I am trying to find out what advantages LR Classic or LR offer over PS Elements. I have used Elements organizer and editor, plus upgrades since 1995. What benefits do I get by adding LR over Elements Organizer?
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The official (short...) answer:
I suppose you are mainly asking for LR Classic.
Really the question depends on what is needed for one's own situation, there is a lot of overlapping of features. Advanced amateurs and pros will find significant advantage in:
- ability to organize and edit rapidly huge quantities of files
- Maximum flexibility and customization through presets preferences
- advantages (and drawbacks...) of the subscription model with frequent updates
- advantages of the Creative Cloud to use the full Photoshop and the 'LR ecosystem' related to the Cloud.
I won't state the drawbacks, since you don't ask!
The drawbacks are the price to pay for a highly customizable parametric editor.
- It's not a pixel editor like Photoshop or Elements, so you'll always feel the need for either Photoshop or Elements for the detailed pixel, layer and compositing edits.
- And LRC being a subscription model, it comes with Photoshop. Keeping Elements is a valid choice and since you are experienced with older Photoshop version, it may be ok for you... if you agree to the principle and cost of a subscription.
- Since LR offers parametric editing, over the years, lots of users have urged for support of the missing detailed edits in Photoshop. The result is that the added features require much more power to show you or export 'rendered' mages, so:
- LR Classic is considered 'slow' for certain tasks
- LRC requires a powerful hardware
- You can convert Organizer catalogs to the LR ones, not the other way round
- It seems there is often a delay for LRC to recognized the new PSE versions as external editors.
- Elements has more features targetted at new users, guided or quick modes, automatic tagging.
Thanks Michel, I think I'll stick with PS Elelements for now.