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Sat, May 5, 2018 9:11 PM

Not a problem

Lightroom Desktop: Layers all flattened when editing in Photoshop

Sometimes when I re-edit a photo that I previously edited in Photoshop (from Lightroom CC) all my layers are flattened.

When I go to the web version (lightroom.adobe) and download the edited photo I can see all the layers.

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3 years ago

Greetings adriaanf, 

Here's how it is supposed to work. If you use LIghtroom CC to send a photo to Photoshop, it comes back into Lightroom CC with the layers intact. If you send that file back to Photoshop again, the layers should be available - however... 
 
...if you move any sliders or make any adjustments or edits to the image, the file sent to Photoshop the second time will be flattened and sent without the layers. You now have three files, the original, the first Photoshop edit and a second Photoshop edit.  Is that how it is working for you?
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3 years ago

Aha I see. Yes that actually makes sense, but when I was in my workflow it wasn't obvious at the time.

It did work like that for me, however there was a case as I mentioned in my original post where I didn't make any adjustments to the photoshop file and the only way I could get the layered version was to go onto the web-based version lightroom.adobe and download that file first and then open it in photoshop.

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a year ago

It's a old post but I thought I put some life back into it instead of starting a new topic.
This is a weird situation. As adriaanf explained, all layers are gone after a slider is moved in Lightroom CC Desktop. In the first place why ? Lightroom classic doesn't do this.
Now in Lightroom CC Desktop I only have the original raw file and a flattened Tiff file.
If I want the previous version back, I'll have to go to the web version of lightroom and download it there. Sure, happy I still have the file with layers, but how stupid is this !?!
If I had a lot of work in PS and accidentally move a slider in Lightroom CC, it's "gone".

Just make it work as Lightroom Classic and don't flatten anything, or at least make the previous layered version also available in Lightroom CC Desktop.

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First of all, Lightroom Classic does this too. If you have a layered tiff in Lightroom, and you edit it in Lightroom Classic by moving a slider and send this to Photoshop, then a flattened copy with the edits will be sent to Photoshop. There is no other way to apply Lightroom edits to a layered file, because Lightroom does not support layers. The only thing is that Lightroom Classic has an extra option to choose 'Edit Original'.

Lightroom (CC desktop) does not remove the edited copy. It is still there, so you now have three copies. It gets stacked with the other copies however, so maybe you missed that.

Johan W. Elzenga,

http://www.johanfoto.com