Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Pros and Cons – PC Doctor

Adobe Lightroom is a photo processor and image organizer developed by Adobe Systems.Also known as (Lr or LR). It’s designed for Windows and OS X. It permits viewing, organizing and retouching large numbers of digital images. Light room’s editings are non-destructive. Lightroom is written in C++ and Lua(programming languages).

(It’s not a file manager like Adobe Bridge. It can’t function on files unless they are imported into its database first, in only documented image formats.)

Lightroom enables photographers to work with their images from import to sorting and also their organization and processing, and lastly, export and facilitates sharing on the web.

Pros and cons of Lightroom


  • Process RAW Files

Lightroom is the same Adobe Camera Raw engine we find within Photoshop and Bridge

It can quickly make adjustments to settings like exposure, contrast, and saturation. It can also perform sharpening, noise reduction, add split toning, add vignettes, crop, and apply creative dodging and burning effects with the adjustment brush.

  • Efficient Workflow

Lightroom covers almost every step of the post-production process. We can import our images, sort through selects, perform RAW processing, tag images with keywords, organize collections, create slideshows, create web galleries,  print photos, and moreover share directly to Facebook and  Flickr!

  • Presets

Lightroom consists of presets which record how all the adjustment sliders are configured. Lightroom can quickly apply presets to a batch of images. Within Lightroom, presets can be applied to multiple images simultaneously, which makes its performance far more efficient.

  • Non-Destructive

The Lightroom does not edit the original files whether they are RAW files or JPEGS. When we make adjustments to an image, actually we are creating a set of instructions for Lightroom that how should it save a copy of the file. These instructions are stored in the Lightroom catalog file, or in particular sidecar files known as XMPs.

(We don’t have to worry that we might accidentally save over the original images.Which also makes it easy to experiment without fear of destruction)

  • Easier to Learn

Lightroom is the more comprehensive program it focuses on making adjustments to the whole image as opposed to the pixel level control found in other softwares like Photoshop. This feature makes a Light room more straightforward and easier to learn. The interface is also very comfortable and designed to work through images in a logical manner.


  • Retouching

Making simple retouching is possible in Lightroom. It’s not the program to use if we need to do moderate to extensive retouching. It doesn’t have features like the fine-tuned control or speeds necessary.

For that, you need to head to Photoshop, where the clone stamp and spot healing brush are available to perform retouching much quicker and improved than you possibly could in Lightroom.

  • Advanced Image Manipulation

It cannot combine photos, stitch photos together, or do any heavy image manipulation work. Lightroom works fine for making global adjustments to images, but it can’t perform pixel level editing

  • Photos Only

Lightroom is a program specifically designed for photographers for editing photos.  It cannot be used to edit a wide variety of graphics.

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