Adobe’s Lightroom is getting lots of good press, but is it right for you? If you already have Adobe’s Photoshop or Photoshop Elements, you might wonder if you need to add something else to it!
Adobe designed Lightroom as a companion product for Photoshop and Photoshop Elements. You can use it alone, but the real benefit comes from using Lightroom with a high-end editor. Why? Lightroom has some extraordinary features you won’t find in either Photoshop product, but . . . . you won’t find all the features of Photoshop or Elements in Lightroom.
Lightroom has three unique features:
- Lightroom organizes your images quickly, giving you easy access to thousands of images without a lot of input time. You can import, sort, and export images with very little effort!
- Lightroom lets you make changes to batches of images, something that will save you hours of editing time. If you shoot a series of images that all need the same lightening, brightening, or color correction, you only need to do it once and then let Lightroom synchronize the rest of the batch.
- Lightroom uses non-destructive editing so after editing you can always go back to the original, use the changes you’ve made again, or selectively redo specific edits—regardless of whether you’ve saved or edited the image since you made the change.
Wow! That’s a lot of great stuff! Why do you need Photoshop or Photoshop Elements? The Photoshop family of editing software does much, much more than the editing options you’ll find in Lightroom. You can do basic editing in Lightroom, but for high-end portrait corrections, fancy filters, and professional-level editing, you’ll want Photoshop or Photoshop Elements.
The real power comes from adding Lightroom to Photoshop or Photoshop Elements. Don’t miss out!