Posted Fri Oct 19, 2012 3:56AM
Hi. I am new to both iStock and also to Lightroom. Pretty pleased with both but I have a small but annoying problem with Lightroom. If I am in Lightroom and need to "edit in" - Photoshop I get the window choices: "Edit a copy with Lightroom Adjustments", Edit a copy", or "Edit original". OK - but whatever I do I end up with an extra copy of the image. If I go back to Photoshop several times, at the end I have multi copies. I really would like to avoid this. Any clues please?
Posted Fri Oct 19, 2012 7:09AM
When you "edit in photoshop" you end up with a TIFF or PSD version of you image. This creates the second copy and is unavoidable (Photoshop can't save its results back into the RAW file, it must create a new TIFF or PSD). If you then edit the new TIFF/PSD in Photoshop again and then save it, I believe it should just save the new TIFF/PSD over the old one and not create additional copies. If you edit the original RAW in PS again, it probably (haven't tried this so not sure) will create yet another copy. So to summarize, it is unavoidalbe to create the new TIFF/PSD file when you "edit in PS", but re-edits in PS of this new TIFF/PSD I don't believe will generate further copies.
Posted Fri Oct 19, 2012 7:37AM
When you first edit it defaults to edit a copy for the reasons wdstock mentions above, but when you go back to edit the tiff/psd file again you need to choose edit original to avoid another copy. In this case, edit original should take you back to whatever you saved in photoshop with all your layers intact and will not give you an additional file.
Posted Fri Oct 19, 2012 8:26AM
There is a way to avoid what you are explaining, there is a setting somewhere that prevents the copy showing up at end of the film strip type bar. I forget the setting and how it's done.
But there is another way that i think works, that is when you go to save the image that you have been working on in Photoshop change the file name.
Posted Fri Oct 19, 2012 8:59AM
Just checked. If you do as i say above, rename file name of an image when saving, it won't show up in the Lightroom at end of film strip area. Also if after doing step above if you then close PS and Lightroom. You can re-open Lightroom again edit an image in Photoshop and not have to rename the iamge before saving and it wil not show up in Lightroom! .
When opening an image to PS i right click on image in Lightroom and choose edit in Adobe Photoshop....
So you only have to rename one image once and problem solved. This would apply to that catolog only i think (backup catalog) if/when asked.
(Edited on 2012-10-19 09:06:10 by Feverstockphoto)
Posted Sat Oct 20, 2012 6:59AM
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Posted Sat Oct 20, 2012 12:15PM
IF I understand correctly what Feverstock is saying, he is right, you won't have a bunch of files in LR. BUT, you won't have that edited file there either unless you re-import it. That kinda defeats the purpose of LR, IMO. It can't manage and catalog your files if the file isn't there. If you're going to do it that way, just use ACR (it's the same editing engine as LR) and PS and forget about LR.
The general idea is to do all the editing you can in the raw file in LR, then go to PS and finish. Then just do a save and all the PS edits are there in LR in one (tif or psd-your choice) file. Don't go back and forth if at all possible. Of course there's more than one way to do almost anything so YMMV. But that's my 2c. Good luck.
Posted Sun Oct 21, 2012 7:32AM
I like to use the stacking feature in lightroom and have "stack with original" checked in the external editing tab of the preferences menu. You may wish to have multiple edits of a photo or just the one as outlined above. By stacking them and then collapsing the stack you only have one photo showing on the filmstrip. Expand the stack and they all become visible again.