Lightroom: Add Layers to Lightroom

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I've seen a plugin that adds layers to LR which would save a lot of to-ing and fro-ing to Photoshop. The plugin is actually stand-alon, but also integrates with LR to some extent. It allows many of the layer options found in Photoshop. Not tried it but seems like a cracking idea! :-)

Making LR more of an editor could make Photoshop redundant for pure photographic work
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LR is focused on organized, synching and practical options which are good but left behing the real photographic tool for digital photography. Adding layers is so important. Specially when you can select which is first, second etc. is changes the result differentely like PS. And Lightroom needs more photographic real filter from analog era. Like film glow, better grain engine, film stock engige and Luts. 
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Lightroom: Layers instead of "pins".

Simple! I've my local adjustments with "pin" on my photo? Why don't hide
"pin" and create a level panel... So clicking the layer i can see my
mask, i can move levels up and down, i can overwrite my retouch without
clicking casually on another "pin".


Furthermore, it will be better insert color management into local adjustment panel... so if i've a orange floor and an pink/orange skin ... i can correct only the skin or the floor using color management but with mask of my brush.
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> Specially when you can select which is first, second etc. is changes the result differentely like PS. And Lightroom needs more photographic real filter from analog era. Like film glow, better grain engine, film stock engige and Luts.>

So why not use Photoshop instead of turning Lightroom into another version of Photoshop? It comes with a subscription. I am not a huge fan of LR. I use it for some things, but I mainly have always used Photoshop because I must use layers for what I mostly do.

However, I understood adding Lightroom to Adobe's stable of apps, since there was a call for a relatively simple photo editing app that didn't take forever to learn and had a kind of guided workflow. I'm afraid I don't understand why Adobe should give up on that concept???  It's a program I can happily, and sincerely, recommend to my photographer friends who don't enjoy a lot of image editing or compositing, but want to be able to quickly prepare files without a steep learning curve and with the protection built into LR against destructive editing. As noted, filters can run within LR, so it's not as if there isn't access to most of the effects you might want to apply as a photographer.