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How to Jump from Lightroom to Photoshop and Back Again When Editing Photos (video)

In this video from Phil Steele of SteeleTraining, you’ll learn how you can jump from Lightroom to Photoshop and back again when editing your photos.

In this tutorial you will learn:

  • How to make the jump from within Lightroom to Photoshop so you can do more detailed editing using layers, and then bring the photo back to Lightroom.
  • About making multiple jumps or nested jumps.
  • How this function works with RAW files versus JPG files.
  • What the different options mean in the “Edit in Photoshop” dialogue box when editing JPGs.
  • A workaround to open your original, unedited RAW file in Photoshop.
  • How to add text to your photo in Photoshop.
  • How to Save the file and how to change the default settings of the file saving format.
  • Why you should use only “Save” and not “Save As” when in Photoshop.
  • The process that Lightroom uses to save and retrieve your image.

Multiple jumps (or roundtrips)

You’ll learn:

  • What happens when you make multiple round trips (jumps to and from Lightroom to Photoshop and back) with the same file.
  • The best format to choose after you have closed Photoshop and decide you want to keep editing your edited photo.
  • What setting to choose so that you don’t loose further adjustments made in Lightroom when jumping back to Photoshop.
  • The trade-off of jumping back to Photoshop for a second time after making further edits in Lightroom but with a sneaky work-around.
  • How to make “virtual copies” of your image in Lightroom.
  • How you synchronize settings from one image to another in Lightroom.

Nested Jumps (or roundtrips)

You’ll learn:

  • How to jump from Lightroom to Photoshop and then from Photoshop to third-party software such as Luminar.
  • How to merge multiple Layers into a single Smart Layer so you can open in a third party program/plugin.

If you want to learn more from Phil, check out some of his video courses covering topics like event photography, Lightroom, headshots and more on steeletraining.com.

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Caz Nowaczyk
Caz Nowaczyk

– the dPS Managing Editor, lives in Wollongong, Australia and has worked as a photographer, filmmaker, and designer in her business, Exposure Arts and Media, for 15 years. Her background extends to Digital Content Management, and Editorial Design. In her spare time, she composes music as Dreamgirl and the Motorist. Since the age of 12, she knew she would be a photographer – the other stuff came as a surprise!