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Regardless of what forum we're on LR4 is simply not a competitor to PS. Perhaps you can explain to a portrait photographer how to swap the eyes of a subject using another photo as the source, or how to build a composite image where hair needs to be selected; or the myriad other tasks where selections and changes need to be made at the pixel level. I too get excellent prints out of Lightroom (been using it since the very first beta in 2006) but I also realize its limitations.
But is not LR this competitor to PS? What more are you looking for in this low cost amatuer targeted competitor?
No, Lightroom is not a competitor to Photoshop. Its a complementary product but its not a viable alternative to Photoshop. At its core LR is a raw converter and a Digital Asset Manager. But except for the ability to manage off-line files and a few other small features, Lightroom functionality is available in Adobe Bridge which ships with Photoshop..
The primary reason why LR is not a competitor to Photoshop is that you cannot create nor select pixels in Lightroom while those functions are at the heart of Photoshop. There are huge numbers of graphics professionals who are not photographers but rely on Photoshop daily to create original artwork, etc. You cannot create original artwork in Lightroom.
But we are on a photography forum focused on photography, not graphic arts. Saying LR doesn't allow you to get to the pixel level has not stopped me from making great prints. Since getting LR along with the NIK software suite, I venture very little into Photoshop. I'd say for the vast majority of photographers, LR is all that is required. For the rest...pony up for the new Cloud version of photoshop.
Well James, I guess if you want to swap eyes in a portrait...you'll need to stick to photoshop...but I venture to guess the vast majority of portrait photographers really don't swap clients eyes. For you...you have 3 choices:
1. Pony up for the cloud subscription and get the latest greatest from photoshop.
2. Keep you current photoshop. After all it allows you to swap out models eyes.
3. Look for an alternative ( gimp ) and deal with all the limitations of the software.
Surely being a professional, the subscription cost can be worked into your business costs.