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Comparing the Lightroom and Adobe Camera Raw workflow

From: Working with Raw-Format Photos in Lightroom and Photoshop

Video: Comparing the Lightroom and Adobe Camera Raw workflow

Lightroom's develop module and Photoshops camera raw plugin, have feature parody and they can both do all of the same things, but they go about it a little bit differently. In this video I'd like to show you some of what's the same and a little bit of what's different. So, let's multi select just a few files here. Now if we set it up to open JPEGs and TIFFs it wouldn't matter whether they were RAW, DNGs, TIFFs or what have you. We're going to click Open and it will launch this Camera RAW dialog. Now things look very different but all of the functionality is here. Let's quickly walk through this file, and I'll show you how it works. So, this is a familiar image from before, we're going to darken it a little, recover some of the highlights, get back some of the shadows, introduce some clarity, pull in some vibrance.

Comparing the Lightroom and Adobe Camera Raw workflow

Lightroom's develop module and Photoshops camera raw plugin, have feature parody and they can both do all of the same things, but they go about it a little bit differently. In this video I'd like to show you some of what's the same and a little bit of what's different. So, let's multi select just a few files here. Now if we set it up to open JPEGs and TIFFs it wouldn't matter whether they were RAW, DNGs, TIFFs or what have you. We're going to click Open and it will launch this Camera RAW dialog. Now things look very different but all of the functionality is here. Let's quickly walk through this file, and I'll show you how it works. So, this is a familiar image from before, we're going to darken it a little, recover some of the highlights, get back some of the shadows, introduce some clarity, pull in some vibrance.

And maybe we wana do a gradual filter on the top. Works just the same way. All the same controls. I could even do that trick we did earlier, with the sky. Make that a little bluer and that looks great. Now for the other controls we just have tabs. So if I want to come in here to curve. I can play around, with that quickly and easily. One big difference here is, before we could grab the curve in Lightroom.

To do that in Photoshop, we need to come into the Point dialog. This is a plug in, so there are a lot of rules about how it works. It's much older architecture than light room has, so there are some things that just work differently. The same shortcuts will work with sharpening which is to say, if I hold the option key and click, it will temporarily make the image monochromatic. All the same functionality with noise reduction. I can change things to black and white or split-tone. The lens correction works just the same here. We'll know that was my 24 to 105. And let's go ahead and add some vignetting.

So I like my image. It looks good. Another one of the differences here is with presets, which are just as important. And what we're going to do here is just create a preset. I have that same list I had before. And I can apply that when I come back in. Now if I want to work with multiple files. You see I've opened multiple files here. And again, the idea here is to save some time. I'm just going to say, select all, and then I'm going to saym synchronize. And it'll ask me if I want to synchronize everything that's here.

I'm going to click OK, and you're going to see them update one by one. Now I have two important choices here. One, I can open the images, and they will be rendered into Photoshop. They'll be pushed into pixels. They will no longer be raw files. In light room, you're always working with the original, you're always working with that raw file and just have a little system of settings that tell the sliders how they work. Soon as I click images it's no longer a raw file. I'm popping into Photo Shop, if I were to click Done, it would be still a raw file.

Those settings would be part of the file, these are DNG so the settings would be in all caps related to the DNG, and if I were to open these files again whether it's in camera raw or Lightroom I would see things just as they are now. So Open Images goes into Photoshop, Done just says you're done editing and it will be like that the next time you touch it. So those are some of the key differences with camera raw and Lightroom's Develop Module. They're updated at the same time So you get all of the same support with cameras and functionality no matter where you are.

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