by Julieanne Kost

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December 16, 2013

If you are working on a file in Lightroom and choose Edit-In Photoshop, make your changes, and save the edited file – then Lightroom will automatically import that file into the Lightroom Catalog. If however, after opening the file in Photoshop,  you choose to make a duplicate image (to experiment in another direction for example) and save that duplicated file, then Lightroom won’t be aware of the duplicate  and therefore, will not be able to auto-import it.

If you find yourself in this situation (Lightroom has not imported files that you want in the catalog), in the Library module of Lightroom, Control -click (Mac) | Right Mouse -click (Win) on the folder and choose synchronize.


  • By julie weber - 6:29 AM on December 16, 2013  

    I have routinely hand off images to photoshop by right clicking ‘edit in’, have the preference set up as per your video and have had no issue until lately when suddenly the file no longer opens in photoshop. A psd file is created, photoshop is launched, but the new file is not opened. I had it set so that a psd file is created and put in the same folder as the original. In the past that new psd would open in photoshop and I did my additional editing, saved the file and all was good. Now I have to go to the ‘open file’ menu in photoshop and search for the new file and open it. Extra steps that are a pain and time consuming. Any thoughts??

  • By Sam Cox - 6:38 AM on December 16, 2013  

    I’ve found I can use Photoshop’s “Save as …” command to preserve a set of alternate edits and the newly created file will appear in Lightroom as long as I’m careful to assign a unique filename. This is very handy when I can’t decide which of several edits I like best.

    This works will with Lightroom 5.2 and Photoshop CC running in Windows 7.

    • By Michael Proudfit - 7:21 AM on December 16, 2013  

      I’ll be darned, that is very surprising. It also works on the Mac.

  • By Dennis Chisa - 7:42 AM on December 28, 2013  

    Hello Ms. Kost
    In Lightroom 4.4 I set up the Additional External Editor to Photoshop CS5 to open an image as JEPG-sRGB-300ppi-All Meta and saved it as a preset. When I select an image and go to Photo>Edit In and select my preset JEPG-sRGB-300ppi-All Meta the file opens in Photoshop CS5. After editing I Save the image and the file returned to Lightroom is a TIFF, not a JEPG. Why is the image not brought back to Lightroom as a JEPG? Am I doing something wrong?
    Thank You – Dennis

    • By Jeffrey Tranberry - 7:54 AM on December 31, 2013  

      Lightroom won’t save back to JPEG since that would be a destructive edit. Each time you save to JPEG it throws away precious data and image quality.