Resizing Files While Placing into Photoshop

Adobe Lightroom ClassicAdobe Photoshop

Dragging and dropping a file from Bridge or Lightroom on top of an open document in Photoshop will (by default) place the file as an embedded Smart Object.

2014_03_25DragDrop01For more control over how the image is added, select  Photoshop Preferences > General:

• Resize Image During Place – this will automatically scale down any file that is placed into a document smaller than it. But don’t worry, because Photoshop converts the file being placed into a Smart Object before it scales it down, all of the original data is there if you need to transform it larger.

• Always Create Smart Objects when Placing – this converts the file to be placed into a Smart Object. If you have reason to place an image as a regular, pixel based layer, uncheck this option.


Adobe Lightroom Classic, Adobe Photoshop

Posted on 03-27-2014


  • By Bryn - 6:34 PM on March 27, 2014  

    I somehow missed the resize during place preference, and have been continually annoyed at having to drag down the corner repeatedly to size it down.

  • By debb levy - 7:46 PM on March 29, 2014  

    love your tips and use them often. time saved is a plus in my work flow.