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Do You Need Photoshop If You Own Lightroom?

By Jules Ebe on March 14th 2013

Photographer Simon Plant compares an image processed in Photoshop with one emulated in Lightroom. The result – a similar feel, yet two very different landscapes. So do you need both programs?

Original Photoshop Image

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Comparing Effects in Lightroom and Photoshop


Personally, I prefer utilizing both Lightroom and Photoshop. Some detail work can only be done in the “meatier” Photoshop, while Lightroom can definitely accomplish 90% of what you need in post-processing while handling a larger workload efficiently. Overall, based on your workflow (high volume vs fine art), each program has its pros and cons. In the end, you have to decide on what program fits best into your workflow and needs, or the magical combination of both.

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Until Next Time . . .

Stay Inspired ~ Jules


is a Southern California based Conceptual Artist and Photographer. Her work has been featured in several print publications and selections can be seen in local gallery exhibitions. Connect with her on Facebook and Google+.


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  2. ara and spirit

    We are on the road 24/7, camping [tent]. Moto and sidecar so we don’t have the luxury of a dwelling. I use Ligthroom 3.4. I always said my Photoshop is my patience! Budget is tight and yet, I am considering Lightroom 4. Should I? Been happy with 3.4 . My photos take about 20 seconds to render and I am done. Thoughts? Thank You. Ara and Spirit

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  3. Guest

    That video makes me appreciate Pye’s tutorials even more. ;-)

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  4. Tony Guillaro

    Dude just keeps rambling on an on….Get to it already 

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  5. Jswatsworth

    Are you using Lightroom 3? I noticed the recovery slider which is not in Lightroom 4.  I have to say since upgrading to Lightroom 4 and using some custom brushes I very rarely go into Photoshop.  I find Lightroom 4 to be a huge difference from 3 and if someone were to ask me I would probably advise them to save their money and invest it in a nice lens instead.

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    • Jules Ebe

      This video was done using Lightroom 3 – and yes, I agree, Lightroom 4 has made some great improvements. 

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