Ready to watch this entire course?
Become a member and get unlimited access to the entire skills library of over 4,971 courses, including more Photography and personalized recommendations.Start Your Free Trial Now
- View Offline
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
Photoshop's Camera Raw plugin and Lightroom work together to facilitate the process of editing a file, in both Lightroom and Photoshop. When your versions of Lightroom and Camera Raw match up, that process can be seamless. When they don't match up, things can get more complicated. The best way to avoid mismatch issues is to keep your software updated. Now that doesn't mean you have to run out and buy new software, even though that couldn't hurt. In many cases the free updates that are released from time to time by Adobe will do the trick. So here's some practical information about how to see which versions of the software you have, including which version of Camera Raw you have, and how to update.
Updating your Camera Raw plugin to have the latest version that supports your version of Photoshop is a good idea. If you are curious about what versions of Camera Raw and Photoshop are installed on your computer, here is how to find out. Open the latest version of Photoshop that's installed on your computer. That's the one that Lightroom automatically considers to be your primary external editor, as I explained in an earlier movie on the preferences for the external editors. Now go now to the Photoshop menu, that's the Help menu on a PC, and choose About Photoshop.
Version 13.0 is Photoshop CS6, and I'm just going to click to dismiss that splash screen. Now it may be a little less obvious where to go to see which version of Camera Raw you are using with that version of Photoshop. I'm again going to go to up to the Photoshop menu on a Mac, the Help menu on a PC. This time I'll choose About Plug-in and I'll choose Camera Raw. In this splash screen I can see that with Adobe Photoshop CS6, I'm running Version 7.0 of Adobe Photoshop Camera Raw.
And so I can close this splash screen as well. Let me switch over to Lightroom for just a moment, here as in Photoshop, if you want to see exactly which version of Lightroom you have, go to the Lightroom menu, or the Help menu on a PC, and choose about Adobe Photoshop Lightroom, and this is Version 4.1. Right under the Lightroom version number on the screen you'll see the version of Camera Raw that's fully compatible with this version of Lightroom. So for the best match to my Lightroom 4.1, I'll need to upgrade to Camera Raw 7.1. I'll click to close this splash screen.
And notice that the top of the program just says Lightroom 4, but I actually have the most recent update to Lightroom, and that isn't revealed here right on the screen. I'm going to go back to Photoshop, to show you how to use the Adobe Application Manager to Download and install any Camera Raw updates that you need, as well as updates for other Creative Suite programs, including Photoshop, if you need it. So if I go over to the Help menu in Photoshop and I go to Updates, or check for updates, that opens the Adobe Application Manager. And here, I can scroll down and see all of the Creative Suite Programs as well as Camera Raw plugins, that need updating on this computer, and as you can see there are quite a few.
And way at the bottom, I have two versions of the Camera Raw plugin listed. So you can't have two versions of Camera Raw on the same computer. In my case it's because I have both Photoshop CS6, and Photoshop Elements 10 on this computer, and both of them use Camera Raw. So we already know that Photoshop CS6 is running Camera Raw 7.0, that's this one. If I click the triangle to the left of Photoshop Camera Raw 7.0, here in the Application Manager, I can see that there is an update that I need, Camera Raw 7.1.
So I'll let the Application Manager Download and install that. If I click the arrow next to the other Photoshop Camera Raw plugin here, this must be the one associated with my copy of Photoshop Elements. And it says that I need to update that Camera Raw plugin to Camera Raw 6.7. By the way, if you are running Photoshop CS5 on a computer, then 6.7 is the latest update for any version of Photoshop CS5 and that's the one you want to match your version of Photoshop.
So what I'm going to do now is uncheck all of these others, and I'm just going to leave the Photoshop Camera Raw checked, and I will allow the Application Manager to Download and Update that for me. So now I'll click Update, it asks for a Password for making changes to the computer, and then I'll just let that download. Now I do want to say one last thing, which is Lightroom is not one of the program that is included in the Adobe Application Manager, at least currently. So if you want to update your copy of Lightroom, you have to do that separately by going back to Lightroom and going to the Help menu and looking for updates or check for updates in that menu.
So that's how to keep all the software involved in Photoshop Lightroom integration up to date. None of this takes much time, and it can save you time later when you're trying to pass a file from Lightroom to Photoshop without getting an incompatibility warning, like the one that I showed you in the last movie.