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Next, I want to take a look at how we can open up our Raw files inside of Photoshop as smart objects. In doing this, it gives us even more flexibility so that we can tap into the Raw processing power here in Lightroom and also in Photoshop. Let's begin by working with this photograph here. You can find it in the folder portraits 1. Or, for that matter, you can really select any raw file that you have in your library. And what I want to do with this image is I want to convert it to black and white. So here I'll navigate to the quick develop panel or, of course, we could go to the develop panel as well. I use a preset, just to keep things simple.
I'll go ahead and click on this pull down menu and choose B&W Presets, and select B&W Look 1. In doing this, it will convert the image to black and white. Alright. Well, so far I kind of like that so what I want to do is open this file up in Photoshop. To do that, we will navigate to Photo > Edit In > Smart Object in Photoshop. In doing that, this will give us a lot of flexibility as you'll see in a moment. This will also allow us to save the file out and that will be included in our catalog.
Alright. Well, here we have this image. You'll notice that it comes into Photoshop as a smart object layer. And now that I look at it I realize it's too dark. I want to change the way this image is processed. Well, to do that we can double-click on this icon here and it will launch the photograph in Camera Raw now inside the Photoshop. You know the engine of Camera Raw that's in Lightroom and in Photoshop is the exact same engine. Here, we'll notice we have all of our same controls. It's just that they're sort of positioned a little bit differently.
The interface is different, but the engine is still the same. Well, here I want to reprocess this image. I want to brighten it up a little bit, perhaps bring up my shadows and then darken those blacks to create a different way to process this image. All right. Well, there you have it. Some more flexibility using Camera Raw. Some more or another way to process this image, let's click OK to apply those settings. And one of the advantages of Smart Objects is that you can always and forever go back to Camera Raw simply by double-clicking on this icon in order to reprocess the file.
Well, after having done that I like it, so I want to save the file out. So here let's navigate to the File pull down menu or you could use your shortcuts as well. Choose File > Save. And the next choose File > Close. In doing this, by default, it will create a TIFF file for us, and it will save this TIFF file in the same exact folder in Lightroom. So here back in Ligthroom, you can see we have the original RAW file that was processed here. Then, we have the file that we opened as a Smart object. This is now a TIFF file, and this TIFF file is part of the catalog. So when it comes to opening up your files as smart objects, the advantage is flexibility, that you can constantly and forever edit or modify that image. Yet the downside, of course, is that smart objects increase your overall file size. Yet that being said, sometimes the flexibility is worth that increade in file size.
Yet either way, now you know how you can edit or open up your images from Lightroom over to Photoshop as smart objects.
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