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

Started Apr 25, 2014 | Discussions thread
Robgo2 Veteran Member • Posts: 4,917
Re: Since Lightroom is so good, what do you use Photoshop for?

Johanfoto wrote:

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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Actually, if you work in layers, never altering the background layer, Photoshop is non-destructive as well. Files are much larger, but that is another issue.

And I disagree about the plugins. In my experience, both Nik and OnOne (especially) have more powerful adjustment tools than Lightroom. To be frank, I gave up on LR several years ago, because I did not like the output. There are a number of reasons for that, but lame adjustment tools were a significant factor. (I still occasionally use ACR v8.4, which has the same raw conversion engine and most of the same tools as LR 5, so I am familiar with the program's capabilities.)


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