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Editing Toolbox: How to Swap Between Lightroom and Photoshop

editing toolbox free editing tutorials Jul 22, 2022

By Charlotte Reeves

**IMPORTANT NOTE: Download the free flowchart here before pressing play!**

If you use Lightroom and Photoshop for editing and always seem to end up with multiple versions of the same image, (and image filenames that look like this - MyPhoto-Edit-Edit-Edit-Edit.psd) then this workflow hack is for you!

Especially while you are still learning these programs, you might find yourself shunting your image between them, accumulating multiple copies of the file each time you switch to the other program to work on something different.

In this video, I'm going to give you a brief rundown of my own personal workflow, showing you how to get from the RAW file, to Photoshop, back to Lightroom (and then maybe back into Photoshop to fix up that thing you forgot to fix the first time 🙈).

The whole time, you'll only have TWO versions of the image. The original RAW file. And your final edited (PSD or TIFF) file.

And of course, when you have that final master file in Lightroom, you can export for various uses like Facebook, Instagram or printing.

If you use this hack, you're guaranteed to end up with less confusing, fewer final versions of the image, more space on your hard drive and a very much tidier workflow overall!

I realise this *may* raise additional questions about workflow, file formats and other topics, so if you are unsure about anything I've mentioned please post your query in the comments - my next Editing Toolbox video may just answer your question. 😉

P.S. Don't forget to download the free flowchart to go along with this video! You can find that here.

If you like these quick tutorials, you'll love our premium Unleashed Edits - full start-to-finish editing tutorials in Lightroom and Photoshop. These are available in our membership (along with a tonne of amazing pet photography education). We hope to see you there!

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