Add both Adobe Lightroom CC and Adobe Photoshop CC to your photography toolbox. Learn when to use each application.

Not sure what app to use for your digital photography? Lightroom CC and Photoshop CC were designed to work together, and you’ll want to use both. Start in Lightroom CC to organize, enhance, and share photos. Use Photoshop CC for more transformative edits such as retouching and combining images.

When should I use Lightroom CC?

Lightroom CC helps you manage and edit your entire collection of photos in one place. Lightroom CC is best thought of as your "home base" for photography on your computer, your mobile devices, and Lightroom on the web.

Use Lightroom CC to sort and arrange photos into albums to help you stay organized. You can do things such as crop, adjust lighting, or modify the color in your images. Every edit you make in Lightroom is non-destructive, which allows you to experiment with your photos and revert to the original.

Start with an image in Lightroom

When should I use Photoshop CC?

Use Photoshop CC when you have specific projects that require more than cropping or basic retouching. The Layers panel in Photoshop CC lets you combine images and create transparent overlays. You can quickly create panoramas, remove objects, retouch flaws seamlessly, and create unique images from photos, text, or video using Photoshop CC.

Edit the image in Photoshop

Use them together.

Lightroom CC and Photoshop CC work together to make photographers more successful. Start your photography workflow in Lightroom CC. Bring your photo into Photoshop CC for more sophisticated edits. When you're finished, switch back to Lightroom CC to organize, print, and share your work.

Work with an image in Lightroom that you edit in Photoshop

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Contributor: Nicholas Hendrickx

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