Lightroom’s Edit in Photoshop Tool

This video shows you how to take your image from Lightroom to Photoshop and back again. In the video, I mentioned that there’s a plain English post here on the blog about understanding bit depth. You can (click here) for that post.

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  • Thanks for this, always wondered how to do this and now I know. You are a star Elizabeth x

  • Jane Bordalo

    Thank you!  You’re always so helpful & my number 1 resource for answers when it comes to LR and PSE!  This video came right on time as I was just trying to figure this out.

  • Does LR3 always label the edited image (on PS) a different file name when you export it? It would be easier if it just labeled the image with a -01 or (a) after the original file number.

  • Ying X

    Great tutorial, but I am having issues in trying to find the “correct” PS folder on my PC. Any suggestions?

  • Rita Z

    Hello Elizabeth,
    I have LR 4 and PS CS5.
    I’m having complications opening my images from LR into PS.
    I make my LR adjustments.
    Then I want to go to PS to make further adjustments.
    Some images open fine, carrying my LR adjustments with them. Great. That’s what I want.
    Some however, open in PS without my LR adjustments. What was the point of doing the adjustments in LR.
    I can’t figure out why some images carry the adjustments and some don’t.
    What am I doing wrong?

  • elizabethhalford

     Hi Rita! Normally when you want to open an image that already has some LR adjustments on it, you’ll be asked if you want to edit the original or the one with adjustments. Does this not pop up for those particular images?

  • Rita Z

    Nope. That dialogue box comes up sometimes but not always, and definitely not on these images. I right click, edit in photoshop and it goes directly to PS and opens without the edits.

  • Kathy

    Hi Elizabeth. I am using LR3 and CS6. When I save my edits in PS6, the file type changes to TIF in LR3. I like to convert to B&W in LR3 after the CS6 edits, but TIFF file doesn’t allow as much editing control in LR3 than a NEF file. Any way to change this that you know of? Thanks!

  • flor

    Elizabeth, i’m very new to all of this (editing, lightroom, pse, etc) so just wanted to ask.. why would one need to export pictures to pse when editing can be done in lightroom? so sorry if you have addressed this in the past.. your videos are so good. you are so generous with your time and knowledge!

  • Tara

    Thanks, this is so helpful!

  • ashley

    Flor, Lightroom is a very useful tool for “quick edits”…exposure, vingettes, saturation. If you want to do more in depth editing, most people use Photoshop or Photoshop elements. Because those programs use layers, you can concentrate your editing in specific parts of the photo rather than the photo as a whole. In addition, they have a lot more editing tools. This is not to say you can’t edit amazing images in Lightroom, you can. However when you are doing hardcore editing (like erasing a strand of hair that blew across your subject’s face) you’re going to need more tools than Lightroom has.