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    Question Edit in PS CS5 from Lightroom, but file doesn't save back to Lightroom? HELP
    I recently purchased an iMac and Adobe Design Premium CS5. I begin my editing in Lightroom and if a file needs extra care, I open in Photoshop. When I used this method on my PC, the files always saved back to Lightroom, however, I have tried it three times on the MAC and the file does NOT go back to Lightroom. I checked the file handling and editing and can't see what I'm missing.

    I looked in the LR help section and it says it will automatically open the PS file in LR, however it doesn't. When I save, the file is saved in the correct folder on my MAC, but LR deselects the original file and says no file selected. When I select edit, it shows the possibility to undo "attach copy to original"....so I know photoshop is communicating with LR. I've tried edit in PS and open as smart object in PS. I am clicking SAVE not SAVE AS. I have also tried just hitting COMMAND+s and just trying to close and saving when it asks. All ways give the same result. I have done this countless times on my PC with no issues ever. I've checked to be sure that it's not stacking the images and hiding them. It's not.

    I did find the option to synchronize my folder, however, I use a star rating to decide which photos to keep and when it synchronizes the star rating I gave the original is not applied to the edited photo.

    What am I missing?

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    I asked a friend to try on her mac computer and she says it works. So now I am utterly confused.

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    What format is the file you're exporting from LR to PS ? Is it a RAW file ? If so, and you're not saving as a jpg, it is likely just converting the file to either tiff or PSD. If this is the case, it is likely in the same folder as the original file, but you'll have to import this file again. Try it. In LR, go to file>import and choose the folder where the original file is. Make sure you're not moving anything... just copy file from location and add to catalog. And of course make sure to have "do o not import suspected duplicates" checked.

    It should sift through that folder and files within a short while (depending upon how many photos are in said folder and single that tiff/psd out. Import and it will either be next to or stacked on the original.

    Let me know.

    Doug

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    It looks like it had something to do with the file location during the initial import. I noticed I had two drives listed in LR with the same name. So I deleted all files in the one drive that wasn't saving properly and imported them again. Then the files seemed to work fine.

    Hopefully it won't happen again!

    Thanks so much for your input. I didn't want to have import the edited file because it just adds another step to my current workflow, but I did see how it will work that way if necessary.

    Again, thanks.

    Now to learn all the other ins and outs of the mac.

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    Cool. Glad you got it sorted out. Given what you've said, I guess you've been editing jpg files? Or am I wrong about that?

    Doug

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    Quote Originally Posted by Doug b View Post
    Cool. Glad you got it sorted out. Given what you've said, I guess you've been editing jpg files? Or am I wrong about that?

    Doug

    I export as jpgs, but I import RAW and edit in LR/PS as the same.

    I think my issues stemmed from not really having a grasp on drives and where everything is stored. Probably a duh-huh, but somehow I caused LR to incorrectly direct the files and that caused PS to not be able to save back to LR when saved. I should have checked the location of the 'incorrect' drive in Finder, but instead I just deleted the files since I still had them on my CF card. Then I copied the files to my drive and then had LR import them. They went in the correct drive and worked perfectly after that.

    My next feat will be to organize and cull old files. I was afraid of losing things, so I copied everything from my PC over, except for applications. I am hoping I don't have any duplicates as that could cause some really late nights and a bald head...

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    Hi...
    LR's only issue after exporting is it doe not automatically re-import them into the library. To do this......
    choose File>Import & make Lightroom aware of files.
    or if the folder containing images already exists in Lightroom, Import them by.....
    choosing the folder in the folder panel & selecting.. Library>synchronize folder.

    Hope this Works..
    With Bridge bit Different:
    To push To Bridge....select>Metadata>save metadata to file,
    If files have been modified outside of Lightroom & you want to incorporate those changes..in the Library module ..
    select Metadata>Read Metadata form File.

    This should be the ticket ...confusing huh?
    k

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