Adobe Lightroom quickly makes HDR and panoramas from multiple photos

Since the switch to Creative Cloud, Adobe has been rolling out major updates to its core software regularly. Today, Lightroom is the recipient, gaining a handful of tools that will speed up workflows on the desktop and across mobile devices. First, HDR and Panorama Merge create a single image from multiple RAW shots in a matter of seconds. As you might expect, there are a number of options for fine-tuning what Lightroom builds, but the new tools will save time spent manually creating a wide view or high dynamic range visual. There's also a video slideshow option that can employ a combination of snapshots, video and music to lend a hand with a presentation or scrapbook file. To keep things organized, facial recognition helps find and sort the folks in your photos. Adobe says the software performs better too, claiming that it'll handle edits up to 10 times faster than before.

If you'll recall, there's a version of Lightroom for mobile, too. Apps are available for both iOS and Android, and while the latter was only meant for phones at launch, Adobe says it's ready for use on tablets now. Android users can also expect support for DNG files on devices running Lollipop, so you won't have to worry about editing a smaller file on the go. If you're looking to give Lightroom a try, you don't have to pay for the full Creative Cloud subscription. The photography plan is still available for $10 a month, giving you access to Lightroom, Photoshop and mobile apps for much less.