by Melissa Ashcraft

Improve Image Editing by Using Lightroom and Photoshop

Improve Image Editing by Using Lightroom and Photoshop

Lightroom is a great tool to use when doing basic exposure adjustments, pulling back on highlights, warming a photo with white balance and retouching. There’s going to come a time however, when you need to make selective adjustments. This is when you need to jump over to Photoshop and take advantage of special features for selective retouching.

Watch this video by Matt Kloskowski, as he shows you how to use Lightroom and Photoshop together. In this tutorial, you’ll see how Matt uses Lightroom for lighting effects and uses Photoshop for more advanced retouching techniques.

The benefits of using Lightroom:

  • Cloning and healing brushes adjust, remove and paint aspects of your image, like blemishes and dark spots.
  • Adjustment brushes let you select the size of the brush that works best for you, using it to paint in certain areas of a photo, like softening the whites of a person’s eyes.
  • Sliders allow you to adjust brightness to soften an image, ensuring a natural look.

When it comes to removing fine items, like a strand of hair, you’ll find that no matter how much cloning and brushing you do in Lightroom, it just won’t go away. This is when Photoshop comes in handy, providing:

  • Selective patch tools
  • Numerous layer masks
  • A wide selection of cloning tools

The great thing about Lightroom and Photoshop is that they are compatible and work well together, so when you’re done editing an image in Photoshop, you can save it and switch back over to Lightroom, where it will pop right up.

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This tutorial covers the following elements in Lightroom and Photoshop: Using Lightroom and Photoshop together, using cloning and healing brushes in Lightroom, using adjustment brushes in Lightroom, using sliders in Lightroom, selecting patch tools in Photoshop, selecting layer masks in Photoshop and selecting cloning tools in Photoshop.

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