It’s a great time to be a photographer. Cameras are powerful and (somewhat)
affordable, and there’s a plethora of image management and editing software.
This is great news in some respects, but confusing in others.
As a subscriber to Adobe Lightroom CC and Adobe Photoshop CC, you hold
heaps of photo management and manipulation power in your hands. Although
these two powerhouses share some common ground, they’re vastly different
programs. Each one was designed for specific tasks, and they were built to work
together seamlessly to speed your workflow—it’s surprisingly simple to fling
images back and forth between the two. Your biggest challenge now is to figure
out which program to use when.
Happily, you hold the answer in your hands in the form of this book. Once you
learn why, when, and how to move between the two programs, you’ll spend far
less time in front of your computer and more time behind your camera.
Before we dive headfirst into using Lightroom and Photoshop together, there
are some important things to know that this “Getting Started” covers. In other
words, don’t skip it.
The only way to achieve photographic workflow mastery is to understand
exactly how Lightroom and Photoshop work, as well as what sort of real-world
tasks each program excels at. This book is packed with exercise files that enable
you to follow along, so it’s important to know how to download and access
those files. And finally, so that you don’t have to intermingle the exercise files
into your working Lightroom catalog, the section “Creating a Lightroom catalog
for use with this book” teaches you how to create a nice, safe space for you
to play with and learn this book’s files.
So grab your favorite beverage and buckle in! You’re in for a lot of fun.