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Which is better Photoshop or Lightroom?

You don’t have to choose between Lightroom and Photoshop –– just get the special photography bundle that comes with programs both for only $9.99 a month. That’s the cheapest Adobe Photoshop plan.

If you are asking the question, “is better Photoshop or Lightroom” you are probably a photographer. If so, Lightroom is probably best for editing your photos. A bit of history:

Photoshop was originally created for photo editing but over time has gained features that allow it to do much more.

Lightroom was released by Adobe after Photoshop and is focused just on editing photos. For most use cases it’s best for photo editing.

Get both for PS & LR for less than the price of one.

If you are just looking to use these programs you can actually buy a special photography bundle from Adobe for only $9.99 a month this comes with Photoshop, Lightroom & 2 mobile photo editing apps. This is far more affordable than buying creative cloud or individual programs.

Photoshop and Lightroom apps on macbook

Lightroom Pros & Cons

Best for simple edits on multiple photos.

Pros for photographers

  • Catalog and organize photos
  • Easy bulk editing
  • Autosave as you go
  • Import presets

Cons for photographers

  • Can not add text
  • Less tools / control for complex edits

Photoshop Pros & Cons

Best if you need to add or remove elements like skin retouching.

Pros for photographers

  • Great for in-depth involved editing (color changes)
  • Layers for edits

Cons for photographers

  • Harder to use interface
  • Slower to make everyday edits
  • Not built for editing multiple photos
  • No autosave

Both are pro level tools that serve different needs. If you are a beginner I would start Lightroom as it’s easier to learn and then venture into Photoshop.

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