Lightroom and other editors

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Lightroom and other editors
Nov 17, 2013

After a number of years dealing with increasingly flaky installations of Photoshop Elements, I have finally purchased an installed Lightroom 5 and am now thinking of editing options. Secifically, I have a copy of Perfect Photo Suite and am considering purchasing Paint Shop Pro (especially for the included version of Perfectly Clear and its low price). I currently shoot almost exclusively in RAW.

My questions are about 1) what happens when you use multiple editors on an image, and 2) the extent to which using one or more editors may multiply the number of related files.

Let's assume that I have all three editors on my machine (Lightroom editor, Perfect Photo and Paint Shop Pro). If I use them in succession, will the edits from one product carry over onto successive edits? To take a worst case perhaps, can I first edit in Paint Shop Pro (to use Perfectly Clear), then come back to the Lightroom editor, and then add final touches with Perfect Photo? And if I can do that, are all the changes contained in a file containing the modifications to the RAW file (is that what a sidecar file is?), or are they preserved by creating additional TIFF files or other large size files?

In general, I don't mind having an extra large file for images that I'm ultimately going to work with, post and/or print, but do I take a lot of shots that I don't ultimately work with and having to use double or more the current amount of storage for each of them, just in order to take a better look at them or make some small refinements would be a problem for me.

Thanks in advance.

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Artie D
New York, NY

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