With just a little know how in Lightroom you can do a complete edit.
Now if you want to play a lot or add textures and special effects- then you will need to move over to Photoshop or Elements for that.
Here I have a lovely image courtesy Michelle.
Using her Raw file taken with her Canon (first time I’ve ever worked on a raw Canon file)…here is a clean and pretty simple edit.
Using my all time favorite preset Bubbly, tweaked and then using the adjustment brush for the rest.
This edit was remarkably simple and fast to do. From start to finish it only took me a couple minutes.
One of the wonderful things about this? I don’t have to ‘save’ it. Lightroom automatically saves the ‘edit’ for me. And does so without changing the image- so you lose no data.
If you have Lightroom 3: Export for whatever medium you need to. Even rounding corners and sharpening. No need to keep a duplicated PSD or TIFF file. (Well unless you move to Photoshop and I still do that at times)
Add a watermark and export for web. Upload where you need to and delete the web file after you’re done uploading (easy enough to do it again if you need to).
Saves you room on your hard drives since you have only that one RAW file. And by making virtual copies (ctrl + ‘) you can have multiple edits without taking up tons of hard drive space.
And here is my final edit a little bigger.