Photoshop: Lens correction not imported from Lightroom

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Since updating to the latest version of photoshop i've found that the lens correction applied in lightroom is not carried through to photoshop when i edit the image there.

Previously if i select an image in lightroom, right click> edit in photoshop, it carries across all of the adjustments INCLUDING lens corrections. Now when i edit images in photoshop the lens correction isn't applied. The really annoying thing is that when i import the edited image back into lightroom and try applying a lens correction again, it seems to get confused and the resulting image doesn't look like the unedited image (with correction applied!)


Is anyone else having this issue? I spoke to customer service and they said that the lens correction setting was removed for the latest version of photoshop... is there a work round?
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Customer service obviously talks rubbish. Of course it was not removed. Are you using Windows or Mac? I haven’t noticed this on my Mac. There is a bug in Windows that manifests itself when you start Photoshop by sending an image from Lightroom. Lots of things go wrong then, maybe this is one of them. The solution is to start Photoshop manually first. Or check the ‘Disable Home Screen’ checkbox in the Photoshop preferences.
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HA I was on the phone to them about that issue last week as well! They said the only solution was to open photoshop first or revert to an earlier edition! I'll try this home screen fix and see if that works!
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I'm using windows by the way. So far the photoshop seems to be ignoring presets for all of my lsnese, but when i get back into lightroom i am able to apply the lens preset again for all lenses except my canon 17-40 4.0L and Sigma 12-24mm
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I tried this without Photoshop launched and with Photoshop already running. In both cases, the lens correction was applied as expected, but in the first case, most Ps menu items were disabled because I have the Home Screen preference enabled.

It is surprising, and disappointing, that the Photoshop bug when opening from Lr to an unlaunched Ps that causes the menus to be disabled when the Home Screen option is enabled has not been fixed in the latest updates!


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The Photoshop update hasn't been released yet. There was a LR update, but this is a PS bug.
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Another one of the must be more than a dozen very boring, time and nerves consuming bugs in this new version! Adobe, please test seriously with professionals using PS in their daily work before releasing. I could be a tester!
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OK So i've tried it with photoshop running, and opening photoshop from lightroom and the problem persists!
What's even more strange is that, while all of my lenses lose their correction in photoshop, SOME of my lenses seem to be able to have the correct profile correction added again in lightroom, while others (mostly wide angles) have a seemingly different profile added which distorts more than it solves!

On the plus side, disable home screen seems to have fixed the issue with setting greyed out!
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"So far the photoshop seems to be ignoring presets for all of my lsnese, but when i get back into lightroom i am able to apply the lens preset again for all lenses except my canon 17-40 4.0L and Sigma 12-24mm."

Lens Profile Corrections use a different lens profile for raw and non-raw (JPEG, TIFF) files. If the preset was created using a raw file it will not apply the lens profile to a non-raw file....and vice-versa. In addition not all lenses have both a raw and non-raw lens profile. How are you creating and applying the presets?



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So as standard i apply lens corrections to ALL RAW files as soon as i import them to lightroom. This is currently all working as expected. From your screenshot i just click enable corrections and it correctly identifies the camera/lens setup.

 Then if i need to edit in photoshop i right click, open in photoshop... do my edits then save as a tiff. This has been my workflow for years and i've never had these issues.
Since the update, photoshop is ignoring the profile correction, and when the tiff shows up in lightroom again, it identifies the lens/camera combo but the profile correction is rifferent to that applied to the original RAW file.
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"Since the update, photoshop is ignoring the profile correction, and when the tiff shows up in lightroom again, it identifies the lens/camera combo but the profile correction is different to that applied to the original RAW file."

What exactly is different? What specific camera and lenses are you using that exhibit the issue? What might help is to provide a sample CR2 and TIFF file pair that exhibit the issue. Export the CR2 file with the settings used to DNG file format and use CTRL/CMD S to save the editing settings for the TIFF to metadata. Post the DNG and TIFF files to a file sharing site and provide the share links in a reply here. Thank you.

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The main issue i am finding is that when i edit the lightroom files in photoshop, the lens corrections are no longer applied! All other corrections are still there (white balance, exposure etc) but the lens corrections are not carried across.

It's not to do with the files as i have gone back through previous images and i am getting the same results. For example, i looked at the images from a shoot a few months back that used the same camera and lens. The file edited in photoshop retained the lens corrections so when i compare the pre-photoshop file with the post-photoshop file, the image appears to be identicle with the exception of the edits applied in photoshop... the lens correction/distortion is identical in both files without having to add lens correction to the post-photoshop file once back in lightroom. However if i take the exact same pre-PS file and import it into PS now, it doesn't take the lens corrections with it so clearly something has changed with the communication between lightroom and photoshop.

The adobe customer support people tried multiple images on my machine with no success.

I am using a canon 5dIII and the images i am having most issues with are taken with a canon 17-40 4.0 and a Sigma 12-24mm. Every image i've tried gets imported into PS without the lens corrections, but certain lenses let me add the correction once it's back in LR and it looks correct but images taken with those 2 lenses just don't want to work.
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"I am having most issues with are taken with a canon 17-40 4.0 and a Sigma 12-24mm"

Interestingly those are two of the few Canon and Sigma camera lenses that have both a raw and non-raw lens profile. That's got to be more than a coincidence! I'm shooting with Canon 5D MKII and 6D bodies and multiple Canon lenses including the 17-40mm F4L. I just tested a CR2 file shot with the 5D MKII and 17-40mm F4L lens with no lens profile issue observed. I am able to apply the non-raw lens profile to the TIFF file, but it  double-applies the corrections! That's why I suggest sharing a file pair for inspection on my end.

Also open the Creative Cloud app and make sure the Camera Raw CC plugin is showing as 'Up to date.'


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I've added the CR2 and tiff file here:

https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/186m3ufWY4Egm_cWTQ5SsuuvVoHjVjPuF?usp=sharing

When i open the CR2 in PS i don't even have the option for the 17-40 lens correction! 

And yes, PS, LR and Camera Raw are all up to date 
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So the CR" file is the original, unedited RAW file, then the tiff is my final edited file (it's a blend of multiple exposures but all from a static camera position with no cropping or other distortions. As you can see, even though i applied the lens correction to the CR2 file in LR, when it gets to PS the profile disappears and if i add the default profile when bringing the tiff back to LR it looks totally wrong
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"As you can see, even though i applied the lens correction to the CR2 file in LR, when it gets to PS the profile disappears and if i add the default profile when bringing the tiff back to LR it looks totally wrong."

That is perfectly normal behavior. When using 'Edit in PS' with a raw file the PS Camera Raw plugin is used to apply all of your LR settings to the resulting TIFF file in the background. This is a "destructive edit" and will NOT show any settings when the TIFF file is saved and opened in LR.
If you still think you have an issue please follow these instructions exactly as outlined below:
1) Edit a CR2 file with your LR settings including Lens Profile.2) Use 'Edit in PS' to open the CR2 file in PS.
2) 'Save' the TIFF file that opens in PS without applying ANY adjustments in PS OR LR.
3) Export the CR2 file to DNG file format using the Export module, which will embed your LR settings in metadata.
4) Upload both the DNG file and TIFF file for sharing.
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Yes usually i wouldn't have to apply the lens correction AGAIN post-PS, this is a work around i've had to do since the update as it's worked on some lenses!

So am i to assume my issue is within camera raw? as i said when i open the CR2 file in PS rather than lightroom, there is no option to choose the right lens in the lens correction setting.

DNG files are in the drive now
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George, I've been following this discussion and I'm a bit confused. I loaded your test-1.cr2 file into Lr and also loaded the test-1.tif file into Lr. I applied the lens correction to the cr2 file and then compared them side by side in Lr. The two images look exactly the same as far as lens correction is concerned.

If I open your cr2 file into Ps from Lr, the lens correction is applied in the resulting image in Ps.

So, I don't understand what the issue is that you have here. Am I missing something?
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Antony, as i said before i believe the issue is with my version of PS/Carera Raw as i've only been having the issue since the update and when i look back at previous images that were edited without the issue, if i edit them again now the issue appears so it's definitely nothing to do with the files!

You've hit the nail on the head there, nobody seems to understand what the issue is! From what's been said above i think i've narrowed it down to a bug in Camera Raw that limits the lens profiles available to me. I've uninstalled and re-installed PS, installed all previous versions back to the start of CC and had customer service fiddling with settings and nothing has fixed it.

Is there a way to reboot the profiles loaded into camera raw? 
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"So am i to assume my issue is within camera raw?"

Could be. The best way to determine that is to provide file samples exactly as below:

1) Edit a CR2 file with your LR settings including Lens Profile.2) Use LR's 'Edit in PS' to open the CR2 file in PS.3) 'Save' the TIFF file that opens in PS without applying ANY adjustments in PS OR LR.
4) Export the CR2 file to DNG file format using the Export module, which will embed your LR settings in metadata.
5) Upload both the DNG file and this TIFF file for sharing.

"Is there a way to reboot the profiles loaded into camera raw?"
Open Adobe Bridge and double click on the CR2 file. In the Camera Raw Plugin check 'Enable Lens Profile Corrections.' Is the Canon 17-40mm F/4L lens profile showing? If so click 'Open Image' and then 'Save As' the open TIFF file in PS, give it a unique name (NAME Open in Bridge), and view it in LR. You'll need to right-click the folder and choose 'Synchronize Folder.' Does it appear that the lens profile is applied to this TIFF when compared to the original CR2 file with lens profile applied?


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I am having the same problem! Ever figure it out? Lens corrections not transferring. See video attached.

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The video doesn't work.

Please try the below instructions exactly as outlined below:
1) Edit the raw file with your LR settings including Lens Profile. Use 'Edit in PS' to open the CR2 file in PS.
2) 'Save' the TIFF file that opens in PS without applying ANY adjustments in PS OR LR.
3) Compare the PS TIFF to the original raw file. Make sure 'Enable Profile Corrections' is NOT checked for the TIFF file since it has already been applied.
If they still look different export the raw file to DNG file format using the Export module, which will embed your LR settings in metadata. Upload both the DNG file and TIFF file to a file sharing site and add the share links in a reply here. Thank you.