Join Jan Kabili for an in-depth discussion in this video Why use Lightroom and Elements together?, part of Using Lightroom and Photoshop Elements Together.
- Before we look at how to use Lightroom and Elements together, it's important to understand why to use Lightroom and Elements together. If you're a Lightroom user or you're thinking about switching to Lightroom, you probably know that Lightroom is a nearly complete solution for photographers, but Lightroom can't do everything you may need as a photographer, or as a creative person who uses photographs in your work. Using Lightroom and Elements together gives you broader capabilities than Lightroom alone will give you when it comes to enhancing and being creative with your photos as you'll see throughout this course.
So what is Lightroom particularly good at in the Lightroom/Elements partnership? Lightroom is a great place for editing your photos whether you're starting with raw photos or with non-raw photos like TIFFs, PSDs, or JPEGs. Lightroom is also very useful for managing your photographs and Lightroom has lots of features for sharing and outputting your photos. Now Elements has features like these as well, but Lightroom is just a more sophisticated program that offers more features and capabilities in each of these areas. So, if you have all that with Lightroom, why do you need Elements, too? The short answer is, because Elements is a pixel editor and Lightroom is not.
And that means that Elements can do some things that you cannot do in Lightroom like combining photographs. Whether we're talking about a panorama or a layered composite, or an HDR image from bracketed exposures. There also some things that you can do in Lightroom, but you can probably do better in Elements like adding graphics and effects, retouching a portrait, removing content from a photo, and adding text. Later in this course, you'll find a whole chapter devoted to walking you through practical scenarios like these where it makes sense to use Lightroom and Elements together.
All of this comes together in the Lightroom/Elements roundtrip workflow I'll teach you in this course. You'll start in Lightroom where you'll do your primary photo editing. Then, you'll hand off your photos from Lightroom to Elements using Lightroom's edit in command, so that Lightroom remains aware of what you're doing in Elements, and then you'll return your edited photos to Lightroom so that you can continue to manage them in Lightroom's library module, and do your outputting and sharing from Lightroom. This workflow takes advantage of the full solution you can get by using Lightroom and Elements together.
With this overview in mind, let's jump in and start learning how to use these powerful programs together to manage and enhance your photographs.
In this course, photographer and author Jan Kabili shows how to combine both programs. She begins with details on how to set up Lightroom and Photoshop Elements for maximum compatibility. The course then covers strategies for working with photos in a variety of formats (including raw), and practical scenarios for using Lightroom and Photoshop Elements together. Learn how to composite multiple photos with layers and selections, retouch portraits, and add creative effects and text to photos. Want to move to Lightroom permanently? Jan also shows how to upgrade a catalog from Elements to Lightroom.
- Why should you use Lightroom and Elements together?
- Setting up Elements as Lightroom's editor
- Editing raw photos and TIFFs, PSDs, and JPEGs
- Blending bracketed exposures
- Stitching panoramas
- Adding creative effects, text, and graphics
- Upgrading a catalog from Lightroom to Elements