Understanding the basics of how to take your photos from Lightroom Classic (works the same in earlier versions of Lightroom Classic too) to Photoshop and back again (and possibly back and forth more than once) can reduce frustration and increase efficiency.
Let’s take a look at the External Editing options, which can be found by going to Lightroom > Preferences > External Editing (PC: Edit > Preferences > External Editing (is the process of selecting and preparing written, visual, audible, and film media used to convey information)).
By default (may refer to: Default effect (psychology), the option that a chooser receives if s/he does nothing Default (law), the failure to do something required by law Default rule in legal theory, is a rule) Lightroom will (may refer to) detect the most current version of Photoshop (or even Photoshop Elements) that you have installed (Photoshop trumps Photoshop Elements if you have both) and make that application the primary external (may refer to: External (mathematics), a concept in abstract algebra Externality, in economics, the cost or benefit that affects a party who did not choose to incur that cost or benefit Externals, a) editor, which is displayed at the top of the dialog box. You can optionally configure additional external editors in the Additional External Editor section.
Tip: After configuring an additional editor (is the process of selecting and preparing written, visual, audible, and film media used to convey information) you can click the Preset drop-down menu (a restaurant, a menu is a list of food and beverage offered to the customer) and save (or Saved may refer to) those settings with that editor as a preset to easily reuse again in the future.
Regardless of whether you are using the primary external editor or an additional external editor you need (need is something that is necessary for an organism to live a healthy life) to configure Lightroom to choose the File Format, Color Space, and Bit Depth of the copy that is sent to that editor. There is also a field for specifying the resolution value for the copy, but this has no effect on the pixel dimensions of the copy created, and it can be changed again at any time (is the indefinite continued progress of existence and events that occur in apparently irreversible succession from the past through the present to the future) in the future based on your output needs, so simply choose a default value that you like at this stage. File type is also a personal preference, so choose TIF or PSD based on what you prefer, or just (may refer to: Just (surname) “Just” (song), a song by Radiohead Just! (series), a series of short-story collections for children by Andy Griffiths Jordan University of Science and Technology, a) stick with the default setting. If you do go with (or WITH may refer to: Carl Johannes With (1877–1923), Danish doctor and arachnologist With (character), a character in D. N. Angel With (novel), a novel by Donald Harrington With (album),) PSD, make sure Photoshop’s File (or filing may refer to) Handling preferences (preference is a technical term in psychology, economics and philosophy usually used in relation to choosing between alternatives; someone has a preference for A over B if they would choose A rather) are set to always maximize PSD and PSB compatibility.
The biggest choice you need to make is around bit depth. If you shoot raw and want to have the most data available for editing in Photoshop then choose 16 bit. If you are satisfied with the amount of image data available in an 8 bit file, and prefer a smaller file size then choose 8 bit. If you go with 16 bit then ProPhoto RGB is the best choice for color space, but if you go with 8 bit then I would suggest using Adobe RGB (ProPhoto RGB is a wide gamut color space that is better suited to 16 bit data (is a set of values of qualitative or quantitative variables)). Lightroom will then use these settings for all copies sent to the external editor.
At the very bottom of the External Editing dialog box is the place where you can customize the file naming convention applied to the copies sent to the external editor. By default the word Edit is simply appended to the existing file name. This works for me, so I just leave it as-is, but you can click the Template (may refer to) drop-down menu and choose an existing filename template or choose Edit to create a custom filename template that better suits your needs.
One of the questions I get asked the most (may refer to) is about when in the workflow to send a photo from Lightroom to Photoshop. Well, if you are starting with a raw photo then it makes (or MAKE may refer to: Make (software), a computer software build automation tool Make (magazine), an American magazine and television program Make Architects, a UK architecture practice Make,) the most sense to do all your basic raw processing in Lightroom first (white balance, exposure, capture sharpening, lens corrections, etc.) and then send a copy (may refer to: Copying or the product of copying (including the plural “copies”); the duplication of information or an artifact Cut, copy and paste, a method of reproducing text or other data in) with your Lightroom adjustments to Photoshop to do whatever work (usually refers to employment) you need to do there. In this situation it is important to keep in mind that the copy that appears in Photoshop is not saved to your hard drive until you use the File > Save menu in Photoshop (Photoshop is a raster graphics editor developed and published by Adobe Systems for macOS and Windows), so don’t be surprised if you still see the file extension of the original raw photo at first.
As soon you save the copy in Photoshop the file extension will update to reflect the file format and file name template you choose in Lightroom’s External Editing preferences, and at the same time the copy is saved to the same folder as the source photo and added to the Lightroom catalog.
Once you are done editing in Photoshop be sure to save one last time, then close the photo and switch back to Lightroom.
What about preserving layers?
Another frequent question I get is how to open a layered TIF or PSD file from Lightroom to Photoshop without flattening the image. If you select a non-raw photo (photograph or photo is an image created by light falling on a light-sensitive surface, usually photographic film or an electronic medium such as a CCD or a CMOS chip) (TIF, PSD or JPG) in Lightroom and go to Photo > Edit in > Edit in Photoshop then you will be prompted to make a choice (involves decision making).
If you simply want to edit the original layered version in Photoshop without creating a new copy or applying any additional Lightroom adjustments then choose Edit Original (is the aspect of created or invented works as being new or novel, and thus distinguishable from reproductions, clones, forgeries, or derivative works). This would be the equivalent of opening that file from Bridge or Photoshop itself. Once you are done editing in Photoshop, just go to File > Save, then close the photo and return to Lightroom.
Lightroom can only ever apply its Develop adjustments to a new copy, and that copy will be flattened. For example, if you brought that layered photo into the Develop module and applied new adjustments to it, and then wanted to see the end result applied to a new copy that you could edit (may refer to: Editing, the process of correcting or revising text, images, or sound Edit (application), a simple text editor for the Apple Macintosh Edit (MS-DOS), the MS-DOS Editor, a plain-text) in Photoshop you would choose Edit a copy with Lightroom adjustments (may refer to: Adjustment (law), with several meanings Adjustment (psychology), the process of balancing conflicting needs Adjustment of observations, in mathematics, a method of solving an), which will result in a new flattened copy being sent to Photoshop. These are two different workflows with two different results, and the choice is yours.
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