A photo organiser and an impressive photo editor in one, Adobe's Photoshop Lightroom 2.0 adds new editing tools that extend the scope of Lightroom's familiar environment while keeping things simple.

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2.0's new editing features permit photographers to make quick touch-ups and exposure adjustments and apply them to a single image or across multiple pictures. As a result, you can now make certain fixes that you want to apply prior to presentation-such as cropping, graduated filtration, and adjustments to selected parts of an image-part of your initial workflow before doing the final retouching in Photoshop.

Here's an especially cool example: because so many photographers enjoyed using the lens correction feature to create vignettes, Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2.0 now includes a setting designed specifically for that purpose. The program's new Post-Crop lens correction will work on a picture that you've already cropped, using its new dimensions and ignoring the edges of the original image. This way, you get an authentic, symmetrical vignetting effect. Lens correction settings can be manipulated to lighten or darken the edges of your photo, fading to white or black at its most dramatic extremes, to produce interesting effects.

An excellent graduated filter tool lets you compensate for an overexposed sky or a dim foreground in landscape photos. All you have to do is select the horizon line and manipulate sliders for exposure - even saturation if you like. Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2.0 adds masking to its array of editing tools as well. In much the same way as in Photoshop, you can change the size, flow, and feathering of your brush to apply a mask, and then edit only the parts of the photo that need targeting.

OUR VERDICT

With subtle and overt improvements, Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2.0 remains the program to beat for image processing and organisation. The new creative editing tools included with Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2.0 would alone make it a must-have upgrade.