Lightroom 4: Edited file not appearing automatically in catalog

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Is a file edited in Lightroom then sent Photoshop CS6 via the Edit In dialog and saved within PS supposed to appear in the Lightroom catalog automatically?

According to the support document for Lightroom 4:

"Open photos for editing in Photoshop

You can perform additional editing to your photos using Photoshop from within Lightroom. You must have Photoshop installed on your computer for this feature to be available.

In the Library module or Develop module, select the photo you want to edit. Then, choose Photo > Edit In Adobe Photoshop.

If you’re opening a camera raw or DNG file in Photoshop CS3 (10.0.1) or later, it opens directly.
(JPEG, TIFF, and PSD only) In the Edit Photo dialog box, select one of the following:

Edit A Copy With Lightroom Adjustments Applies any Lightroom adjustments you’ve made to a copy of the file and sends that file to Photoshop for editing.

Edit A Copy Edits a copy of the original file without Lightroom adjustments.

Edit Original Edits the original file without Lightroom adjustments.
Note: Select Stack With Original to stack the edited photo with the original.
(JPEG, TIFF, and PSD only) Click Edit.

If you edit a copy of the photo, Lightroom automatically adds the copy, with -Edit appended to the filename, to the catalog as you open it in Photoshop.
Edit the photo as desired in Photoshop and then choose File > Save.

***** Edited camera raw and DNG files are automatically added to the Lightroom catalog with -Edit appended to the filename. ******

The file format is either TIFF or PSD, depending on what is specified in External Editing preferences.

JPEG, TIFF, and PSD files edited as copies with adjustments are also saved according to the format specified in External Editing preferences.
Note: When saving changes to JPEG, TIFF, and PSD images in Photoshop, make sure the filename and format are the same as the copy or the original in Lightroom if you want the photo to be updated in the catalog.

Switch to Lightroom to see the edited photo in the catalog."

I'm not getting it to show up in Lightroom and have to manually add the edited copy to the catalog.

I'm using Windows 7.

Is this the way it's supposed to be or am I missing something? It seems to be more work and was just easier when you were asked if you would like to make a copy etc., the way it still does if you specify a different editor. Is it fixed in the newer releases of Lightroom 4?
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Patrick Boehner

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From the way you describe it, it sounds like you should be seeing the edited file back in lightroom as long as you are fallowing all you described. When I see other people having this problem it usually for one of two reasons. One they are using the export dialog box (which has an option to automatically rem-import the exported image into the catalog) instead of the >Edit it. That doesn't sound like you. Other times people will go to edit in and once done in Photoshop will go to File> Save As instead of File > Save. Save as will create a secondary file that is not associated with the catalog. But that doesn't sound like your problem either.

I don't have LR in front of me at the moment to check if i'm missing a step or setting. But till the problem is resolved you could set up the Export dialog box as a work around and set it to automatically re-import the exported file and stack with the original and then have it automatically open in Photoshop (last step in the export dialog box). You could save that as a preset and be able to access it in through the contextual menu so you don;t have to keep going to export.
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Thank you for your quick reply Patrick! I downloaded the 4.1 version and that seems to have fixed the issue. If only I had done that first! I really appreciate your time and effort in answering my question. Thanks again.
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Not a problem, I'm glad its working again.
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Johnny Sandaire

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Hi,

Does anyone know how to stop the RAW saved file from Photoshop from getting the -Edit added to its name? This behavior is new in CS6. I did not observe this -Edit in CS5 and Lightroom 3.x.

Tks,

Johnny
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It was there in LR3.

It's an easy fix. Go to Preferences and in "External Editing" go to the "Template" at the bottom of the preference panel and you can change how the final name is handled.
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Excellent! Thank You!