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Lightroom and Photoshop – Smart Editing

Lightroom and Photoshop

When you make adjustments to your raw files in Lightroom, you have the flexibility and the power of non-destructive edits – and unlimited undo steps. But, when you edit in Photoshop, the changes are written into the pixels and the result is a raster layer, ready for editing. However, Lightroom and Photoshop have another editing path available – one that preserves the raw data during the handoff, and maintains the non-destructive flexibility.

Lightroom and Photoshop are made to work together, and there is more than one way to move files between them. In this video, we will examine the workflow in which a raw file in Lightroom is sent over to Photoshop as a Smart Object.

Smart Objects in Lightroom and Photoshop

Within Photoshop, the raw file itself can be embedded, and then you can re-open the raw data within Camera Raw at any time to make further adjustments. This includes ALL the capabilities of camera raw, including crops, local adjustments, and even camera calibration changes. Lightroom and Photoshop can share and preserve the power of raw editing in this way.

As an added benefit, since Photoshop CC 2014’s latest update includes some new features that aren’t yet available in Lightroom, this is a slick workaround that will allow you to make changes with the new tool, while still preserving a Lightroom centric workflow.

About Michael Hoffman (224 Articles)
Mike has been a photographer, artist, educator, and technophile for most of his life. Early in his career, he created technical illustrations and photographs for electronic equipment manufacturers, and taught classes in computer aided drafting and 3D modeling software. When digital cameras became widely available in the late 1990s, the move was a natural one, and has led to a happy combination of technology, software, photography and art. Mike is an Adobe Certified Expert in Photoshop and Acrobat, and is well versed in Lightroom and Photoshop Elements, as well as Illustrator and InDesign. He has also contributed his time and efforts to the excellent work being done by Operation Photo Rescue, in restoring photographs damaged by natural disasters. As an active member of the National Association of Photoshop Professionals, he continues his quest for excellence in art, excellence in design, and excellence in education.

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