Join Bryan O'Neil Hughes for an in-depth discussion in this video Smart Objects and Smart Filters, part of Lightroom and Photoshop: Photography Workflow Strategies.
- Okay, so Lightroom is a great container for our images. It's a great way to make global adjustments, and as we saw, even some selective adjustments as well. But when it comes to retouching text, all sorts of deeper pixel-based edits, we're going to want to send the file over to Photoshop. And there are a couple of different ways to do that. Let's say that we have our same image that we were working on, and maybe we made it black and white and we wanted to add some text to it. Well, we could hit cmd + e and what will happen is that Lightroom will go ahead and launch Photoshop and it will send a duplicate file over to Photoshop.
And in Photoshop, I can do all of the wonderful things I can do only in Photoshop. Let's add some text here. And I'm going to close the file and save it. And if we come over to Lightroom, we'll see that the file from Photoshop comes right back here. So again, we've got the advantage of using Lightroom as the container for my images. This file will be available across mobile devices, and it's right there next to the original. But there is a difference here.
The difference is with the Raw file, I could choose to convert that back to color. I've got complete flexibility. With the file from Photoshop, it was translated into a language Photoshop understood. But it lost its editability on those that all of my sliders are zeroed out, and pressing color isn't going to do anything. It's a black and white image. So, let's delete that file from Photoshop and talk about a better way of doing this. So when we select our image, rather than hitting cmd + e, which is just going to duplicate it and send it over to Photoshop, let's right-click it and say Edit In, and say that when we're editing in Photoshop, make it a smart object.
Leave it flexible. Image looks just the same but it's a different layer type. And what's different in Photoshop is that I have that same safety net and that same flexibility that I had in Lightroom. So if I double-click on this image, it launches Camera Raw and all of the settings from Lightroom come in here. They use the same engine so I could do things like warm this image up some more. I could pull down the clarity. I could even choose to convert it to black and white or turn that off.
I've got all that control and flexibility but I'm working here in Photoshop. It's important to stress that when I do make a change like this, where I've added text, and I send that back to Lightroom, that is a duplicate file. It is different. But if you want to retain the editability that you had in Lightroom, sending it over as a smart object will give you the same flexibility in Photoshop. Once the image comes back to Lightroom though, it is just a pixel-based file as sent from Photoshop. So you can continue editing it but all the sliders are going to be zeroed because it is no longer a Raw file.
And so the lesson here is to do as much of the initial editing, the Raw editing and the graduated edit, as you can in Lightroom before sending it over to Photoshop. And when you do send it to Photoshop, do things you can only do in Photoshop. But again, because Lightroom is this container in this library, it's really nice because I have both files together right here. They're synched via a collection. They're available to me anywhere I go.
In this course, Bryan O'Neil Hughes describes a modern photographic workflow that pairs Photoshop with Lightroom. Learn the differences between a Bridge and ACR workflow and a Lightroom workflow, and see how to take advantage of Lightroom's features to work more efficiently.
And because the world is going mobile, Bryan also shares insights into where Lightroom for mobile fits into today's photographic workflow.
- Capturing images
- Importing images in Lightroom
- Working with HDR images and panoramas
- Developing photos in Lightroom vs. Camera Raw
- Getting the most from Photoshop's tools
- Going beyond the desktop with Adobe mobile apps, CC Libraries, and Behance
- Putting it all together in a streamlined workflow