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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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Photoshop TO Lightroom

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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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I think you are misunderstanding how lightroom works. It is a database that points to the images on the drive. In the database is a thumbnail and metadata for that image and thats all.

So You can save the image to anyplace you want on your drive. Preferable a folder that normally is used with lightroom. Ex. create a folder called graphics. Then in lightroom you use file>import to select that folder.

Now every time you add any images to that folder, all you need to do is sync that folder in lightroom and it will add those images. Syncing will also remove any images from the database that are no longer in that folder. So it works both ways to make sure the folder and the database are mirrored hence the name sync.

A bit of caution though, when you edit images in lightroom that edit is stored in the database not the file. So you need to select that image(s) {more than one image can be saved at once} and save. ctrl-s(windows) cmd-s(mac)

A sync will overwrite the metadata of either the database or the files on the drive. It is up to you to make sure they are the same before syncing to make sure you don't get any unwanted surprises.

As long as you saved the metadata to the files you are good to go for syncing the folder.

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not sure how that answers the question

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It does answer the question and you do misunderstand how Lightroom works. Images are never "in" Lightroom - they are out there on the disk and the Lightroom catalog keeps track of where, by importing the files.

Now. Here's what you're specifically looking for: If you "edit in" Photoshop from Lightroom, and you then save the file from Photoshop, Lightroom will continue to track the file and automatically add it to the catalog. For this to work, Lightroom has to remain open throughout the process.

If you have closed Lightroom and want to go back to the file, you have to follow standard procedure and import it into the Lightroom catalog.

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Both Silkrooster and D.Fosse are correct.

One other thing to add though - if all you want from Lightroom is the adjustments - then you can just select all layers, Convert for Smart Filters and use  Filter Camera Raw within Photoshop. You get the same adjustments with no need to open Lightroom at all.

Dave

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No hes not misuderstanding you idiot! His question is very simple. How do you take something created in photoshop and move it over to Lightroom? For example when creating a contact sheet and altering photos... Just answer the question or don't say anytthing at all.

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Being abusive is not the best way of getting help, it also breaks the forum rules.

However, to answer your question, you don't move a file to Lightroom. Instead, in Photoshop just save the image to disk, then go to Lightroom and import it. That will add it to the catalogue.

Dave

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Thank you! That makes a lot of sense! Just wish it could have been posted
when question was first asked by several.

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Thanks Johnnie! I was checking this question and saw how irrelevant the answers were! After all those called 'professional' seem to know but the catalogue and don't improvise to know what people mean! Hey professionals, Adobe is about creativity, don't limit your mindsets to shortsighted instructions! Although the question was so easy: "Is there a way to send an image you are editing in Photoshop to complete editing in Lightroom" we know there is the possibility to go vice versa (from Photoshop to LR) but the LR to PS is not yet possible, I hope Adobe can provide this function.. 

 

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As was answered above it is possible in both directions.

If starting in Lightroom, i.e. with an image that is already imported to the Lightroom catalogue,  use Edit in Photoshop. Then close and save and the resulting edited image can be edited further in Lightroom.

If starting in Photoshop, save the image from Photoshop. Then go to Lightroom and import it to the catalogue. Now you can Edit in Lightroom or round trip to Photoshop if you wish to.

 

Dave

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Late to the party but I agree you did not understand the question. Let me clarify what the OP was intending to ask.

 

No one is talking about where images are stored.

 

What the original poster was trying to ask is if Photoshop has a simple and seamless option of clicking your mouse and opening your photo back into Lightroom.  As you know (i hope) Lightroom (for what, a decade now?) has the drop-down menu option to SEND PHOTO TO LIGHTROOM.  

 

It appears PHOTOSHOP does NOT have this one click option, versus doing the 1980s method of saving the photo independently and re-importing into Lightroom in what is probably several different steps.  

 

Do you get it now?  I am in this situation right now.  Been using Photoshop for nearly 15 years and Lightroom since the beginning and I always use your method of saving then re-importing but you know (or so I hope) that's *NOT* what we're talking about here.  

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Hi

 

 

You don't need to re-import back to Lightroom. If you started in Lightroom and used Edit in Photoshop then just keep Lightroom open. On" Save" your photo will be updated in Lightroom. No other steps required.

The only time you need to import separately to Lightroom is if you started outside of Lightroom e.g. as File New in Photoshop. Then you do need to open Lightroom and import as Lightroom will have no record of it.

You can always raise a feature request at the link below if you want that second operation to be one press :
https://feedback.photoshop.com/photoshop_family

Dave

 

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Dave,

I completely agree with what you are saying, however I found that since the last system updates to both Lightroom and Photoshop, this doesn't happen. I edit back and forth often - usually working primarily out of Lightroom and then making tweeks in Photoshop.  When I would SAVE the image from Photoshop, it would save the copy of the edited image to Lightroom...which was perfect!  It doesn't seem to do that anymore just via SAVE from Photoshop.  The problem I have then is that if I try to pull the image from the saved file(where it was saved from Photoshop to my computer files) it won't allow me to do it because it's a duplicate image.

If you know of another way to make this happen, would you please explain it to me? 

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I suppose I have a similar question. When I am working with an image in Lightroom and decide I want to do an edit in photoshop, I click “open in photoshop” and it does so. Then, when I’m finished in photoshop, I ”save” (cmd-s). j don’t close Lightroom while I’m doing this. When I then click back to the still-open Lightroom in the dock, I can’t find any evidence of having made any changes in photoshop. So add me to the list of those who don’t understand how Lightroom works...

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Try a couple of youtube videos to get you 'up to speed' with the interaction between Lr & Ps-

Opening Files from Lightroom into Photoshop – FAQ - YouTube

Lightroom 5: Moving Between Lightroom and Photoshop - YouTube

Most common problems that cause the "can't find..." symptoms are-

*Having a Sort Order like 'Capture Time'.  The Ps file (from a RAW file) is a new file (captured now!) so it will always appear at the end of photos sorted 'Capture Time'.  Changing Sort Order to 'Filename' will keep the Lr Original and the Ps Copy next to each other (alphabetically) in the Grid.

*If the Lr photo was in a 'Filtered' list (eg. by keyword or a smart Collection) then the new Ps file may not conform to the 'filter' and hence will not be visible.

*Passing a file to Ps by [Edit-In] will have different results depending on the type of file sent. (RAW or RGB, JPG, TIF, etc)

A RAW from Lr will always create a new RGB file in Ps.

An RGB file from Lr has more complications depending on the option you chose. (Edit Original, Edit a Copy, Edit with Lr edits)

Regards. My System: Lr-Classic 10.0, Photoshop 22.0, Lightroom 4.0, Windows-10. Nikon DSLR.

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I think I know exactly what he is talking about! If I START  EDITING a picture in Photoshop and finish what I want to do there, and then, I would like to put it lightroom for some other things, it is very difficult, unless one knows the exact steps to doit!!!

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I imported my photo directly into Photoshop from my memory card. Then when i was done I clicked Share under File menu on the top, and once you click it has an option to share to Lightroom Photos. I clicked that and it appeared in my photoroll in Lightroom in a few minutes. 

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I am so sick of all these dumb people answering and not one person actually answers the question...

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That's two abusive posts in one thread. I've answered your question above.

Dave

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10 points for patience there, Dave 😉

 

I was tempted, but thought, no, let him figure it out for himself...

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To be fair the first two answers were overly complicated and critical of ones understanding. I came here with the same basic question and had no idea what the first to replies were going on about.

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

 

Dave

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

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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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  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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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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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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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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