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

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

When should I use Lightroom?

Lightroom helps you manage and edit your entire collection of photos in one place. Lightroom is best thought of as your "home base" for photography on both your computer and your mobile device.

Use Lightroom to sort and tag entire sets of photos to help you stay organized. You can do things such as crop, fix distortion, or color correct 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?

Use Photoshop when you have specific projects that require more than cropping or basic retouching. The Layers panel in Photoshop 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.

Edit the image in Photoshop

Use them together.

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

Work with an image in Lightroom that you edit in Photoshop

Contributor: Nicholas Hendrickx

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