rfe777 wrote in post #16975616
I'm especially concerned about the healing brush/clone stamp tool alternative in lightroom. I've read on more than one reviews that it doesn't do a good job, and sampling with it sometimes works and sometimes doesn't.
As has been said, there are things that Elements can do as an image/pixel editor that Lightroom is not designed to do (because it doesn't have a built-in pixel editor).
One example is the cloning capabilities that Elements inherited from Photoshop. Lightroom has a "basic" cloning tool and "healing" tool, they work well for what they are made to do, and in fact Lightroom 5 has made advancements there, but still they are not made to replace the tools that are found in Elements and other decent image editors.
Also, how is the white balance tool in Lightroom? I use a threshold adjustment layer in Photoshop for making a precise white balance, but I don't know if it can be achieved in Lightroom.
The White Balance tool in Lightroom is excellent, in fact, the Elements Camera Raw "plug-in" has the same White Balance tool. If you work with that, and still prefer to bring images into the Elements editor for fine-tuning those things, fine, although then you are stuck with a "copy", a tiff, psd, or jpeg, but it's up to you.
As to Lightroom, though, there are tools that go beyond the basic/global White Balance tool as found in Elements. Lightroom has a host of "Selective" tools that it shares with the big Photoshop Camera Raw processor. These include some "global" adjustments to colors as well as luminance adjustments and saturation and such, and these tools can be "targeted" to certain colors as well as tones and such. Then, Lightroom also has "local adjustment" tools, brushes as well as gradients, that can apply certain adjustments to selected objects. A lot of portrait shooters, for example, get good use of working with those brushes.