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I've got an issue that just popped up as of this new year. When I send an image out to PS and then back into LR, the image isn't automatically added to the collection, as it always has been before. It shows up during that session, but if I leave LR and come back it will be gone. I tought that the tiff weren't being recognized, but after some troubleshooting I figured out where the issue lies.
So any ideas why it would just start this behaviour?
You should be aware that in LR Classic, Collections do not contain copies of the original photo files it's just info stored in the Catalog file. The original files are in the folders on your computer system and you can have them included in multiple Collections.
If you select a image in a particular Collection and use the edit in function to send to Photoshop for further editing the resultant tiff/psd file that is created will be saved in the folder structure alongside the Original file and should be also available in the Collection.
However if you selected the Original file in the folder structure and used the edit in function to send the file to PS the resulting tiff/psd will save alongside the Original file and not in the Collection.
Understood, but I'm always working inside the collection, not the folders.
I think you have something confused.
Collections are just LISTS of image file names. There are no images in a collection. This list of file names is the same as if you sat at a table and made a list of albums, CDs and DVDs you own. None of those albums, CDs or DVDs are physically in that list.
For any image file name to be in a collection you the user must place it there. you can do that during the import process using the check box next to Add to Collection and then selecting the collection name you want to add those images to. But all that does is add the File Name to that collection LIST.
The actual physical image files are placed, Copied, to a Folder on the drive you have slected in the Destination section of the import dialog window.
So when you say you always work in a collection and not in folders that is a misnomer. Even though you have a collection selected and you are sending one of thos file to PS it returns back to the original folder and unless you add that new file to that collection it will not appear.
Also Collections are not the same as Virtual Copies. Collections are just Lists of image file names. Edits done to files LISTED in a Collection show up on the Original File. Edits done to a Virtual Copy do Not show on the original file. That is the point of VCs, to have 2 or more copies of the filename that 2 or more different edits can be done on that one file.
The OP's not confused.
Normal expected LR behaviour is that when you create a new external edit version while working in the context of a folder based view, this new image version will inherit none of the starting image's Collection memberships.
But when created in the context of a Collection view, it would normally inherit membership in just that particular Collection (but no other Collections). For some reason that is not happening properly for the OP. Perhaps resetting LR preferences may help, and/or an integrity check of the Catalog.
This inheritance feature does not apply with Smart Collections - where a new image version will either appear or not appear, solely depending on the inclusion criteria (rules) each SC employs.
As DdeGannes outlined previously, Collections use (I suppose) a version of the original image in the Catalog, making it similar to a virtual copy.
Your issue seems to be what happens after you leave LR (I'm assuming this means when you Quit LR and then Restart LR.)
It sounds like you also have the LR Pref set "Stack with Original" set in the External Editing tab.
You seem happy also from your post that the TIF format IS being added to the Catalog satisfactorily as you state "I have figured out where the issue lies"
Hope its sorted somewhat . . .
Just in case of any confusion, Collections are IMO not similar to a virtual copy.
Each new virtual copy can be separately edited and managed: having its own set of adjustments, and its own organisational metadatasuch as keywords - hence, behaving independently of other virtual copies, and independently of the master copy relating to that same source file. Saved snapshots and the physical management of the file (such as renaming or moving to another folder) do apply across these all together, but in other respects they are distinct.
Collection memberships are attributes applied to each image thumbnail, regardless whether master or virtual, so that each one knows which Collections it currently belongs to.
It's more like assigning a particular keyword to one or another image thumbnail, whereby when you ad-hoc filter the entire Catalog to display only images which have got that keyword, it will start showing up in that search. But unlike an on-the-fly search, with a Collection you can maintain a custom image order, you can see this membership directly on the image, and you can conveniently reference and return to that under a persisting name.
But the general edits and keywords etc of each image version refer to the same thing, regardless of whether this thumbnail is being viewed within its folder context, or in the context of one or another Collection.
This is still an inherent problem. Has there been a solution yet aside from loading your entire catalog and manually moving the new file into the correct collection?
In my case I will have 2 files in a collection that I want to process in the same manner, however, one will be used as a head/eye donor for another photo also in the collection. I take both into photoshop from inside of the collection and place the head/eyes from one photo onto the other and save the file as a tiff. This workflow had previously placed the new tiff file right next to or between the two photos that I brought into photoshop. This no longer is the case. I must manually find the photo in my catalog and drag it into the proper collection now. This is very annoying.
Being curious- I tried (Windows-10 Lr-Classic v10.3)
1) Two images in a Standard Collection -from different FOLDERS!
2) Select the two images and [Edit in Ps as Layers]
3) Edit in Ps and [Save] the TIFF from Ps
The 'combined' TIFF appears back with the two images in the Standard Collection!
However the new TIFF only exists in one Folder with one of the original images.
I also tried the simpler [Edit-In] that opens two documents in Ps, combine them in Ps, then [Save] the Tiff.
My result is the same -the new TIF in the Collection, and only in one folder with the 'first' file in the Collection.
All my experience suggests exactly the opposite from what you are seeing!
loading your entire catalog and manually moving the new file into the correct collection?
I have no idea what you mean by this statement!! "loading your entire catalog" ??? Please explain.
I'm using Lightroom Classic 10.3, Windows 10 Home Premium. I just sent an image from LrC to Photoshop, from a collection and performed some editing and saved it. The resulting tiff image was added to the collection when Photoshop closed. Everything worked automatically as expected.