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Oct 14, 2015 20:36 |  #1

So what are the differences between Lightroom CC and Photoshop Elements/Premier Elements/Photoshop Express and Photoshop?




  
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Oct 14, 2015 20:46 |  #2

Lightroom is a combination photo organizer and editing suite. It allows for color correction, cropping some minor pixel editing like cloning out pimples/spots and such.

Photoshop elements is a bargain version of photoshop. It has a less expansovemset of tools but does allow pixel manipulation and editing in layers.

Photoshop is the grand daddy of editing programs. Its possibilities are damn near endless.

Lightroom is fine for many applicarions unless you plan on cutting subjects out of images and putting them Into other backgrounds or that sort of thing.




  
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Oct 14, 2015 21:44 |  #3

Very good, thanks for the detailed response.

So Photoshop is the one that pretty well covers all the rest.




  
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Oct 14, 2015 21:50 |  #4

WA Tiger wrote in post #17745897 (external link)
Very good, thanks for the detailed response.

So Photoshop is the one that pretty well covers all the rest.

Yes and no. Photoshop doesn't handle raw files. However, it does come with ACR (Adobe Camera Raw) which uses the same raw editing engine as Lr.


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Oct 14, 2015 23:41 |  #5

I provide this answer regarding the classes of functions which are provided by different programs. Unfortunately I do not know enough about current versions like Premier Elements or Photoshop Express to characterize how they fit against the classes of functionality.

https://photography-on-the.net …showthread.php?​p=16710804

I can state, though, that when products like Elements or PaintShop Pro convert RAW files, their capabilities in RAW conversion are generally not as robust as the RAW conversion found in ACR/LR.


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Oct 15, 2015 00:28 |  #6

Well that's interesting because I want a program that does RAW. So is Lightroom CC the one?




  
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Oct 15, 2015 01:11 |  #7

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Well that's interesting because I want a program that does RAW. So is Lightroom CC the one?

If you do the subscription it comes with Lr and Ps so it shouldn't be an issue.


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Oct 15, 2015 04:09 |  #8

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If you do the subscription it comes with Lr and Ps so it shouldn't be an issue.

Cheers mate, that's even better!!




  
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Oct 15, 2015 08:24 |  #9

I find that 80% of what I do can be done in LR. The other 20% needs Photoshop. Some of that 20% I was able to do in PS Elements, but with the CC versions, I now have full PS and am very happy with the combination.


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Oct 15, 2015 08:26 |  #10

Am I the only one who uses Camera Raw + Photoshop & Bridge?


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Oct 15, 2015 13:33 |  #11

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Am I the only one who uses Camera Raw + Photoshop & Bridge?

If you are in a networked multi user environment, especially if you are using multiple applications from the suite then using Bridge for file management is Adobe's recommended method. Actually as LR doesn't support use over the network (although it is possible to use a mounted network share, as if it were a local drive, but only for a single user.) it is really the only option. I used to use the Bridge/ACR/PS workflow, but that becomes a lot harder if you are able to do most of your work in the RAW converter only. Back then I used to generate a PSD file for every image, which was just about OK with a six megapixel camera, but it's not something you would want to routinely want to do. I also seemed to end up with several different copies, with slightly different processing on each.

So I found that using LR for the photographic DAM and processing, especially with the use of VC's etc was far more space efficient. I like that now I can export a file as needed, use it and then delete it from the local disk. If I need it again then I just export it again. That way if you make a change or two to the image you know that you will always be using the latest version. So all my RAWs, and the around 5% of PSD files live only in LR, and that is my main image management and viewing program.

I also use several other of the Adobe suite applications, and so I will then use Bridge as my file manager of choice when working with anything "graphical" including html files I am working on. In that situation I will usually have exported all of the photographic images from LR to a folder ready to use in whatever project they are destined for. I actually often have both LR and Bridge open at the same time when working on other projects using Dreamweaver or InDesign, or even video in Premier.

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Oct 15, 2015 16:25 |  #12

BlakeC wrote in post #17746333 (external link)
Am I the only one who uses Camera Raw + Photoshop & Bridge?

Nope, I'm one of the few that finds Bridge/ACR/PS does everything I need and have never used/had LR. Granted, not many of us, but there are a few!


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Oct 15, 2015 16:27 |  #13

D Thompson wrote in post #17746890 (external link)
Nope, I'm one of the few that finds Bridge/ACR/PS does everything I need and have never used/had LR. Granted, not many of us, but there are a few!

I used to but once my camera was newer than my Photoshop I use light room as a fancy version of ACR.




  
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Oct 15, 2015 16:30 |  #14

gonzogolf wrote in post #17746896 (external link)
I used to but once my camera was newer than my Photoshop I use light room as a fancy version of ACR.

You must be using an older version than CS6?


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Oct 15, 2015 16:34 |  #15

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You must be using an older version than CS6?

Decidedly older. I'm not a fan of the subscription model.




  
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