Adobe Lightroom or Photoshop Elements for MAC

Started May 9, 2013 | Discussions thread
realgeek Senior Member • Posts: 1,394
Re: Adobe Lightroom or Photoshop Elements for MAC

Lightroom is the product that Adobe made for photographers.  It's awesome, and I highly recommend it.  Very roughly speaking, it's like Adobe Camera RAW plus an organizing database program.

The main thing that it lacks that Photoshop offers is pixel-level editing.  That is, the ability to add or remove objects, or make composites.  It has a very limited ability to remove blemishes, like dust spots or pimples, but that's it.  But it can do, amazingly well, almost everything else a photographer would want to do.

And, if you can wait until Lightroom 5 comes out, you will see that the ability to heal and clone will grow substantially.  You will have a more robust ability to remove objects from a photo -- but not really the ability to add them or make composites.

There's no reason you shouldn't be able to wait, because you can download now -- for free -- the Lightroom 5 beta.  And, based on past practices, it should remain free until shortly after Lightroom 5 comes out.  So you can test it out for free now and buy it later, rather than buy version 4 now and have to upgrade later.

If you end up loving it, as many do, you're golden.  If you don't like it, or feel too limited, then you'll know your answer: Photoshop elements will be your choice.

On the other hand, you can buy Pixelmator for the Mac for $15 right now on the App Store.  It's not as good as Photoshop Elements, but it's a similar/competing product.  And for $15, it's a steal.  So ... Lightroom 5 + Pixemator ... sounds like a good solution.  At least until you feel you need to upgrade to Photoshop proper.

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