There are a lot of free photo editing tools available in the market today, and the most common question I’ve heard from photographers and other users that want to start out in their photography career is “What is the best tool to use? Is it Photoshop or Lightroom?” and “What are their differences?”.
Both Adobe programs are on the top list of the best and reliable post processing software. While the two software share a lot of similarities, as they are created and developed by Adobe, they also have their unique features and services that will help you in your editing workload.
Similarities between PS and LR
Basically, Photoshop and Lightroom have a lot of similarities since both programs are using one processing engine called Adobe Camera Raw. Lightroom is just like a simplified version of Photoshop with new editing features.
Here are some of their common differences:
One of the main differences between Lightroom and Photoshop is the file management methods. Lightroom can do more organization tasks than Photoshop since it has its own Catalog. All the changes and modifications you made in Lightroom are automatically stored in it or a certain Lightroom presets folder. Unlike in Photoshop wherein you still need to save it on different file locations on your PC.
Lightroom is one of the best tools Adobe has ever made. It’s fast, reliable and can be used for hundreds or even thousands of images. The editing tools in Lightroom are far better than Photoshop since it doesn’t require any manual editing method. However, photographers can use Photoshop for an in-depth editing process.
Between the two popular programs, Lightroom is the most convenient and reliable tool for photographers. It is specifically designed to help users simplified their editing process. In addition, users can add useful keywords, tags and metadata for easy file access.
On the other hand, Adobe Photoshop is clearly developed for professional photographers. Users are required to spend more hours in editing images manually and one by one.
Overall, both programs are useful and effective. However, if you really want to finish all your editing deadlines, then Lightroom is the best tool since you can do everything in it and save it in a Lightroom presets folder. But if you want to focus on one image, Photoshop can help you with that. And at the end of the day, both photo editing tools will give you good and high-quality results.