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How to Export Images from Lightroom 3 to Adobe Photoshop for Editing

By Pye Jirsa on May 11th 2011

(The Lightroom video tutorial in this post is just under the introductory text below. The working files for this video can be found just above the video.)

By now, it should be clear that even with Adobe Lightroom 3, Photoshop is still going to be a large part of your photographic workflow. Whenever we can’t complete an image in Lightroom, we need to turn to the advanced functionality of Photoshop.

So, before we go on to the next chapter, I thought it would be appropriate just to briefly go over how to take your images into Photoshop when necessary.

In this video, we are going to be discussing the “Edit in Photoshop  functionality more so than actually setting up the External Editing file settings and software. To see how to setup Lightroom’s External Editing functionality, please visit the External Editing Tab tutorial back in the Lightroom General Preferences Chapter.

Let’s get on to exactly how to open/edit images from Lightroom in Photoshop, and the different options we have when doing so.

Let’s get to it!

Exercise File Download Links:

Note: These images have been provided to the SLR Lounge users curteousy of Lin and Jirsa Photography for educational purposes only. They may not be used in any other manner outside of these SLR Lounge learning videos without the express written consent of Lin and Jirsa Photography. Thank you.

Full RAW Exercise Files (265MB) – For faster connections. The full RAW files will allow you to follow the tutorials while achieving the exact same results as shown.
JPEG Exercise Files (24MB) – For slower connections. The JPEG files will allow you to follow the tutorials, although the results may vary due to not having the image details of the full RAW file.

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  1. Joseph Prusa

    Thanks for sharing.

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