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In the battle for the top spot in today’s photo editing marketplace, there are two clear winners: Photoshop and Lightroom.  We surveyed MCP Facebook Fans to hear why they love and prefer one over the other.  Read the arguments and decide which best fits your workflow, editing needs, and post-processing goals. To see hundreds of reasons you can visit our Facebook Page and see why people prefer Photoshop and why others prefer Lightroom.

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Photoshop:

  1. You can use MCP’s Photoshop actions.
  2. You can use MCP Presets in the RAW editor – ACR.
  3. The program can do almost anything.
  4. It is more comprehensive than other editing software.
  5. It has layers for more control.
  6. You can mix and match actions and layers.
  7. You can selectively edit using masks.
  8. You can batch edit.
  9. It comes with ACR and Photoshop, plus Bridge.
  10. You have more control in Photoshop than with any other editing program.
  11. It is great for both photography and graphic design.
  12. It’s the best program for digital retouching.
  13. Ideal for correcting skin tones to perfection.
  14. There is lots of training tools available for Photoshop.
  15. You can use blending modes.
  16. You can control the opacity of each edit, action, layer and change made.
  17. It can be used for more than just photography – for things like scrapbooking and design.


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Lightroom:

  1. You can use MCP’s Quick Clicks Collection Lightroom Presets.
  2. It’s intuitive from the second you open it and is easier to use than “other” editing software.
  3. It does not have layers – less to learn.
  4. It lacks masking, but has a nifty adjustment brush.
  5. You can sync files for super fast editing.
  6. You can preview your changes in real time – watch your edits before applying them.
  7. You never damage your original files.
  8. You do not have to click save.
  9. You can use one program for RAW and JPG edits.
  10. It is like Bridge on steroids.
  11. You can edit faster in Lightroom than any other editing program.
  12. It has incredible organizational tools.
  13. It is built for speed!
  14. You can prep for web, build slideshows, and get ready for printing in just a few clicks.
  15. White balance and exposure take seconds to fix on RAW images.
  16. The program works super fast – no waiting for photos to process.

In conclusion, if you feel the need for control over every aspect of your image and like being able to edit your work and make graphics, text, etc – Photoshop is your winner!  If you prefer a fast, efficient workflow where you can organize and edit hundreds of photos in record time, Lightroom is the best choice for you.  If you are like me, and want the best of both programs, you can opt for a workflow that integrates Lightroom for organization and basic editing and Photoshop for specialty work and detailed retouching.  We hope this helped you decide what works best for you. Add comments below and tell us which you like best.

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  1. Maren Cotton/Maren Cotton Photography on May 7, 2014 at 11:33 pm

    Loving LR “Display it for Web” Presets! I just want to say how much I love your new Lightroom 4 “Display it for Web” presets. They are wicked fast and super easy to use – I am enjoying blogging again! THANK YOU! (Posted on 10/22/12)

  2. Angie Monson - Simplicity Photography on May 7, 2014 at 11:33 pm

    These templates are all about saving the busy photographer time Jodi at MCP actions is a visionary, I swear. She created presets that make is super easy to display your images for web & presets to make Storyboards & Collages for print. These templates are all about saving the busy photographer time. Time is something I have very little of, especially in the fall. I love these because you can put together a storyboard or collage for your client and show them many options in minutes.I also really love the Display it for Web because there are TONS of options & you can brand your blog boards with your logo with one click! Such a time saver. (Posted on 10/17/12)

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