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Teresa H. Hunt
BetterPhoto Member Since: 6/6/2008

Adobe Lightroom vs. Adobe Bridge

I'm a bit confused about Lightroom and Bridge. As far as I can tell, they both do pretty much the same thing (only in different ways) as far as organizing photos and editing. If I have Lightroom do I still need to use Bridge? Or does one program replace the other?

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6/5/2009 4:02:57 PM

Carlton Ward
BetterPhoto Member Since: 12/13/2005
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  Hi Teresa,
Bridge is part of Photoshop and is used more for organizational and as an interface to PS. Lightroom also organizes but also has the ability to edit images (including raw) without needing to open PS.
Lightroom is not as robust as PS but for white balance, levels, curves, color, contrast, etc., it does these edits without needing to open PS. If you still need to edit with layers and filters/plug ins, you will still need to use PS for these type edits.
I have just started using Lightroom, and so far, it is easy and functional. I don't think you can really compare Bridge vs. Lightroom because they are different, and Bridge is free with Photoshop but Lightroom is about $299.
Hope this helps.

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6/5/2009 9:14:09 PM

Lewis T. Beasimer
BetterPhoto Member Since: 5/30/2003
  Both Bridge and Lightroom organize images, however Lightroom does so much more. Lightroom handles a lot of my workflow for me saving me time for other things. I can easily upload, make backup copies, keyword, copy write, and rename my images all at once. Before Lightroom, this would take several steps and considerable time to accomplish. This is the primary reason I chose to purchase Lightroom.

Unlike Bridge, Lightroom can create webpages, create catalogs, search by keywords, rate, flag, print, and create slide shows making it a powerful tool.

I was a big fan of Bridge, but now that I have lightroom I rarely use Bridge.

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6/9/2009 9:42:58 AM

Teresa H. Hunt
BetterPhoto Member Since: 6/6/2008
  Thank you Carlton and Lewis for responding to my question. It helps alot. Thanks again. :)

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6/9/2009 10:05:09 AM

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