This post is kind of a follow-on to my tutorial on editing food photos in Pixlr.
Pixlr is great as a tool to make adjustments to a photo here and there – it comes with most of the features you’ll need for day-to-day photo editing, and is totally free to use.
The process of editing a batch of photos in Pixlr though, can be very time-consuming.
In this post, I’ll explain why I switched to Adobe suite from Pixlr, and what the key differences are between Pixlr vs Photoshop & Lightroom.
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You can learn more about food photography in my other posts on the subject. Learn:
- How to improve the food photos you take on your phone
- How to edit those phone food photos in my favourite free app VSCO
- How you can even take better food photos in winter (when there’s barely any light)
- Which food photography books are worth the investment
- How to improve productivity by batch-shooting your food photography
- How to edit your food photos in Pixlr
- Why good food photography is essential for food businesses How to start building up your food photography kitWhich VSCO filters are best for food photography
What’s the difference between Pixlr and Adobe Products?
What is Pixlr?
Pixlr is a free, browser-based application for editing photos. It lets you make simple edits to your food photos (or any photos for that matter).
Pixlr doesn’t have all the features of Adobe products, but it can offer more advanced options for editing than the native Windows or Mac photo editing apps, without spending money on software.
What is Photoshop?
Photoshop is another application for editing photos. It lets you make simple & advanced edits to your photos. For photographers, & photography enthusiasts, photoshop really works hand-in-hand with Lightroom.
Together, photoshop & Lightroom have far more advanced editing features than Pixlr. That isn’t the real appeal of Adobe’s photo editing software though.
I like to take a less-is-more approach to photo editing. If you’ve taken a decent photo
No, the real magic & advantage of Adobe products over free editing apps like Pixlr is in the ability to quickly repeat your editing actions with presets & duplication.
Pixlr vs Photoshop & Lightroom
Let’s get the elephant in the room out of the way: Adobe products do have a cost associated with them, where Pixlr is free-to-use.
The cost is lower than many people think though. A subscription to Photoshop & Lightroom is around £10 a month – not a huge outlay, even for a small business or a hobbyist.
When considering cost, you also need to take other factors into account. Some of the productivity-enhancing features of Adobe easily save far more than £10’s worth of my time each month.
Adobe Photoshop & Lightroom
This is the obvious difference between Pixlr and Adobe suite, but I actually don’t think its’ editing features are the thing that really set Adobe products apart from free alternatives.
You can, undeniably, do more to your photos using Adobe Photoshop & Lightroom than you can in Pixlr.
Having said that, for normal day-to-day food photography tasks you probably won’t need to use any of those advanced features that come with Adobe products.
Equally, Pixlr has more advanced options and abilities for editing your photos than most native Windows or Mac apps.
Limited in comparison to Adobe, but more advanced than native PC or Mac editors
Photoshop & Lightroom
More advanced options than Pixlr (though you likely won’t need to use these features day-to-day)
This is where Adobe suite really comes into its own.
With Pixlr, you can only edit one image at a time – and there’s no
In Lightroom, you can quickly adjust the settings of your photos (like brightness, contrast and saturation).
You can also repeat these edits across whole sets of photos, using either
I’ll dive deeper into the features of Lightroom & Photoshop that can save time when editing food photos in another post. Since switching to Adobe CC, my editing process has gone from a time-consuming chore to a creative workflow that takes just a few minutes.
Adobe Photoshop & Lightroom
Ability to repeat edit settings with presets or copy & paste
Why I made the switch from Pixlr to Adobe Photoshop & Lightroom
Having read this article, it’ll come as no surprise that I now use Adobe suite to edit all my food photos.
The time saved with the ability to copy my edits across a whole batch of images makes the cost an absolute no-brainer for me.
I’m planning another how-to post on my photo editing process in Lightroom & Photoshop.
You can sign up for Adobe CC’s Photography package here, for less than a tenner a month. It comes with Photoshop, Lightroom & 20GB storage.