February 2021 // The Post-Production Edition

Photoshop vs. Lightroom | Jason Yadlovski

Photoshop is available for both Mac and PC and is very similar on both platforms. Within the Photoshop family, there are additional apps that serve both iOS and Android mobile devices. This is great because it gives you the ability to use Photoshop’s powerful tools to edit and retouch images no matter where you are. While Photoshop is a great tool for advanced editing, it does not provide an easy way for you to organize, sort, catalog and view all of the images you may have in your digital library like Lightroom does.

Now that we have a basic understanding of how these two programs work, let’s get more practical about it. As a beginner photographer, where should you start? First, I would recommend that you import all of your images into Lightroom and use it as your “home base” since it is a great tool to organize your images. The image files can live in any location on your computer, external hard drive or the cloud. However, ensure that when you set up your organizational system, you plan for the future. As you grow as a photographer, you will easily end up with tens of thousands or even hundreds of thousands of images, which is why a good organizational system is so important. In Lightroom you’ve got a powerful set of tools to edit and post-process your images. There are so many great tools in Lightroom that you may never need to leave the program! Not only can you edit one image at a time, but you can edit multiple images at once very easily. This makes Lightroom a great tool for culling, developing and exporting images. Where Photoshop becomes essential is when there’s a task that is a little more complicated and you can’t quite get the desired result in Lightroom, for example, replacing a sky or removing larger unwanted items in an image. Photoshop can take your editing to the next level and with a simple command you can move images from Lightroom to Photoshop and back. The ease at which these programs work together is a huge asset; the transition between the programs is seamless.

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