What is Photoshop?
Photoshop was initially made as an instrument for straightforward picture altering, which since 1990 has developed into a beast programming suite with numerous capacities and abilities to oblige visual creators, modelers, illustrators, distributers, picture takers and even 3D craftsmen. Consider it a Cadillac of picture altering with a boundless potential that can become with programming updates and redesigns, yet in addition with exceptional modules known as “channels” from Adobe and outsider programming organizations. Need to join various photos into a solitary display? Or on the other hand make a High Dynamic Range photo? Or then again dispose of skin flaws? Or on the other hand maybe make an individual look taller, shorter, more slender or fatter? Yes, Photoshop can do all that; and a whole lot more. It is trivial to attempt to list what Photoshop can do, on the grounds that it would likely be an endless rundown. The expression “Photoshopped” is presently a piece of our day by day language, since we are continually presented to adjusted pictures that may look reasonable while being phony – that is the intensity of Photoshop.
What is Lightroom?
The complete name for Lightroom is “Adobe Photoshop Lighroom”, which may sound confounding, in light of the fact that it contains “Photoshop”. As it were, it bodes well, on the grounds that Lightroom can be viewed as a subset of Photoshop with explicit usefulness that Photoshop doesn’t and most likely will never have. It was made for the fundamental reason for dealing with countless pictures, keeping them sorted out in one spot. Photoshop is an exceptionally propelled picture altering instrument, however when you alter many pictures, keeping them composed turns into an issue after some time. Before I began utilizing Lightroom, my photography work process exclusively comprised of Adobe Camera RAW (which permits opening, controlling and changing over RAW records) and Photoshop (which I used to calibrate pictures before sparing them into my hard drive). It was a mind boggling, awkward and wasteful procedure, significantly after I semi-computerized it through a cluster procedure in Photoshop. The greatest test was arranging altered pictures in my hard drive, arranging and classifying them. I am not in any case going to discuss discovering pictures, since it was an unthinkable assignment that required assessing a huge number of thumbnails and picture metadata so as to discover what I was searching for. As my document index developed, I understood that I needed to locate a superior method to compose my photos. Furthermore, that is the point at which I found Lightroom.
Lightroom is a database-driven picture the executives programming that naturally peruses picture metadata, (for example, camera make and model, date/time caught, gap, screen speed, ISO, white parity and the sky is the limit from there), known as EXIF and composes data about each photo in another database known as “index”. As pictures are imported, Lightroom has worked in usefulness to add extra data to each picture, permitting you to label pictures with explicit catchphrases, banners and star appraisals. This makes it exceptionally simple to figure out many pictures and pick the best ones, alter them specifically or in groups, at that point send out the best pictures straightforwardly into sites like Flickr and Facebook. This sort of labeling and ordering isn’t accessible in Photoshop, in light of the fact that Photoshop doesn’t keep a database with classified pictures.
Lightroom Image Editing Capabilities
Lightroom has a specific set of tools that make it easy to edit and manipulate images. Here is a list of tools available in Lightroom’s Develop Module:
- Histogram and Tools Sub-Modules: Histogram, Crop & Straighten, Spot Removal, Red Eye Correction, Graduated Filter, Radial Filter, Adjustment Brush.
- Basic Sub-Module: Treatment: Color and Black & White; Camera Profiles; White Balance: Temp and Tint; Tone: Exposure, Contrast, Highlights, Shadows, Whites and Blacks; Presence: Texture, Clarity, Dehaze, Vibrance and Saturation.
- Tone Curve Sub-Module: Region: Highlights, Lights, Darks, Shadows; Point Curve.
- HSL / Color / B&W Sub-Module: Hue, Saturation, Luminance.
- Split Toning Sub-Module: Highlights: Hue, Saturation and Balance; Shadows: Hue and Saturation.
- Detail Sub-Module: Sharpening: Amount, Radius, Detail and Masking; Noise Reduction: Luminance, Detail, Contrast, Color, Detail and Smoothness.
- Lens Corrections Sub-Module: Lens Profile: Remove Chromatic Aberration, Enable Profile Corrections; Manual: Distortion, Defringe and Vignetting.
- Transform Sub-Module: Auto Transform, Transform: Vertical, Horizontal, Rotate, Aspect, Scale, X Offset, Y Offset.
- Effects Sub-Module: Post-Crop Vignetting: Style, Amount, Midpoint, Roundness, Feather, Highlights; Grain: Amount, Size, Roughness.
- Camera Calibration Sub-Module: Process Version, Shadows: Tint, Red Primary: Hue and Saturation, Green Primary: Hue and Saturation, Blue Primary: Hue and Saturation.
Photoshop Image Editing Capabilities
All of the above Lightroom image editing capabilities are automatically included in Adobe Camera RAW, which fires up when a RAW image is opened from Photoshop. While it looks a little different than Lightroom, every single function is mirrored in Camera RAW. When Adobe releases updates to Lightroom, it also releases updates to Camera RAW at the same time, so even small things like Lens Profiles get refreshed in both. Here is a screenshot of the Camera RAW panel:
To sum it up, everything you can do in Lightroom can be done in Photoshop, plus much more. Some photographers use Adobe Bridge with Photoshop as part of their workflow without Lightroom. While bridge has some of the Lightroom functionality, it is not a database / catalog system. Think of it as a browser or file manager. Searching for an image requires going through all files, which could take a long time, whereas a similar search in Lightroom could be done in a matter of seconds – again, because Lightroom’s database is optimized for searching. If you have been using Adobe Bridge, try Lightroom and you will never go back to Bridge again.