Losing all my adjustments moving between LR>PS>LR

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I've been using Lightroom for awhile now and have just made the jump to start learning more in Photoshop and am having issues with adjustments in my photos. I upload my photos in Lightroom as DNG files, make adjustments(exposure/WB, etc.),then switch to editing in Photoshop(removing and object using content aware), save and return to LR. When I return, all of my previous adjustments are lost. I've tried using TIF and PSD, changed my catalog history to automatically write changes, checked my color spaces. 

I'm using LR 5 and downloaded PS CC just last night. 

Am I missing a step somewhere? I'm really frustrated with the process right now. Any help, tips, or suggestions would be appreciated. 

Thanks.
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Mary Bowditch

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Lynn Oakleaf

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If you have Creative Cloud, update Lightroom to CC...there's probably an incompatability in the transfer.  You're paying for PS CC, put LR CC on too
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Paul Plak

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Mary, what do you mean with "previous adjustments are lost" ?  when LR exports to PS with "edit in PS", it should make a tiff copy of the photo that has the LR changes applied, and you start from that point on in  PS. When you export back from PS to LR with "save", you get a new TIF file with the LR and the PS changes applied, but of course that copy does not have the LR history of changes, but only the result of them. Does that help understanding what's happening ?
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By default, a file being loaded into PS from LR the first time will carry LR edits.  (However if you later bring the file back into PS from LR, you get a dialog box asking about "Original" "Copy with changes visible"  or "Copy without changes visible.") 

Paul Plak's question is key:  Which adjustments are lost?  The ones made first in LR or the ones made in PS? And, Mary, are you seeing this issue when you first bring a file into PS or the second time?

Mary, if you are talking about PS changes not showing up when the file is returned to LR, I wonder if your issue might be related to the situation in the link below?

(There might be workarounds for the moment.)

https://forums.adobe.com/message/8681095#8681095



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Mary Bowditch

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Thanks for the speedy replies. 

Any adjustments that I have made are applying a preset, changing exposure, changing WB, moving any of the sliders. When I export the picture to PS it stays the same, its the return trip to LR that all changes to exposure/WB/Sliders is no longer the same. I do see the changes that I made in photoshop (In my case, removing a runner in background distance.)  My histograms don't even read the same on the LR return. 

I'm checking out the link now. 
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Paul Plak

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Hi Mary, the way I understand you, this seems to be normal behaviour. The file you get back from PS is a new file where all changes you have made previously, first in LR with the sliders, then in PS, are integrated in all the pixels of the image. When it comes back in LR from PS, all sliders are back to zero, because the changes you've made in LR (and PS) are already in the file. So you just can't tweak "back" on those same sliders, the position they were on has not been remembered, but nothing prevents you to add more adjustments again. You should still have your original DNG file on the side to see what you had adjusted.