5 Replies Latest reply on Mar 4, 2016 7:46 AM by Todd Shaner
      • 1. Re: Lightroom vs Photoshop Need Help?
        WobertC Adobe Community Professional

        Choose the right photo app, Adobe Lightroom or Photoshop | Adobe Photoshop CC tutorials


        IMO- As a professional, you will need both-

        Lightroom to be your Digital Asset Management, and batch development of your images.

        Photoshop to do pixel tweaks to selected images.

        • 2. Re: Lightroom vs Photoshop Need Help?
          JimHess Adobe Community Professional & MVP

          This is not a question of Photoshop vs. Lightroom. The programs work together and complement each other. As a professional photographer, as you learn to use tools in Lightroom you will probably find that you can speed up your workflow significantly. However, there are times when a task is more easily done using Photoshop. The two programs work together very smoothly. And using those two programs will certainly enhance your capabilities as a professional.

          • 3. Re: Lightroom vs Photoshop Need Help?
            Jao vdL Adobe Community Professional & MVP

            What do you mean by platform? Mac vs Windows? It really doesn't matter - choose what you're most comfortable with. Lightroom vs something else? It's really a question of personal preference again and what kind of workflow you like.

            • 4. Re: Lightroom vs Photoshop Need Help?
              Jao vdL Adobe Community Professional & MVP

              doh, should have read the title!


              Photoshop and Lightroom really serve different purposes.If you are a wedding photographer my guess is that your main need is speed and organization as well as making sure your files don't blow out your hard disk space on a single wedding. Lightroom is really good at this and if you do events it is quite good at this. Also it is possible to very quickly do most of the edits you would do in Photoshop without tripling the storage needed. Almost any of the popular stylistic actions people use in Photoshop are trivial to recreate in Lightroom but with the great advantage that it is all non-destructive! That is a great advantage. It also makes it trivial to quickly output edited picks and get them online or however you deliver the images. That said, it really works best to have both at the ready so that if you have to do very complex edits, you can get the image into Photoshop. If you use just Photoshop, you will need some sort of rapid ingestion, key wording, picking accepts/rejects etc. tool. Photoshop can't do that by itself and needs something like Adobe's Bridge or Photo mechanic.

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              • 5. Re: Lightroom vs Photoshop Need Help?
                Todd Shaner Adobe Community Professional & MVP

                Victoria, I took a quick look at your posted gallery photos and without question Lightroom is all you'll need to catalog, process, and manage these images, and more! Photoshop can expand your capability, but the majority of your work can be done inside Lightroom.


                What photo editing application(s) are you using now and what are they lacking that makes you consider Lightroom and/or Photoshop?

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