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How do I save a photo in Photoshop as a JPEG for it to appear in Lightroom with Ps adjustments?

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I’m new to Photoshop but quite familiar with Lightroom. When I choose ‘save’ in photoshop and close the program, the image appears as a PSD next to my RAW file in Lightroom. The PSD file is about 256 mb so I’m concerned about running out of disk space.  If I choose save as a JPEG, the image is saved in the correct destination folder but does not appear in the Lightroom catalog. Is there a way I can save as a jpeg from Ps and for it to automatically appear in Lightroom rather than having to import the image back? Sorry for the long winded explanation. 

 

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How do I save a photo in Photoshop as a JPEG for it to appear in Lightroom with Ps adjustments?

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I’m new to Photoshop but quite familiar with Lightroom. When I choose ‘save’ in photoshop and close the program, the image appears as a PSD next to my RAW file in Lightroom. The PSD file is about 256 mb so I’m concerned about running out of disk space.  If I choose save as a JPEG, the image is saved in the correct destination folder but does not appear in the Lightroom catalog. Is there a way I can save as a jpeg from Ps and for it to automatically appear in Lightroom rather than having to import the image back? Sorry for the long winded explanation. 

 

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Are you using Lightroom Classic?

If you right-click on the folder name in the LR Library and choose synchronize folder, the jpeg should be added to the catalog.

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I have just done that and a few photos appeared to be imported. Do I need
to do this each time I save a jpeg in Photoshop in order to get it in my
Lightroom catalog?

Thank you for your help!

Steve

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Thank you. It works! 

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Suggestions-

You can set Photoshop as an 'Additional External Editor' in the Preferences dialog, and here you set the file type to JPG, 8bit,sRGB..

Thus [Edit-in: PHOTOSHOP as JPG]  (as a preset) will do what you want.

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You must 'Flatten (any) Layers' and [Save] in Photoshop- for the JPG to appear back in Lr.

 

(If the default Ps Edit-in creates a PSD and you use [Save As a JPG] you would need to do a 'Synchronize Folder' which would import the new JPG file to the Lr catalog. And you may have also created the .PSD unless you replied 'No' to the closing [Save] dialog!)

 

Regards. My System: Lr-Classic 9.4, Lightroom 3.4, Photoshop 2020 (21.2.1), Nikon DSLR, Windows-10.

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Yes I created a PSD and then ‘save as’ to create a JPEG. I thought there might be a way to return directly to Lightroom. 

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Yes- Create the 'Additional External Editor' preset as I suggest above- and it does! "return directly to Lightroom"

So the procedure is-

1) [Edit in-  the PRESET for Ps as JPG]

2) Edit the photo in Ps.  (Note: that the photo tab in Ps may still show the raw filetype- ignore this)

3) Flatten any layers.

4) [Save] and [Close]

The JPG is back in Lr!  (and no PSD need be created.)

 

Regards. My System: Lr-Classic 9.4, Lightroom 3.4, Photoshop 2020 (21.2.1), Nikon DSLR, Windows-10.

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Thank you you have been very helpful. One question - how do you flatten
layers? I’m very new to photoshop

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I created an additional external editor in Lightroom but there is no way of choosing this. When I try and edit in the preset it just takes me in a loop to the preferences and there’s is nothing I can do. Very frustrated with this. 

 

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Thank you. I’ve done this but when saving, I’m prompted to choose where to save on computer (in other words it’s saving as) and when I close the image does not appear in Lightroom. I have to synchronise the folder to get it back.

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Under additional Editor, set format as jpeg, 8bits etc. and click the choose button.

Navigate to and choose Photoshop.exe

You will probably get a message Photoshop is already set as the main Editor app but choose it anyway.

Now click the pulldown menu and save the current settings with a meaningful name. I used Photoshop for Jpeg – see image.

To edit as your usual PSD use Ctrl+E

To edit as Jpeg use Ctrl+Alt+E

There is no need to worry about flattening images. Jpegs are automatically flattened.

When you finish editing in Photoshop use:

Ctrl+S to save your edits (do not use Save AS)

Ctrl+W to close in Photoshop and update Lightroom Library

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I have followed your instructions and I was a able to setup an external editor. However when I click CMD + S to save the JPEG back to Lightroom, I’m prompted to save on my computer (save as) with no other option. The JPEG is saved in a destination folder but I need to synchronise the folder to get it back to Lightroom. Not the case when you save a PSD it goes back to Lightroom. Maybe there is something I’m not ticking somewhere? 

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CMD+S is only for the default Photoshop>PSD/TIFF format.

For "Additional External Editors" including Ps as JPG (as suggested in above posts)- they are opened by a [Right-Click] > [Edit in] > Choose the Preset for [Ps-JPG] or whatever you called it.

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Regards. My System: Lr-Classic 9.4, Lightroom 3.4, Photoshop 2020 (21.2.1), Nikon DSLR, Windows-10.

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Yes I understand that. I just thought there might be a way to get the jpeg
back in Lightroom rather than having to synchronise the folder. When you
save a PSD it goes straight back to Lightroom.

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It should work on Mac. Make sure you choose the app and not the folder in external editing preferences.

Macintosh HD >> Applications  >> Adobe Photoshop 2020 >> Adobe Photoshop 2020.app

Right-click and choose Edit in >> Photoshop for Jpeg (or your own name)

When you finish editing in PS  press Cmd+W and then click Save.

Let us know if that works.

 

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Yes done this. Only option after making changes in Ps is to ‘save as’ a
jpeg which I need to return to Lightroom by synchronising the folder. Not a
drama I just thought it should be able to send straight back to Lightroom
as happens with a psd.

There must be a way. Might be a glitch in my settings.

Thanks for your help.

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Works OK for me on Windows & Mac. The only difference on Mac seems to be the need to use Cmd+W first and then the save button appears. Click that once to save the jpeg rendered from Lr Library.

 

Obviously “save as” creates a new document which Lightroom knows nothing of.

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