Photoshop and Lightroom working together

In this chapter Karl is joined by Richard Curtis from Adobe and together the two explore how to work with images in both Lightroom and Photoshop.

Richard explains some useful tools in Lightroom before guiding you through the process of exporting your RAW image into Photoshop, where you can then make further adjustments in Camera RAW. He also then covers common processes photographers may need, such as adding watermarks or logos to an image, enhancing color and applying different color effects.

This photography class is a valuable tutorial for anyone wanting to make the most of what each photo editing software has to offer.

In this Photoshop class we cover the following:

  • Photo editing software
  • How to use Lightroom and Photoshop together
  • Image composition: Golden ratio vs Rule of Thirds
  • How to use Split Toning in Lightroom
  • How to use Smart Objects in Photoshop
  • Working with gradient masks in Camera RAW
  • Placing linked objects in Photoshop
  • How to add a watermark to an image

For further classes on how to use Lightroom 6/CC, watch our Lightroom for Photographers course.

If you have any questions about this course please post them in the comments section below ?


  1. hi, i’m new in photoshop…i’m bit confuse about which format we should before we use the photoshop? do we use the RAW format or we have to convert it to TIF first so we can use it on photoshop? and after we finish the photoshop , should we save it as TIF or keep it RAW? and what is the best quality format for WEB purpose ? thanks

      1. yes I did, I saw you were using TIF format all the time except one video you were using RAW format to demonstrate how the PS looks when we use RAW format…but I was searching how to convert from RAW to TIF? and when we should use TIF and when we should use RAW..and what is the best format for WEB…I hope I didn’t miss something 🙂

        1. Hi Peter, after you have made all of the adjustments that you think you may need to the RAW file in the RAW processor (capture one, Camera RAW, LR etc) such as highlight recovery, shadow detail etc etc then after that you export the file as a 16bit tiff or a 16bit PSD file. Then continue to work on the tiff or PSD in photoshop, you will still have plenty of latitude for additional colour, contrast tweaks. You can also go back to the RAW file and make further adjustments if you needed to export a new layer with something different or there is the other method shown where you continue to work on the ‘RAW’ file as a smart object layer in PS but I find that too much fuss to be honest.

          1. ok awesome…now is clear to me…thanks again 🙂

  2. I have watched all the photoshop for photographers courses and I can honestly say, I am now well on my way in understanding and using photoshop. Just like the light source courses, I have followed them in order which the best way to learn. My knowledge of photography has vastly improved and will continue to do so through KTE. I was always intimidated by photoshop but not anymore. I just wish I went through this course last year when I went to the subscription model for LR and PS.

  3. Hi, I have just noticed that when opening a RAW file in Lightroom and consequently launch it to Photoshop, by the right-click on the picture and then edit in photoshop as a smart object or not, pictures are automatically sized at 240dpi. Now, because I always work in 300 dpi, do you know how I can set this and get the image in photoshop in 300dpi. Rest assured that we still on raw file.

    Many Thanks for your help

  4. Hi, Great tutorial, well done!
    As I already started a project of serial pictures, I have done the same procedure – half of it – on Tiff files. I am not an expert in Lightroom so I really need an advice here. Now, my concern is about the output file format. I want to stay Tiff. To save in this format do I need to do the export? Is this the equivalent of the classic “save as” in Photoshop?
    I mean if I export in Tiff, is this called an interpolation? Is this a destructive way? When work in Lightroom is better to work with raw files instead Tiff?
    Would you recommend to edit my photos in Lightroom first and, eventually hyperlink to photoshop later to preserve the raw workflow? I did vice-versa.

    Many Thanks

    1. Hi Luigi, it is always better to work with the RAW file in Lightroom, Capture One or Phocus as these are RAW file handling types of software. When you have modified your RAW file to where you want it to be then I export it as a 16bit tiff which is non destructive. In this particular tutorial it demonstrates how you can continue to work with it as a RAW file in photoshop as a smart object but work on it in much the same was as you would have done on the Tiff. However to be honest my process is usually much simpler than this. First I process the RAW file how I want it to look, sometimes even 2 or 3 duplicates and create different versions and then I export those RAW files as 16bit Tiffs and finish my final work in Photoshop on the Tiff file.

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