Editing Lightroom Photos in Photoshop

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by thouts, Dec 9, 2008.

  1. thouts macrumors regular


    Jul 2, 2008
    Hello all.

    If i'm storing all of my photos in lightroom in RAW format - and i've made changes to the photos develop settings...can I edit that RAW image in photoshop and keep all the changes I've made in lightroom? I don't know if i'm asking this right so i'll give an example. Say I've edited an image in lightroom to make it look the way I want but then I discover my subject has a blemish on her face...I want to remove that blemish in photoshop (I know there is a tool for this in lightroom but say I want to do it in PS) How do I do this? Basically I want to edit the same file between programs I guess...Help!
  2. Edge100 macrumors 68000

    May 14, 2002
    Where am I???
    Yep; make edits in LR as desired, select the photo you want, press command-E (or Photo>Edit In>Edit in Adobe Photoshop CS3, and select "Edit a Copy with Lightroom Adjustments". Use TIFF or PSD, AdobeRGB or ProPhotoRGB, 16-bit, resolution of 300, no compression.

    This will open the photo in PS CS3; you can then do layer effects, etc. When you save the photo, it will save into LR next to the original with the suffix "-EDIT.TIF" or "-EDIT.PSD" on the end.
  3. feuerschlange macrumors regular

    Oct 13, 2008
    You can also do the other way around and work on the image without the adjustments made in lightroom.

    Open the image in photoshop. Do your work and export it.
    Import the image into lightroom and copy the settings onto the new image from the old one.

    You can also change the original image and sync the library after you finished. Lightroom will attach your settings to the image.

    Experiment, which way works best (make sure, to take a backup of the images involved and the library, before experimenting).

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