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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
Another option when you're taking a pixel-based image like a PSD from Lightroom to Photoshop for editing is the Edit a Copy option in the Edit Photo window. This creates a copy of the original without your Lightroom adjustments, so it gives you the opportunity, even after you've made adjustments to an image in Lightroom, to start again with a fresh copy in Photoshop without a negative impact on your original. So here I have a Photoshop document, and in my Lightroom Develop module, I'm going to make an adjustment. I'll convert it to black and white as I've been doing in the other movies in this chapter.
I'll click black and white and I'll customize that conversion. Now I want to take the file into Photoshop to add a type layer. So I'll press Cmd+E, that's Ctrl+E on a PC, and that brings up our Edit Photo window. This time I am going to choose Edit a Copy in this window and click Edit. That passes the file over to Photoshop and you can see right away that the file is here in Photoshop without my Lightroom adjustment, the black and white conversion. What's happened is that Lightroom has gone and found the original, made a copy of the original, and brought that one over to Photoshop for me.
It's also done something else. It's taken this copy and automatically added it to my Lightroom catalog. So if I go back to Lightroom for just a second to show you that, you can see down here in the catalog, there is the original file, the PSD, and here is the copy that was just made, and you can see it has a slightly different name. So that's okay, but it also means that if I change my mind about editing this file in Photoshop and close it out of Photoshop, I'll still have this derivative file, this copy, in my Lightroom catalog. So if I didn't need that, I would just have to come back here and remove it manually.
Let's go back to Photoshop, and I'll continue to work here adding in edit. I'll get my Type tool and our added type layer. And I'll move it into place. Now I want to save the file so that the copy that's already in my Lightroom catalog gets updated with this new type layer, the Paris layer. I'll press Cmd+S on the Mac, Ctrl+S on the PC, and that brings up this Maximize Compatibility warning. I covered this is in detail in an earlier movie, but here I want you to see it in context.
What's happening is that I just asked Photoshop to save a PSD file, and it's a layered PSD file, it has this new layer that I just added. And if you remember, Lightroom cannot read layered PSD files unless the Maximize Compatibility option is turned on. And what this will do is to add a composite layer to the file, a hidden layer that Lightroom can't read. So I do want to leave Maximize Compatibility checked here and click OK. So now the file is saved with this new layer, I'll go back to Lightroom, and you can see the derivative file, the copy, right here.
It does not include my Lightroom adjustment, the black and white conversion, but it does include the editing that I did in Photoshop, the type layer that I added. And I still have my original file with the Lightroom adjustments. So I can go back to this original PSD if I need a black and white version. So that's the Edit a Copy workflow. Let's take another look at the non-raw workflow slide that I showed you in an earlier movie, so that you can compare the Edit a Copy workflow to the Edit Copy with Lightroom adjustments workflow, which we looked at in the last movie, and the Edit Original workflow, which we're going to look at in the next movie.
To recap, when you choose Edit a Copy, Lightroom creates a copy without Lightroom adjustments and passes that to Photoshop. At the same time it adds that copy to the Lightroom catalog automatically. After you work on the file in Photoshop and save it, the copy in the Lightroom catalog has your Photoshop adjustments, but it doesn't have your Lightroom adjustments. However, there is also an original in the Lightroom catalog, and that original does include your Lightroom adjustments and they remain editable. So now let's go on and look at the last available workflow in the Edit Photo window, the Edit Original workflow.