I don’t do too much Photoshop, just a few bits a week to keep things organised. I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about how well Lightroom can make these adjustments. If Lightroom is just a Photoshop plugin, I might have to admit I’m not using it much.
The answer is yes. In fact, I’m actually quite impressed with Lightroom at the moment. I can make some amazing adjustments to my photos at any time.
Lightroom has a powerful API, it can import files from any of the available Lightroom clients like EOS, Lightroom Classic, Polaroid and PhotoZilla (along with other third party clients). A big step up from Photoshop though, because Photoshop has no native API and only the latest versions come natively with Lightroom.
For editing, Lightroom will import the source photo as a “Raw” JPEG, and then work its magic as a layer on top of that image. This means you simply drag that “Raw layer” to a new layer, and then Lightroom will be automatically able to resize, crop, enhance and crop again on the new layer, all while keeping the original photo exactly the same.
Now we go back to the “How does this affect Image File” question. In the picture above, the original file was 100MB and was in JPG format, the .JPG file was 300MB and it was in PNG format. The only file format where the difference was apparent is, in this particular case, the JPEG (JPEG and PNG are the same in terms of what you see as the image has been saved), the .JPG file is 2.55MB larger, with 2,500 images in the .JPG file vs. 1,600 images in the .PNG file. It’s an insignificant increase, but the difference is much closer to what you would see with any other image compression scheme.
So now that you understand the difference in Image Viewer file size between JPG vs. PNG, it’s now time to turn the conversation around and consider what those 2,500 .JPEG images can mean when taken into account with regards to the overall quality of your photo.
Well, there’s more to the picture (though don’t get your expectations too high!), but I’ll leave that as an exercise for the reader.
Well, if you don’t understand the difference between the two, you might want to give the photo a try. It’s certainly
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