You can certainly save it as a Photoshop Raw file but this file format is not the same as a Raw file from camera. Raw files in the sense we speak of Raw files in Lightroom can only be created by a camera that is capable of doing that. I'm not even sure if a Photoshop Raw file can be read, i.e. opened by Lightroom.
Since there is no way that you can create a camera Raw-file in Photoshop I suggest that you save your panoramas as .TIF files.
Thank you! Saving them as Tiffs is what I already do but I think it would be great if all these photos could be merged and still be saved as a RAW file like the ones they came from. That would make further editing simpler in lightroom. Best
Yes, I agree it would be nice. But it will remain a wish.
Here's what I do:
I don't edit at all in Lr before the panorama stitching in Photoshop, except that I make the horizontals and/or verticals (for instance the horizon in a sea shot) straight. That makes it easier for Photoshop to do the stitching.
I don't do much further editing in Photoshop because I do Photoshop-editing on layers and that creates huge files. Rather, I do all editing after the panorama-stitching in Lr.
so, you edit your Tiffs in Lightroom? Why not in Photoshop? Is that a matter of preference or does light room actually have advantages? Thanks again
1) I find Lr-editing more versatile than PS. Just think how easy it is to adjust the color temperature.
I use grad filter and radial filter a lot to adjust uneven tonalities in panoramas.
Years ago I did all editing in PS but have gradually "drifted" to editing in Lr, except for things that Lr can't do like panorama-stitching.
2) Editing in Lr keeps file sizes much smaller.
Thanks, very useful. I am slowly drifting towards lightroom more and more too. I guess it makes sense. All the best