Lightroom Classic: Auto import new and/or renamed files in to Lightroom

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From Lightroom, we can open an image in Photoshop, work on it, flatten it and save it with an appended name and despite Lightroom and Photoshop supposedly being integrated, there is no option in Photoshop to include a new or renamed file in Lightroom when saving it. Instead we are forced to employ the Lightroom Import dialog every time. This is  supposedly being a family of programs.

A workaround is to save to a Lightroom Watched Folder and then move it to a selected folder setting that up before opening Photoshop, but to me this option should be right in the Save As dialog in Photoshop. 

In Lightroom today for example, despite having a watched folder all set up, in the Library Module I go to Auto Import and note that it is checked, yet when I go to the Auto Import Settings there is a checkbox at the very top of that dialog that is not checked, and even after checking that as well, I still had to use "Synchronize Folder" to get the files to show up. That is very cumbersome. Having to employ the Import dialog is also quite slow and I think this should be available in the Save As dialog of photoshop.

This affects hundreds of images that get saved as jpgs and also new files created in Photoshop. 

I wish to make this a feature request. How do I do that?
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J Jay Ladouceur

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J Jay, you've already made this a feature request by making this post. 

In the event a user has more than one Lightroom Classic catalog - how would you envision their telling Photoshop which catalog to load?

In the Lightroom Ecosystem world this is easy because there is only one catalog. 
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J Jay Ladouceur

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Thanks Rick. Not sure if your last sentence answered your own question but if not, I can see it is a good one. My though would be whichever catalog the user is currently working in. That way, before starting on a project the user could ensure being in the correct one. The dialog would need to specify a folder and presumably that folder would only exist in one catalog. Not knowing how others manage their catalogs that is just an assumption of course.
Admittedly, I use only one catalog because I had some horrendous experience trying to juggle multiples. I often do searches that span years of photos. LR is amazing at doing that, even including archived folders stored on attached USB drives.  
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Right, if you brought an image from Lr Classic to Ps it could know which one already.