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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.
- Setting the Lightroom preferences for editing in Photoshop
- Passing photos from Lightroom to Photoshop
- Handling software version mismatches
- Viewing and organizing Photoshop-edited photos in Lightroom
- Creating Lightroom presets for external editing
- Using Lightroom with Photoshop Elements
- Building a panorama with Lightroom and Photoshop
- Passing multiple photos to Photoshop for compositing
- Sending photos to Photoshop for retouching and removing content
- Bringing photos into Photoshop to add text and graphics
Skill Level Intermediate
Let's take a closer look at the Edit a Copy with Lightroom adjustments option for editing pixel-based images like PSDs, TIFFs, and JPEGs in Lightroom and Photoshop together. Here I have a PSD file open in my Develop module in Lightroom. You can assume that I have already made basic adjustments to this image. Now I am going to convert this image to black and white. I'll use the controls in the Lightroom Black & White panel, clicking here to make the conversion, and then I can fine-tune the conversion by dragging these sliders.
So let's say that that's all that I want to do the photo in Lightroom, at least for now. I'd like to add some text on top of this image and that's better done in Photoshop than Lightroom. So I'll pass the image over to Photoshop using the same Lightroom Edit In command that we used in the last chapter with raw files. I'll press the shortcut for that command, which is Cmd+E on the Mac or Ctrl+E on the PC. This time, instead of the image opening into Photoshop as a raw file would do, I get this Edit Photo window with three options for moving this image between Lightroom and Photoshop.
Each option involves different steps and different results. This time I am going to choose Edit a Copy with Lightroom Adjustments and then I'll click Edit. That launches Photoshop and passes the image over from Lightroom into Photoshop. In that process, Lightroom has embedded the adjustments that I made to the file in Lightroom, the black and white conversion, and it burned those adjustments into the file. Here in Photoshop, I am going to add a Type layer. I'll select the Type tool, I'll come into the image, and I'll type Paris, where I took this photo, and then I'll get the Move tool, move that into place.
I want that a little smaller, so I'll press Cmd+T, that's Ctrl+T on a PC, and I'll drag to make that smaller and drag it into place. Then I'll press Enter or Return on the keyboard. So I am happy with the result and I am ready to save the file out of Photoshop. I'll go to the File menu and I'll click Save. It's important to choose Save instead of Save As, so that you're sure to save right into the same place as the original. Take a look at the document tab and notice that this is no longer a PSD file.
The name of the file has changed to reflect the external editing preferences that I chose in Lightroom back in the first chapter in this course, and that includes the file naming convention, the addition of edit and the sequential number here, as well as the file format. So this copy of the original PSD is now a TIFF file. And if I come down to the information area at the bottom of the document window and choose Document Profile, I can see that the Color Space is Adobe RGB, the Bit Depth is 8 pixels per channel, and those are all parameters that I specified back in Lightroom's External Editing Preferences.
I am going to close the file in Photoshop now and go back to Lightroom. In Lightroom the filmstrip at the bottom of the screen shows that there are now two files in the same folder. The one we were looking at now is the copy that I just created in Photoshop. It's a TIFF file with that file naming convention I just showed you. And you can see that this copy of the image includes both the adjustments I made in Lightroom, the black and white conversion, and the Edit that I added in Photoshop, this type. The Lightroom Adjustments, including the black and white, conversion are embedded in this copy file, so that I can't go back and edit that.
So if I were to come over to the Black & White panel and try to change some of these sliders, it really doesn't affect the image. And if I click Reset, nothing happens either. That's because Lightroom treats this as a new file. It has no history to go back to. But if I wanted to, I could edit the Type layer that I added in Photoshop, and I'll show you how to take the file back into Photoshop to do that in a later movie. I have another file in this same folder, this one, which is the original PSD, and as you can see the original has my Lightroom Adjustments, but not the Photoshop Adjustments that I added, and the Lightroom Adjustments are nondestructive and re-editable.
So if I wanted to get back to the color file, maybe to go off in another direction with it, I could just come over here and click Reset, and that would bring back the color. If I want to go back to where I was a second ago with the black and white image, I'll press the shortcut for Undo, Cmd+Z on the Mac or the Ctrl+Z on the PC. So that's how the Edit a Copy in Lightroom option works, and what it creates. This is a good option when you want the resulting derivative file to display both your Lightroom Adjustments and your Photoshop Adjustments. That was a lot of information, so I've put together this chart to summarize the salient points in this workflow, as well as the other two workflows that I'm going to show you in upcoming movies.
So this column represents what happens when you choose edit copy with Lightroom adjustments in the Edit Photo Window. Lightroom makes a copy of the file and embeds the Lightroom adjustments in that copy, and then passes the copy off to Photoshop. After making edits in Photoshop, you'll save the file, and at that time the copy of the file is added to your Lightroom catalogue automatically. That saved copy that's in your catalogue includes both your Lightroom and your Photoshop Adjustments, but the Lightroom Adjustments are not editable in that copy file. And the copy file is whatever format you specified in your Lightroom external editing preferences.
Those preferences also determine some of the properties of the file, like its color space and its name. You'll see this slide again when we look at the other two workflows. In the next movie we'll take a look at what happens when you choose the Edit a Copy option in the Edit Photo Window.