With the recent software changes at Adobe, some people are wondering whether Photoshop is the best tool for them.
One lower-priced option that actually can be more efficient and productive for many users (including professional photographers) is a combination of Adobe’s Photoshop Lightroom ($135) and Photoshop Elements ($56). If you’re a graphic designer, Photoshop Elements may be all you need.
Both of these programs are available as stand-alone purchases and do not require a subscription to Adobe’s Creative Cloud.
Photoshop Lightroom is a powerful image processor, organizer, and editor.
Photoshop Elements uses the same engine as Photoshop, but with a friendlier task-based interface.
Together, you may never look back at Photoshop!
Jay Nelson is the editorial director of PlanetQuark.com, and the editor and publisher of Design Tools Monthly. He’s also the author of the QuarkXPress 8 and QuarkXPress 7 training titles at Lynda.com, as well as the training videos Quark includes in the box with QuarkXPress 7 . In addition, Jay writes regularly for Macworld and Photoshop User magazines and speaks at industry events.