Photoshop vs. Lightroom: Which One to Use & When?

Photoshop vs. Lightroom: Which One to Use & When?

At first look, Adobe Photoshop & Lightroom might appear quite similar. But each program is designed with a different purpose in mind, and each offers a distinct post-production photography undertaking.

Adobe Photoshop

Adobe Photoshop is the go to tool with unlimited creative possibilities. Over the years it has become synonymous with ‘photo editing’ itself. How many times have we heard, “it’s Photoshopped!”

Photoshop is used for heavy image editing purposes. You can even create images & designs using this. Even though quite popular among photographers for retouching, Photoshop today is widely used by numerous professionals including graphic designers, web designers, animators, VFX artists, publishers and architects.

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Strengths of Photoshop:

Pixel-level editing – This means, you can edit even at the tiniest level

Comprehensive design & manipulation – Limitless manipulation is possible. Both raster and vector images can be created from scratch.

Layers – As this software allows you to keep different edits on separate layers, you can modify or enhance any layer independently.

Compositing – Using ‘Masking’ techniques you can protect specific parts of the photo while working on other areas.

Toolbox – There is a huge library of tools at your disposal. And more comes with every update.

Adobe Lightroom

Adobe Lightroom is an image editing program. But that’s not the complete picture. It’s an image management program too. Unlike Photoshop, Lightroom offers an all-in-one solution to organising, editing, and publishing your photographs.

As a database-driven image management software, it provides the user with the ability to organise and catalog their photographs according to camera type, lens type, date, location and various other criteria. This helps you make a set of basic adjustments to a group of images according to the criteria you define. Those criteria are called presets. You can either have your own preset or import presets from other photographers.

Strengths of Lightroom:

  • Ability to process RAW files – It accepts RAW files straight from your camera.
  • Image management – You can organise your images as you import them.
  • Easier to learn – With a simpler interface and efficient workflow, this software can be handled well even by beginners. However, you must learn Photoshop to efficiently use it.


In short, Photoshop is used for graphic design as well as high-end photo manipulations & edits. Meanwhile, Lightroom is used for quickly organising the entire library of images and making the basic edits to all of them at a time.

Basically, it all depends on the nature of your work, and there’s no right or wrong choice.

What software do you use for editing you pics? Do share it in the comment section below.

The Greatest Voiceover Performances in Animated Movies

The Greatest Voiceover Performances in Animated Movies

There are lot of careers in the animation industry . One of the most interesting among them is voiceover. It’s amazing to see how a person can have so much talent in voicing a character that it shapes the character and makes an impact on us.

Of all the voiceover performances in the animation industry, these ten seems to be the most amazing.

Robin Williams, Aladdin

The voice of the friendly blue Genie in Aladdin is that of Robin Williams. The fact that he not only did the voiceover, but improvised nearly all his dialogue boggles our minds. Probably, without Williams as Genie, this Disney movie would never have enjoyed the popularity it achieved.

Jeremy Irons, The Lion King

Do you agree if we say that the perfect Villain should sound like cigars, and old oak furniture? Well Jeremy Irons has the ultimate voice for any sophisticated villain. He was able to bring a deep grittier tone for the greedy villainous lion ‘Scar’ in the classic animated movie Lion King.

Steve Carell, Despicable Me movie franchise

Steve Carell’s Russian accent for ‘Gru’ is dead on and matches the personality of the criminal mastermind-turned hero perfectly. In Despicable Me 3, he also does double duty voicing the twin brother of Gru, Dru!

Pierre Coffin, Minions movie franchise

Co-director of the movies Despicable Me and Minions Pierre Coffin do the vast majority of voiceovers for minions. It is important to emphasize the relevance of voice work is in these movies. The minions’ appeal to a great extent comes from their adorable and absurd little voices.

Ellen Degeneres, Finding Nemo & Finding Dory

Ellen flawlessly delivered voice and comic timing for Dory, the neurotic bright blued fish having short term memory loss. There were moments in Dory’s tone and light optimism which certainly resonated emotionally well with the audience.

Tom Hanks, Toy Story movie franchise

Tom Hanks who voiced Woody, the leader of Andy’s bedroom has been highly regarded as the best voiceover artist for Pixar till date. And also it turns out he didn’t do it alone. He once revealed in a talk show that whenever he didn’t have the time to voice, Disney had often turned to Tom’s younger brother Jim to do the job instead.

Mark Hamill, Batman: The Klling Joke

Unarguably the best Joker voiceover for DC animated movies is that of Mark Hamill. Hamill’s take is characterised, appropriately, by equal parts madness and silliness, quick transitions from high pitches to low, and different insane laughs for different occasions which forged the Joker character exactly like in the comics.

Johnny Depp, Rango

Rango is a chameleon that changes its colour pretty much like Johnny Depp adapts himself to different role. It is brilliant to see how he is able to constantly shift his voice from being brave to a total coward and thus giving life to the animated character.

Jack Black, Kung Fu Panda movie franchise

Jack Black gave a comedic presence to Po, the oversized slow Panda who later realised his potential and became the Dragon Warrior. Black has done justice to this role and is irreplaceable in this franchise.

Amy Poehler, Inside Out

Amy Poehler’s stellar performance in Inside Out is worth mentioning as she was entrusted with much of the narrative in the movie. With her complex voice work, Poehler transformed her character Joy, one of the five emotions of an eleven year old girl, into the film’s heroine.

Can you think of any other exquisite voiceover performances? Let us know in the comments!

VFX Studios in India that Made their Name in the Global Cinema

VFX Studios in India that Made their Name in the Global Cinema

Though Indian movies may be running a bit late to catch up with the global CGI and VFX, many of the popular Hollywood movie production houses choose companies in India for their visual effects works.

Don’t believe us? Here are some VFX companies in India that are becoming hot favorites among Hollywood filmmakers:

Digital Domain

The visual effects of the chart topping Hollywood superhero movies like Deadpool, X-men Apocalypse and Spider-man: Homecoming were all made possible by Digital Domain.

Phantom FX

It is a leading VFX company today, and have created the awesome transformations of robots to cars for Michael Bay’s Transformers franchise. Along with it, they have worked on some other movies including The Avengers, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and Ghostbusters.

Prana studios

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When watching Game of thrones most of you would at least have had one awe struck moment viewing the majestic fire-breathing Dragons. Well, the next time you watch those dragons, don’t forget to tell your friends or family that it is the work of Indian visual effects artists.


Since its inception in December 2010, the Bangalore division of Moving Picture Company (MPC) has delivered high quality visual effects for Hollywood movies. The team has contributed VFX for movies including X-Men: Days of Future Past, Godzilla, Guardians of the Galaxy, Cinderella, and The Martian.

Prime Focus

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Avatar, one of the most expensive movies ever made, with a budget of Rs. 1,100 crore was revolutionary in terms of its visual effects. 200+ VFX shots for this movie was done by none other than the Indian company Prime Focus.

Prime focus founded by Namit Malhotra has now proved itself worthy enough to be the world’s largest independent and integrated media services powerhouse. To their credit are Hollywood entertainers like Gravity, Interstellar, Shrek, and Tron: Legacy, among others.

After winning the Oscar for the Best Visual Effects in 2010 for Gravity, in 2015 the team again got their well-deserved win for the same category for Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar!

A year later, Prime Focus again received five Oscar nominations for their works in Tree of Life, X-Men: First Class, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, and Hugo.

These simply prove that the VFX studios in India have already made their mark in the global cinema. The industry needs more and more trained VFX professionals to create such marvelous films. Now is the right time for you to enter the industry. Arena’s Vfx career course can definitely help you get started.

Which is your favorite VFX-heavy film till date? Let us know in the comments below.

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JOB Placements Provided to Students

  • Arena Animation Sayajigunj Keep the Momentum going by providing Quality Training and Fulfilling Job requirements of Companies operating During Lockdown and Provided right Candidates by properly Evaluating Them and Training them for the New Techniques and procedures as per lockdown requirements and guidelines. Around 10 Students Got Job Placements in Top designing Firms and studios and Students were recruited as 3D Artist, Motion Graphic Artist, Graphic Designers,3D Generalist, Social Media Designers and Video Editors. Hence Making a Great Start for their Prosperous Careers.

Knowledge Enhancing Webinar on Game Production Pipeline conducted by RAH Amar Trivedi,Industry Expert.

  • Game Development and Designing are the Upcoming Fields and the need for Trained Artists in these Industry is in Constant Boom Mr. Amar Trivedi ,RAH and Industry expert Conducted Webinar Gaming on its Production Pipeline and Career Opportunities in Gaming.He shared Some Very Useful Tips and Information to Online attending Crowd and they got a new Field to explore as a Career.

Special Seminar on “How to Be a Multi Millionaire Entrepreneur” by Motivational Speaker Mr.Bhavin Shah

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Creative Minds Workshops was Conducted By Mentors.

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Animation – Vfx – Gaming Industry News

Animation – Vfx – Gaming Industry News

Pixar Reveals next feature ‘Luca’

Pixar has just announced their next original feature, Luca, directed by Oscar-nominee Enrico Casarosa (La Luna) and produced by Andrea Warren (Lava, Cars 3), scheduled for a release in the summer of 2021. Set in a beautiful seaside town on the Italian Riviera, Luca is a coming-of-age story about one young boy experiencing an unforgettable summer filled with gelato, pasta, and endless scooter rides.

Luca shares these adventures with his newfound best friend, but all the fun is threatened by a deeply held secret: he is a sea monster from another world just below the water surface.

Luca releases on June 18, 2021.

YouTube Link:

Pixar Announces New Animated Movie ‘Luca’

Source: Walt Disney Studios


Keanu Reeves penning

comic book about himself?

Art imitates life, it seems. Keanu Reeves (The Matrix, John Wick) is penning his first comic book series, and if the pop culture legends are true, it may be autobiographical. After all, the main character is an immortal who looks very similar to the prolific actor. Reeves is teaming up with New York Times bestselling writer Matt Kindt (Folklords, Spider-Man), acclaimed Italian artist Alessandro Vitti (Marvel, DC Comics), colorist Bill Crabtree (BRPD), and letterer Clem Robins (Hellboy) to create ‘BRZRKR’” a 12-issue limited series about a demi-god contracted by the government.

The comic series will be distributed through Boom! Studios alongside ‘Power Rangers’ and ‘Bill and Ted.’ Print copies of BRZRKR #1 will be available from October 7, 2020 in comic book shops or digitally at the BOOM! Studios web store.

YouTube Link:

KEANU REEVES | Keanu Reeves is the Demi God ‘BRZRKR’ in his new Comic Book

Image Source: BOOM! Entertainment, Inc


DreamWorks drops trailer and images for

Guillermo del Toro’s ‘Wizards’

The dark menace is coming and the war for the fate of existence begins! Following Guillermo del Toro’s eight-time Emmy Award-winning Trollhunters and 3Below, DreamWorks Tales of Arcadia: Wizards marks the final chapter in the trilogy that brings together the three disparate worlds of trolls, aliens and wizards. In the newest installment, wizard-in-training Douxie (Colin O’Donoghue) and the heroes of Arcadia embark on a time-bending adventure to medieval Camelot that leads to an apocalyptic battle for the control of magic that will determine the fate of these supernatural worlds that have now converged.

10 new episodes of Wizards premiere August 7 on Netflix.

YouTube LinkSeason 1 Trailer | WIZARDS | NETFLIX

Source: Dreamworks Animation


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