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By combining Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop, you can take full advantage of each program's capabilities. Use Lightroom for photo organizing, sharing, and basic image enhancement. When you need more advanced retouching and editing features, one click sends a photo from Lightroom to Photoshop.
In this course, photographer and author Jan Kabili shows how to combine both programs. The course begins with details on how to set up the two programs for maximum compatibility. The course then covers strategies for working with photos in a variety of formats, sending them from Lightroom to Photoshop to viewing the edited results in Lightroom. The final chapter demonstrates several real-world scenarios for using Lightroom and Photoshop together.
Throughout this chapter I have been taking you through some very simple workflows starting in Lightroom, taking your file into Photoshop to add some more edits there, and then bringing it back to see it in the Lightroom catalog. But in reality, you might go back and forth several times between Lightroom and Photoshop or another external editor in that fashion. So I wanted to show you how that works with this example. Again, I am just going to do the same simple edits to keep things in parity. So here in the Lightroom Develop module, with this PSD, I am going turn it to black and white, and then I am going to tweak the sliders to taste.
And then I'll pass it over to Photoshop, Cmd+E on the Mac, Ctrl+E on the PC. I will go with Edit a Copy with Lightroom Adjustments this time, and I'll click Edit. Here in Photoshop, as I've been doing all along, I'll add a type layer,and then I'll save the file. I'll press Cmd+S on the keyboard. Now I'll go back to Lightroom, and there is the copy of my file with the Lightroom adjustments and the type layer that I added in Photoshop.
Now let's say that I change my mind and I decide I want the type to be white and not black. Starting this time with my TIFF file, not my original PSD, I will take that TIFF back over into Photoshop. To do that, I'll Cmd+E or Ctrl+E again. In the Edit Photo window, this time I will choose Edit Original. And I think this is one of the most important uses of Edit Original. I'll click Edit, and that opens the file back up into Photoshop, and as you can see in the Layers panel, all my layers are still there. Because a type layer is editable, I can select it by double-clicking on the icon on its layer, and I'll change this to almost white and click OK.
Changing the color of the type, I might even add an effect there. Clicking the fx button, I'll choose Inner Shadow, and I'll click OK. Notice the file name edit01.tif. I will press Cmd+S, Ctrl+S on the PC, to save, and the file name remains the same. Now, when I go back to Lightroom, you can see that same file, but it's been updated by the changes that I made in Photoshop. And then, if I wanted, I could put even more Lightroom adjustments on top of this. So if I wanted to add, for example, some vignetting, I might come down here to the Effects panel and drag the vignetting sliders to get that sort of an effect.
So that's how you can go back and forth between Lightroom and Photoshop with Lightroom keeping track of all of your edits.
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