Photoshop: Camera Raw adjustments in context of other layers

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currently when you use the amazing camera raw on a layer, it opens a separate interface which is great, but... alas, if you are in need of color matching you are facing a problem because you can't see the color correction in the composite psd document until you close camera raw.

if camera raw could be applied in both windows or have a view of the composite in camera raw as one of the views at the bottom this would be amazing. (btw, spliting the views with a way to actually move the split vertically or horizontally and not the layer would be nice)

if you want an example this is same as a color correction is applied to layers as an effect in after effects.

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I like this idea and would use it daily! I added my vote at the top. 
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Roei Tzoref

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Thanks Rikk. hopefully we would get the Team's attention. currently if I want to composite I resort to adjustment layers with clipping masks or smart filters. but camera raw is so intuitive, we should be able to watch the composite as we work in it. 
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Rikk Flohr, Champion

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Lots of people clicking the [Vote] button at the top is the surest way...
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Great feature request!  Thank you.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled PSD File Layers in Camera RAW.

Using Camera RAW as a filter has totally changed the way I edit files. I would be great to see all the layers that are in a PSD file show up in Camera RAW as I use Colour Masks in my job. 
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Camera Raw: Filter as adjustment layer..

It's great now to have access to Camera Raw as filter.

But it will be PERFECT to have the filter as a adjustment layer.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Photoshop: Make Camera Raw features available as an adjustment layer.

I know this has been raised in the past and marked as "not planned", but I'd really like to add my vote to the idea of having Camera Raw, or at least some of the features within ACR/LR available within Photoshop as an adjustment layer.

Right now, I can blend a bunch of exposures using layer masks, flatten the image and then do ACR adjustments on that. The trouble is, if I then want to go back and change the blend somehow, I need to discard my flattened layer and ACR adjustments, and then re-do it again. Another option is to do the exposure blend, then import back into Lightroom and do adjustments in there, and then create a new PSD/TIFF to do further PS work.

The trouble with both these options is they are not fully non-destructive. At some point you have to bake your adjustments into a new layer or file. Given that ACR/LR adjustments are just XML instructions on top of an underlying file, why can't we apply these adjustments as an adjustment layer along with curves, colour balance and all the rest?

If it is not possible to do this for some technical reason, it would be great to have ACR's basic sliders available as a global adjustment and the ability to do gradient, radial and brush local adjustments, plus the range masking feature. I'm less bothered about the other Develop panels as PS has enough features to do those functions.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Photoshop: Preview the results of Camera Raw filter in the document window.

It's frustrating to fine-tune the ACR filter without seeing its results in the actual document window.

I find the ACR filter very useful for adjusting the Temperature, Tint, and recovering shadow/highlight detail. I do these ACR moves on a stamped-up Smart Object, above my pixel edits (compositing and touch-up) but below my color adjustment layers. This allows me to set precise white / black points and perform localized adjustments with layer masks. But I can't see the results of my adjustment layers within the ACR filter's window. (...And rightly so :) )

Here is another example of where an ACR filter preview could be useful: As a finishing touch in composites, I often use ACR's Grain fx on a 50% grey smart object which is set to a blend mode in the contrast family. It would be great to be able to see the ACR filter's results rendered within the current document window, even if I had to click a "Preview" button and wait a few seconds.

As it is, I have to apply the ACR smart filter, then re-adjust, then re-apply.
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Upvote the Post of Marsupial. I also do the non-desctrutive noise variant described in the post. And for color correction – yes to see a preview applied in the document itself ... would be great and very useful. in the moment you have to re-apply, finetune, re-apply. it's like flying blind.