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Sending Raw files from Lightroom 4 to Elements

Jan 30, 2013 2:58 AM

Hi,

 

I am using the trial version of Photoshop Elements 11.

 

However, I can't send Raw files directly to Elements from Lightroom 4. Only PSD, Tiff or Jpegs.

 

I have downloaded the latest camera Raw plug ins so both Elements and Lightroom have Camera Raw 7.3.

 

Please can anyone help.

 
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  • 99jon
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    Jan 30, 2013 3:07 AM   in reply to 81-2006

    That's how it works. I always use PSD with lightroom develop settings.

     

    You normally make the round trip from Lightroom as follows:

    1) Ctrl+E in the Library to export selected image with develop settings

    2) Edit in Elements; then Ctrl+S to overwrite Lightroom export copy

    3) Ctrl+W to close in Elements and update Lightroom thumbnail.

     
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  • 99jon
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    Jan 30, 2013 3:46 AM   in reply to 81-2006

    Nope. It needs to be in a format for pixel editing in PSE.

     

    You can't use the PSE tools and layers on a raw image.

     

    It's best to do all of your raw editing in LR4 and then finalize in PSE.

     

    Even in CS6 where it's possible to open a raw image, Photoshop has in fact rendered a background image for pixel editing which must be saved in one of the alternative formats.

     
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  • 99jon
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    Jan 30, 2013 3:56 AM   in reply to 81-2006

    You're welcome.

     
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    Mar 3, 2013 2:51 AM   in reply to 81-2006

    Hi,

     

    Lightroom 4 doesn't contain a native ability to do what you are asking, but I wrote a plugin that might help you do what you want. It's called TPG Elemental. It helps with those many situations (e.g. creating panoramas or opening files in layers) where creating intermediate files on disk is pointless and just creates more work (or consumes more disk space) for you to manage.

     

    Matt

     
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  • 99jon
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    Mar 3, 2013 3:55 AM   in reply to Matt Dawson

     

    Thanks for the useful update Matt. The other Lightroom plug-in’s also look good value. I will give the FTP plug-in for publish services a try.

     
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    Mar 3, 2013 4:03 AM   in reply to 99jon

    NP. Hopefully they will help you with your Lightroom workflow. If you are new to Lightroom plugins there are plenty of them out there. Jeffrey Friedl's site is another good source for them.

     

    Matt

     
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