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Lightroom and Photoshop CS3

Adobe's $199 introductory pricing ($99 for students - I'll have to see if my teacher wife qualifies!) is almost low enough to tempt me into buying it. Even if I only use it occasionally, $199 (or $99) ain't bad.

The problem is that much of Lightroom's functionality can be found elsewhere: Bridge and Adobe Camera Raw are all part of Photoshop, and I've had Photoshop since version 5.0, right on through to CS2. A CS3 upgrade, naturally, is also due to hit shelves this summer.

Yet there will - I've heard - be no Photoshop CS3 upgrade that includes Lightroom. This would be the ideal package for me, yet I'm faced instead with paying $299 for Photoshop and $199 for Lightroom.

What's up with that?

2 Responses to "Lightroom and Photoshop CS3"

  1. I've been testing Lightroom since Beta 1 and my usage of Photoshop for image post-processing has decreased to nearly zero. I think I've had to take images in to Photoshop only a handful of times and that was only because I couldn't remove dust. And I think LR 1.0 takes care of that need. It's hard to imagine not having it as a tool in my arsenal.

    Why it's not going to be in CS3, I have no idea, especially when it's technically called Adobe Photoshop Lightroom!

  2. I agree, Adobe missed the boat. Lightroom and cs3, they can keep the bridge.