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Handling mismatches with Render using Lightroom

From: Using Lightroom and Photoshop Together

Video: Handling mismatches with Render using Lightroom

In the last movie we looked at what happens when you make adjustments to a raw file in Lightroom, and then you pass that file from Lightroom to Photoshop, and your versions of Lightroom and Camera Raw are not aligned. And we saw that that pops this dialog box, where you have a couple of options. In the last movie we looked at the Open Anyway option. In this movie, let's look at what would happen if you chose Render using Lightroom instead of Open Anyway. I think in many cases you are going to like this choice better. When I click Render using Lightroom, what will happen is Lightroom, rather than Camera Raw, will take the responsibility for rendering the raw file into a pixel-based image that we can see and work on in Photoshop. And that's better assurance that what I'll get in Photoshop is going to match what I have in Lightroom.

Handling mismatches with Render using Lightroom

In the last movie we looked at what happens when you make adjustments to a raw file in Lightroom, and then you pass that file from Lightroom to Photoshop, and your versions of Lightroom and Camera Raw are not aligned. And we saw that that pops this dialog box, where you have a couple of options. In the last movie we looked at the Open Anyway option. In this movie, let's look at what would happen if you chose Render using Lightroom instead of Open Anyway. I think in many cases you are going to like this choice better. When I click Render using Lightroom, what will happen is Lightroom, rather than Camera Raw, will take the responsibility for rendering the raw file into a pixel-based image that we can see and work on in Photoshop. And that's better assurance that what I'll get in Photoshop is going to match what I have in Lightroom.

So let's walk through it and you'll see what I mean. I'm going to cancel out of here, and I'll start my workflow as I did in the last movie by making some adjustments to this photo here in Lightroom's Develop module. I'll start by converting the image to black and white. I'll press the V key on my keyboard to do that, and then I'll go to the Tone Curve panel, I'll scroll down and I'll switch it over to make sure that it looks like this, the point curve view, and that will give me the channel menu. I'll change the channel menu to one of the red, green, or blue channels, and then I'll drag the curve to colorize my black and white image. And by the way, you can use this feature on a color image as well.

Now that I've made my Lightroom adjustments, I want to take the photo into Photoshop for further editing. So I'll press Cmd+E on the Mac, or Ctrl+E on the PC, or I could have gone up to the Edit menu and chosen Edit in Photoshop. Either way, I would see this message. So we've already seen what the Open Anyway option does here, let's see what happens when I click Render using Lightroom. That opens the image in Photoshop, and several things have happened to it. As it was rendered from a raw file into a pixel-based file by Lightroom, all of my Lightroom adjustments came with the file, and that's different than the result I got with the very same adjustments clicking Open Anyway in the last movie.

So not only is the image converted to black and white, but it also has the adjustments that I made to an individual RGB channel in the tone curve panel. In addition, notice that this file already has a new file name. It has the base name that I specified in my Lightroom external editing preferences, and the TIFF suffix has already been added to it. That means that the TIFF has already been created, it's not just floating in memory as was the case when I chose Open Anyway, rather than Render using Lightroom. And if I move this file away a little bit, and I'll move my tool bar as well, you can see that behind Photoshop in Lightroom, down in the film strip in my Develop module, this file already exists. Here is the original DNG file, and right next to it is that TIFF file.

So another thing that happened when I clicked Render using Lightroom is that this TIFF file was automatically added to my Lightroom catalog. So now I'm going to work back here in Photoshop again, putting everything back where it should be, and I'll just add a little text to this image just to make a change in Photoshop to finish up my work flow. Now when I save the file, that will save over the TIFF file, adding this new layer of text. So I'll choose File and Save, and I'll close the image in Photoshop and go back to Lightroom. So here is my original raw file with the changes that I made in Lightroom, and I could tweak those if I want, in my Lightroom settings. And then here, right next to that file, is the TIFF file, and it contains all of my original Lightroom adjustments as well as those that I just added in Photoshop.

But the original Lightroom adjustments are locked down, they are not editable, the same result that I got in the last movie with Open Anyway. So for example if I were to hit the Reset button now, nothing would happen to the image. This is a brand new image that doesn't have any history in Lightroom. So that's how the Render using Lightroom option differs from the Open Anyway option. The purpose of Render using Lightroom is to give you a way to retain adjustments that you've made with features in Lightroom that your version of Camera Raw doesn't have.

It assures that the pixel-based image will match your raw file. There's only one potential disadvantage over the Open Anyway option that I can see, and that is that the Render using Lightroom option automatically adds the TIFF to your catalog as soon as you choose Render using Lightroom. So if you change your mind about working with that file further in Photoshop, you just have to go back to your Lightroom catalog and manually remove that TIFF from your library.

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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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