If you want to edit 2 or more of your images as "ordinary" layers in Photoshop. Use the Menu item "Edit In" > "Open as Layers in Photoshop"


Opening all your images in layers is a nice time saving step"

pslayers layeredimage

For instructions on how to merge the two images, go here

To "Finish" or "Polish" an image, it is sometimes necessary to use layers that allow you to edit locally, rather than globally. This happens in Lightroom because some of the global edits can only have one setting and there isn't an equivalent edit using the adjustment brush in the tool bar.

For example the edits might include, Tone Curves, HSL, Color or B&W, or split toning, or even using a different image to "replace the sky."

In order for this scheme to work properly, Lightroom and Photoshop's Camera Raw, needs to be in sync, that is both need to use the same version of the raw editing engine. Inotherwords, your software needs to be up to date.

If you are using Photoshop CS 6 you need to install the latest Camera Raw plug-in. Use the Update menu in Photoshop Help > Update...

Step 1. In Lightroom:
beforeMake ALL your Lightroom Edits edits including: cropping, basic toning, improving the skin tones with the HSL panel targeted adjustment tool, etc.

The problem... we want to remove the red makeup around the eyes and in the eyebrows... However in Lightroom the HSL tools will change "reds" globally, in the entire image...

When you are satisfied with the skin tones create a snapshot

createsnapshot Step 2. Save as a Snapshot...
to save as a snapshot, right click the LAST step in the history panel... and choose "Create Snapshot"

hslskintonesRename the snapshot as... "HSL-SkinTones"

Step 3:
Make Hue, Saturation and Luminance HSL edits to remove the Makeup... Use TAT to adjust each (Hue, Saturation and Luminance).

Step 4:
make a snapshot of that step… Rename it as "RemoveMakeup"

Step 5. "Edit In"
Lightroom automatically recognizes you have Photoshop… So when you right click the image in the Develop Module or in the Library Module, from the popup menu: chose the menu item
Edit in > Open as Smart Object in Photoshop

New%20Smart Step 6: In Photoshop's Layer Panel
Right Click on the Blue (now Light gray) part of the Layer and choose menu item:
New Smart Object via Copy.

Note: In this example I sent to Photoshop the snapshot of version of Maiya with full makeup. In the classroom demo it was easier to send the snapshot of Maiya with "RemoveMakeup".

sendtoRawStep 7. Double click the icon (image) in the layer… you want to send to the image data to Photoshop's "Camera Raw." Photoshops version of Lightroom's Develop module

Photoshop Camera Raw is similar to The Develop Module in Lightroom PS-CamerRaw


Step 8. In Camera Raw
choose the far right panel "Snapshots" Any and All snapshots you make always travels with your smart Object raw file. So in the Snapshot panel choose in this case "RemoveMakeup"

Step 9. In Camera Raw
At the bottom right of the Camera Raw editor choose okay… this will send the "MakeupRemoval" version of your Lightroom Edit back to Photoshop's Layers


Step 9. In Camera Raw
At the bottom right of the Camera Raw editor choose okay… this will send the "skin tone" version of your Lightroom Edit back to Photoshop's Layers

addlayermask Step 10. In Photoshop
choose the top Layer (Blue Highlight color) and choose Make Mask.

Step 11: Make sure the mask is highlighted, Then choose a soft black brush. Paint on the canvas image on the areas where you want to remove the makeup. Black "holes" will appear on the mask where you have painted... brushmask

Step 12: Photoshop: File >Save As...
Once you have sent an image to Photoshop, it's a one way street. Even if you have sent a smart object to Photoshop, on going back (Saving) to Lightroom the file can be saved as a .tiff file or a PSD file…

The best way to remember which files have layers is to save layered files as .psd and flattened files as .tiff. Choose: Save as Photoshop File (.psd) If you think you'll want to make further edits in Photoshop. When you send the .psd file back to Photoshop it will still have it's layers .


Some notes about Smart Objects

When you have a photo where global edits in Camera Raw cannot process detail in highlights (sky) and shadows (landscape) or other similar situations without blowing away details in one or the other... You can use the smart object feature in in Camera Raw/Photoshop to merge, blend 2 copies of the same image, except one copy is processed for highlight recovery and the other for the mid-tones and shadows. In Photoshop you simply blend them together using layer masks.

Or, if you wish you can make a composite, combining 2 different photos like in the example in the left column, where we are replacing the sky in one photo with a different sky. In this example we send both images to Photoshop as a layers.

When you send a Smart Object from Camera Raw to Photoshop you are ALSO sending the raw data embedded in the file, along with a converted RGB file so that Photoshop can display the image. If you save the smart object file from Photoshop you'll also save the raw data and you don't have to worry about re-linking to the raw data to the original file.