No longer hidden in Bridge or ....?
I can see the XMP files in my harddrives now. Is this maybe not something to do with Ps settings, but instead my harddrives?
What operating system are you using?
If you use RAW files, you will have XMP sidecars. hate them or not, they are not invisible.
Not all files can store metadata in them. If dealing with RAW files you can't avoid XMP sidecar files. DNG files however can store the metadata inside the DNG file without the need for sidecar files, but if those sidecar files were already made, I don't think that preference if going to remove existing ones. It would only apply to future edits.
Keep in mind that Adobe Bridge does not show sidecar XMP files when viewing files.
I have a problem to understand how the XMP files are stored when moving the RAW file. More specifically: I use Lightroom to import my RAW files. The ones that look good I move to a folder "Temp 2021" I go into Bridge and open the file in ACR and do adjustments. I open the as a Smart object in PS and after more adjustments I save it as a PSD in a permanent folder eg Garden 2021. My XMP files seem to remain in Temp 2021. Should I move the file manually? Can I have it moved automatically as I save it? Or can the RAW and the XMP files remain in different folders?
I have looked into relevant topics here but haven't found anything.
Why are you using Bridge in this workflow? Lightoom has all the features of Camera Raw built in, so I'd:
If you're embedding a RAW file into a PSD, there will not be a sidecar file for the PSD as that's all embedded into the PSD. When editing the RAW in the PSD you making your changes but there's no sidecar file to see or manage.
Thanks for your prompt feedback!
Yes, I perfectly agree and will change my workflow
1. import raw files into Lightroom
2. do basic editing in Lightroom
3 from Lightroom I will open files as Smart object in Photoshop
In Photoshop I can always go into ACR (ACR filter) and adjust my edits done in LR.
I have certain actions in PS and the layers way of working that I still wish to benefit from. I did some quick testing and I agree - no sidecar files to manage.
If you're using a Smart Object for the RAW file in the PSD, you don't need to use the ACR filter. All you need to do is double-click the layer thumbnail and it will open Camera RAW so you can see the edits you made and adjust them.