What is Photoshop? Adobe Photoshop is an editing-software that is used for image editing, graphic design, digital art and much more! It uses layering to allow for depth and flexibility in your editing process, as well as it provides powerful editing tools, when used right, are capable of just about anything. So which is better Photoshop or Lightroom? The truth lies not in comparing the two programs, but in defining what you need for your project. Both are awesome Adobe programs that deliver amazing features for photo editing. So when should you use Photoshop instead of Lightroom? The easy answer is use both and use Photoshop when you can’t use Lightroom!
1. ADVANCED RETOUCHING
If you want to make a leg thinner, a person taller or add some elements to your photo, Photoshop is needed.
2. ADVANCED HEALING
While you can remove small objects and whiten teeth in Lightroom, the capabilities are not as amazing as using the content aware magic of Photoshop’s healing brush and patch tools. The Content-Aware option lets Photoshop scan and analyze your entire image as it tries to figure out what that area of the photo would have looked like if the object wasn’t there. It’s still not perfect, and you'll still (most likely) need to fine-tune the results with one of Photoshop’s other retouching tools after to get the result you want.
If you want to use elements from different images to create a single awesome image, Photoshop is your answer. Again, the only limitation with Photoshop is your imagination!
4. SAVE MONEY!
After learning Photoshop you don’t have to pay anyone to design your business cards, show posters, flyers and more. With Photoshop you can create whatever you want, whenever you want. Start with a new page and use your imagination.
5. MAKE MONEY
You can offer photo retouching services, design logos, open a graphic design business, create and sell web templates or you can start a website/youtube channel where you create tutorial.
6. HUGE TOOLBOX
Each progressive release of Photoshop seems to bring more and more useful tools into the mix. From content-aware filling, reducing camera shake effects, photo filters, and automatic panoramic image stitching, there is a tool for almost every task a photographer would need.
7. PIXEL-LEVEL EDITING
Images created or opened in Photoshop are comprised of pixels, which are the small physical points in a raster image, and are the smallest addressable elements in a photo. The software allows for editing even at this tiny level, meaning limitless manipulation is possible. Raster and vector images can be created from scratch.
8. LIGHTROOM PRESETS!
You can use Lightroom presets in Photoshop!! After Adobe changed Lightroom preset-files to .XMP they also opened up for Photoshop to access Lightroom presets as they are now added to the Camera Raw folder and not to Lightroom presets! Press Shift + Command + A (or go to Layer - Camera Raw) and your picture will be opened in Camera Raw where you'll find your Lightroom presets.
You can create multiple layers in Photoshop. This means you can apply different adjustments on different layers or edit multiple images within the same document. You can modify each layer independently. So, you can always go back and edit them later. Thanks to this ability, you can blend layers in interesting ways, mask parts of the photo, and more.
10. IT'S FUN
No joke! It's fun!