Photoshop TO Lightroom

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Apr 25, 2014 Apr 25, 2014

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I have a picture I've been editing in Photoshop, and I really want to export it to Lightroom to make some final adjustments.

      No matter what I do, I can only find ways to transfer files from Lightroom to Photoshop. I need the opposite.

Can anyone help?

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Community Beginner ,
Jan 30, 2020 Jan 30, 2020

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I am not posting anything. I really don't know what you are talking about!
Sorry if you received something that bothers you.
But, I really don't understand. Please just ignore it. I am not
deliberately sending anything to anyone that I would call offensive.
I am Ozzie 3

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Jan 30, 2020 Jan 30, 2020

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The comments on being abusive were not aimed at you Ozzie, your questions and comments were fine. 

 

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I am not Ozzie 3!! Please ignore any comments!!

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Jan 30, 2020 Jan 30, 2020

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Turn off your email notifications. You're automatically getting everything posted to the thread, that doesn't mean it's for you.

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New Here ,
Mar 14, 2020 Mar 14, 2020

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  1. Keep LR open while editing in PS (you have opened this image in PS directly from LR in the first place, right? )
  2. You edit in PS and when done you click ctrl+w. 
  3. you save when asked
  4. go back in LR and you will find your image there waiting for you with all your edits from PS
  5. be careful cause these are TIFF files that in my case are saved on image's directory with a size from 300 to 600 MB! (i edit 24MP raw files)

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May 27, 2020 May 27, 2020

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I'm sorry y'all, but I read the thread and it still doesn't work/ I don't get it. When I import my file from LR to PS, edit it, leave LR open, and then save the file (save under), my options are "to folder" or "to cloud". None of these options will have the changes appear in my "previous" LR file. Saved to folder as RAW file doesn't open in LR, and saving as TIF etc loses all information. ???? Even IF I would be able to re-open as a RAW, that's [Profanity removed by moderator] complicated for Adobe programming!! 😕 There must be something I don't know? usually don't work with PS, but becomes necessary now. THANKS.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
May 27, 2020 May 27, 2020

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The way you describe this, it seems you don't understand the difference between a raw file and a processed/rendered RGB file. Photoshop saves out a new RGB file, distinct from the original raw file. Those two can never be the same file. The new RGB file from Photoshop will be added to your Lightroom catalog alongside the original raw file. It will be there.

 

Furthermore, you cannot save out a raw file from Photoshop. Don't confuse that with the Photoshop .raw file format, which has no relation whatsoever to a raw file from a camera. That's something completely different.

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Jun 27, 2020 Jun 27, 2020

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I've had that problem as well what works for me (if you're working on a raw file) is in LR click photo -  edit in - open as smart object in photoshop. When you save your file in photoshop it will update your LR file. It appears that if you only edit in photoshop it doesn't update the LR file so you must edit as a smart object. Hope this helps you.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
May 27, 2020 May 27, 2020

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Not sure exactly what you are doing, but the correct procedure is like this:

  • Right click the image in Lightroom, and choose Edit in Photoshop. (or press Ctrl/Cmd + E with the image selected)
    The image will then open in Photoshop.
    Do not export the image, and then open it in Photoshop.
  • When you've finished editing in Photoshop, do not use Save As, use Save.
    No dialog should appear asking you where to save.
  • The image will appear in Lightroom after saving.
    If you can't see it, you have probably Sort order set to Added order in the toolbar, in which case the image will be at the end of the library.

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New Here ,
Nov 25, 2020 Nov 25, 2020

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It would be really nice if  the Lightroom/Photoshop synergy was such that the initial kewords etc would still be retained/added after editing and saving even if a new file is created/or not.  😞 

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New Here ,
Dec 10, 2020 Dec 10, 2020

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Hi there,

I was looking for a succinct answer to the same question.  I know that sending image to Photoshop is easy and that sending it back to LR is as easy as using SAVE....and as you stated it appears as tiff back in LR. BUT.....if you have already SAVED AS (requested by my printing friend who doesn't use LR... as psd) saved becomes greyed out. I  see as the only option putting image on thumbdrive then importing it back into LR. Is there another simpler way?

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Dec 10, 2020 Dec 10, 2020

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It’s been 6 years since this thread was originally started, and things have changed a little since then. If you are editing a Photoshop document and it isn’t already in your Lightroom Classic catalog, there isn’t a built-in feature to do that directly. But there is no need to go through the entire Lightroom Classic Import routine; there are shortcuts.

 

Photoshop now includes a Share icon, like you find on mobile. If you click the Share icon, there is a Lightroom Photos option. Click that, and the document will be uploaded to your Lightroom Photos in the cloud. In Lightroom Classic, open the catalog synced to Lightroom Photos. It will download the document and it will appear in the All Synced Photographs collection. (Do not use this method if the document came from Lightroom Classic, or the cloud-synced one will be a duplicate.)

 

(Edit: Adobe has removed QuickShare as of April 2022.)

https://helpx.adobe.com/photoshop/using/whats-new/2022-2.html

Quote from Adobe link:

With the April release of Photoshop 23.3, Quick Share will be removed due to low usage, desire to simplify the options bar UI, and redundant functionality to other export functions.

There is another very long thread on this forum where many users are asking for Adobe to bring back QuickShare.

 

Photoshop-Share-to-Lightroom-Photos.gif


Also, on the Mac, you can bypass the cloud by using the Mac-standard shortcut of dragging the document's proxy icon from the title bar and dropping it on the Lightroom Classic application icon. Dropping files on the Lightroom Classic application icon opens the Import dialog box. (I’m not sure if Windows provides something similar.)

 

Photoshop-Import-to-Lightroom-Classic-drag-and-drop.gif

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New Here ,
May 20, 2022 May 20, 2022

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Hi Conrod, somewhat new here. I can do this quick export to LR on my Mac, but I don't seem to have that export button on my PC, which is where I make most of my adjustments. Am I setting up my workspace wrong? Thanks 🙂

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Adobe Community Professional ,
May 20, 2022 May 20, 2022

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@Hugh Dunlop wrote:

Hi Conrod, somewhat new here. I can do this quick export to LR on my Mac, but I don't seem to have that export button on my PC


 

Uh oh...you are not doing anything wrong. I will edit my reply above…Adobe recently removed the QuickShare button, so it no longer appears on PC or Mac:

https://helpx.adobe.com/photoshop/using/whats-new/2022-2.html

 

Quote from link:

With the April release of Photoshop 23.3, Quick Share will be removed due to low usage, desire to simplify the options bar UI, and redundant functionality to other export functions.

 

There is another very long thread on this forum where many users are asking for Adobe to bring back QuickShare.

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May 20, 2022 May 20, 2022

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Oh, shoot. OK, so that means I shouldn't update PS on my mac?

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Adobe Community Professional ,
May 20, 2022 May 20, 2022

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@Hugh Dunlop wrote:

Oh, shoot. OK, so that means I shouldn't update PS on my mac?


 

Well, some day you might need another new feature or a bug fix, so in the future you might have to update Photoshop anyway. Until then, you can stay on the current version of Photoshop if it still has the QuickShare icon. In Windows, you can roll back to an earlier version using the Creative Cloud app.

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Community Beginner ,
May 02, 2021 May 02, 2021

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Wow, all of this show what is wrong with Adobe PS and Lr. I have spend 3 hours trying to understand how best to save eidted photos in Ps, Lr and Camera RAW. I have done numerious experiments to see what happens to help figue it out and read many instructions and blogs like this. I think I'm getting close to figuring it out but not sure. And just to SAVE an edited photo!!

 

It sounds like the simple answer is you can't save a edited photo in Ps AND record it to Lr.  It has to be a several step process including Importing. Too bad, makes it tough and slow.

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May 03, 2021 May 03, 2021

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@JimKings 

If you start in Lightroom Classic and use Edit in Photoshop then when saving and closing the Photoshop edited image, the Lightroom catalogue is updated with your edited image.

If you start in Photoshop and create an image from scratch then that will indeed require an import into Lightroom.

 

Dave

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New Here ,
Apr 23, 2022 Apr 23, 2022

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Hey all

Just to re-ignite this conversation.

There does seem to be some kind of issue with syncing photos back to LR from PS (definitely on my M1 MacBook Air).

My understaning is;

1. Open Lightrrom

2. Select the photo you want to edit and right click on it then 'Edit in Photoshop'

3. Photo opens in Photoshop, you do your editing

4. Then File, Save or CMD+S

5. Close Photoshop and the edited photo should now be in Lightroom

It isn't. Hasn't worked at all. No matter how many times I try it. The only method I can get to work is dragged the photo icon onto the LR logo.

Obviously some kind of issue between PS/LR and the M1.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Apr 23, 2022 Apr 23, 2022

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Hi @star-lord-steve Just to weigh in, your method is working correctly for me with Windows 10.

 

Here are the steps I took:

  • Selected a CR2 file in Lightroom Classic (11.3.1 Release and Camera Raw 14.3).
  • Right-clicked > Edit in > Photoshop (23.3.1 Release).
  • Made changes, File > Save.
  • Photoshop/Lightroom converts and appends the file name to "-Edit.tif" seamlessly on Save.
  • A new TIF image appears immediately in Lightroom, placed right before the CR2 file (Library view).

 

Note, I also used these steps successfully with other file types. The only difference is to choose "Edit a Copy with Lightroom Adjustments" when the pop-up box appears before heading into Photoshop. This could be a problem only with the M1. Hopefully, others will come along to test on a similar system and have some solutions for you!

 

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