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Choosing Edit Original

From: Using Lightroom and Photoshop Together

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Now let's turn to the last option that's available when you're passing a file from Lightroom to Photoshop for editing, and that file is a pixel-based file, like the PSD that I have here in my Lightroom Develop module. I'll start this workflow as I did the other two, by converting this image to black and white, going over to the Black & White panel and clicking there, and then customizing my black and white adjustment. I can bring in a lot of detail in the clouds here by darkening the blue, and I'll make a few other tweaks as well. Now I want to take the image into Photoshop, because I want to add a type layer.

Choosing Edit Original

Now let's turn to the last option that's available when you're passing a file from Lightroom to Photoshop for editing, and that file is a pixel-based file, like the PSD that I have here in my Lightroom Develop module. I'll start this workflow as I did the other two, by converting this image to black and white, going over to the Black & White panel and clicking there, and then customizing my black and white adjustment. I can bring in a lot of detail in the clouds here by darkening the blue, and I'll make a few other tweaks as well. Now I want to take the image into Photoshop, because I want to add a type layer.

I'll press Cmd+E, that's Ctrl+E on the PC, and that opens the Edit Photo window that we have seen with our other two workflows. This time I am going to choose Edit Original. and click Edit. That passes the file over to Photoshop. And as you can see the Lightroom adjustments aren't showing here. Lightroom treats what I am doing here in Photoshop almost as if I were working on a separate file. Now it can be a little disconcerting to try to do work on a photo here in Photoshop without being able to see the Lightroom adjustments, but in this case I think I can make it work.

So with the Type tool, I'll add a type layer, and I'll move that into place. Then I'll save by pressing Cmd+S on the Mac, Ctrl+S on the PC. That brings up the Maximize Compatibility message just like in the last movie, and as I explained there, what you want to do here is to make sure that Maximize Compatibility remains checked. So I'll click OK. And now that the file is saved, I can close it here in Photoshop and go back to Lightroom. In Lightroom, you can see that with this workflow, unlike the other two, there is no copy in my catalog, there is just the original PSD file, displaying both the changes that I made in Lightroom, the black and white conversion, and the change that I made in Photoshop, adding the type layer.

And the Lightroom adjustments remain editable, like all nondestructive adjustments in Lightroom. So if I wanted to remove the black and white conversion, I could just come over to the column on the right and click the Reset button. And to bring it back, I'll press Cmd+Z on the Mac or Ctrl+Z on the PC to Undo. And if you wanted to delete the Paris type layer, you could do that by reopening the image into Photoshop, using the Edit Original command again, and deleting that layer. But like many photographers, you may not be comfortable with editing your original.

You may want to have a pristine original in your Lightroom catalog. In that case I'd suggest that you use the Edit a Copy with Lightroom Adjustments option instead. And we covered that option in an earlier movie. You may be wondering why you would ever want to use this option. Well, it actually comes in really handy if you want to revisit edits that you made in Photoshop after stepping through any of the workflows that I just showed you. So for example, if I wanted to change something about this text layer, I would choose the Edit Original option to reopen the file into Photoshop, where I could make that change.

So let's recap this third workflow, the Edit Original workflow, using the same slide that we've seen in earlier movies. This time we'll focus on the third column, Edit Original. So when you use the Edit Original command to take a file from Lightroom to Photoshop for further editing, when the file opens in Photoshop, you won't see your Lightroom adjustments there. You can edit the file in Photoshop and then save it, and when you get back to your Lightroom catalog, you won't see a copy of the file, you'll just see your original file with both your Lightroom and your Photoshop Adjustments, and the Lightroom Adjustments will remain editable there in Lightroom.

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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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