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Choosing Edit a Copy

From: Using Lightroom and Photoshop Together

Video: Choosing Edit a Copy

Another option when you're taking a pixel-based image like a PSD from Lightroom to Photoshop for editing is the Edit a Copy option in the Edit Photo window. This creates a copy of the original without your Lightroom adjustments, so it gives you the opportunity, even after you've made adjustments to an image in Lightroom, to start again with a fresh copy in Photoshop without a negative impact on your original. So here I have a Photoshop document, and in my Lightroom Develop module, I'm going to make an adjustment. I'll convert it to black and white as I've been doing in the other movies in this chapter.

Choosing Edit a Copy

Another option when you're taking a pixel-based image like a PSD from Lightroom to Photoshop for editing is the Edit a Copy option in the Edit Photo window. This creates a copy of the original without your Lightroom adjustments, so it gives you the opportunity, even after you've made adjustments to an image in Lightroom, to start again with a fresh copy in Photoshop without a negative impact on your original. So here I have a Photoshop document, and in my Lightroom Develop module, I'm going to make an adjustment. I'll convert it to black and white as I've been doing in the other movies in this chapter.

I'll click black and white and I'll customize that conversion. Now I want to take the file into Photoshop to add a type layer. So I'll press Cmd+E, that's Ctrl+E on a PC, and that brings up our Edit Photo window. This time I am going to choose Edit a Copy in this window and click Edit. That passes the file over to Photoshop and you can see right away that the file is here in Photoshop without my Lightroom adjustment, the black and white conversion. What's happened is that Lightroom has gone and found the original, made a copy of the original, and brought that one over to Photoshop for me.

It's also done something else. It's taken this copy and automatically added it to my Lightroom catalog. So if I go back to Lightroom for just a second to show you that, you can see down here in the catalog, there is the original file, the PSD, and here is the copy that was just made, and you can see it has a slightly different name. So that's okay, but it also means that if I change my mind about editing this file in Photoshop and close it out of Photoshop, I'll still have this derivative file, this copy, in my Lightroom catalog. So if I didn't need that, I would just have to come back here and remove it manually.

Let's go back to Photoshop, and I'll continue to work here adding in edit. I'll get my Type tool and our added type layer. And I'll move it into place. Now I want to save the file so that the copy that's already in my Lightroom catalog gets updated with this new type layer, the Paris layer. I'll press Cmd+S on the Mac, Ctrl+S on the PC, and that brings up this Maximize Compatibility warning. I covered this is in detail in an earlier movie, but here I want you to see it in context.

What's happening is that I just asked Photoshop to save a PSD file, and it's a layered PSD file, it has this new layer that I just added. And if you remember, Lightroom cannot read layered PSD files unless the Maximize Compatibility option is turned on. And what this will do is to add a composite layer to the file, a hidden layer that Lightroom can't read. So I do want to leave Maximize Compatibility checked here and click OK. So now the file is saved with this new layer, I'll go back to Lightroom, and you can see the derivative file, the copy, right here.

It does not include my Lightroom adjustment, the black and white conversion, but it does include the editing that I did in Photoshop, the type layer that I added. And I still have my original file with the Lightroom adjustments. So I can go back to this original PSD if I need a black and white version. So that's the Edit a Copy workflow. Let's take another look at the non-raw workflow slide that I showed you in an earlier movie, so that you can compare the Edit a Copy workflow to the Edit Copy with Lightroom adjustments workflow, which we looked at in the last movie, and the Edit Original workflow, which we're going to look at in the next movie.

To recap, when you choose Edit a Copy, Lightroom creates a copy without Lightroom adjustments and passes that to Photoshop. At the same time it adds that copy to the Lightroom catalog automatically. After you work on the file in Photoshop and save it, the copy in the Lightroom catalog has your Photoshop adjustments, but it doesn't have your Lightroom adjustments. However, there is also an original in the Lightroom catalog, and that original does include your Lightroom adjustments and they remain editable. So now let's go on and look at the last available workflow in the Edit Photo window, the Edit Original workflow.

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Using Lightroom and Photoshop Together

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  1. 10m 38s
    1. Welcome
      36s
    2. Using the exercise files
      4m 4s
    3. Why use Lightroom and Photoshop together?
      5m 58s
  2. 16m 37s
    1. Setting Lightroom preferences for editing in Photoshop
      6m 20s
    2. Setting file naming preferences in Lightroom
      4m 27s
    3. Maximizing PSD compatibility in Photoshop
      4m 40s
    4. Matching color settings
      1m 10s
  3. 24m 25s
    1. Passing raw files from Lightroom to Photoshop
      8m 17s
    2. Handling mismatches with Open Anyway
      6m 21s
    3. Handling mismatches with Render using Lightroom
      4m 43s
    4. Updating your software
      5m 4s
  4. 19m 41s
    1. Passing non-raw photos from Lightroom to Photoshop
      4m 9s
    2. Choosing Edit a Copy With Lightroom Adjustments
      5m 26s
    3. Choosing Edit a Copy
      3m 59s
    4. Choosing Edit Original
      3m 34s
    5. Revisiting edits
      2m 33s
  5. 17m 9s
    1. Creating presets for editing in Photoshop
      4m 51s
    2. Passing photos to Photoshop with presets
      4m 48s
    3. Creating presets for editing in Elements
      3m 4s
    4. Passing photos to Elements with presets
      4m 26s
  6. 10m 44s
    1. Sorting and stacking edited photos in Lightroom
      5m 1s
    2. Synchronizing metadata between Lightroom and Bridge
      5m 43s
  7. 56m 22s
    1. Building a panorama with Lightroom and Photoshop
      6m 57s
    2. Creating an HDR image with Lightroom and Photoshop
      5m 51s
    3. Creating a Photoshop Smart Object from Lightroom
      6m 32s
    4. Opening as layers in Photoshop from Lightroom
      4m 47s
    5. Applying photographic filters
      5m 33s
    6. Photo compositing
      7m 30s
    7. Making precise local corrections
      5m 28s
    8. Retouching and removing content
      6m 36s
    9. Enhancing photos with text and graphics
      7m 8s
  8. 39s
    1. Goodbye
      39s

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