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Can Photoshop do everything Lightroom can?

Nope – the answer is yes, but more or less only on certain cases.

Before we get started, let’s talk about what Lightroom isn’t. It’s not an animation program. It’s not a professional photo manipulation software – it has a lot more capabilities than it does to accomplish what it does, whereas Photoshop accomplishes it all in a more conventional way (as far as I know – but I would bet on it being more intuitive and powerful). It’s not a cloud based image hosting service (which is useful if you want to share your work with folks who don’t yet have some technical expertise), it’s not a digital media management tool (which can be used for multiple purposes – which I have never found necessary in the real world – it’s a nice way to manage files and get them out of my computer so I have them somewhere else, but still not necessary) and it’s not a digital media transcoding tool to encode, edit and compress images (though that can be useful for certain types of production). It’s not even a digital video editor (though some will find it useful if you already have a decent editing and production background).

When we talk about Lightroom and its usefulness in Photoshop – I’m not referring to those applications, but rather what its features are not used for. I’ve been developing a custom lightroom.psd document and wanted to include all Lightroom’s features in it. I had a lot of trouble getting Photoshop to see the image from the other end, so I wanted Photoshop to find Lightroom as well. However it turned out, Photoshop only sees Lightroom’s files through its own file manager, which is pretty useful, but only up to a point.

If you look carefully on Photoshop’s side, however, you will see the following line:

From the Mac OS 9 Lightroom app’s home screen you will see these icons:

Click the icon labeled Files and choose Lightroom. This will open a special Lightroom (Lightroom.psd) document in the folder where “Lightroom” is located. Photoshop then sees both the Lightroom.psd document and the “Windows” file that Photoshop has to open to open the .PSD file – and nothing more.

Now, imagine you have Lightroom on Mac OS, but want to get the same information, but instead of opening Lightroom on a Mac, you open Lightroom on a PC. The problem of course is, how do we tell Photoshop to open