A year 2015 comparison of Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop

Photoshop has been the reining king among the various image editing tools from the 1990s. The word “Photoshop” has become so popular in today’s society that even a kid knows Photoshop means to digitally alter an image. This is how popular the software is among the professional as well as the amateur photographers in the world. In fact, it is the first choice among anyone, who wants to edit an image. Then came the new contender, Adobe Lightroom. Adobe Lightroom was released by the same company in 2007. Now there really is a battle for supremacy between these two image editing software. This article highlights the advantages and disadvantages between Photoshop and Adobe Lightroom.

A breakdown of Photoshop

Photoshop is a pixel based image editor. Pixels are the tiny dots that make up an image. You have unlimited control when editing an image in Photoshop. You can edit the photo starting right from the pixel level with this software. The software is great for retouching aspects. You can reduce blemishes, get rid of stray hair, remove garbage and even whiten teeth of a photograph thanks to Photoshop. Photoshop offers the ability to work on the principle of layers. You can create layers of different adjustments and control their opacity through Photoshop.

Photoshop has a wide selection of tools in its toolbox. There is a tool for all image editing purposes in Photoshop. The software is able to blend multiple images together in order to produce a single photo. This is known as High Dynamic Range (HDR). The Content Aware Fill is another salient feature available in Photoshop. This feature can be used in removing distracting elements from photos. It can also be used to extend the image further. These are some of the major advantages of Photoshop.

Some of the notable disadvantages of Photoshop includes the steep learning curve, not being a RAW file editor, not workflow centric and the software is fairly expensive. The software costs close upon $700, which is quite expensive to the average buyer. The inability to edit RAW files straight from the camera is another disadvantage of the software.

Adobe Lightroom picked apart

Lightroom allows the photographer to work on their images from importing them directly from the camera. It allows to edit RAW files. You can import the image from the camera, process, edit, sort, export and share on the web by using Adobe Lightroom. It is a workflow centric software compared to Photoshop and is superior when editing the light or shadow on a portrait for instance. The software helps in dealing with a large quantity of images at any given time. Lightroom doesn’t come with a steep learning curve, and is easy to learn. The software costs around $300, which is quite affordable compared to Photoshop.

Disadvantages Of Lightroom

Advanced retouching is not possible using Lightroom. Simple retouching projects are possible using the software. Lightroom is designed to edit photos only whereas Photoshop can edit a wide variety of image formats. Advanced image manipulation such as pixel level editing is not possible with Lightroom.

The aforementioned are some of the advantages and disadvantages of Photoshop vs. Lightroom.