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

Started Apr 25, 2014 | Discussions thread
richardplondon Forum Pro • Posts: 10,678
Re: Since Lightroom is so good, what do you use Photoshop for?

Dave Stott wrote:

This is a strange dialogue. Lightroom doesn't alter pixels 'cos a RAW file doesn't have any pixels. ACR likewise doesn't create a pixel based file till you exit it.

When you output an image from Lightroom it takes the RAW file, applies the Lightroom edits, and produces a pixel based file. You may see it, if you Export it, or Publish it, or pass to another editor, or you may not if it is headed for a printer. But it is most certainly there.

And exactly the same applies for non-destructive operations such as e.g. adjustment layers, inside the Photoshop editor. The application of a change, however made, is always in some respect a degradation of the integrity of the original data; but the whole point of post-processing our images is because we WANT a particular result.

"Non-destructive" just means that after obtaining result A, we aren't then necessarily left with a LESS GOOD result B - it may be different, but it can be equivalent; in effect, they are both equally first-generation.

No cumulative degradation, IOW.

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