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How to Open Photos in Photoshop from Lightroom


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1. In Lightroom Classic, choose Lightroom > Preferences (Mac) or Edit > Preferences (Windows) and then click on the External Editing tab. Set up the preferences in this tab as shown.

 

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2. From Lightroom Classic, select the photograph you want to edit in Photoshop. You can do this from either the Library module or the Develop module.

 

3. Click on the Photo menu, select Edit In, then Edit in Photoshop 2021. Alternatively, you can right-click on the photo and choose Edit In > Edit in Photoshop 2021 from the drop-down menu.

 

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4. The first time you do this, Lightroom will ask how you want to edit your photo in Photoshop. Choose Edit A Copy With Lightroom Classic Adjustments to open a copy of the photo with any Lightroom adjustments that you have already made.

 

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5. Your photo will open in Photoshop. Depending on your computer's memory, this can take several seconds to happen.

 

6. Make the changes in Photoshop, then choose File > Save. Do not choose File > Save As.

 

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7. Go back to Lightroom. A copy of your newly edited photo will appear in your Lightroom Library. 

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8. If you want to re-open the TIF file in Photoshop, once again you should click on the Photo menu, select Edit In, then Edit in Photoshop 2021. Alternatively, you can right-click on the photo and choose Edit In > Edit in Photoshop 2021 from the drop-down menu.

 

This time, when you get the dialog box about how to open the file, you must select "Edit A Copy" or "Edit Original" in order to see your Photoshop layers. If you choose "Edit a Copy", Lightroom will create a copy of your TIFF file. If you choose "Edit Original", Lightroom will open the TIFF file created the first time you opened the file in Photoshop. 

 

With "Edit a Copy" you will have *two* TIFF files. With "Edit Original", you will have only *one* TIFF file. There is no other functional difference.

 

If you choose "Edit a Copy with Lightroom Adjustments", you will lose your layers. 

 

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9. When you are done with the file in Photoshop, choose File > Save. Do not choose File > Save As.

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