With today’s announcement of Adobe Photoshop CC and the previous announcement of Adobe Lightroom 5 Beta, we have a very good idea of who each product is tailored to. However, many people don’t know if they need Photoshop or Lightroom–and many by default just end up purchasing Photoshop. But if you’re trying to figure out which one is for you, here’s a quick guide that won’t get too technical.
For those just stepping into the world of photography, you’ll very quickly get blinded by the term, “I’ll Photoshop it.” While the program allows for lots of work to be done on an image, keep in mind just that–the emphasis is on one image. That is generally good for:
- A retoucher working very heavily on a set of images but focusing on one at a time.
- A wedding photographer needing to fully edit 200 images before shipping them off to the couple
- Commercial photographers working to ensure that their client has the best image they possibly can deliver
- Working with images where you’ll need to insert text and all.
Remember though, if you’re shooting loads of images, culling through those picture and editing each is going to be a tedious process that will eventually eat away at your computer’s RAM......
Lightroom released their lastest update today (5.2) which added some new features, addressed some bugs introduced in previous versions and added additional camera raw support as well as more lens profiles. Here’s a break down of what has been added and fixed.
New Features in Lightroom 5.2
A Smoothness adjustment slider has been added to the Detail Panel under Color Noise Reduction. This helps to reduce low-frequency color mottling artifacts
Refinements to the Spot Healing Tool: New Feather control – Auto find source method now works better for images with textured areas like rocks, bark, and foliage – Auto find source method now prefers source areas within the crop rectangle
Auto Exposure has been improved to be more consistent across images and across different image sizes.
Smart Preview size has been updated to 2560 pixels on the long edge.
Refinements to the Local Adjustment Brush: – Right Click (PC) / Control-click (Mac) on a brush adjustment pin to bring up a context menu to duplicate or delete – Control+Alt+Drag (PC) / Command+Option+Drag (Mac) on a brush adjustment pin to clone (duplicate) that adjustment
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