Did you know Lightroom and Photoshop are designed to work seamlessly together when editing? You shouldn't be exporting from Lightroom just so you can open in Photoshop... just as you should not be saving from photoshop then importing back to Lightroom - what an absolute faff!
Watch the 13 minute video below where I go through each step using a mini cake smash gallery as example, including pre edits and batch editing techniques. For this example I am using Lightroom Classic (available in the Adobe Creative Cloud plan) and Full Photoshop. You can also use other versions of Lightroom and Photoshop together, but you may need to improvise with some of the techniques shown.
So here is how to edit your images between Lightroom and Photoshop easily and keep your images organised, without batting an eyelid and *best bit* without stress :-)
- Open Lightroom Classic
- Import your images in
2. CULL THE GALLERY TO THE FINAL SELECTION:
- Go through the gallery and add a 5-star to any images that make the final cut.
- Select all starred images and create a Collection to keep them all organized in one place.
3. MAKE ADJUSTMENTS WITH THE DEVELOP PANEL
- Select the first image to edit, and go to the Develop panel
- Use presets or manually adjust the sliders until you have the image looking good
- Back on the Library panel, select all similar images and hit "Sync" to apply the edits to all images.
4. OVER TO PHOTOSHOP
- Select several similar images (think same lighting, same setup etc) and right click > Edit in > Adobe Photoshop
- Your images will open direct from Lightroom into Photoshop
- Apply your editing in Photoshop using actions or manually
5. BACK TO LIGHTROOM
- Hit "save" in Photoshop and your image will bounce back into Lightroom as a copy of the original! No extra steps or exporting needed.
- Make any final edits using Lightroom
- Then export your finished, final images direct from Lightroom.
You can catch the original video, from 2016, using a slightly older version of Lightroom and Photoshop below: