Lightroom 5 opening RAW files (DNG) directly into Photoshop CC (i.e. not ACR).

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I recently upgraded to the Black Friday, Lightroom5/Photoshop CC "photographer's special" cloud subscription. So I should have the latest versions of all components.

The first day, the interface between Lightroom and Photoshop worked as expected. When I right-click on a RAW filmstrip photo and select Edit In ...|Edit in Photoshop CC, I went to: (i) a screen that allows select of editing options (edit copy w/ Lightroom changes, edit copy of original, edit original); (ii) that selection opened into ARC; then (iii) the ARC modified version opened in Photoshop.

Now when I select Edit in Photoshop CC, I go directly from Lightroom to Photoshop (i.e. no select edit options, or ARC). In Photoshop, the image is on a background layer and double-clicking on the thumbnail does not go back to ARC. However, if I Edit In...|Open as Smart Object in Photoshop, I still go directly to Photoshop but I can double-click on the thumbnail to go back to ARC.

I suspect, some option or preference is set improperly. Anybody got any ideas?
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When using Edit In to go from LR to PS, the version of ACR (Adobe Camera Raw) should match the version of LR and you'll go straight into PS w/o seeing the ACR user-interface, which would be redundant. If the versions don't match, then you'll get options, or if you're using Edit In with a JPG/TIF/PSD, you'll get options.

If you were editing raw files both times, I'd guess the first time you were using ACR 8.0 or ACR 8.1 with PS-CC and LR was already LR 5.2, so ACR was out-of-date and you got options. Now you've updated your ACR to 8.2 and it matches the LR version of 5.2 so you no longer see options.

It could also be that you were editing non-raw files and saw the options due to that.

What you describe is normal. There is nothing to change.
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Upon testing, you are correct. JPEG/TIF/PSD go though the options interface while DNG/CR2 open directly in Photoshop. As you suggest, I suspect both LR/PS ACR versions are now in sync. That said, now I'm confused.

When you say the ".. ACR user-interface,..would be redundant." do you mean that all edits made in LR, which uses the common ACR engine, are passed to PS. In other words, the ability to pass the original RAW image, without LR edits, to PS no longer is possible?

This integration isn't a bad thing just a twist of what I understood to be going on "under the hood".
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"In other words, the ability to pass the original RAW image, without LR edits, to PS no longer is possible? "

This is something I would like to know as well. I know for a fact that I previously was able to "Edit Original in Photoshop" with RAW and DNG files in Lightroom 4 and I believe 5, then after one of the updates this option ceased prompting me upon choosing to "Edit In Photoshop."

Now if I "Edit In Photoshop" It locks my Lightroom adjustments and writes them onto the image in Photoshop.

I often have Lightroom adjustments on an image and want to go into Photoshop and edit the original file without the adhystments which would then save back to Lightroom and still allow me to tweak and change any of the Lightroom Adjustments.

Does anyone know how to get that option back? Ive tried reseting the dialog warnings and preferences.

Thanks in advance
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If you want another set of raw adjustments applied to an image then right-click and create a virtual copy in LR, then make those alternative raw adjustments while still in LR. If you want to start over with raw adjustments on the virtual copy then just click the Reset button after making the VC.

Opening in PS from LR is to make other, PS-only adjustments beyond what raw adjustments you make in LR.