Join Julieanne Kost for an in-depth discussion in this video Bridge and Camera Raw or Lightroom: Which should you use?, part of Adobe Camera Raw Essential Training (2015).
- One of the questions that I get asked most often is, Should I use Lightroom or Photoshop to edit my images? But I think that the real question is, Should you use Lightroom to organize and process your photos or should you use Bridge to organize, and then the Camera Raw plug-in to process your photographs? The good news is that either way, you'll be using the Camera Raw technology through the Camera Raw plug-in, or in Lightroom's Develop module. In the next few minutes, we're going to take a look at a few key differences between the two workflows so that you have the information you need to decide what software will work best for you.
Bridge has several distinct advantages. It's a File Browser, so pointing to a folder lets you see what's inside of that folder without having to import files into a database program like Lightroom. Bridge also supports a large list of File Formats. You're not just restricted to image and video formats, you can see illustrations, InDesign documents, logos, text files, PDF, and more. Bridge also works well when Collaborating. Multiple people can work with the same folder of files so a large team of designers or a photo studio can all access the same folder of assets.
But Lightroom also has its advantages. Because it's a Database, it's really fast to create virtual collections of images, to search and find images. You can work with offline files, and even create virtual copies of images with different processing instructions in order to save space. Lightroom gives you access to all of the changes that you've made even after you quit the program. And, Lightroom is very Photocentric. Its tools are geared towards processing photographs. It can be much easier to learn because of this limited toolset, and it's easier to compare multiple images and add metadata to photographs.
Lightroom is also slightly more efficient at Batch Processing. For example, it has additional options for printing multiple images and exporting to multiple file types at one time. In either scenario, once you're finished organizing and optimizing your photographs, they can be taken into Photoshop for more advanced image manipulation, photo compositing, and retouching. So there you have it, the advantages of the Bridge and Camera Raw workflow, or the Lightroom workflow.
- Comparing raw and JPEG files
- Correcting lens distortion and perspective correction
- Removing chromatic aberration
- Cropping and straightening a tilted horizon
- Fixing color cast with the White Balance tool
- Revealing shadow and highlight detail
- Sharpening and reducing noise
- Removing haze and adding clarity
- Making localized adjustments
- Converting to black and white
- Emulating film grain
- Adding vignettes
- Retouching portraits: skin, eyes, and teeth
- Automating corrections
- Merging images for panoramas or HDR images
Skill Level Beginner
Q: This course was updated on 06/21/2016. What changed?
A: We updated six tutorials to cover the June 2016 Camera Raw update, which includes a darker interface, new Transform tool, and Boundary Warp for panoramas. An overview of the changes is included in the "What's new?" video.