Lightroom: one or two things do you really wish you had known at the outset?

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mclewis
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Re: Lightroom: one or two things do you really wish you had known at the outset?
In reply to edispics, 7 months ago

edispics wrote:

Basalite wrote:

Every photo editor is a "pixel editor" since every digital photo is made up of pixels!

and again:

Pixel Editor,

Which is what Lightroom is.

Once again, all image editors are pixel editors. All digital images are made of up of pixels.

From the excellent references from MarkJH below from Adobe:

"The Spot Removal Tool and Local Corrections Brush are not designed for hundreds to thousands of corrections. If your image contains many (hundreds) of localized adjustments, consider using a pixel-based editing application such as Photoshop for that level of correction."

What? "a pixel-based editing application such as Photoshop"? But Basalite says they are all pixel editors!!!!!

Lightroom is not a pixel editor.  It is a parametric editor.  Photoshop and similar software are pixel editors.

When you edit an image in Photoshop your are changing the actual pixel data of the image file.  When you edit an image in Lightroom you change nothing in the original file.  All the editing parameters are stored in the catalogue or (and sidecar xmp file if you wish).  The editing parameters can be stored in jpg, tif, and DNG files but the image pixels are not touched.

As Lightroom does not edit the image data of the files it is not a pixel editor.  Lightroom only changes image editing parameter data so it is a parametric editor. Photoshop does edit the image data of files it is a pixel editor.

How any image programs display images on screen is not relevant.

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