Lightroom: Enhancement of "Merge to Panorama in PS5" option in LR3

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This is a suggestion for the next version of Lightroom. The ability to access PS5 directly from LR3 is terrific. When using this to create a panorama, I've found that the resulting file size of the panorama can become too large to be practical. As a result, I've been using a work around where I export to Bridge, open the photos in Camera Raw and then reduce the file size (based in part on the number of photos [tiles] being merged. Then I access the photo merge option in PS5, flatten and save the file. Then I export from Bridge and reimport into LR3.

My suggestion is to provide LR3 with a dialog box that is associated with the "edit in" - "merge to panorama in PS5" option. This dialog would permit the selection of limited file size and bit level. This would provide the best of both worlds - a simple process and manageable output files.
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Jeffrey Tranberry, Sr. Product Manager, Digital Imaging

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Thanks for the request.

Is the main problem that the files sent to Photoshop are too large or that the resulting Panorama is too large?

My two thoughts for current workarounds/workflows: if it's the latter, you can simply have an action that uses flattens the image and users Automate>Fit Image... to finalize the panorama. Then you can simply hit Cmd + S to save the flattened, reduced size file back to Lightroom.

If you want to get crazy, you probably could add the logic to the script that sends the files to Photoshop. On Mac, it's here:

/Applications/Adobe Lightroom 3.app/Contents/Frameworks/BridgeTalk.agtoolkit/Contents/Resources

On Windows, it probably in the Required folder.
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Note, I recommend making a backup copy of the script if you go that route, so you don't permanently hose things up.