How To Round Trip in Lightroom

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom allows users to edit Lightroom images in other programs, including Adobe Photoshop CSS and other applications. Editing one program's photos in another is known as round-tripping. Users can round-trip Lightroom photos to Photoshop and vice versa via the Edit In tab.

Step 1: Using Another Program to Edit Lightroom Photos

Users can send images to other programs to be edited. Many new Lightroom users may wonder why someone would want to do this. Well, sometimes other programs have features that Lightroom doesn't have. For example, Photoshop is a much more powerful program than Lightroom. This program is going to be able to do a lot more effects.

For whatever reason, users can easily round-trip photos and other images between Lightroom and other programs.

Step 2: How to Round-trip Images from Lightroom

How to send an image to another program depends on the type of file it is. To send a RAW file, users just need to follow the below steps:

  1. Open Lightroom, and open up the image in one of the following modules: Library, Develop, Web or Slideshow.
  2. Users should then place their cursor over the image, and right-click on it.
  3. A dropdown menu will appear. Here, users should click on Edit In, and then select either Edit in Adobe Photoshop CSS or Edit in Other Application.

This is how RAW images can be round-tripped to other programs. But, if the files are .JPG, .JPEG, .TIFF or .TIF files, a pop-up menu will appear. Here, users need to select whether or not they would like to Edit Original (edit the original file), Edit a Copy (edit a copy of the initial image) or Edit a Copy with Lightroom Adjustments (Lightroom edits will be kept when the file is opened in another program).

When the file is sent to the other program, the program will immediately open, and users can go ahead and further adjust the file in that program. Once users are completed with all their changes, they may choose to send the file back to Lightroom.

Step 3: Sending an Edited File Back to Lightroom

Once all the changes have been applied, users should follow the below steps to send the file back to Lightroom:

  1. Go to File, and then select Save. The image name should be changed, or it will break the link between the two programs. If a user does accidentally rename the image, they will have to re-import it into their catalog.
  2. Reopen Lightroom. If a copy was edited, it will be displayed next to the original in the Lightroom catalog. The new copy with have "-Edit" at the end of the file name. If the original was edited, it will be displayed by itself.

Step 4: Editing an Image as a Smart Object

In the same dropdown menu as the Edit In was the option to Open as Smart Object in Photoshop. This will send the image to Photoshop as a Smart Object. Users can send .Tiff, .Tif, .JPEG, .JPG and RAW files as Smart Objects.