Lightroom: 'Open as Smart Object Layers in Photoshop...'

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While Lightroom has ‘Open as Smart Object in Photoshop’ and ‘Open as Layers in Photoshop’, there is no ‘Open as Smart Object Layers in Photoshop’

I do quite a bit of compositing work in PS, and use LR for asset management and preparation. I prefer to insert them into PS as smart objects while I assemble the composites, so I can make final raw file adjustments once placed in situ. However, the only current option to export to PS as smart objects puts them all in separate PS documents, which can be tedious to combine when there are a large volumes of images to be inserted in a single composite.

I’m not sure if this is an easy fix, or if other people have similar desires, but I would greatly appreciate if you would considering adding ‘Open as Smart Object Layers in Photoshop’ to a future LR CC update.
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Adam Shane

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Tyler ONeill

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I also would like this feature implemented. When compositing (or even just heavy editing), It would be nice to be able to pull several assets at once into PS as smart objects. As it is right now, I have to export one at a time to PS, then manually combine them together in a single PSD. This is not a big deal for 2 photos, but when I am pulling elements from 7-8 different photos - the process is cumbersome to say the least.
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I understand your frustration. I would suggest resubmitting this suggestion to the Adobe Photoshop forums. This is a valid complaint and suggestion! I currently resolve this issue by selecting 'Open as Layers in Photoshop', then individually right clicking the name-label of each layer and selecting 'Convert to Smart Object'. I hope this helped! If you have any more questions, concerns, or problems, reply to this response.
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Adam Shane

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Hi Pie King,

Unfortunately that doesn't preserve the raw data. So, it's still not the same as 'Open as Smart Object', select layer, 'duplicate', 'select target document', 'ok', close file, 'don't save', repeat.

I've already setup a keyboard shortcut to 'convert to smart object' in PS and do it anytime I'm working composites that don't involve raw files and I want to preserve resolution while playing with scaling. But any time I want to create a large layered document with raw data preserved, there is no shortcut to the lengthy process outlined above.

Either way, both situations could be solved by adding 'Open as Smart Object Layers in Photoshop' to the LR contextual menu.
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I too really want this feature. I am very often creating composites from 5-10 files, and would really like to be able to have the layers be linked smart objects (would save tons of file space and time saving the composites)
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Jason

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I forget where I read this technique but it's a great workaround...

1) From Lightroom, open one of your files as a smart object
2) Return to Lightroom and select the additional files you want to layer / composite
3) Drag and drop the selected files from Lightroom on to the document in Photoshop (from step 1)
4) Make adjustments in the raw processor (if necessary).  Click OK.
5) Hit Enter / Return to place the file in the document as a smart object

Steps 4 & 5 will automatically be repeated for each file you selected in Lightroom.