I have the latest Lightroom and Photoshop CC. In Lightroom, I select a picture and then click Edit in Photoshop. The picture is a JPG and a new JPG is created, with the same name and the "-Edit" suffix.

I want to add some filters to the picture, so, I enable smart filters. I work on it and when I close it, it asks me to save a PSD file, and I just accept what Photoshop is offering me as the default.

Back in Lightroom, all my changes are nowhere to be seen, the JPG for the edited one looks the same as the original one and on the file system I can see an extra PSD that Lightroom seems to be ignoring.

Is it possible to have a good workflow with Lightroom and Photoshop and Smart Filters?

  • \$\begingroup\$ In properties how to you set to export to PS? Because for me it work fine and new PSD is automatically added in LR \$\endgroup\$ Commented Jan 1, 2020 at 13:31
  • \$\begingroup\$ @RomeoNinov I'm not sure I understand your first question. \$\endgroup\$ Commented Jan 1, 2020 at 17:51
  • \$\begingroup\$ When you edit in Photoshop it use config you define in LR properties. How did you set there to be (PSD, TIFF, 8 bit, 16 bit, etc.) \$\endgroup\$ Commented Jan 1, 2020 at 17:53
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    \$\begingroup\$ @RomeoNinov ahhh... I didn't know about that. Setting both as PSD and using Edit as Smart Object made it work. Thank you sa much... back to editing now. Do you want to write it as an answer so I can accept it? \$\endgroup\$ Commented Jan 1, 2020 at 19:00
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    \$\begingroup\$ You are welcome, Pupeno. Answer added :) \$\endgroup\$ Commented Jan 1, 2020 at 19:45

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You can set in Edit->Preferences->External Editing both to be PSD as it is on the image below. enter image description here and then try to edit as Smart Object. You may need to restart LR in this case.


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