How Best To Move Your Images From Lightroom To Photoshop For Editing

In this episode, we’ll be looking at how best to move your images from Adobe Photoshop Lightroom to Adobe Photoshop for editing. This question came up from one of our members on the ForteSpy Online Community for creative professionals so we decided to do a detailed post on it.


Image Opened in Lightroom
Image Opened in Adobe Lightroom Classic 2018


Setting Up Adobe Photoshop Lightroom

First off, we import our RAW files into our preferred RAW processing software, which in this case is the Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Classic 2018. After performing our preliminary tonal adjustments/edits in Lightroom, we are now set to take the files into Adobe Photoshop for editing. Before we do that, we need to set up/instruct Lightroom to seamlessly communicate with Photoshop. On the PC (Windows) platform, we’ll go to Edit > Preferences; On the Mac, we’ll go to Lightroom > Preferences and click. We’re greeted with a dialog box which pops up showing us various settings. Our concern now should be the External Editing Tab. Select that tab and it shows a list of parameters we need to pre-define. These parameters are then applied to our images as they leave Lightroom to Photoshop or any other external editor of our choice. In this case, Our external editor would be the Adobe Photoshop CC 2018.

External Editor Options

  1. File Format: You have either PSD or TIFF to select from depending on your workflow.
  2. Color Space: You have ProPhotoRGB, AdobeRGB (1998), Display P3 and sRGB.
    • ProPhoto RGB has the largest colour space and would be advisable to use this if your RAW image has this colour space.
    • AdobeRGB (1998) is a commonly used colour space especially for images destined for print.
    • Display P3 is a newly introduced colour space which is very close to the AdobeRGB (1998).
    • sRGB is also a commonly used colour space especially for images destined for screens or web purposes (online usage).
    • N.B Kindly ensure consistency with your chosen in-camera colour space.
  3. Bit Depth: You have either 8 bits/components or 16-bits/components to choose from depending on your workflow. 8bit files are usually smaller and more compatible with various programs and plugins, but will not preserve fine tonal detail and dynamic range as well as the 16bit data.
  4. Resolution: The default value is 240 but I usually keep mine at 300. You can set yours to your preferred value.
  5. Compression: With PSD files, there is no compression option; with TIFF files at 8bit, you have three compression options; None, LZW and ZIP while with TIFF files at 16bit you have two compression options. None and ZIP. If you decide not to choose any compression option, that would be fine but if you decide to choose a compression option, you’re okay with either of the options. They do basically the same thing, which is to reduce the size of the image without removing detail or colour information.
  6. Stack With Original: This option would enable you to stack the edited version from Photoshop next to the Original version when viewed in Lightroom afterwards.
  7. Edit Externally File Naming: In this column, you can specify a preferred naming nomenclature to be applied after an image leaves Lightroom to an external editor of your choice so that when it returns to Lightroom, it can easily be distinguished from the original image.

When you’re done setting up Lightroom, click OK.

Setting Up Adobe Photoshop CC

Launch Adobe Photoshop and go to Edit  > Color Settings on the PC; same on the Mac. Most of the parameters are okay at default settings. Make sure you have the following boxes clicked. Profile Mismatches and Missing profiles (3 boxes). Click Okay

color settings
colour settings

Importing To Photoshop

At this point, we can now go back to our Lightroom application which is already open. Go to the Develop Module and select the image(s) you want to edit in photoshop; Right-click >Edit > Edit in Adobe Photoshop 2018 and the RAW file moves over seamlessly to Photoshop with all the edits applied to it in Lightroom for you to continue editing. After editing in Photoshop, you go to File > Save, and then open Lightroom, You’ll see the edited copy of the image stacked next to the original image with the pre-defined file naming you set up initially. If you want the images to appear individually in Lightroom you can go to the Library Module and select Photo > Stacking > Unstack. This separates them and they are now two individual images.


  • If there are two or more photos you wish to composite in Photoshop, right-click and select “Edit in” and “Open as Layers in Photoshop.” The images open as one layered file in Photoshop.
  • If you are exporting a TIFF, PSD or JPEG file. Right-Click on the image and a dialog box will pop up with three options as follows; Choose from “Edit a Copy with Lightroom Adjustments,” “Edit a Copy” or “Edit Original” and the image would open in Photoshop.
  • DNG or camera raw files open directly in Photoshop.
  • If you have a conflict of colour spaces between Lightroom and Photoshop you’ll get a notification prompting you to either go ahead with the embedded colour space that is coming from Lightroom, or you change it to the assigned colour space in Photoshop or you ignore colour management entirely.
color profile
colour settings


With these simple steps, it’s that easy to take your images from Lightroom to Photoshop and back to Lightroom. You can go ahead and practice this tip so you get a grip of it. Just in case you have a similar or totally different method of achieving the same results you can do well to share your thoughts in the comments section below.



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Ways To Improve Collaborations While Working With A Creative Team

The importance of teamwork cannot be overemphasized when it concerns success on any project.  From the established organizations to that small start-up firm, they all harness the power of team spirit to achieve spectacular results. That being said, we need to also know when to honor requests for collaborations and when not to get involved. Don’t get me wrong; The primary objective for any collaborative session is to create outstanding results that would create or add value to each Creative Professional involved. Results you know you can’t achieve on your own.

How to Improve collaborations while working with a Creative Team.

Have a clear objective.

This is part of the planning stage. Team members should discuss extensively on what they want to achieve, how they intend to achieve it, tasks are delegated and everyone executes theirs professionally.


Set Smart Goals.

The objectives must be realistic and time-bound. For further clarity, it’s always good to use a mood board, whiteboard or any form of visual representation of the possible end product to help serve as a reference point.

Establish An Atmosphere of Trust, Mutual Respect, and Safety.

Every member is prolific in his or her own field and so should be respected for that. No one is too small and no one is too big. The atmosphere should encourage diverse points of view, perspectives, and creativity. During my collaborative sessions, I usually generate healthy discussions among my team, we discuss their craft, I give them words of encouragement and make sure they’re relaxed throughout the session.

Provide Necessary Infrastructure.

For example, at ForteSpy Studios, we make sure there’s a conducive environment for every member of the team to work without any disturbance/interference. Every member also has a dedicated workstation. This also contributes to creating amazing results.

Keeping Healthy Relationships.

As Creative Professionals, there’s an associated amount of ego that comes with that status. Appreciating others, engaging in purposeful conversations and the ability to tame that ego is very important. We should find ways to communicate with each other, not just as professionals but as human beings. This would help build trust and the much-needed bonding among team members. This connection between team members is key.


Having mentioned these key tips, the question now is, how do you know when to say no to a collaboration. It’s simple.

We mentioned earlier that the primary objective of a collaboration should be to create outstanding results that would go a long way in adding value to your life/business; results you can’t really achieve on your own.

If you’re contacted for a collaborative session or you initiate contact for a collaborative session and you sense any form of distrust, disrespect or any member acting unilaterally or in isolation, kindly flee. Those are clear signs of possible failure. Here’s an example of a collaboration that went bad.

Hope I’ve been able to shed some more light on this topic. If you have more ideas to share kindly share your thoughts in the comments section below, we’ll be glad to hear from you



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The Nik Collection Just Got Axed

Google Nik Collection.

Nik Collection is a set of plug-ins developed for Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Lightroom and Apple Aperture. The Collection consists of vintage camera filters, black and white controls, HDR effects, noise reduction, colour correction, colour enhancement and sharpening.

Back in 2012, search giant, Google acquired this software bringing it and its popular photo editor Snapseed into its list of assets. Snapseed was at that time the most preferred photo editor on the iTunes App Store. Later in 2013, Google announced Snapseed would no longer be available as a Desktop application; thereby making it a mobile-only app. At that same time, the price of the Nik Collection crashed from $500 to $150. In 2016, Google again announced that the Nik Collection would now be going for free. There was so much joy in the photography community because the Nik Collection was very useful especially in speeding up our post-production workflow.

Google just made an announcement via a banner it posted on the Nik Collection Website and it reads;

The Nik Collection is free and compatible with Mac OS X 10.7 through 10.10; Windows Vista, 7, 8; and Adobe Photoshop through CC 2015.
We have no plans to update the Collection or add new features over time.


Well, for those who still make good use of this collection, there’s no guarantee that it’ll be compatible with future versions of Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Lightroom, Apple Aperture, Mac OS and Windows OS. You could just download a free copy and keep just in case; probably Google may just be magnanimous enough to make it some sort of open-source project where developers can redefine and keep it alive.. otherwise we’ll miss you dearly NIK…….