Exporting cropped PSD files with layers

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I would really use the ability to crop and export multiple images while retaining layers. There are times where I'd like to retain layers in my files but need to apply a consistent crop (which is an awesome feature in Lightroom) but I have not found a way to export -  or save them as - a cropped version while retaining the layers. If anyone has a workaround that'd be great!
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Lightroom does not support layers, so the only way to export a layered file is by exporting ‘as original’. That makes it impossible to crop at the same time however, so the only way to do this would be to run them through Photoshop to do the cropping. I haven’t tried this, but ‘open as smart object in Photoshop’ might keep the layers inside the smart object and apply the crop.
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Come to think of it: as camera raw also does not support layers, this probably won’t work either. Can’t try it because I’m on the road with only my iPad.
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"I have not found a way to export -  or save them as - a cropped version while retaining the layers. If anyone has a workaround that'd be great!"

If you need to retain the layers use 'Edit in Photoshop' > 'Edit A Copy.' Apply the crop in PS and then save the edited copy using the unique name LR has assigned (-2).  The new file copy will have both the PS crop (destructive edit) and the original LR settings (non-destructive edit).
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You don’t need to make a copy for that. Edit original will do the same. The problem is that the OP wants to use Lightroom’s option to crop multiple images.
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Understood, but as you've already mentioned that's "impossible" using LR only. 'Edit Original' allows non-destructively applying the LR edits, but over-writes the original file with the crop. 'Edit a Copy' gives you the option to retain non-destructive editing of the original file without the crop applied. There are also many ways to apply batch cropping inside PS to expedite processing of more than one file.

https://www.google.com/search?q=photoshop+batch+crop&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&client=firefox-b-...

If there's no need to retain the original uncropped image then 'Edit Original' can be used.
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