Roundtrip Editing With Photoshop

As much as Lightroom is capable of, there will be times when you've got to take a file into Photoshop to finish your work. One common example is when you need to combine multiple captures. This is called compositing—you're making a composite image from multiple original photos. Compositing can be done manually, such as stacking multiple layers with masks in Photoshop, or automatically, such as with hdr tone mapping or stitching panoramas. The outcome of all of these processes is a final, composite image.

Another example is heavy retouching, which also could reasonably be considered compositing. If you need to replace a large or complex section of a photo, you'll likely need more retouching power than Lightroom can provide.

Or, many photographers like to apply elaborate special effects, like watercolor painting, charcoal, etc., which can be done in Photoshop.

Also, there are advanced sharpening and noise reduction packages available that go far beyond what Lightroom can do in these areas, and are often implemented as Photoshop plug-ins.

Another case where you might want to use Photoshop is soft-proofing. Photoshop can simulate, on-screen, the appearance of an image printed on a certain printer and paper combination. You can then make Photoshop adjustments to get the image to look as much like your reference image as possible. Lightroom currently doesn't provide soft-proofing.

Prepping files for printing at an outside vendor, such as an offset print shop, can also require Photoshop, especially if it's a cmyk process. Lightroom does not support editing files in cmyk color mode—any adjustments made to cmyk files in the catalog are done using Lightroom's internal rgb space, and you can't export cmyk files from Lightroom.

Edit in Photoshop

With one or more photos selected in Library Grid or the Filmstrip in any module choose the Photo menu^Edit In. command, or use the shortcut or contextual menu.

Depending on the version of Photoshop being used and type of original, one of two things will happen:

For dng a nd camera raw files and virtual copies, Lightroom will render the file and open it into Photoshop memory. Note that a file on disk has not yet been created; the image data has simply been opened as a new file in Photoshop.

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