Using Lightroom and Photoshop Together on the iPad

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Lightroom or Lightroom Classic on the desktop is often all you need to edit photos, but occasionally you may run into a situation that demands a little more. That’s when you turn to the handy Edit in Photoshop command, which spirits the image off for more advanced processing, then returns the results to your Lightroom library.

But what about the iPad? With the Light­room for iPad and Photoshop for iPad apps, you get many of the same advantages when you’re away from the computer, turning to Photoshop for some edits that need more than what Lightroom can handle, like making repairs, removing backgrounds, taking advantage of layers, and adding text. Here’s how to make the two apps work well together.

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Author and photographer Jeff Carlson (@jeffcarlson, writes for publications such as DPReview, CreativePro, and Macworld, and is a contributing editor at TidBITS ( He is the author of numerous books, including Adobe Lightroom, a Complete Course and Compendium of Features, Take Control of Your Digital Photos, Take Control of Your Digital Storage, and Take Control of Apple Watch, among many other titles. He also co-hosts the podcasts PhotoActive and Photocombobulate, and leads photography workshops in the Pacific Northwest. He believes there's never enough coffee, and does his best to test that theory.