Lightroom: Linked Smart Object Support for Lightroom | Better Photoshop integration/synchronisation

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As photographer I love the simple UI of Lightroom but regularily want to hop to Photoshop for advanced editing and back to Lightroom for publishing.
Considering the desire to working non-destructively this process should be synchronized what causes a lot of pain (manually reopening as SO). I'm not aware of any feature (besides Jeffrey Friedl's Layers in LR Plugin) adding simple synchronization between both.

Fortunately there was Linked Smart Objects added to Photoshop givinga foundation to implementing features like this.

Please make it possible to open an Image from Lightroom as Linked Smart-Object in Photoshop.

Right now this only kind of works while manually opening the RAW file as Link from Photoshop. When doing so PS automatically opens it in CR and Camera Raw utilizes the developement settings lying next to the file in XMP format.
Considering .tiff files having Lightroom development-settings i'm not aware of any to tell Photoshop utilize (and synchronize) Lightroom's development.

Adding Open as Linked Smart Object in Photoshop could force Photoshop to sync development between Lightroom and Photoshop.

This would soooo much simplify non destructive workflow. What do you think? Any objections or ideas?

Thank you for your hard work and effort creating the best software for creating great media.


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  • Looking forward to spreading non-destructive workflow all over the planet!!!! :-)

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Marcus Kjeldsen

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Yes please!
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Carlos Sanchez

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I travel and always have my laptop. I use smart objects in LR 5.5 but really find it an inconvenience having to carry my portable hard drive to edit into photoshop cc. I've trimmed down the amount of gear I have to carry and less is more freedom. I'm not a professional but just a man that loves landscape and architectural photography and so take a photo trip every chance I get. Less stuff and clutter would be really helpfull.
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Oh god, yes please.
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This would be huge for a non-destructive workflow. I'm wasting tons of time on linking  manually...