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Lightroom Classic & Photoshop Integration

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Class Introduction

Ben Willmore

Lightroom Classic & Photoshop Integration

Ben Willmore

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Lesson Info

1. Class Introduction
Ben shares why he loves using Lightroom Classic and Photoshop together.


Lesson Info

Class Introduction

welcome to Light Room Classic and Photoshop integration. I'm Ben Wilmore. In this class. We're going to progress from the basics and intermediate and then push it into advanced. And so, regardless of your user level, you should learn a good amount of information about how to get light room in Photoshop to work together. Now, when we first get started, I'm going to begin with the basics, which is going to be setting up your preferences correctly in just sending an image back and forth between light room Photoshop. But then we'll start exploring the various options the light room asks you about when you open images, and then we'll start exploring unique methods for opening your images. You'll learn how to open it as a smart object, a linked, smart object as layers and more. But then we're going to go beyond the things that everyday light room Photoshop users use, and we'll start doing things more unique, like figuring out how to get adjustments that are not usually available in light roo...

m. They're only available in Photoshop in figuring out how to make them available in light room so you don't always have to go to Photoshop to do that work, and then I'll show you how to do things like work with your pictures, even when you forgot the hard drive that contains the original images, while you're still going to be able to open them, work on them in Photoshop and they'll update once you get those images to be available once again. But throughout this whole process, we're just going to progress to get better and better at working between Light Room and Photoshop. Now, when you're going through this, I'm sure you're going to have some questions. And so there is a handbook for this class that's in the class. Bonus materials download that pdf its extensive information covering what I do here in class. But when you get questions at the bottom of every page of that handbook is a link to our Facebook group, and that is where you can ask questions about the class. I monitor that group, and also other people that are taking the class will pop in there and also answer questions in those bonus materials. Also, you'll find a light room catalog now to use the light room catalog file. What I would do is launch light room, go to the file menu and choose open catalog and then open the light room catalog file that is contained within those bonus materials. Once you do on the left side of your screen, when you're in the library module, you'll find an area called Collections, and I'll have collections set up for each one of the lessons that need images. Click on that collection and work with the files that are there, and therefore you can work with the same images that I did when I was recording the class. Now I would not suggest importing these images into your normal light room catalog file. Things can just get a little messy when you have somebody else's files in there. Instead, when you're done working with this class, just go right back up to the file menu and light room, and you can choose open catalog to open your old catalogue. Or there's usually a choice for opening recent in. Therefore, you'll probably find your catalog within the list, but let's dive in and get started with the next lesson

Class Description


  • Optimize your settings and explore the multitude of options for round-tripping images between Lightroom and Photoshop.
  • Apply adjustments in Lightroom that are usually only available in Photoshop.
  • Make multiple passes of Lightroom adjustments on layered files while retaining the ability to edit all the layers.
  • Mask an image in Photoshop and then transfer the result to Lightroom in order to preview how it would look on top of images in your catalog.
  • Teach Lightroom to automatically create complex layouts in Photoshop.
  • Work on your Lightroom images in Photoshop even when the originals are not available.
  • Learn tips and tricks to increase productivity.


If you’ve ever sent an image from Adobe Lightroom to Adobe Photoshop and have been confused by the choices of “Edit a Copy with Lightroom Adjustments”, “Edit a Copy”, and “Edit Original”, then you’ll love this class from the start. After all, developing clarity on the fundamentals is essential before you can feel comfortable with Lightroom Classic.

If you dig a little deeper, you’ll learn that both Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Lightroom have unique strengths that become dramatically more versatile when they are used together. For instance, Photoshop’s advanced masking and layering capabilities are great when you want to replace a dull and boring sky. But, it’s only when you partner it with Lightroom’s ability to overlay a Photoshop image that you can experiment with various skies and interactively adjust the raw file until it looks like it belongs in the resulting image.

Once you have a solid feel for the strengths and limitations of each program, you’ll learn to push them and combine features to accomplish things you had no idea were even possible. This is Ben Willmore’s special gift: He gets you comfortable by relating the technical aspects to things you already know and use every day, which develops clarity. Then he guides you through real-world projects to help build your confidence before showing you just how far you can push the boundaries so you know what’s possible.

This class will help you:

  • Understand the preferences and choices that control how Photoshop and Lightroom Classic interact
  • Learn under which situation each option makes sense so you can always choose the best option for your images
  • Discover how uncommon features add a lot of functionality once you see concrete examples of their use
  • Eliminate the frustration of having Photoshop images not appear in your Lightroom catalog after editing
  • Understand how to round-trip your images while retaining Photoshop layers and multiple passes of Lightroom adjustments
  • See how Metadata conflicts can cause issues and how to resolve them


  • People who have Adobe Lightroom Classic and Adobe Photoshop (not elements) installed and have some familiarity with the absolute basics of both programs.
  • Those who desire clarity, confidence and efficiency based on proven logic.
  • Please who want to develop versatile workflows that go beyond the basics.


Adobe Lightroom Classic (v10.2)

Photoshop (v22.3)



Fantastic, clear explanations of these features. i have a much better understanding of how to go back and forth between LR and PS. Thank you Ben. this is must watch class for anyone that uses LR and PS