Lightroom to photoshop and back. Doesn't seem to work in the new update!

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Nov 20, 2021 Nov 20, 2021

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Using lightroom (cloud based), I used to be able to use the 'edit in photoshop' feature. Then when i'm done in photoshop I simply save and close, then the file automatically transfers back to lightroom. This doesn't seem to happen anymore.

 

Has anyone found a workaround for this?

 

It's super frustrating : /

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Adobe Employee , Nov 21, 2021 Nov 21, 2021
@JohanElzenga  I tested on an M1 running Monterey and have no issues. The file returns from Phootsohp to Lightroom (5.0).  I am guessing a Preference Reset of Photoshop may be in order. 

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Nov 20, 2021 Nov 20, 2021

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Not seeing any such problems (MacOS Big Sur) when selecting an image in an Album, the retuned Tiff from PS is returned and automatically stacked with the original image in the same Album. Because it's stacked, the new returned Tiff appears on top of the original so to see both original and Tiff the stack has to be expanded. What source are you using: an album, All Photos, or a search/filter?

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I'm operating from OS Monterey. The old version (Big Sur) was fine. But now i seem unable to save back into lightroom. When I hit save this pops up...

 Screenshot 2021-11-20 at 20.00.39.png

 

And no matter what option you pick none of them save back into lighroom.

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Nov 21, 2021 Nov 21, 2021

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@paulmi11er wrote:

I'm operating from OS Monterey. The old version (Big Sur) was fine. But now i seem unable to save back into lightroom. When I hit save this pops up...

 Screenshot 2021-11-20 at 20.00.39.png

 

And no matter what option you pick none of them save back into lighroom.


 

Check this: Go to Preferences - File Handling in Photoshop and make sure that 'Ask before saving layered TIFF files' is unchecked.

 

-- Johan W. Elzenga

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Nov 21, 2021 Nov 21, 2021

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I see the same thing in MacOS Monterey on a 16" MacBook Pro M1 Max. The file opens in Photoshop, you can save in Photoshop and close it, but it does not come back in Lightroom. On closer inspection I found that it is saved locally in the Lightroom library (in a 'TemporaryEdits' folder) but does not seem to sync back to the cloud. I do not get the 'TIFF Options' dialog, however. It saves just fine without showing that dialog, so that might be a preference setting in Photoshop that you must change.

 

-- Johan W. Elzenga

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@JohanElzenga 

I tested on an M1 running Monterey and have no issues. The file returns from Phootsohp to Lightroom (5.0). 

I am guessing a Preference Reset of Photoshop may be in order. 

Rikk Flohr - Customer Advocacy: Adobe Photography Products

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I'll investigate further. A Photoshop preference reset sounds illogical to me, as Photoshop seems to work as expected. It's Lightroom that doesn't seem to sync back the saved file from its 'TemporaryEdits' folder to the cloud.

 

-- Johan W. Elzenga

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Nov 21, 2021 Nov 21, 2021

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You were correct after all, Rikk. Deleting the Photoshop preferences solved the issue.

 

-- Johan W. Elzenga

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How did you delete the photoshop preferences? I tried to 'reset preferences' but that didn't work for me.

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I've just realised the 'Tiff Options' only seem to appear when I try to save the file with 2 or more layers. If I merge all layers back down to one, then hit save it returns back into lightroom like normal.

 

But it never used to do this. It must be a new feature they've added.

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@paulmi11er wrote:

I've just realised the 'Tiff Options' only seem to appear when I try to save the file with 2 or more layers. If I merge all layers back down to one, then hit save it returns back into lightroom like normal.

 

But it never used to do this. It must be a new feature they've added.



See my answer about that. I didn't add a layer when I tested it, however.

 

-- Johan W. Elzenga

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@paulmi11er wrote:

How did you delete the photoshop preferences? I tried to 'reset preferences' but that didn't work for me.



I went into the user/Library/Preferences folder and really deleted them. There is a preferences file and a folder, and because I don't know where the Lightroom interaction is stored, I deleted them both.

 

-- Johan W. Elzenga

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Jul 25, 2021 Jul 25, 2021

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I've always been able to make edits in Lightroom, then Edit in Photoshop, then Save, Close Photoshop, and my photo with edits will appear in Lightroom. I've been researching for months, I've uninstalled and reinstalled both. It is not a filter issue, or located somewhere else in the album. Any help would be appreciated, I'm going crazy over here! Oh, and every once in a while it works, like once every 82 times I re-try to edit a photo. UGH

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Jul 26, 2021 Jul 26, 2021

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Hi @Colleen5E6B 

What kind of device / operating system are your Lightroom and Photoshop apps running on?

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Jul 26, 2021 Jul 26, 2021

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I'm having the same issue as OP. Running a 16gb M1 Mac Mini with all of the latest updates installed. This issue has been on-going since March for me. 

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Jul 26, 2021 Jul 26, 2021

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I'm using a MacBook Pro OS:Big Sur

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I have been having this issue since March!! Very rarely will it work but most commonly I'll it hit close, save (or vice-versa), then go back to Lightroom only to find the photo isn't there with any edits. I've tried everything online - re-installing both programs, resetting the preferences, running Photoshop in Rosseta, etc. - but nothing has worked. 

 

I've posted about this issue before both on this forum and Reddit. Once on Reddit I was able to speak with an Adobe employee about it but it doesn't seem they did anything. It's sad that this is an on-going issue that is being neglected by Adobe. It really ruins the workflow, and I'm seriously considering switching to Affinity Photo and trying to find a Lightroom replacement. 

 

Computer: M1 Mac Mini 16gb

OS: Big Sur (update to date)

 

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Community Beginner ,
Nov 22, 2021 Nov 22, 2021

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I'm having this issue as well. 

 

Macbook Pro (M1 Max)

 

Latest version of Lightroom and Photoshop. 

 

Note: I'm not using Lightroom Classic.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Nov 23, 2021 Nov 23, 2021

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@jzbzack wrote:

I'm having this issue as well. 

Macbook Pro (M1 Max)

Latest version of Lightroom and Photoshop. 

Note: I'm not using Lightroom Classic.


 

So did you reset the Photoshop preferences as discussed here? And did you make sure that the 'File Handling' settings in Photoshop are set to not show the TIFF Options dialog? Just saying "me too" without telling us anything else is not very helpful.

 

-- Johan W. Elzenga

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Dec 01, 2021 Dec 01, 2021

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I have this issue as well. There is at least one other thread about it. It is specifically affecting M1 Pro and Max machines (MacBook Pros) running macOS Monterey and using Lightroom (not Classic) to round-trip to and from Photoshop.

 

  • If you make modifications to Background layer destructively and save out, it goes back into Lightroom.
  • If you add a layer, it does not.
  • I also tried to trick it by first opening and saving the TIFF file with no modifications (which worked) and then re-opening the TIFF file from Lightroom into Photoshop, adding a layer and saving back out and that did not work. The TIFF file is unaltered in Lightroom and re-opening the TIFF file again in Photoshop has no additional layers (no modifications were made to the image in Lightroom in between).

 

So far I've tried deleting and re-creating the local Library for Lightroom, deleting preferences, even doing a complete uninstall and re-install of all Adobe apps using the Adobe Cleaner tool and instructions, but to no avail.

 

This is a bug, and is definitely not resolved. I would be happy to provide a screen recording of the workflow if that would help the people at Adobe to resolve! For now, the only options are to save your files as PSDs or TIFFs seoparately and re-import into Lightroom if you need them there, or to switch to using Lightroom Classic, which does not have this issue.

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Dec 01, 2021 Dec 01, 2021

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Thanks Mike, that's extremley comprehensive. I have found that sometimes I can 'merge layers' back down to one and it will save back into lightroom. But this doesn't happen everytime for some reason. and I havent been able to test this extensivley to find out why.

 

It's such a shame. Layers is the whole point in working with photoshop. 

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