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New Lightroom 5: Direct Download Links + Compare to Version LR4

Yes – the final Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5 is just out and now shipping! Pretty much on the time­frame we forecast, you can download a free trial today… And the new product will work side-by-side with any previous releases of Lightroom you may own. If you have an earlier version installed on your system(s), Lightroom 5 will ask if you’d like to upgrade your catalog and copy everything over.

New Adobe Lightroom 5 is Now Shipping! Download a Free Trial Instantly or Get It Free with Adobe CC

After a 50% price drop for LR4, the price for Lightroom 5 standalone continues to be US$149 for the full version, and $79 to upgrade from any previous release (LR1, LR2, LR3, or LR4)… Students and teachers can get the full education edition for $79.

If you’ve joined the Creative Cloud, then the full release of Lightroom 5 is already available for you to download and use now as part of your membership – it comes automatically and at no additional cost.

[ Wondering which is right for you?  See: Compare Creative Cloud vs. Adobe CS6 ]

Also, if you happened to purchase Lightroom 4 within the past 30 days, then if you like you can return it under Adobe’s Refund Policy and order Lightroom 5 instead. It’s not an official “grace period,” but it works.

Lightroom 5 is designed for Windows 7, Windows 8, and Mac OS v10.7 or v10.8 (see full system requirements). LR5 is sold as multiplatform software, meaning it can be installed on either Mac OS X or Windows and will deliver the same features and functions on both. And similar to Adobe CC, you may be able to install Lightroom on up to two computers, subject to the terms of the software license agreement.

[ Not ready for the complete Creative Cloud?  Get Photoshop CS6/CC for $10-20/month ]

What’s New in Lightroom 5? Compare vs. LR4

Here’s the quick hit list of what’s new – for more details check out the Photoshop Blog or the “LR5 Top 5″ video further below:

  • Performance Improvements – Lightroom 5 user interactivity is quicker and faster.
  • Smart Previews – Edit and showcase your images while offline from the originals.
  • Advanced Healing Brush – Heal or clone using brush strokes of any shape or form.
  • Radial Filter – Apply any of LR’s local adjustment attributes with a circular mask.
  • Upright Tool – Automatically level horizons, straighten buildings, & correct askew lines.
  • New Visualize Spots Tool – Highlights sensor dust spots for easy removal.
  • Slideshows with Videos and Still Images – Bring images, video clips & music together.
  • Improved Photo Book Creation – Customize with templates, captions, and more.
  • PNG File Support
  • True Full Screen Mode
  • LAB Color Readout
  • Publish Work Directly to Behance
  • User Configurable Grid Overlays
  • And more – Almost 50 additional features and JDIs.

What’s different in the final release compared to the recent LR5 beta version? The product team cites two additional feature updates, plus “Over 400 bugs found and fixed! (Thank you Lightroom 5 beta customers!)”

Note that the LR5 beta version will expire on June 30th, at which point you could either buy the full & final product, or get the trial for another 30 days free.

Adobe Lightroom 5 Direct Download Links

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Here are the direct links to instantly download the Lightroom 5 free trials for both PC and Mac, without any download manager or assistant… The trial version is fully-functional for 30 days. You can also download the LR5 trials via a free Creative Cloud membership.

Product languages available today include English, French, German, Japanese, Italian, Dutch, Swedish, Spanish, Portuguese, Korean, and Chinese.

To access these downloads you must first sign in with your Adobe ID account… (if you don’t have one yet, it just takes a minute to create):

Learn How to Use Lightroom 5 for Free

And here’s a great video review from Creative Evangelist Terry White to get you started… Julieanne Kost also has over 3 hours of free training that takes you in-depth with the new features, workflows, and enhancements that are included with the release of Lightroom 5.

Download New Adobe CC Free Trials (Direct Links)

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  1. Heather

    SO, I have a question. I had previously downloaded a free trial of Lightroom 4. But I didn’t purchase because of finances and a friend who turned me on to Lightroom advised me to wait anyway because Lightroom 5 was coming out soon.

    So, now I am also reading about this Creative Cloud. Is this mandatory to sign up for to be able to use LR5? If so, why would I do this instead of simply purchasing Photoshop?

  2. John

    I heard that the trial version of Lightroom 5 doesn’t have the 64-bit version and will only install the 32-bit one. Is this correct? Also what’s the difference between the trial downloaded from your link and the one from Adobe CC member page? I’ve downloaded from the latter and the size is over 810 MB, unlike the one posted here, and it only installed the 32-bit version of Lightroom.

    • Hello John, thanks for your good questions. Per the Lightroom 5 system requirements, a 64-bit system is required on Mac OS but not on Windows. With Windows 7 and above, you can run it on either a 32-bit or 64-bit machine.

      And there is no difference between the Lightroom trial download and the full version download – so not sure where you heard that… The software is the same in both cases, it’s just the activation which is different. And you should always be able to activate a LR trial to the full version without having to reinstall the product.

      With both the links here above, as well as with the Creative Cloud direct links, the file sizes for the LR5 download on Windows is over 800 MB. That’s much bigger than for the Mac because on Windows it’s a universal installer that always includes both the 32-bit and 64-bit versions. The proper one should be installed depending on what your machine is.

      Finally, what’s the difference between the LR5 links above and the Creative Cloud links for LR5? Well, the answer is straightforward: Here your (stand­alone) trial copy of Lightroom 5 would be activated permanently by a purchased serial number, whereas with the Creative Cloud the software is activated by the Adobe login for your membership… You would choose which download to use depending on the model you want to go with.

      Nevertheless, if needed, Adobe says you can still convert the traditional release of Lightroom 5 to a Creative Cloud licensed version, without needing to uninstall it.

      Hope that clears it all up!

  3. Shannon Brandt

    Hello! I am so excited to try Lightroom and will be buying it in the future. I already have Photoshop and now want to try Lightroom first with a free trial… I have tried through multiple avenues to download the free trial, but each time I click on the “download now” yellow button, nothing happens.

    PLEASE help, I really would love to try Lightroom! (I have allowed pop-ups for the website)

    Thank you so much!

    • Sorry you’re having difficulties Shannon – have you tried with a different web browser, another computer, or different Internet connection? (Use a wired connection if you can, because Wi-Fi can be slower and unreliable.)

      When downloading their software, Adobe also recommends temporarily turning off any surfing restrictions you might have running – like site or cookie blocking, filtering, firewalls or antivirus software.

      Hopefully one of these suggestions will help you get it going!

  4. Shannon Brandt

    Thank-you so much for your help. Yes, I needed to use a different browser other than Internet Explorer and have now downloaded the trial version of Lightroom.

  5. Jeanne

    I am interested in purchasing Lightroom 5; do you offer discounts for this software for educators as well as students?

    It will be used mainly for personal/school use. Thank you

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