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Adobe Photoshop vs Lightroom: When Should You Use Each Program?

by Martha Simmonds
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Most photographers have heard of Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom. But do you know which program to use for which purpose? In this blog post, we’ll go over the basics of each program and when you should use them. By the end, you’ll be able to choose the right program for your needs confidently.

What is Adobe Photoshop?

Adobe Photoshop is a raster graphics editor used for creating and editing images. The latest version of Photoshop (version 15) is available through Adobe’s Creative Cloud subscription service. It includes fundamental tools found in most image editing software, including layers, selection tools, masking tools, adjustments, and filters. In addition, Photoshop has a variety of 2D and 3D capabilities, such as creating composites with layers and masking.

Adobe Photoshop is used for various purposes, including web design, digital imaging, photo editing, logos, and other graphic design elements.

You will need a Creative Cloud subscription or a stand-alone Creative Suite software package to use Adobe Photoshop.

What is Lightroom?

Lightroom is a photo organization and image editing software that allows you to import your digital images. Also, you can manage them with tagging and metadata, edit your photos with effects and publish them in print or web gallery exports. You can maintain an integrated library of all your photographic assets.

Here are some advantages of using Lightroom:

Import: Lightroom allows you to import images directly from your camera or memory card, while Photoshop can’t.

Organize: With Lightroom, you can organize your photos by tagging, rating, and adding metadata.

Editing: Lightroom gives you non-destructive edits with easy access to the original image. It means you can edit them, export the file and go back to the original at any time. At the same time, Photoshop uses destructive edits, which impact your original image until edited or saved again.

Publish: Lightroom allows for easy publishing of images through output modules that allow for printing, web galleries, slide shows, and more.

Library: Lightroom allows you to maintain your entire library of images in one place.

Adobe Photoshop is suited for complex digital composites, but Lightroom can accomplish similar results through specific presets (called Develop Presets).

When should you use each program?

Adobe Photoshop is suited for complex digital composites, but Lightroom can accomplish similar results through specific presets (called Develop Presets).

With Adobe Photoshop, you get the best tools for any project. Photoshop is also the most commonly used and familiar photo editing software. So, if you want to do any photographic work on the computer, chances are you’ve used Photoshop.

With Lightroom, you get an organized layout that allows easy management of your photos without overwhelming or confusing functionality. You can use Lightroom to create prints, web galleries, and photo slideshows. However, it would be best to use Adobe Photoshop to work with 3D, video, or text.

Of course, you can use other Adobe programs to create such things as 3D and video content, including After Effects, Illustrator, InDesign, and Muse. While these programs aren’t related to photos, they allow the graphic designer to work with video, animation, and motion graphics.

If you want to learn more about teacher and student software discounts, you can reach out to Adobe. According to the experts at Adobe CC, “Your Creative Cloud All Apps plan also includes the latest mobile and web tools designed to work together so you can create quickly, easily, on any device.”

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