Opening cropped image from Lightroom in Photoshop but keeping all original pixels.

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I often crop an image in Lightroom (straightening for instance) and the jump into Ps to do edits. Sometimes I need to change the crop to a bit wider. In this case I have to go back to Lr (loosing changes), change the crop and open in Ps again.

It would be nice if Lr would send the complete image to Ps with parameters for cropping. Leveraging the 'delete cropped pixels' checkbox in the Ps crop tool.

Another feature from Photoshop that would be nice: Use the crop tool to enlarge the canvas.
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You can do this already.

When you right-click on your image in Lightroom - instead of selecting Edit In Photoshop, select Open as a Smart Object in Photoshop.

In Photoshop, you will see a Smart Object Layer containing your Lightroom-edited photo. Double click it. It will open in Camera Raw. Click the Crop tool and all your pixels are there available for a recrop.
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There are two problems with this.
- The psd with the smart object is 100mb larger than a 'normal' psd file. (5D mark II, 16bit)
- If I open the smart object and run the camera raw filter, The crop tool is not available.

Double clicking the smartobject layer does not open the camera raw filter.

I decided to test this some more and found the following problem: Opening the smart object and changing the crop ratio, does not update the ratio of the canvas size of the file.