The Lightroom to Photoshop Roundtrip

Table of Contents

0:58Configuring Lightroom to Send the Image
3:34Configuring Photoshop to Receive the Image
4:49Configuring Photoshop to Send the Image Back to Lightroom
5:53“Edit in Photoshop” vs. “Open as Smart Object in Photoshop”
9:24Saving and Sending the Photoshop File Back to Lightroom
10:34Using Lightroom to Find the Photoshop File
11:35Why the Raw File in Photoshop Will Not Update When you Change the Raw File in Lightroom
13:06How to Update the Raw File in Photoshop with New Changes Made in Lightroom
14:34Lesson Summary

One pillar of my processing workflow that has stood the test of time is using both Lightroom and Photoshop together.

By leveraging the strengths of both programs instead of choosing one over the other…your workflow becomes faster, simpler, and immensely powerful. 

For me, Lightroom is where I perform most of my raw processing, image organization, and print management. All of my raw files are brought into Lightroom first, and everything stays tidy and organized.

However, for those special photographs that deserve extra attention… Photoshop is much better suited for heavy lifting. 

Unfortunately, many photographers send their images from Lightroom to Photoshop incorrectly…and there’s quite a mess to untangle once they realize it.

Or they neglect to bring the Photoshop file back to Lightroom for organization, and eventually lose track of it.

Here’s what we’ll discuss in the following lesson:

  • How to properly configure Lightroom to send your photo over to Photoshop.
  • How to properly configure Photoshop to receive your photo.
  • The best method for sending a file over to Photoshop from Lightroom to preserve detail and color.
  • How to send a Photoshop file back to Lightroom for easier organization.
  • How to update the photo in Photoshop with changes you’ve made in Lightroom after you’ve already sent it over.

“The Darkroom” is Now Open for Enrollment

The lesson above is just a small sample of what you’ll find in The Darkroom for Landscapes…my private mentorship program for Lightroom and Photoshop.

After more than a year of planning and development, here’s the result: an all-inclusive program that, at its essence, is going to bring a lot of fun to the digital darkroom.

If you’d like to become more comfortable, more competent, and more confident with Lightroom and Photoshop than you’ve ever been…

I encourage you to see if The Darkroom is right for you, because it’s a lot simpler than you think.

P.S. The “grand opening” discount is still available (for now).

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