Friday, September 7, 2012

Photoshop or Lightroom & Tutorial

So the other day I was discussing with my brother whether I use Lightroom or Photoshop for editing. (He is sort of a do everything kind of guy and also uses these programs just to edit his own personal photos). 

The answer is both, but more so lately, only Photoshop.

The reason is that I feel like I have more individual control over the photos, but I love the workflow of Lightroom. 

Lightroom also makes is a cinch to create your own presets (like actions in photoshop). I have yet to make my own actions in photoshop and rarely use them in that program. I did purchase some amazing ones called Addy Lane Actions and use free ones I find here and there. 
But if I am editing in Lightroom I will almost always make my own. If I have a huge workflow and lots of faces to edit or teeth I use Lightroom. And then finish in Photoshop.

I do more "clean" editing in Photoshop and in Lightroom more effects...and I decide which photo I think should look more natural and which should have an effect...

I also thought I would share how to make your own presets in Lightroom.

Step 1: After making desired adjustments to your photo go to the top left of the screen where it says Develop>New Preset
Step 2: This screen will pop up. Give your preset a name. I named this one Landscape Pop, so in the future I will know just what this will do if I select it. Press okay.

Step 3: When you are in develop mode, you should be able to see to the left your navigator screen. You can find your newly created preset under "user presets"...or at least that is where I chose to have mine located.

I think it is important to have both programs as they both have different strengths. I began in Lightroom and find it a lot easier to understand, but if you have patience and time, learning Photoshop has its benefits too.


  1. Thanks for this great tutorial! I was wondering if you've ever used Aperture? if so, how does it compare?

  2. I will have to read this with fresh eyes in the moring ! I hate all phoTo editing and would loveto know how to do it :-(


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