Comparison: Photoshop vs. Adobe Lightroom

lightroom vs. photoshop

Adobe Photoshop was considered the king of image editing for more than two decades from its inception in the 1990s. It was the first choice among the professional as well as the amateur photographer all this time. The word became a household name that even a kid is familiar with the word “Photoshop” according to The software has its own advantages as well as disadvantages. In 2007, Adobe, the same company that designed Photoshop, came out with another image editing software named Adobe Lightroom. Lightroom has been creating quite a buzz on the market since its release in 2007. This article highlights some of the most important advantages and disadvantages of Photoshop and Adobe Lightroom.

Photoshop – Pros And Cons

Photoshop is one of the most advanced image editors on the market currently. It allows for editing a wide variety of image types other than photos. The software permits pixel level editing, which means you are able to go down to the small dots in the image when editing it. This gives the editor full control in editing the image. The software excels at retouching. You can remove various blemishes, get rid of stray hair or reduce bags under the eyes of a person using the software. Speedy, powerful retouching is permissible through Photoshop. The software works on a principle of layers. You can create layers with different adjustment and control levels using the software. Composting is another important feature in Photoshop. If you run into a blinker in a group photo, you can copy a pair of eyes from another person and paste onto the blinker. This is possible because Photoshop is a pixel based editor.

Photoshop can blend multiple images together in order to produce a single image. This ability is known as high dynamic range (HDR). This is an increasingly popular technique used in the software. The software can also stitch together multiple images in order to create a large panorama. This is a great feature for landscapes. Content Aware Fill is another important feature of Photoshop. This feature can be used to remove large distracting objects from a photograph. You may also stretch the image artificially using this feature.

Some of the disadvantages of the software includes the steep learning curve, not being workflow centric and the high price. The software currently costs around $700. Photoshop cannot process RAW images right from the camera. These are the cons of Photoshop.

Adobe Lightroom

Lightroom is easy to use and comes without a steep learning curve. The ability to process RAW images is one of the major advantages of Lightroom. The software is workflow centric compared to Photoshop. The software is able to cover every step in the production process. You are able to import an image directly from the camera, sort them out, edit the images and share the finished product on the web. The software costs around $300, which is quite affordable compared to Photoshop. Here’s a video on how to install lightroom for beginners:

Some cons of the software includes the ability to only process photos, and not other type of images. Cannot edit the image at pixel levels, and poor retouching abilities are some of the major disadvantages of Adobe Lightroom.

You can download Photoshop Actions and Lightroom Presets on