Photoshop upgrade no longer possible

Started Mar 29, 2013 | Discussions thread
richardplondon Forum Pro • Posts: 10,595
Re: Photoshop upgrade no longer possible

I agree that Elements is not quite the full replacement for PS, even if you have Lightroom taking care of the Bridge tasks, the ACR tasks, and many of the batch processing, output resizing and conversion, watermarking etc tasks.

But where you are assigning a large percentage of the tonal, hue and detail optimising work to Lightroom before (optionally) going into PS, and reserving PS just for the exceptional pixel-pushing - 8-bit is often fine, IMO, in practice. The kinds of banding etc that you see when you heavily adjust or B&W-convert a straight 8-bit Raw conversion in PS, won't really occur in that more symmetrical workflow.

It is worth noting that LR plays very well with other image editors not by Adobe, in 8-bit or 16-bit. Some cost less than Elements, but all (AFAIK) cost less than Photoshop. You lose the proprietary interaction with PS Smart Objects, PS Merge, PS HDR, as PS Layers - and the ability to pass through a not-yet-saved image purely in memory - but these things are not available anyway when you use a non-concurrent version of PS with LR. So that's no loss really.


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