We’ll compare two of Adobe’s most popular digital editing programs: Lightroom and Photoshop. And we’ll compare it to other tools and other tools’ features, including Lightroom’s powerful manual controls and capabilities.
Adobe Lightroom is best known for its powerful and versatile features like the Develop Module and the Effects Module and is used by many pros including celebrities and industry professionals.
But the two programs are not exclusive. Lightroom also has a ton of useful plug-ins, and this means you can get good results from an Adobe Lightroom-equipped computer with a computer that’s well equipped to use those plug-ins.
Let’s take a closer look at how Lightroom and Photoshop perform as a photo editing tool.
Lightroom vs. Photoshop: What do you get for your money?
Lightroom is often known as the ultimate photo editing program. But you don’t have to spend millions of dollars to get a powerful tool that can handle the work you do; Lightroom will do the work for you.
But why is Lightroom better than Photoshop?
There are plenty of good reasons for you to consider Lightroom:
It has more plugins
Lightroom has more plugins to allow you to edit with more control. For one, you can select up to 4 new filters in the Develop Module, as well as custom functions such as a blur tool or a highlight tool. For colorists, a color picker lets you pick in color.
A lot of Photoshop plugins are useful only in certain situations. In the Develop Module, you can adjust the exposure and contrast in one go; but this can be helpful only for images that are not well exposed. In the Effects Module, you can apply filters to images at higher resolution, and in the Background Generator, you can create a quick and easy tool for creating custom background images. Photoshop often has only a few tools and can struggle to achieve some good results.
A few more plugins can sometimes help. If you want to edit your shots in RAW or in the Lightroom Camera Raw file format, for example, then certain plug-ins can actually add more control to a RAW or Lightroom File (because RAW is read directly by the Lightroom software, instead of being converted as JPEGs).
Another way to make adjustments in Lightroom is through the Timeline. This is the page where you can select your shots and the time and date and when they were taken, and in the next tab