LIGHTROOM - Edit in Photoshop brings Photoshop to foreground (Mac -El Capitan)

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I can't recall when this issue first raised its head and I'm sure Adobe will blame Apple and Apple will blame Adobe but...

I prefer to select, send, select, send, select, send, edit, edit, edit rather than select, send, edit, rinse and repeat. It used to be more efficient that way. Now, when I select an image and select Edit in Photoshop, as Photoshop works on the import, it keeps forcing its way to the foreground, making it virtually impossible to do anything in LR while PS is importing the tif. 

I get that I'm going to get a performance hit in LR as the GPU/CPU turns its attention to rendering out the RAW to a tif but I just want to make more selects and get them to PS. It would be great if there was a preference option under LR/Prefs/External Editing to force PS to remain in the BG or, failing that (and maybe even better) some way to queue the images as a text list and then, once the select process is done, hit SEND for those images to be processed. I could then go make a coffee while the queued images are rendered out and opened in PS.

Any thoughts?
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What's the specs of your computer?
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Shane Betts

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Hi Ryan

In a word, pathetic. Mac Mini i5, 16GB RAM, 1TB Fusion drive, El Capitan. Media and catalogue on a Drobo 5D via Thunderbolt 1.

As I said in my original post, I fully understand that I'm going to get slow processing times as LR outputs from RAW to tif. I'd just like either PS to work in the background and stop stealing the keyboard and mouse mid action or to queue the images and allow the processing to happen whilst I'm hands off.

The speed is the speed. I just want the app I'm working on to be the one I'm working on, not another one that's brought itself to the foreground mid keystroke. You have no idea the havoc LR keyboard shortcuts can wreak in PS:-)
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How about selecting all of the photos you want to send, and sending them all in one go?  You could use the Quick Collection if they're scattered.
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Hey Victoria

That works with single images but when you're sending images as layers for compositing, you can't do it. 

It does raise the question though, that perhaps I should just send them all as individual images and then drag and drop them once in PS. More work than with the original workflow but, given the problems I have now, perhaps I need to just accept the limitations imposed, toss my old workflow and go with the workaround.

So, thanks for the workaround suggestion. I would like it if LR would allow me to queue images to send but maybe some time in the future...
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Ah yes, Send as Layers is the exception on that.
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Honestly, the tools in LR now, I seldom go to PS except for composites and extreme perspective corrections. Of course, it's so much faster if you can stay in LR end to end.

I have a big day tomorrow. I'm going to try the workaround of exporting as a group and dragging layers to form composites and see how it compares, speed and reliability-wise. Watch this space.
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OK, so that didn't work out so well. LR, as usual, sends some of the images in the batch but not all. skipping random selections for no discernible reason. So I get into PS and can't do composites because one of the shots is missing. BTW, edit as layers in PS is one of two reasons I'm still persevering with LR and haven't moved over to Capture One.