Photoshop: How can I open a DNG file as a Smart Object so that it is linked to the original DNG?

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I know how to link it afterwards but this requires saving the DNG to some other location (which is unnecesary since I already have the DNG on its original location).
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Rainer Ots

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Chris Cox

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Just place the DNG as a linked smart object - it is no different than placing any other filetype that Photoshop can read.
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Thank you - "Place Linked..." indeed does what I need. Although it requires a file to be already open which means that this workflow would be:
* Open a new document that is at least as big as the image (or actually check the exact size before)
* Place the linked image
* Trim away the edges if I didn't go to the trouble of actually checking the exact size.

Now since this is a bit clumsy I checked if I could somehow do it from Bridge - but the "Place in Photoshop" command just opens it as a smart object not linked.

Am I missing something or is this is as good as it gets?
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That is as good as it gets for the moment. Bridge, Lightroom, and ACR will need updates to work with linked smart objects in Photoshop. And some of the related capabilities in Photoshop are still evolving (which makes coordination with other teams a little more complicated).