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P: 'Open as Smart Object Layers in Photoshop...'

LEGEND ,
Jul 27, 2015 Jul 27, 2015

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While Lightroom has ‘Open as Smart Object in Photoshop’ and ‘Open as Layers in Photoshop’, there is no ‘Open as Smart Object Layers in Photoshop’

I do quite a bit of compositing work in PS, and use LR for asset management and preparation. I prefer to insert them into PS as smart objects while I assemble the composites, so I can make final raw file adjustments once placed in situ. However, the only current option to export to PS as smart objects puts them all in separate PS documents, which can be tedious to combine when there are a large volumes of images to be inserted in a single composite.

I’m not sure if this is an easy fix, or if other people have similar desires, but I would greatly appreciate if you would considering adding ‘Open as Smart Object Layers in Photoshop’ to a future LR CC update.

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Adobe Employee , Apr 18, 2023 Apr 18, 2023

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Greetings all,

 

Updates for Adobe Photography products have been released.  The April 2023 updates have implemented this feature request.


If you do not see the update in your Creative Cloud Application, you can refresh it by hitting [Ctrl/Cmd]+[Alt/Opt]+[ R ].

Note: It may take up to 24 hours for your update to be available in your Creative Cloud app.

 

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Community Beginner ,
Jul 27, 2015 Jul 27, 2015

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I also would like this feature implemented. When compositing (or even just heavy editing), It would be nice to be able to pull several assets at once into PS as smart objects. As it is right now, I have to export one at a time to PS, then manually combine them together in a single PSD. This is not a big deal for 2 photos, but when I am pulling elements from 7-8 different photos - the process is cumbersome to say the least.

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New Here ,
Jul 27, 2015 Jul 27, 2015

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I understand your frustration. I would suggest resubmitting this suggestion to the Adobe Photoshop forums. This is a valid complaint and suggestion! I currently resolve this issue by selecting 'Open as Layers in Photoshop', then individually right clicking the name-label of each layer and selecting 'Convert to Smart Object'. I hope this helped! If you have any more questions, concerns, or problems, reply to this response.

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LEGEND ,
Jul 27, 2015 Jul 27, 2015

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Hi Pie King,

Unfortunately that doesn't preserve the raw data. So, it's still not the same as 'Open as Smart Object', select layer, 'duplicate', 'select target document', 'ok', close file, 'don't save', repeat.

I've already setup a keyboard shortcut to 'convert to smart object' in PS and do it anytime I'm working composites that don't involve raw files and I want to preserve resolution while playing with scaling. But any time I want to create a large layered document with raw data preserved, there is no shortcut to the lengthy process outlined above.

Either way, both situations could be solved by adding 'Open as Smart Object Layers in Photoshop' to the LR contextual menu.

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Participant ,
Mar 18, 2016 Mar 18, 2016

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I too really want this feature. I am very often creating composites from 5-10 files, and would really like to be able to have the layers be linked smart objects (would save tons of file space and time saving the composites)

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Mar 18, 2016 Mar 18, 2016

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LEGEND ,
Apr 08, 2016 Apr 08, 2016

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I forget where I read this technique but it's a great workaround...

1) From Lightroom, open one of your files as a smart object
2) Return to Lightroom and select the additional files you want to layer / composite
3) Drag and drop the selected files from Lightroom on to the document in Photoshop (from step 1)
4) Make adjustments in the raw processor (if necessary).  Click OK.
5) Hit Enter / Return to place the file in the document as a smart object

Steps 4 & 5 will automatically be repeated for each file you selected in Lightroom.

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Explorer ,
Aug 15, 2019 Aug 15, 2019

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In Lightroom you can open an image as a smart object, and you can open multiple images as layers, but you cannot open multiple images as smart object layers. This feature would help speed up my workflow greatly.

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LEGEND ,
Feb 27, 2020 Feb 27, 2020

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This was requested 5 years ago, but not implemented. It could even be done as a script to combine all open objects as layers. There are a lot of us pro photographers who do compositing and this would save us lots of time with minimal effort.

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Explorer ,
May 23, 2022 May 23, 2022

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Hello,

 

I'd like to request for the ability to open two different images from lightroom as smart objects in a single Photoshop document. (Open as Smart Object latyers in Photoshop) 

 

Underthe current cababilities of Lightrrom I have to open each image in PS as Smart Objects and then copy them to a single document. This is very time consuming. 

 

Thanks

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Community Beginner ,
Feb 24, 2023 Feb 24, 2023

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So this feature has been requested for 8 years now?! I would think this request would be pretty straight forward, especially when compared to all of the advanced masking features added in recent versions of lightroom.

Please, please, please Adobe. Please Add support to Lightroom Classic in order to "Open as Smart Object Layers in Photoshop". I'm a commercial photographer and digital artist. I also do a ton of composite work and always work with smart objects. Currently there is no automated way to take images from lightroom and add them to a single photoshop document as smart object layers. The only way to do this is manually and it takes forever. 

Please make this happen!

 

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Explorer ,
Feb 24, 2023 Feb 24, 2023

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I agree. It would save photographers a lot of time to be able to open
multiple RAW files as smart object layers in Photoshop.

Just yesterday, I had to move four smart objects into a single document and
it would have been much quicker if Lightroom / Photoshop could have handled
the process for me.

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Community Beginner ,
Feb 24, 2023 Feb 24, 2023

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Try moving 50 smart object images into a single document. I do that frequently. And then after you move them into a single document, you have to close all of the other open documents. It takes forever. 

I realize this wouldn't be a headline/standout feature to most people. But it would certainly be a quality of life feature for working professionals.

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Adobe Employee ,
Mar 02, 2023 Mar 02, 2023

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@Digital Art That Rocks  @Nature Mike  Please check your direct messages regarding this thread. 

 

Thanks!

Rikk Flohr - Customer Advocacy: Adobe Photography Products

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Community Beginner ,
Mar 02, 2023 Mar 02, 2023

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Thanks @Rikk Flohr: Photography , will do!

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Adobe Employee ,
Apr 18, 2023 Apr 18, 2023

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Features:

 

Greetings all,

 

Updates for Adobe Photography products have been released.  The April 2023 updates have implemented this feature request.


If you do not see the update in your Creative Cloud Application, you can refresh it by hitting [Ctrl/Cmd]+[Alt/Opt]+[ R ].

Note: It may take up to 24 hours for your update to be available in your Creative Cloud app.

 

Thank you for your patience.

Rikk Flohr - Customer Advocacy: Adobe Photography Products
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Community Beginner ,
Apr 19, 2023 Apr 19, 2023

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I'm so happy to finally see this feature finally announced! I realize this is probably not going to be a standout headline feature for some people, but as a working professional who relies on the flexibility of working with smart objects on a daily basis, this feature alone will save me a significant amount of time in my post production workflow. Thank you Adobe! 

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New Here ,
Apr 20, 2023 Apr 20, 2023

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This feature you speak of - Open multiple photos as smart objects in photoshop layers does not seem to be working.  I am very familiar with the process and it is not working on my version of MAC  LR 12.3.  Is there some secret to getting it to work.  Seems status quo to me right now...now working.

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Community Beginner ,
Apr 20, 2023 Apr 20, 2023

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I'm going to also assume that you updated Photoshop as well? I just tested this feature and it is working for me. I'm using an M1 Ultra Mac Studio. You should be able to select multiple files in LR, right click and choose Edit In > Open as Smart Object Layers in Photoshop. After that, your all of the selected images should be loaded into a single Photsohop document as Smart Objects. If it's still not working, maybe try reaching out to Adobe support. But I just tested it on my Mac and can confirm that it's working for me.

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New Here ,
Apr 20, 2023 Apr 20, 2023

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Really weird. PS and LR updated. I even restarted my MAC (M1 14" MacBook
Pro). Still not working. I mean I can just combine them manually. It is
a feature I use very seldom. But it would be nice if it worked.

Thought it would be good to open a RAW and DNG (run thru the new Denoise)
and mask in the areas I want cleaned up.

Thanks for the check.

Mick

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Community Beginner ,
Apr 20, 2023 Apr 20, 2023

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Hi Mick,

Yeah you can combine them manually for sure. I've done that for years, and it sucks. Especially when you have a ton of images that you want to open in the same Photoshop document all as smart objects. That's really weird though, I have no idea why the feature wouldn't be properly working for you....It's probably some checkbox or permission issue with MacOS or something. I'd reach out to Adobe support. Or perhaps someone else in this forum might have an answer.  

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Apr 20, 2023 Apr 20, 2023

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What OS are you using? Maybe try to update if you are not on the latest.
This feature works for me as well.

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Oct 10, 2023 Oct 10, 2023

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I had the same issue using latest versions of Lightroom and Photoshop (as of 10.10.23). If you select edit from the top menu bar then only the first selected lightroom image appears in photoshop. However if you right click (or control key on my mac) and choose 'edit in' then get all the selected images from lightroom appearing in photoshop.

 

In both cases selecting the 'open as smart object layers in photoshop' option within the 'edit in' menu.

 

Happy days!

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