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Lightroom is a powerful tool, and for many photographers, it’s an even more important photo editing resource than Photoshop, because it does more to simulate the darkroom edits that are used in classic photography, allowing for better control over the image as a photograph. It doesn’t replace Photoshop, instead it offers an opportunity for image enhancement that Photoshop can’t, as well as a few options that are placed in more convenient locations to suit the focus of this application.
One thing that some users get stuck on is how to save photo in Lightroom, because like many Adobe projects, the edits made are saved in a project file that doesn’t change the original photograph, but that also doesn’t create a universal digital photo that can be viewed outside the program. To save a photo that way, you need the Export tool.
Exporting Images From Lightroom
When to Use Lightroom in Your Process
The best time to use Lightroom to retouch photos is when they are fresh. Any graphic additions or photo manipulation you need Illustrator and Photoshop to accomplish should happen after the effects in Lightroom are added, because this program is designed for primary photo editing from raw image files. Once you learn how to save photo in Lightroom, you can easily beautify your photos before Photoshopping them into projects or using Illustrator to create original art over them, adding the graphic elements you need to complete the design.
Lightroom can be used with stock photos as well as your original photograph creations, too. This allows you to use powerful effects to enhance, crop, and transform your stock image purchases so they look unique and fresh in your project. Just pick out the photos you need from Shutterstock’s catalog of over 100 million stock photos, import them into Lightroom, and go to work. You won’t believe how easy it is to start with a stock image and end with a presentation that looks completely original. It’s just a matter of knowing what tools will allow you to apply the best graphical transformations as you do the work.