Since Lightroom is so good, what do you use Photoshop for?

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Dave Stott
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Re: Since Lightroom is so good, what do you use Photoshop for?
In reply to keiththom, Apr 26, 2014

keiththom wrote:

MisterBG wrote:

Sutherland wrote:

Given the advances in LR, it seems like a lot of photographers have made it their destination of choice for most of their post-processing, leaving PS for the more difficult adjustments or to finish off their best captures. Even Jeff Schewe in The Digital Negative cites the 80/20 rule (80% in LR, 20% in PS) for his own workflow.

So the question for you LR users is: What do you use PS for? What types of adjustments do you leave for PS because LR is not up to the task?

I've never owned Photoshop and as far as I'm concerned LR plus plug-ins does everything I need.

I'm a new LR user and just now learning to use it. What kind of plug-ins are your referring to? And do any of them do layers?



My suggestion would be to get a thorough understanding of Lightroom, see what you need to do that it can't (it's different for everyone), and then look if there is a plug-in to help.

As well as filling gaps some folks prefer to use plug-ins instead of the Lightroom functionality, for example B&W conversions, sharpening, noise reduction.

As to the layers question, not really.   You can use software with layers as a plug-in (such as Photoshop Elements, or OnOne's Perfect Suite) to do editing, but the layers get flattened when the file is handed back to Lightroom.   You will end up with an additional pixel modified file sitting alongside side your Lightroom parameterised edits.


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