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I'm afraid that is how it works. Once you have opened the image in Photoshop you are no longer doing anything with the original raw file. You have loaded the pixels from that file into Photoshop, but they are the pixels that have been modified by the metadata.
But you should only have to return to ACR to change the strengthening, unless you have done a lot of additional editing in Photoshop. Perhaps it would be better to do the straightening as a first step in Photoshop.
I don't know about you, but since I have been using ACR 4.1 I find that I can do a lot more in ACR and considerably less in Photoshop.
Robert, I believe that if you click the gray area on either side of the rotated image it will revert back to the original.
Guess we need clarification. I thought that Robert was still in ACR and wanted to undo a straightening.
And to clarify my previous response, click on the gray area outside the entire image. If you click on the lighter gray area (within the original image) you will get a rotate tool to manually change the rotation).
Right-clicking or Control-clicking on the image, and choosing to "Clear Crop", will also allow you to undo the Rotation as well as the Crop.
> "My work flow ends with the straighten tool, but sometimes I'm not happy with what I've done. Thank God this does not happen often, but when it does I have had to go back to start with my PP in ACR".
Here is a little-known method of handling this.
After making the crop in ACR, use "Save Image", set Format "Photoshop", and set "Preserve Cropped Pixels". OK.
Then, after opening this PSD file in Photoshop, you can do Image > Reveal All to see what was there before you cropped/rotated in ACR.
Personally, I would probably use Smart Objects!
Thanks to ALL. YES; I'm in ACR, and using it more and more. I would like to be able to use my Focus Magic Plug-in in ACR too. Also sharpening is a PS only for me "now" (like to set radius). I'm retired and this is a long slow learn for me. It's just that sometimes my brain get stuck, and I just can't seem to think my way out. Thanks again.