May 16, 2022

Which Version of Lightroom is Right for You: Part 2

Following up from recentlys post lets appearance at a few of the crucial function differences that should factor into your decision.
Functions in LrC that are not in Lr
LrC was developed with a modular approach as a way to house multiple different functions under an unified interface, and so today we have modules for Library, Develop, Map, Book, Slideshow, Print, and Web. The essential functions found in these modules that you can not find within Lr are:

An effective method to develop print layouts and send them to a local printer in a color handled workflow.
Tools for creating slideshows with music that can be exported as videos or played within LrC
The ability to produce and submit entire picture gallery sites to your hosted domain.
Tools for seeing and putting photos with GPS details on a global map.
Tools for creating custom book layouts that publish straight to Blurb for printing.
A greater series of tools for batch modifying, relabeling, and exporting pictures.

Local storage is cheaper and more expandable for big storage needs
Greater integration with Photoshop, plug-ins, and third-party image editing tools
Greater batch editing and batch output functionality for high volume needs
Ability to print to local printer

There are other distinctions to be sure, however these are some of the functions I understand are crucial to a great deal of photography workflows.
With regard to Photoshop, LrC is likewise more firmly integrated into working with Photoshop supplying options for opening an image as a smart object or opening numerous images as layers in a single file, that you will not discover (currently) in Lr. One last note on the topic of external editing tools is that LrC can likewise work really well with a wide range of third-party plug-ins/external editors (like Topaz, On1, etc) where Lr is not developed for that.
Functions in Lr that are not in LrC.
On the flipside, Lr has functions and functions that will never ever remain in LrC, and the most essential of which is the ability to perfectly import, gain access to, modify, and export full resolution images from all of the devices you own. This is a huge stumbling block for a lot of people utilizing LrC, and if this type of workflow is essential to you then there is no much better method to accomplish it. As I pointed out formerly, because your photos, edits, and user-added metadata are all stored in the Adobe cloud it is likewise smooth to shift to a brand-new computer system (huge pain point for numerous LrC users) and you get some assurance that your image library is being redundantly protected on Adobes servers.
While you can by hand use keywords in both versions, just Lr has the power of Adobe Sensei to help you instantly browse your whole picture library without you ever needing to manually add a single keyword. Adobe continues to find brand-new ways to incorporate the power of AI into the Lr family of apps, and I believe well see more functions contributed to Lr to utilize this power because your pictures are stored on servers under Adobes control.
Since Lr is a much newer application it is much faster from an efficiency perspective, and because it doesnt have all those modules, it is a much easier program for a brand-new user to learn. Not to mention that Adobe keeps building effective knowing tools that you can access right inside Lr itself under the Learn and Discover tabs.
I did discuss that LrC has both the Print and Book modules and Lr does not, however, Lr does have the capability to connect to online print and book services. While you may not be able to print directly to your own inkjet printer from Lr you can quickly send out images to places like WHCC and Printique for a large variety of print items as well as Blurb for developing books.
Theres plainly a lot to consider, so to summarize heres an evaluation of what I believe are the biggest strengths and challenges of each choice. I would be remiss if I didnt point out the option to sync LrC to the Lr environment, but thats a whole other another tune (and one I blog about frequently on Lightroom Killer Tips).
LrC Greatest Strengths

LrC Greatest Challenges

More people battle with managing regional brochures and picture storage
Restricted to Mac or Windows only
More difficult to use on more than one computer system
No Adobe Sensei combination for search

Lr Greatest Strengths

Relieve of use throughout numerous gadgets
Gain access to full resolution originals from any gadget
Can take advantage of Adobe Sensei for finding and arranging photos
Can quickly share online galleries with pals, household, and clients

Lr Greatest Challenges

Can be expensive for larger photo libraries
All imported images should be uploaded to cloud storage
Missing or restricted combination with Photoshop and other image editors
Can not print to regional printer

With regard to Photoshop, LrC is likewise more firmly incorporated into working with Photoshop offering options for opening a picture as a smart item or opening numerous photos as layers in a single file, that you wont discover (currently) in Lr. On the flipside, Lr has functions and functions that will never be in LrC, and the most important of which is the ability to perfectly import, gain access to, modify, and export full resolution photos from all of the devices you own. As I discussed formerly, since your photos, modifies, and user-added metadata are all stored in the Adobe cloud it is likewise smooth to shift to a new computer (huge pain point for lots of LrC users) and you acquire some peace of mind that your image library is being redundantly protected on Adobes servers.
I did point out that LrC has both the Print and Book modules and Lr does not, nevertheless, Lr does have the capability to connect to online print and book services. While you may not be able to print straight to your own inkjet printer from Lr you can quickly send out pictures to places like WHCC and Printique for a broad variety of print products as well as Blurb for developing books.