Join Jan Kabili for an in-depth discussion in this video Choosing Edit a Copy with Lightroom adjustments, part of Using Lightroom and Photoshop Elements Together.
- There's one more option when you're starting with a non-raw file like a PSD or a TIFF in Lightroom. Making adjustments there and then passing the file over to Elements for further adjustments, and that is, the Edit a Copy with Lightroom Adjustments option. This is the option to use when you wanna end up with one photo that has adjustments that you've applied both in Lightroom and adjustments that you've applied in Elements. So let's see how it works. I think you'll find that this workflow is a lot like the raw Lightroom Elements workflow that we walked through in the last chapter.
I'm starting here with this non-raw image, a PSD file. I'll select it in the library module and press D on the keyboard to take it into the develop module. Here I'll go to the basic panel and I'm gonna increase the contrast a bit, bring down the highlights, increase the shadows, I'll hold the alt or option key, and drag the white slider over. Turn the brightest bits to white, and I'll drag blacks to the left a bit, and add some clarity. And I also think I'm going to convert this to black and white.
So I'll come down to the HSL/Color/B&W panel, and I'll click there. And I'll convert to black and white. And then I can tweak these sliders, for example, I might want the sky to be a little darker blue. And, I'd like to brighten up this area, so I'll click on the target icon here and then I'll move over the image and I'll click and drag, and I see that that's opening up the yellows in the image, even those in the hills behind. That's fine, I'll go with that. Now, those are the adjustments that I wanted to make in Lightroom.
On top of that, in addition to these black and white conversion adjustments, I would like to add some text to this image. I can't do that in Lightroom. I have to pass the file over to Elements for that. So this time I'm going to use the shortcut for editing in Adobe Photoshop Elements Editor as the primary external editor for Lightroom. You may remember that that is control+E on the PC, command+E on the Mac. So, I'll press that keyboard shortcut, and that opens this dialogue where I can choose between the three non-raw options.
We've already covered Edit original and Edit a Copy, so let's go with Edit a Copy with Lightroom Adjustments, and I'll click Edit. By the way, if you're on a Mac, you'll see copy file options in this dialogue. These copy file options work the same way as those that I talked about in an earlier movie on passing a raw photo from Lightroom to Elements on a Mac, so you can go back to that movie to review the information about copy file options, but the upshot is that I don't use them very often, except for in rare circumstances. And that opens the photo in my Elements Editor.
If you're not in the Expert edit workspace, go ahead and click on Expert. Now here I wanna add text, so I'll go over to the tools panel and click on the T tool; the horizontal type tool. You wanna make sure that the type size is big enough so that you can see what you type. So, select a large type size from this menu, and then move into the image and I'm going to type Rocky Mountains, and then I'll click the green check mark. And, I'll click in the bounding box and drag to where I want that type to be, and then I want it to be bigger, so I'm going to click on a corner anchor point, and then I'll click and drag on that corner anchor point to make the type bigger without distortion, and then I'll click the green check mark.
Now let's say that I'm happy with that, and I wanna save the image. Before I save it, I want you to notice that this copy of the image is a TIFF, and that it is eight bits, and if I come down here, you can see it's in the ProPhoto color space. Where do all those settings come from? They come from my Lightroom external editing preferences that I set earlier in this course. So when you're starting with a non-raw image in Lightroom, and you use the Edit a Copy with Lightroom Adjustments option, then your external editing preferences do apply just as they do with a raw file.
So now it's time to save. I'll go to the File menu and choose Save, and in the Save As dialogue, I'll be sure not to change the file name or the file type. I'll leave Elements Organizer unchecked, Save as a Copy unchecked, and I will check Layers and ICC Profile, and then I'll click Save. Now here I have to decide do I want to save over the file beaverdam Edit.tiff, and the answer is yes. That is the copy of the PSD that was automatically created when we passed this photo over from Lightroom to Elements.
So I do wanna save over that because I wanna include the type that I just added, so I'll click Yes, and then I'll click OK at the TIFF options, and I'll close this file by clicking the X on the document tab. Now let's go over to Lightroom to see what we have. Back in Lightroom's development module, with the film strip open, you can see that I now have two black and white versions of this file. I have the TIFF here; I'll press the I key so you can see that it is a TIFF, and that has both the black and white conversion from Lightroom and the type layer from Elements, and then I also have the PSD file that I started with which has just the black and white conversion from Lightroom.
Now with this PSD file, I can come in and tweak that black and white conversion because the whole history of what I've done to the PSD is here and I can move any of these sliders. But, if I go to the TIFF version, the version that I'd taken over to Elements, my Lightroom adjustments had been baked in during that journey and I can no longer tweak them, so you can see there's no history here and these sliders are all set to zero, but what I can do to the file in Lightroom is add more adjustments on top of these.
So for example, I could add a vignette. To do that, I'll move down to the Effects panel. I'll go to the Amount slider in the Post-Crop vignetting, and I'll drag to the left. So that's the Lightroom Elements workflow. When you start with a non-raw file in Lightroom, and pass it to Elements using the Edit a Copy with Lightroom Adjustments option. There's one more thing you could do to this image, or to any image that you've taken through any of the roundtrip workflows and that is return it to Elements to do even more editing. I'm gonna show you how to do that in the next movie, and we'll use this image with the changes that we've made to it so far.
In this course, photographer and author Jan Kabili shows how to combine both programs. She begins with details on how to set up Lightroom and Photoshop Elements for maximum compatibility. The course then covers strategies for working with photos in a variety of formats (including raw), and practical scenarios for using Lightroom and Photoshop Elements together. Learn how to composite multiple photos with layers and selections, retouch portraits, and add creative effects and text to photos. Want to move to Lightroom permanently? Jan also shows how to upgrade a catalog from Elements to Lightroom.
- Why should you use Lightroom and Elements together?
- Setting up Elements as Lightroom's editor
- Editing raw photos and TIFFs, PSDs, and JPEGs
- Blending bracketed exposures
- Stitching panoramas
- Adding creative effects, text, and graphics
- Upgrading a catalog from Lightroom to Elements