and processing needs. It is more than just a cosmetic upgrade of the previous version too; it is faster, easier to use, has many new features and big improvements to existing ones. If you’re a professional or keen amateur photographer and you haven’t tried it already, do yourself a massive favour and download the trial version from Adobe’s website right away.