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

Started Apr 25, 2014 | Discussions thread
Johanfoto Veteran Member • Posts: 3,774
Re: Since Lightroom is so good, what do you use Photoshop for?

billythek wrote:

I think others have given great answers, but let me just add, I have been using LR for several years, since LR3. I used to do quite a bit in LR using adjustment brushes, spot removal tool to clone, etc. These days I hardly do anything in LR, other than some basic adjustments. After I identify pictures that I think have wall hanging potential, I ship them over to CC/Nik for finishing work.

Many LR tools do an adequate job, but are far from being the best available.
- Bill

Interesting. My workflow is the exact opposite. Because LR is a non-destructive editor and moving the images to Photoshop or a plugin is a destructive process (unless you open the image as a smart object in Photoshop), I do as much in Lightroom as I can. Only for things like stitching a panorama, creating an HDR image, or using content-aware fill of slanted edges after keystone correction, I use Photoshop (or dedicated HDR or panorama software). Plugins like Nik or onOne may be easier and faster to use for certain effects (Nik is great for B&W conversions), but I don't think they are necessarily better. In the end, all they do is change the color or brightness of pixels, and so does Lightroom (but LR does it non-destructively).

The other major advantage of Lightroom is that you can apply the same adjustment to multiple images.

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