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Clarification on the difference between Lightroom and Photoshop

From: Adam C.
Sent on: Thursday, January 12, 2012 2:24 PM

Grant just sent me a very good email highlighting the differences between Lightroom and Photoshop/Gimp, so I am just going to copy it to everyone.


Lightroom is intended for a very different purpose than Photoshop/gimp.  The latter is intended for powerful editing of individual digital images (including non-photographs) in ways that go WAY beyond the needs of most digital photographers and that are not very efficient at all for routine tasks.  I almost never use it except when I want to do something truly exotic to my images.  

Lightroom is specifically designed for photographers and is VASTLY superior as part of a photographer's routine workflow, including cropping, rotation, exposure, tonal, and color temperature adjustments, cataloging and screening, and the like.  

In short, I would strongly discourage anyone, beginner or not, from thinking of Photoshop as an appropriate tool for routine workflow.  Adobe makes both Photoshop and Lightroom, so it's clear that they're not competing products; rather they complement each other, with Lightroom able to call up Photoshop when it's really needed (very rarely, in my experience).

I have both Photoshop and Lightroom, and I would never want to be forced to use PS as a substitute for LR.


Hope that clarifies things

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