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LrC masks in PS

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Dec 10, 2022 Dec 10, 2022

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I might be looking for something which does not exist but is there a way of using the masks generated in LrC via the new AI selection tool (LrC version 12.x) in PS. LrC generates such good selections it would be the icing on the cake if they could be used in both modules. If the option is not available I might post again as a suggestion for future upgrades!

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Community Expert , Dec 10, 2022 Dec 10, 2022

You'll have to file a feature request, and it is very possible, what you wish isn't possible. 

The masks do work between Lightroom Classic and ACR, but in Photoshop proper (which a raw SO isn't really), unlikely due to how the other two products work along with parametric edits, how the data is encoded, that they both deal with raw data (PS doesn't) etc. 

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No, LrC generated masks don't get read by Photoshop. But, I suppose, Adobe Camera Raw does read them. Photoshop was never able to read Lr data directly. The communication always passed via Adobe Camera Raw.

ABAMBO | Hard- and Software Engineer | Photographer

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After your hint / suggestion I tried the route to PS via the smart filter and in fact the selection(s) do go across to PS but of course only as a single layer. If you want or need to edit a photo with multiple LR masks it seems you would need to generate multiple masked images in LR and send each to PS and then produce a composite with all the differnt images (after doing inPS what you need to achieve) combined as a composite image. It is a clumsy way but the desired results can be achieved. Since it is possible I would have thought the skill of the Adobe programmers would be up to the challenge of automating the process. Just a thought though I can now do what I wanted even if a bit slow! Thanks for your input.

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You'll have to file a feature request, and it is very possible, what you wish isn't possible. 

The masks do work between Lightroom Classic and ACR, but in Photoshop proper (which a raw SO isn't really), unlikely due to how the other two products work along with parametric edits, how the data is encoded, that they both deal with raw data (PS doesn't) etc. 

Author “Color Management for Photographers" & "Photoshop CC Color Management/pluralsight"

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Best would indeed be to include this great technology into Photoshop at the select level.

ABAMBO | Hard- and Software Engineer | Photographer

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