Lighroom/Photoshop on 15" rMBP - is screen size an issue?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Norkusa, Jan 16, 2013.

  1. Norkusa macrumors member


    Nov 25, 2010
    Grand Rapids, MI
    I'm a photographer and my 2006 20" iMac desperately needs to be replaced. I can't decide between the 27" iMac or a 15" rMBP.

    The main worry I have is that the screen size of the rMBP would be too small to do any serious photo editing with. I realize that I can buy an 27" Thunderbolt display but I really don't want to spend more than $3000. Suppose I could always get one later though.

    Anyone here do a lot of work with Photoshop & Lightroom on their 15" rMBP's? If so, how do you like it?
  2. skasol macrumors 6502

    Sep 20, 2007
    I do a lot of work with my 15 cmbp 15". Screen size isn't an issue at all. I edited files from my 1dx as well as 5d mkIII. Good luck.
  3. Schranke, Jan 16, 2013
    Last edited: Jan 16, 2013

    Schranke macrumors 6502a


    Apr 3, 2010
    Copenhagen, Denmark
    Do not use adobe, but do a lot of editing with aperture and pixelmator.
    Running my rMBP in 1920x1200.
    Never used a iMac but upgraded from an old 15".
    I love the screen, the computer and the power it puts out.
    I am often moving around, traveling by train and love the fact that i can use the time editing my photos.
    If you want to be able to do some more editing away from home, lets say on a long vacation. then the rMBP will be an awesome choice.
    If you do not care about editing at the same desk all the time, then go for a 27" iMac.
    I will say buy the 15" rMBP and IF you want a big screen for office editing get at display down the road.
  4. Norkusa thread starter macrumors member


    Nov 25, 2010
    Grand Rapids, MI
    Thanks for the replies, guys. I'm definitely leaning more towards a rMBP now.

    I did demo a 15" rMBP with Photoshop recently at an Apple store. It looked fine but I was only there for 5 minutes, so not really enough time to decide if I'd like/hate it.
  5. skasol macrumors 6502

    Sep 20, 2007
    They do have a 14 day return policy in case you wanna give it a try at home.
  6. BlaqkAudio macrumors 6502

    Jun 24, 2008
    New York
    My friend does a lot of Lightroom editing on his 13" cMBP and it seems to work for him. I would say a 15" rMBP would be fine.
  7. phixionalninja macrumors regular

    Jun 23, 2010
    Now that CS6 has been updated with retina support, I'm absolutely loving the 15" rMBP for photo editing. I just wish they had updated Bridge as well...
  8. nontroppo macrumors 6502


    Mar 11, 2009
    Being able to edit at 1:1 at 220DPI (far closer to print DPI) is amazing, interestingly this is better for some editing tasks than larger low DPI monitors, and as you can run both (I have a 27" apple display) this is editing nerdvana... I personally still run Lightroom at 2880x1800 on my rMBP panel as I know my way round keyboard wise and the reduction in UI chrome leaving lots of high DPI image visible is just great...

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