Export Series of Photos as a single layer into Photoshop

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May 25, 2021 May 25, 2021

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My Nikon Z 6 ii has a "focus shift shooting" feature. This takes a series of photos that vary focus from foreground to background.  I know how to download these photos into Lightroom. 

 

There are several YouTube videos showing how Lightroom Classic can export these photos as a single layer into Photoshop. Photoshop can then combine into one image with all elements of foreground - background in focus. It is my understanding that if you don't export as a single layer into Photoshop, PS will not be able to create a single image with all elements in focus. 

 

I believe that Lightroom (cloud-based) cannot export images as a single layer into Photoshop. Is this correct? If so, it is disappointing that Lightroom lacks this feature. Any insights would be appreciated. 

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May 26, 2021 May 26, 2021

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In my experience (others may prove me wrong!)-

Lightroom Classic 10.2 can export (Edit-In Ps) these photos as a single layer DOCUMENT in Photoshop (not a single layer!)-  You will still have multiple layers in the Ps document (layers panel) to combine (merge) with a Ps function!

 

Lightroom 4.2 can only select and [Edit in Photoshop] one single image at a time, so you would need to select each singly, [edit in Photoshop], then combine multiple image windows into the one Document in Photoshop, then merge the layers for 'focus shift'.

 

Regards. My System: Lr-Classic 10.3, Photoshop 22.4.2, Lightroom 4.3, Windows-10 Nikon DSLR.

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May 26, 2021 May 26, 2021

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Correct. Of course you do not want a single layer, you want a single document with each image in a separate layer. Lightroom Classic can do this, Lightroom desktop cannot. You will have to send the images to Photoshop one by one, and then combine them as layers in a new document in Photoshop. Alternatively you could export them to disk, and then load them as layers in Photoshop from disk.

 

-- Johan W. Elzenga

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