May 16, 2022

Photoshop For Lightroom Users, Part 1

Im kicking off a brand-new column here on Tuesdays for the next 3 months or two– its from my column in Photoshop User publication of the very same name, and its targeted at professional photographers who have actually been utilizing Lightroom as their primary tool but are thinking its time they learned Photoshop.
Dont get me incorrect– I like Lightroom, and its definitely terrific for organizing your images, and making things brighter or darker, repairing exposure issues, correcting white balance (or getting imaginative with it), making prints, and stuff like that, however Photoshop is where the “magic” occurs. So weekly for the next brand-new months Ill be helping you along on your Photoshop journey, and Im doing it all from the angle of “you already know Lightroom,” so Ill be selecting things up from there. Well begin with …
JUMPING FROM LIGHTROOM TO PHOTOSHOP
When youre operating in Lightroom and you hit that point in your modifying procedure when you require to do something to your image that Lightroom cant, you can take that image over to Photoshop, work your “Photoshop magic,” and after that bring that image straight back to Lightroom Since Lightroom was established to work with Photoshop from the very start, it all works effortlessly and easily.
Getting an image over to Photoshop varies depending upon the type of format you shoot on your electronic camera. If you shoot in RAW, and you wish to take your image over to Photoshop to do some additional modifying, you just press Command-E (PC: Ctrl-E), and it opens your image in Photoshop (if Photoshop wasnt already running, it automatically introduces Photoshop for you).
Lightroom does not ask you any concerns in advance; you just push that faster way and the next thing you see is your image open in Photoshop prepared for you to start editing.
By the method, if youre not a fan of keyboard shortcuts, then you can go under Lightrooms Photo menu, under Edit In, and pick Edit in Adobe Photoshop 2022 (or whichever variation of Photoshop or Photoshop Elements you presently have set up), as revealed above.
Getting That Image Back To Lightroom.
Now in Photoshop, make any changes or edits you d like (therell be lots more on what you can do to your images in Photoshop in upcoming columns), and after that, when youre done, you merely do 2 things:
Save your document: Just an easy Command-S (PC: Ctrl-S) will do; then
2. Close your file: Command-W (PC: Ctrl-W).
When you go back to Lightroom, the modified image will already be there waiting on you, right beside your initial image (as revealed below).
When you jump a RAW image over to Photoshop, it automatically makes a copy of your original RAW image and sends that copy over to Photoshop for modifying, so your RAW original stays untouched in Lightroom.
By the method, if youre operating in collections (called “albums” in Lightroom “cloud”), the image that returns from Photoshop will be right beside the initial in Lightroom. If youre working in Folders (booo!) , then it may appear as the last image in your Folder, rather than right next to the original. Simply a heads up on that. Okay, thats the procedure; its fast and easy.
OTHER FILE FORMATS
What if youre shooting in JPEG on your electronic camera? Then the procedure is a little different, but still incredibly easy. When you either choose the Edit in Adobe Photoshop menu command or press Command-E (PC: Ctrl-E) to take your JPEG image over to Photoshop, it raises the dialog shown below.
It gives you a description below each option, but I can inform you that I use the top option, Edit a Copy with Lightroom Adjustments, about 99.9% of the time. Ive never as soon as had a requirement to send out an image over with the 2nd option– the one that ignores what Ive carried out in Lightroom– however a minimum of its an option if you wanted that for some reason (I cant think about one, but Im sure theres at least one).
If the 3rd alternative, Edit Original, sounds dangerous like you may be potentially messing up your initial image, thats only due to the fact that it is dangerous, and you could mess up your only original, so I dont pick this option. Well, theres one single instance you may select it, whichs a very specialized circumstance that well cover in a future column, but for now, lets stick with whats behind door # 1, the upper choice: Edit a Copy with Lightroom Adjustments.
When your image is over in Photoshop, the procedure is the exact same: When youre done modifying, just close and save.
Yes, its that easy to get your image back to Lightroom; simply save and close.
CHOOSING THE FILE FORMAT FOR IMAGES SENT TO PHOTOSHOP
Theres one more thing you might desire to know about: You do get to choose the file format for that copy of your initial that goes over to Photoshop, whether it began as a RAW or JPEG image. You pick it from Lightroom Classic (PC: Edit)>> Preferences, under the External Editing tab. Where it says Edit in Adobe Photoshop 2021 up top, under the File Format drop-down menu, you can select which format you want to send over to Photoshop.
I have my own set to PSD rather than TIFF (the file sizes are smaller sized, theyre suitable with nearly every application on earth, and theres no noticeable loss of quality). I wrote a post about why you should never ever utilize
TIFF is a file format anyway, and it made enough people mad (obviously, some folks had been conserving as TIFFs for several years and got very defensive) that Im not even going to post a link to it here, however I still highly believe that you dont require to conserve files as TIFFs in 99.9% of the circumstances youll run into (or essentially like never). Well speak about Color Space and Bit Depth on another day, however you can see my settings in the screen grab shown listed below.
Okay, were off and keeping up our new column, and weve found out how to get our images over to Photoshop and after that back in Lightroom one piece. Its an excellent start, however theres lots and lots more to come.
See you next Tuesday for more “Photoshop For Lightroom Users”.
– Scott.

Do not get me incorrect– I like Lightroom, and its definitely fantastic for organizing your images, and making things brighter or darker, repairing direct exposure issues, correcting white balance (or getting creative with it), making prints, and things like that, however Photoshop is where the “magic” occurs. Each week for the next brand-new months Ill be assisting you along on your Photoshop journey, and Im doing it all from the angle of “you already understand Lightroom,” so Ill be choosing things up from there. By the method, if youre working in collections (called “albums” in Lightroom “cloud”), the image that comes back from Photoshop will be best next to the original in Lightroom. When you either pick the Edit in Adobe Photoshop menu command or press Command-E (PC: Ctrl-E) to take your JPEG image over to Photoshop, it brings up the dialog shown below.
Where it states Edit in Adobe Photoshop 2021 up leading, under the File Format drop-down menu, you can pick which format you want to send out over to Photoshop.