Photoshop vs Lightroom: Which One’s Better for Editing?


Mitzi Ilagan | Fotograpiya

In this digital era, it might never be enough to point, shoot and upload a photo online. If one could enhance it, one could do it, right? Comes in the scene is Adobe Photoshop, which is an editing software known for its useful features. It has also been a part of the pop culture nowadays, because when one talks about edited photos, it automatically refers to a “photoshopped” one. This one’s the preferred application when it comes to editing, especially if you are working on a professional business. But, which one really is the best editing software?

Adobe Photoshop is basically an image editing application made by Adobe Systems designed for editing images for both personal and professional purposes. It is a pixel-based editor wherein you could control the individual pixels of the photos you are editing. Here are the reasons why you would choose Photoshop:

If you have problems with your pimples and other blemishes, Photoshop is the one that you should use. This software has a clone stamp tool, patch tool and spot healing brush that you could use to lessen the bags under your eyes, whiten your teeth, remove branches blocking the view or even remove stray hair from your face.

If you are into landscape photography, Photoshop could be a helpful tool through stitching multiple photos to create a panorama.

If you were captured with your mouth open, you could use Photoshop to distort and make it a smiling mouth or even replace it with lips from another image through compositing. This means selecting the pixels to be edited and combining multiple images to create another one.

If you’re working on photos with movements or if you want precise control, Photoshop could take care of that through its layers and opacity. You could add layers of various settings and adjustments so that you could see the differences and the before-and-after changes.

You could always take advantage of these features, but you also have to consider that choosing Photoshop may be an expensive choice for a $700 ($10/month) software. Also, it may not be easy to work on more than 10 photos simultaneously because it is not really designed to work with a number of photos. You would also have to save your photo from time to time, as you may not retrieve the changes when you accidentally close the window or when it crashes.

On the other hand, Lightroom is a photo processor and image organizer developed by Adobe Systems which allows viewing, organizing and retouching a large number of digital images. Here are the reasons why you should choose it:

If you want basic edits for your raw files, Lightroom is what you should use. You could adjust a photo’s contrast, exposure, saturation and it has features like crop, lens correction, sharpening, noise reduction, red eye correction, vignettes and dodging and burning effects.

If you are into multi-tasking, Lightroom could help you through the use of importing of images, creating slideshows, sorting through selects, tagging images with keywords, mass renaming photos through templates and even sharing directly to Facebook and Flickr.

If you are a beginner, Lightroom is what you should first learn to use. This one has an easier user interface designed to make adjustments to the whole picture rather than by pixels.

Using the Lightroom is a more affordable choice at $299, especially if you are not into more complicated editing changes. Only simple retouching could be done in Lightroom from its number of post-processing tools for editing tasks. Remember that the Lightroom has no layers which you could use to blend or combine multiple photos together. Most photographers use this because you could organize your photos as you edit them.

To sum up, Adobe Photoshop should be used for photo manipulation, and editing graphics and photos with complex editing needs. On the other hand, Lightroom is great for editing basic components especially if you are working with RAW files. These two are equally helpful for photographers and photo enthusiasts. You just have to make sure that you are knowledgeable enough about its features and tools so that you could maximize its use.

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