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

Started Apr 25, 2014 | Discussions thread
soloryb Senior Member • Posts: 2,351
Re: Since Lightroom is so good, what do you use Photoshop for?

Ron AKA wrote:

soloryb wrote:

Here are a few reasons to get LR. There are probably many more.

LR is better at as well as easier to use for making prints than PS.

Yes, but if you add Qimage, it is better still for printing.

LR is a great DAM program.

Only if you want to use one.

LR edits non-destructively.

So does Adobe Camera RAW.

LR doesn't create monster edited files like PS can.

That's the price of pixel editing. Lr doesn't do it.

LR is fast and can do most photo edits.

True, if you don't want to use pixel editing. Suspect those doing portraits would be hard pressed to do everything in Lr.

Wow, is this argument getting old:-)

Yes, it will go on forever as long as Adobe chooses to offer us such a mixed bag of products. Without considering the DAM aspect, and just photographic image editing capability, I would suggest a hierarchy in order of functionality as follows:

1. CC + Lr

2. CC

3. Elements + Lr

4. Elements

5. Lr

And if Adobe would offer us an Elements+ version that was full 16 bit and included the full PS version of ACR, then it would bump up to #3 position.


I've been reading your posts for quite some time and though I don't always agree with what you say, I know you put a lot of thought behind your opinions.

After years of editing and printing out of PS, it would be hard to convince me that LR's non-distructive approach yields any less quality. As far as ease of use and print output goes, LR just leaves PS in the dust. As far as the range of editing functions, PS leaves LR in the dust. That's why I use both.

My preferred hierarchy would be LR + PS (if and only if it's needed) and then LR for print output.

I am going to eventually try Qimage again if for no other reason other than to find out first hand whether or not it can produce more stunning prints than LR can.


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