Adobe Photoshop Lightroom is a post-processing software that is included in the Adobe Creative Cloud. It can also be installed independently from Adobe CC to your Mac OS or Windows PC. Adobe Lightroom is essential for editing RAW image files. Otherwise known as digital negative files, Lightroom is able to convert RAW images into a simple graphical image such as JPG, JPEG, or PNG. The converted file includes the enhancements made in the image such as increased contrast, balanced exposure, changed tint, etc. You can save the combination of enhancements as a Lightroom Preset so you can build a uniform portfolio of images.
Beginners tend to be confused about the difference between Adobe Lightroom and Adobe Photoshop. Lightroom is a non-negotiable step in the image management process as it offers the complete set of tools for photo retouching. This includes white balance, histogram adjustment, tonal curves, blemish removal, red-eye corrections, etc. Photoshop is needed for advanced editing or retouching tasks.
Lightroom’s edit controls are displayed in panels that expand and collapse, revealing controls for Profile, Light, Color, Effects, Details, Optics, and Geometry. Most of the controls are sliders. They allow you to change the image’s overall appearance by clicking and dragging the slider to the left or right. You can also click the +/- value to the right of the slider, enabling you to move the slider through the up and down arrow key. Once you’re done, you can compare the final product with the original image by clicking the Show Original icon in the toolbar.
Presets are similar to filters featured on social media platforms like Facebook and Instagram. The difference is that Presets are created from scratch, enabling you to apply a unique filter to all your images. You can save them by selecting the three dots at the top of the Presets panel. When saving Presets, it's best to have the file name reflect its style or mood.
Both Lightroom and Photoshop can open each other’s files. This is necessary for combining Lightroom-edited photos to other images or graphics as well as removing unwanted elements. Once you’ve saved your work in Photoshop, the latest image will appear in Lightroom along with the original version.
Opening Lightroom-synced photos can be done while editing. Windows users can press Control+F to access the Lightroom Photos tab. Once you’ve made the necessary edits, save the file to your local drive. Photoshop will not automatically upload it to Lightroom so you must select Photoshop’s Quick Share feature to upload the new asset to Lightroom.
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3.0 for Windows requires a 64-bit Windows 10 operating system with 8GB of RAM, 2GB of GPU VRAM and an Intel or AMD processor with 64-bit support.
Essential tool for photo editors
Editors that work with RAW images must have Adobe Photoshop Lightroom. It has the complete set of tools you need to enhance photos as well as give a set of images a uniform appearance. In addition, its ability to launch and sync with Adobe Photoshop allows all users to create an efficient editing workflow.