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Colour Grading In Lightroom And Photoshop - Which Does It Better?

So, just how good is colour grading in Lightroom when you compare it with the colour grading technique you can use in Photoshop? To find out, we'll be putting both pieces of Adobe software head-to-head to see which comes out on top.

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In the latest round of updates to Adobe's line-up of software, an improved Colour Grading tool, that replaces the Split Toning tool, was added. The new Advanced Colour Grading tool gives photographers more editing precision by adding colour control for mid-tones in addition to highlights and shadows which can be adjusted via colour wheels. 

 

Lightroom Introducing Color Grading From Split Toning To Color Grading |
 

 

Now, we're all for improvements but just how good is the new tool? And does it do a better job than the already well-known method for colour grading in Adobe Photoshop? These are the questions The School of Photography are asking in their newest photography tutorial where they show you how to colour grade in Lightroom as well as put the two techniques head-to-head in an Adobe colour grading competition. 

 

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Before we get onto what The School of Photography thinks, we should probably cover off what exactly colour grading is and, basically, it's just when you change/enhance colours in an image to create a certain mood/feeling and to just generally make a photo more aesthetically pleasing. It's something that's used in cinematography a lot so once you see it, you'll probably recognise the effect. 

 

Lightroom Introducing Color Grading Paola Franqui Coat And Hat |
Lightroom Colour Grading - Paola Franqui 'Coat And Hat'

 

As for which is better at creating the effect, Lightroom or Photoshop? The School of Photography says this will depend on what you want as if speed is of the essence Lightroom is your tool of choice but for more complicated edits, always reach for Photoshop. 

"If you want a quick, easy and somewhat effect approach to colour grading, Lightroom will do the job fine. If you want a more professional, refined look, particularly in portraiture, Photoshop is where to go," The School of Photography.

You can see side-by-side comparisons of images colour graded in Lightroom and Photoshop over on The School of Photography website where they also go into more detail on how the effects are created. 

 

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Lightroom Colour Grading - 'Vintage Cat'

 

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