Lightroom/Camera Raw: Ability to apply as a Photoshop smart filter.

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Sounds crazy but hear me out.

Adobe Camera RAW as a smart filter is awesome. Good work on that one Adobe.

But what if it was beefed up to use the develop module from lightroom instead? In a kind of mini interface. After all, they share the exact same engine - with a few extra bits added to Lightroom.

The layout, presets, tools, gradients etc...would be awesome to have this as a self contained Photoshop smart filter. All settings would be embedded in the smart object - saved with your layered file.

Would be great for single image uses without having to send files back and forth to Lightroom. I'm not suggesting to have this as a way of managing libraries. Full Lightroom for that.

With most people having access to both Photoshop and Lightroom through subscription, there's no longer a commercial reason to keep the features so separate.

It would be floored if this could ever happen!
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john beardsworth

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Look at linked smart objects in Photoshop. If your Photoshop file contains a linked smart object that's linked to a raw file, and that raw file is recorded in Lightroom...
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Hi John,

Thanks for the reply mate.

I thought linking to a RAW just uses ACR and LR specific things like graduated filters are disregard...or am I missing something here?

Do you know if there is a way I can bring a raw into in LR, send to PS as a linked smart and then edit that smart layer back in Lightroom?

Thanks
Mark
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Just try what I suggested (if you're using the latest version of PS). It's not exactly the path you describe, but LR can save its adjustment info to xmp, while ACR will read. So the linked smart object picks up new adjustments.
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That really just means ACR as a smart filter, or using a RAW file as a smart object (both of which are already available).
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Hi Guys,

Yes, have tried this and use it often.

Directly through PS, I would like access to things LR specific like radial and graduated filters, and LR adjustment brushes - which ACR doesn't support - hence why I think ACR could be improved to incorporate those features.

And if ACR was ever beefed up to have all those features of LR, why not use the same interface?

Anyway, not really expecting this to happen. Just some wishful thinking on my behalf.

Thanks for your time!
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Hi Chris,

Not sure why this has been topic marked as implemented.

Thanks.
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Mark - ACR supports radial and graduated filters and adjustment brushes so you can do everything you have asked for - hence Chis' implemented status.
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Plus you can just use a linked smart object and edit in LR/ACR. So the functionality is there, just not exactly as you envisioned.
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Awesome guys, thanks for taking the time to clear that up for me.

For some reason I thought these didn't come through correctly from LR. But now I know. Will definitely change my workflow.

Cheers