Lightroom Classic: Edit in Photoshop not working for raw files

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Editing a RAW from Lr to Ps is no longer an option, this is a MAJOR flaw! We used to click on "edit in" it would create a copy and open in Ps, make my edits, click save and it would save back to Lr. Support confirmed this is no longer an option for RAW files. PLEASE fix this!
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I just tried this from Lightroom 8.4 on my desktop. It worked fine. I started with an NEF file (Nikon camera raw) and ended up with a Lightroom image with the same name-Edit.tif which was stacked with the original raw file. You never get back a raw file in this environment.
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Yes, this is what I'm referring to, the tif copy, It is not rendering the copy at all.
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This is with the latest Lr 9.2
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Just checking -- did you save it from Photoshop by simple choosing "Save." That's what you have to do. That's when the tif copy is saved and Lightroom automatically adds the new item to its catalog.
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It's only giving me the option to save to my desktop or cloud when I do that. It works when the image is in jpeg format but not when it's raw.
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I don'[t understand how you got any option/query from Photoshop when doing just "Save" (not "Save As"). I just type ctrl-s and everything happens - I get the tif that shows in my Lightroom folder net to the original image.
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I don't either, this is why I am so frustrated.
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Did anyone get a fix to this? This is my issue currently as well!
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It is working fine for me on Lightroom 9.2 and Photoshop 21.1 both released in the past week. There have been no changes in this area recently.  I suspect there is something wrong on your specific installs that is causing this.

If support gave you this information - it is incorrect. I would like to track the misinformation to its origin. It would help if you could give me your case number with support. 

Regarding the issue:

Please give us step-by-step instructions showing what you are doing and what you are seeing. Include any screenshots of messages you receive. 
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I updated both again today, same versions you have.  Support had access to my computer screen and did everything possible to find the problem and then they confirmed that it is no longer an option, so what is the issue if this in fact is not true?
I didn't save any of the info from the chat today. 
I have my Raw image open in Lr. I select "edit in ps." It opens directly with Ps but no tiff copy is being created therefore when I make my edits in PS there's no way to save it back to Lr. Before the updates after selecting "edit in" I would get a pop up box that asked what type of copy/render using lr. I am no longer getting this pop up. It just directly opens PS without creating the copy. Support told me the newest version no longer supports this function when the image is RAW, they said it will work as a jpeg, which I don't want.
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I had two separate reps tell me the same thing today, that the latest version no longer has this feature.
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That’s utter rubbish. Whoever told you. 
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If someone could direct me how to fix this I would appreciate it, because clearly the representatives don't know what they are doing. I've reinstalled twice, I don't know what else to do.
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You must install in the proper order.
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Ann Dino

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Which is what?
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Rick, just received this email with the case number 00436000001348

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Thank you.  I have reviewed the case notes and sent information to support about addressing this. The information you've received (as supported by others on this thread) was not correct. 

Make sure you use SAVE and not SAVE AS when finishing your file in Photoshop. 
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Works fine here too. As it should and expected to work. 
Ann, you need to do a clean reinstall of Photoshop and Lightroom for the CC application, that usually fixes this issue. 
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I've done this twice.
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Also make sure your originals are online & accessible.  "Edit in" is grayed out and unavailable when your originals are missing or offline.
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I am having the same issue, did you get a fix to this?
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Moral: Adobe should do better help desk training.
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We are addressing this. 
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At first it sounded like the "Edit in" option wasn't there or working for you at all, but in reading all the subsequent posts, it's now sounding like it actually is working and the image is opening in Ps, so that's all good.

Sounds like you were expecting this dialog box though - 



That dialog box only applies to non-raw formats, like jpg, tif, & psd.  Perhaps this is where the confusion was with support telling you that the feature did not exist for raw files.

Raw files, like cr2, cr3, nef & dng, will not display that dialog box when you use the Edit in Ps function.  Those just open in Ps directly with your Lr adjustments applied.

Also worth noting is that Ps still shows the file type as the raw image format on the file tab -



It doesn't become a tif or psd until you close it by hitting the "x" on the file tab or choosing Save.

It sounds like Lr & Ps are behaving as intended up until the point where you're trying to get the image saved in Ps and back into Lr.  So...

- Exactly what are you clicking/doing when you're done editing the image in Ps?
- Exactly what happens in Ps & Lr after you do that?
 - If you have automatic stacking turned on in Lr (Edit --> Preferences --> External Editing tab --> Stack With Original), make sure you're expanding the stack and/or are working in a view where you can see the tif or psd coming back from Ps.
- Have you reset the preferences in both Lr & Ps?
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Not that dialog box, there used to be a different box that came up and it would say render using lightroom, this would immediately create a tif copy next to to the original raw image in Lr and once I hit save in Ps the tif copy would update with the edits I made.  Someone on this thread mentioned that now no copy is made until after clicking save in Ps however that's still not what is happening on my end. The image opens into Ps but when I click on "save" after editing it either does nothing at all or it opens a box that asks where I want to save it..to the desktop or to cloud. There's no option to send it back to Lr.
Auto stacking is not on, yes preferences have been reset multiple times by myself and tech support.
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Choose Save As and then return to Lightroom. Then close and reopen Lightroom, Wa La. There it is. Another bug for Adobe to fix.
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If you save it in the exact same folder where your RAW file is (easy to figure out, right-click on that image and select “go to folder in Finder”, then you can use the “synchronize” command and it will show back up in Lightroom! Voila!
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I get an even stranger result, tested with an Olympus raw file (.ORF). I follow the steps to edit in Photoshop, make a change, Save As (saves as a TIF) and return to Lightroom. Lightroom doesn't see the image though it was saved in the same folder as the original image. Close Lightroom and reopen, and the image is there. 
 
Using Lightroom on Windows 10 with all the latest updates applied. If I used Lightroom->Photoshop->Lightroom for focus stacking, this happens about half the time. 
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Please just to make absolutely sure. And to clarify. In the LR you are running, click on Help, what exact version?
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“ render using lightroom ”

That term would relate to when the Camera RAW inside LRC and the Adobe Camera RAW plug-in used by Photoshop, were different versions.When you had a mismatch. The mismatch dialog would appear.  When they match, that option does not appear

 https://www.lightroomqueen.com/whats-the-difference-between-render-using-lightroom-and-open-anyway-in-the-acr-mismatch-dialog/

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