Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 6 Release Date Rumors and News

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Updated April 8th, 2014: Adobe just released Lightroom for iPad. But guess what, it’s only available to those who are on the Creative Cloud subscription plan. So if you own Lightroom 5 but are not subscribed to Creative Cloud, you’re out of luck getting it. Could this be an indication that Lightroom 6 will be subscription only?  We hope it doesn’t but it’s possible, only time will tell… stay tuned.

It’s been a while since Photoshop Lightroom 5 was released and we’re starting to hear those close to Adobe talking more and more about the upcoming Lightroom 6 product launch.  Although it’s too early to pinpoint an exact date (we haven’t yet seen the beta which signals a close release), looking at Adobe’s past releases and product cycle, we’re pretty sure the next version will be out sometime in the summer of 2014.  Internal product testing is now going on with an expected public beta version to be announced and available as soon as May, 2014.

Lightroom 6 software from Adobe is expected to be announced in June or July with the beta expected to come as soon as May, 2014.- Rumored Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 6 Release Date

We based this expected release on when the last versions came out as well as looking at where Adobe is headed with their minor updates. Here’s a timetable of the last versions and when they became available:

  • Lightroom 5.0 – Released on June 10, 2013 (this is the current version).
  • Lightroom 5.0 beta – Was made available on April 15, 2013.
  • Lightroom 4.0 – Released on March 5, 2012.
  • Lightroom 3.0 – Released on March 23, 2010.
  • Lightroom 2.0 – Released on July 29, 2008.
  • Lightroom 1.0 – Released on February 19, 2007.

What happens if I just bought Lightroom 5 before LR6 was released?

Adobe has historically been pretty good at honoring customers with a free upgrade if fallen under their grace period. Just keep in mind that this does not apply to beta releases, only for orders made in the period between the official announcement date and shipping date (usually between 2-4 weeks). You can read more about the Adobe free upgrade policy.

What to we expect to see in Lightroom 6?

It’s too early to tell what’s coming for sure, but the most glaring feature missing from the latest version of Lightroom is the content-aware technology we’ve become accustomed in Photoshop CS6 and in Photoshop CC (Creative Cloud). We also hope that Lightoom will continue being available as a stand-alone perpetual product unlike what we saw happen to Creative Cloud with the entire shift to Creative Cloud.

What would you like to see in Lightroom 6? Leave your thoughts below.

  1. March 24, 2014

    Pat Verhulst

    I like LR5 but would like to have the possibility to change certain short keys so they are compatible with European keyboards (left and right square brackets don’t exist on European keyboards).

  2. March 18, 2014


    Blend multiple exposure images is mandatory!

  3. March 16, 2014


    I would love to see Fuji Xtrans sensor support and Fuji lenses profiles. Adobe please, please bring this to Lightroom 6!

  4. March 11, 2014


    So it’d March already so I hope Lightroom 6 is right around the corner. I hope the new version has improved colournoise and better Auto settings.

  5. March 10, 2014


    I’d like to see more advanced noise reduction and sharpening modules. Currently they are quite basic and far from the standard of commercial 3rd party plugins.
    I would also like to have “neutrals” and “black” added to the color module, as in Photoshop’s “selective color” panel. I use them extensively in Photoshop but as everybody knows, editing colors in RAW is much better for the image quality than editing them in a bitmap image.
    Also, I would like to have a function to remove sensor dust in a set of images. Yes, I know it is possible to do it with the current tools but I’d like that to be both quicker and more accurate (e.g. able to recognize small movements of dust between one shot and the other).
    Finally, I would love the possibility for any user to create lens correction presets for any lens. I know that would go somehow beyond the purpose of the software, but it would be nice to have for those who don’t (always) use mainstream lenses.

  6. March 7, 2014

    Olivier Gilloire

    GPU support #1! Processing speed is very slow compared to Capture One (but C1 does not work for my hasselblad files :( )

    Face recognition a plus as well

  7. March 4, 2014

    Andrew Ray

    More options when using the section brush and gradient tools, including the White, Black,Vibrancy and Shapening/Noise masking sliders

  8. February 13, 2014


    I only hope adobe allows the software to display 10 bits as photoshop!!!

  9. February 12, 2014


    I think most of the users desagreeing with Lr CC are not paying for Lr licence, CC would not allow theme to use Lr in the future as a cracked version.
    I do pay and i will continue using Lr as a stand alone or as CC.

  10. February 2, 2014


    I would like to see Adobe combine Photoshop and Lightroom into a stand-alone non-subscription product and name it DARKROOM.

    It would be also great if they would finally ALLOW the use of the arrow keys when choosing LR effects.

  11. January 28, 2014


    I’d love to see facial recognition similar to Picasa’s offering.. I’ve used it extensively to keep family and friends organized and speed up searches. Tags just to don’t cut it..

  12. January 27, 2014


    The CC will come to Lightroom. It is not a question of if, but when. I did switch some
    Months ago to Apple Aperture and did not look back. I am not an Adobe hostage
    Any more. i am happy. Aperture is older but still very good for editing my wedding work
    For my clients.

  13. January 26, 2014


    I hope for a stand alone LR, too.
    I also would like a small Text-Editor.

  14. January 21, 2014

    Olaf Hoyer

    Biggest Item on Wishlist: GPU support. Should speed up lots of operations, and OpenCL implementation in PS is already there and continually expanded…

  15. January 21, 2014


    Critical for my workflow is the support for more than 2 monitors. I would really really really like in both Develop and Loupe to have the main menubar window in one display with the ability to display the selected photo in two other color-calibrated monitors, one in portrait and one in landscape. I asked Adobe for this feature shortly after LR4 came out, a few others chimed in as well. The feature didn’t make v5, maybe it will be part of v6.

  16. January 14, 2014


    Provide support of network stored libraries. It’s a pain today to be working with LR with the same library on multiple machines.

    • March 6, 2014

      Anand Chauduhri

      Totally agree – need support of network drives

  17. January 13, 2014


    GPU support please! Improve GPS module and mixed biblio and develop tab. Maybe more possibilities in print tab… And finally… keep being standalone.

  18. January 12, 2014


    Facebook Syncing so after I had to reformat I can tell what has been uploaded..

  19. January 11, 2014


    ADOBE are desperate to provide themselves with a regular (monthly) and healthy (large) revenue from CC. However they miscalculated what private users (as opposed to professionals) would pay. As such they have been discounting for quite a period to get uptake. Key products such as PS have persisted and are likely to do so. I have CS6 and can live with that for the next ten years if necessary (and possibly longer) whereas Lightroom I would drop instantly if it was CC only. After all Lightroom is an organiser with clumsy and mediocre editing facilities but a great print module. Who prints books, maker slideshows or web stuff regularly? Not many I suspect.
    Expect both LR6 and PS CS7 … soon (June?).

  20. December 21, 2013

    Ron Scubadiver

    IMO, Adobe will not do much to speed up Lightroom. That is how they differentiate it from ACR in Photoshop. As it is, Lightroom is mostly single threaded. When importing files, the preview generation does not start until the copying is finished. Then, the time consuming preview generation runs on a single core. These things are easy to change, so the absence must be intentional. As for a major feature like content aware editing, don’t bet on it.

    When CC was announced there was talk of some kind of product that would slot between LR and PS, but I have not heard anymore about it.

  21. December 17, 2013


    LR as stand alone, but supporting DB managament in the network. means to use same Photo DB on different workplaces within the network. My printer is to far awy from the main workstation, so for printing I often use an other workplace

  22. December 13, 2013

    Kurt Thomas

    Of course the missing functionality in LR 5 that should be in LR6 is GPU support, to speed up those calculation-intense processes. Photoshop has had it for some time, hopefully LR will catch up in LR6.

  23. December 9, 2013

    Tony Johansson

    Keep LR as standalone. But I do not think Adobe will do otherwise as the competition with other brands software would be taken away and I do not think that Adobe wants this. With Photoshop and the other heavy applications maybe it is a different thing.

  24. December 2, 2013


    I would also prefer the stand-alone version LR. Otherwise, I would probably switch.

    • December 4, 2013

      Andreas Andrews

      When you say you would switch, what would you switch too? Personally I’d probably carry on using LR for years in it’s current state and be happy with what it can do (if I was forced to do so), but as far as I’m aware the alternatives are limited to…. Aperture.

  25. December 2, 2013


    I also agree with keeping Lightroom a stand alone. I agree with Ian, it will make people look at other software if it turns into a CC package!

  26. December 1, 2013


    If they go the Creative Cloud road, I would have to look for some other solution. Letting Adobe hold my images as hostage is not acceptable. I need new LR updates when I buy new cameras that are not supported, or if Adobe come up with some new feature I like. If any of thes conditions are not met I’m not interested in being forced paying for upgrades,
    just to be able to access my image database.

    • December 12, 2013


      If you keep your images on your own hard drive and export them as tiff or jpeg files from lightroom with lightroom corrections included you will have your images available to you, albeit not in an easily accessible database. I suggest that you do not use adobes cloud to keep your master files, only keep files there that you want to share.

  27. November 29, 2013


    I’d like to see the possibilities of using different presets used with brushes or the ability to blend presets together easily.

  28. November 15, 2013


    “shake reduction” from Photoshop CC and improved lens correction. DXO optics is best for removing chromatic aberrations and defringe. improved noise reduction would be great too.

  29. November 12, 2013

    Jill Adams

    Would like more options in the print module– would like layer type functionality to create more sophisticated designs for holiday cards, Facebook timelines, etc. Instead of having to take into photoshop which is a pain to resize the photos and implement into a design. More design features in short– type, etc.
    Would also leave LR if they went to the cloud.

  30. November 12, 2013

    Torres Schmidt

    I would love to have Iris and tilt shift blur similar as we do have in Photoshop. I do use these features a lot and it would really speedup my post processing when I will not need open Photoshop each time I need to apply iris or tilt-shift blur.

  31. November 10, 2013


    I’d love to see some HDR functionality – I think that would do it for me!

    • December 17, 2013

      Rune Overas

      Have you tried LR/Enfuse? It is a great plugin you can make great HDR from. Just google it. :)

  32. November 1, 2013


    Hopefully the Library and Develop modules will become merged. The continuous mode switching is unnerving and makes me wish to return to Aperture, or to switch to Capture One Pro.

  33. October 30, 2013


    Lightroom 4/5 is OK but a move to Creative Cloud would kill LR stone dead and I would only buy Elements from that point on, stick to PS CS6 or use rivals (DXO, ONONE etc).
    ADOBE are clearly failing in their attempts to FORCE customers onto Creative Cloud and have had to resort to drastic price cuts.
    Commercial artisans that do not pay for software (their customers do) may not care and prefer the CC platform the millions of private customers may think otherwise.

  34. October 28, 2013

    Serious Shooter

    Stand alone LR is a must. If the cloud comes to LR it will be a big disappointment.

  35. October 26, 2013

    Baggy Bag

    I also hope for a stand alone LR and for better performance as I have a fully upgraded new iMac 27″ but unfortunately LR can’t take effort of the power

  36. October 24, 2013

    Paddy Boyle


    Like you, I would hope the Adobe leave Lightroom 6 as a stand alone, independent of Creative Cloud.


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