Switching from Photoshop to Lightroom

I have recently switched from PC to Mac, something I have been wanting to do for the longest time. However, due to being in college, I was never able to afford it. Finally, I was able to make the switch and I’m loving it.

But what does this have to do with “Switch from Photoshop to Lightroom”? Since, I purchased a new computer, I needed to get new photo editing software. On my PC, I was running just Adobe Photoshop CS5. But since Adobe has switching over to a subscription based method, I needed to upgrade to Adobe Creative Cloud.

Luckily, Adobe creates a package just for photographers which includes Photoshop and Lightroom for $9.95 a month. Which is something I had to do.

As I stated, I’ve only had Photoshop besides this one time I had a trial for Lightroom. I don’t really remember much about it besides the basic adjustments. But I’ve more and more “pro” photographers using Lightroom more for editing images and Photoshop for “major” adjustments.

 (Left) Lightroom and (Right) Photoshop interfaces

(Left) Lightroom and (Right) Photoshop interfaces

So, what do I hope to achieve with Lightroom?

1.     A faster workflow: I think almost everyone who endorses Lightroom says that it allows them a better workflow. Whether it be the tagging and filtering system or just the quick editing tools. Whatever it maybe, I hope that I am able to cut down some time editing.

2.     Presets: I know you can have presets in Photoshop, but from what I’ve seen it’s a lot simpler in Lightroom. Most preset companies do have presets for both Lightroom and Photoshop however not all do. Since, I have Lightroom included with Photoshop now, might as well just get the presets for Lightroom.

3.     Better editing skills: When I was using Photoshop, I needed to research an action that I wanted to do. Granted, that does help you learn. However, Lightroom simplifies it by allowing me to click the preset I want and then make any adjustments necessary. Not only does this cut down time but also allows me to focus on making the image better.

As of now, I will play and learn Lightroom. Hopefully Lightroom will live up to mine and other’s expectations. In the future, I will come back to this and review my Lightroom experience.

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