Lightroom Desktop: Open as SmartObject in Photoshop

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I have Adobe Creative Cloud and for the life of me, I can't figure out how to open a file as a SmartObject in PhotoShop from Lightroom. I had done this in the past before moving to CC so I know how it should work. But in CC Edit in Photoshop is an option, but there's no option for opening as a SmartObject. Can someone PLEASE help me out?! I feel like I'm taking crazy pills.
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As far as I know. If you are talking desktop you can open photoshop cc and browse through your Lightroom cc library within photoshop. When opening raws you will get a camera raw overlay and should be able to open as smart object with pressing shift it should change to open object ending up in giving u a smart object raw in photoshop :)
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Should be easy, unless something is wrong with the installation. Right click on photo, in Library or Develop, Edit in, choose Open in Photoshop as smart object. You can, of course, also change the photo to smart object in Photoshop, edit, smart objects, convert to. But maybe something else is the problem?
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I figured out how to open a Smart Object when starting in Photoshop, but not how to open directly from Lightroom. I'm sure it's something simple, but I just can't figure it out. Here's a screenshot of the options when I right click on an image in Lightroom (raw file).
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Milon Q

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Is exactly what I was struggling the other day but tried all the key combinations possible but I have the feeling it might not be possible unfortunately. Hope very much that I’m wrong.
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My options are quite different:
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Hans van den Berg

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Kristen, I (you) should find out if this is the Lightroom Classic from Creative Cloud, I think it is an (much) older version. I don't recognize it. Duplicate is not there, now it is virtual copy.
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Or is this Lightroom CC? Yes, so that should be the solution. Seems that this function is (only?) in Classic. Sorry for the misunderstanding.
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Lightroom Desktop does not have an Open as Smart Object option. That is limited to Lightroom Classic at this time. 
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Converting to a feature request.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Lightroom Desktop: Lacks Edit Smart Object in Photoshop command.

Hello,

I am new to Photoshop and Lightroom CC. I have however been using LR Classic for the past several years. I have learned from LR there is no way to open a raw as a smart object for editing in photoshop. Every PS tutorial I’ve seen/read says I should be opening my raw as a smart object to avoid quality loss in editing. Should I really be disappointed about this if I’m striving for maximum image quality / edits? If so, how is LR so obviously inferior to LR Classic for PS editing? Is there a work around?

I don't want to go back to LR Classic as I would like to use my tablet for editing away from home but only Lightroom CC allows you to edit raws from the cloud.

Thank you
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Lightroom desktop exports the image as a 16-bit tiff file before opening it in Photoshop, thus ensuring all the edits are preserved with maximum quality. The reason it doesn't open the raw image is because if Photoshop and Lightroom are on different versions of Adobe Camera Raw, it can result in inconsistent behavior where one app may not understand some of the edits made in the other.