Difference between Photoshop Elements 11 and Lightroom 4?

Started Nov 16, 2012 | Discussions thread
LibbyS
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Re: Difference between Photoshop Elements 11 and Lightroom 4?
In reply to castleofargh, Nov 17, 2012

<<you have no real photo manipulation tool.>>

In addition to the brush tool, Lightroom also offers a gradient tool, a spot removal tool and a red eye removal tool.  With the first two (brush and gradient), you can affect a lot more than just exposure.  You can adjust clarity (midtone contrast), sharpness, saturation, etc. with either of these.

I agree that Lightroom is not the be-all or end-all of photo editors and that it is a terrific lower cost way to get all of the tools of Camera Raw without shelling out for the full Photoshop. As mentioned earlier, the version of Camera Raw available in any version of Elements is severely limited.  I get a LOT done in Lightroom.

It should also be remembered that Lightroom is NOT changing pixels when it functions.  It is merely "writing instructions" to a sidecar file (.xmp).  This does two things:  1) It makes Lightroom very fast because the computer processor doesn't have to change pixels.  2) It means you can come back to the same file and start over or continue adjusting without degrading the file.

As mentioned earlier, Lightroom does not have the ability to create multiple layers.  This is where the editing capabilities of either Elements or Photoshop come into play.  It IS, however, a powerful editing tool as well as an efficient organizational program.  Whether or not the original poster here needs or wants Lightroom is a matter of personal preference - some time with the free trial may be in order to answer that question.

Libby

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