Adobe Lightroom 3 will include the ability to embed graphical watermarks

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I just redesigned my website and had to recreate over 20,000 web images with my watermark. My existing workflow to do that involved exporting the images from Lightroom 2 to a file then opening those files in Photoshop to do nothing but add a watermark. The current version of Lightroom only permits text watermarks. When Lightroom 3 is released, it will have a new feature to allow embedding of graphical watermarks including transparent png files. This will be a huge time saver for those who process large quantities of web images.

Other notable features include:

  • Integration with Flickr accounts. You will be able to publish from LR3 into Flickr and comments on images will be reflected in the LR3 catalog. This feature requires a Flickr Pro account.
  • Improved performance throughout the application for faster importing and loading of images
  • Native tethered shooting support for select Nikon and Canon DSLR cameras
  • Luminance noise reduction has been added to the previous color noise reduction improvements available in the first public beta for outstanding overall high ISO quality
  • Support for importing and managing video files from DSLR cameras for better overall photographic workflow control
  • Improvements to the import experience in the first beta to reflect public feedback
  • Improved watermarking functionality from the first beta to reflect public feedback

Lightroom 3 beta 2 builds on the enhancements introduced in the first Lightroom 3 beta release:

  • Brand new performance architecture, building for the future of growing image libraries
  • State-of-the-art noise reduction to help you perfect your high ISO shots
  • Watermarking tool that helps you customize and protect your images with ease
  • Portable sharable slideshows with audio—designed to give you more flexibility and impact on how you choose to share your images, you can now save and export your slideshows as videos and include audio
  • Flexible customizable print package creation so your print package layouts are all your own
  • Film grain simulation tool for enhancing your images to look as gritty as you want
  • New import handling designed to make importing streamlined and easy
  • More flexible online publishing options so you can post your images online to certain online photo sharing sites directly from inside Lightroom 3 beta (may require third-party plug-ins)*

Check here to view a video of new features.

Check here to download a copy of Lightroom 3 Beta 2

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