Lightroom: Honor CMYK profile upon export

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I would like to be able to export a CMYK file without converting the embedded profile.

EG. Client gives me CMYK files, tif format. I Love that Lightroom can now at least catalog them. Now I want to export a PSD version of that file to work in Photoshop. Problem is, the export dialog doesn't allow the original profile to be honored but rather wants to use an RGB profile.

Currently I have been "Editing in..." Photoshop, then saving as PSD. But then I have to ask Lightroom to synchronize the folder to see the PSD version. Id like to accomplish the same in one step via the export dialog.
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Andrew Rodney

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Because Export requires the data be altered and the LR processing engine is all RGB.

Open in Photoshop (Original) should honor the original but I haven’t tried this and if indeed it tries to build an RGB iteration, we have a problem here. IOW, I see no reason why a CMYK file can’t be opened, as is, in Photoshop (obviously if you go into Develop module and make ANY changes, the new iteration HAS to be RGB).
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Andrew,

Export as "Original" will ignore any Lr edits. It will also fully honour the embedded CMYK profile. This also applies to CMYK images saved back to Lr from within Photoshop. So, for example, take an RGB image send it to Ps for editing, convert image to CMYK, save back to Lr, export from Lr as Original. In this case the original TIFF/PSD is a CMYK image and will therefore be exported as such (inclusive of any layers and/or smart objects applied in Ps).
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Export original will also honor the file format. Which is not the desired result as I would still have to "save as" a PSD from Photoshop and then Synchronize in Lr. Which is what I am doing now via, Edit In...

The reason I ask for it is because I can do it with RGB files - (tif - export as psd, keep rgb profile)
In this instance I am using Lr as an asset management tool, not an editing tool.
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>Export as "Original" will ignore any Lr edits.

Ah good deal, I forget about that option. Makes perfect sense of course.
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>Export as "Original" will ignore any Lr edits.

Ah good deal, I forget about that option. Makes perfect sense of course.