OK this helps somewhat. I guess where I use to go File>Plug-in Extras>Export to Photomatix Pro or Merge to 32 bit HDR or Perfect Effects 8 now go to Photo>Edit In>Photoshop Elements Editor. BUT........when I do/did this and tried to edit the photo in Elements it would not let me and a window popped up stating. "Could not perform the requested action because Photoshop Elements provides only limited support for files with 16 bit color depth. Do you want to convert the image to 8 bit?" Is this normal? Should I chose "Convert Depth?"
I can also chose Photo>Edit In>Open as Smart Object in Photoshop
Is one way better than the other or are the both the same?
Thanks in advance,
Well I tried Photo>Edit In>Open as Smart Object in Photoshop then Elements opened and a window in Lightroom popped up stating, "The file could not be edited because Adobe Photoshop Elements Editor could not be launched. ????
You probabably DON'T have Photoshop (just Photoshop Elements) so the Smart Object edit in won't work.
You can open the file is Photoshop Elements as 16 bit but Elements only has a SMALL subset of tool that work with 16 bit. Editing 8 bit in Elements gives great results as far as I am concerned although I only take about 2 percent of my photos to elements, mostly for heavy duty cloning. If you want full 16 bit editing you need the full Photoshop. In that case, the Creative Cloud option at 10 bucks a month is the way to go.