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ACR to Photoshop Edits Aren’t Set in Stone

Shift-To-SmartI was talking to a photographer the other day and I was saying how much I love Adobe Camera Raw (ACR), and that I’ll do 90% of what I want to achieve there before moving into Photoshop. He argued against this stating “Once you’ve clicked Open Image in ACR your adjustments can’t be changed”. By default this is true, but not when you use my beloved modifier keys….

Shift It To Smart It

By default, to open an image in Photoshop you’d click the Open Image button. If you do this, I agree, it locks down the adjustments you’ve made in ACR. You can of course return to your edits via the RAW image, but anything you do in Photoshop will have to be redone.


You can however, change the buttons. Pressing the Shift key modifies them and they become;


By clicking the Open Object button You Open Your Image as a Smart Object.

imageOpening an image as a smart object means that should you wish to alter anything in your image, double clicking the layer will open it up in ACR again.


In Camera RAW you’ll notice that the buttons have again changed, his time showing OK and Cancel. Both will return you to your image in Photoshop but Cancel will not carry forward any of your adjustments.

Smart Object By Default

If you find this useful and would like to have the Open Object button as default you can set this up very easily. At the bottom of the ACR screen you’ll see an underlined line of text, it’ll look something like this;


Clicking on this brings up a dialogue box, at the bottom of which is a check box;


Check this and you’ll have the Open Object button as default. You can open your image as a layer still, just press the Shift key and you’ll have your Open Image button back again.

About Eric Renno (435 Articles)
Eric’s background in video editing with Adobe Premier led to his interest, and then obsession, with Photoshop. Starting TipSquirrel.com as a hobby he is proud to have gathered together and be a part of The Photoshop Nuts. Known as only “TipSquirrel” for two years, Eric ‘went public’ when he was a finalist in The Next Adobe Photoshop Evangelist competition. He’s also been a finalist in Deke’s Techniques Photoshop Challenge. While still taking on some freelance work, Eric has recently become a Lecturer at Peterborough’s Media and Journalism Centre where he enjoys sharing his knowledge as well as learning new skills. This realisation that he loves to teach has made Eric look at altering his career path.

1 Comment on ACR to Photoshop Edits Aren’t Set in Stone

  1. Daniel thomassin // 19/02/2013 at 3:38 pm //

    Merci beaucoup ;Bonne journée

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