Lightroom 6.7: Opening photos in Photoshop from Lightroom using Edit In does not work correctly for some operations

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Using Lightroom CC2015.7 and Photoshop CC2015.5.1

1 )If Photoshop is CLOSED and then I "Open as Layers ....." the computer will just sit there doing nothing.  If I click Photoshop to open it then the operation will complete and the photos will be layered.  I THINK THIS IS BUGGY BEHAVIOR

 As a side note, this BUG affects the Panorama and HDR the same way.   Photoshop has to be opened manually.  The "Open as Smart Object works correctly.

 2) If Photoshop is OPEN and then I "Open as Layers ...." the photos will open as layers in Photoshop

 3 )If Photoshop is CLOSED and I  "Edit in Adobe Photoshop ..." Photoshop will open and the two photos are loaded as separate objects.  This is the expected behavior.

I think this is a change in behavior in Lightroom CC2015.7

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Seeing the same behavior. Needs to be fixed.
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What happens if you uninstall and reinstall Photoshop?
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Simon,

Thanks for the reply.  Have you tried to recreate the problem at Adobe?  If you have tried and can not recreate the problem I will try the reinstall.  Reinstalls rarely fix things.   I use a Mac and Just Shoot Me uses Windows so it should be easy to recreate.  Open as Layers, Pano and HDR doesn't open Photoshop if it is closed but Edit in Photoshop and Open as a Smart Object does open Photoshop if it is closed.  The strange thing is the operation is pending because if you manually open Photoshop the pre-existing command completes for the three that don't work.
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I also uninstalled and reinstalled PS and no change.  LR Edit in... Open in PS in layers works if PS already open, otherwise does nothing until you open PS some other way. 
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I am able to recreate this behavior. A bug is logged. 
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And when might that be? Two months is an awfully long time to reinstate a previously working feature.
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There is no ETA at this time. 
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We know there is a problem. We know there is a work around ! Just make it easy on yourself and use the work around.  The one day the Adobe magic will make everything good again. 
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Just open photoshop first till it is fixed. EASY workaround.
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Jeff your response amounts to "STFU, quit complainging.". Ok. A workaround is NOT a soluton.
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An Adobe tech spent time with me this morning and tried the following on Win 10 64b PC with no avail;

Killed LR prefs
Killed PS prefs
Uninstalled LR and PS and reinstalled
Uninstalled ALL Adobe software and reinstalled
Tried Safe mode
Created a new user account
Switched to open LR and PS as Admin

Also did update on a separate PC with LR only update (ie not PS/ACR or BRidge) and got the same issue after the LR update
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How do you get an Adobe tech support person to help you?
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Rikk Flohr from Adobe has filed a bug report so just open photoshop first till it is fixed. EASY workaround.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Strange bug after upgrading to Sierra. Unable to load several images as layers fr....

A strange bug after upgrading to MacOS Sierra. When I want to open several tiff images  (that are already in the lightroom library) as layers in photoshop from lightroom i am unable to do so, nothing happens. 

But when i select a single tiff image, the popup window comes up to ask me if i want to edit the original photo or the copy with lightroom adjustments.

Then photoshop is loading the single image, as well as the other images as layers, which I wanted to open as layers in the first place.

So when I select multiple images, the popup window doesn't come up and nothing happens. 

Any solutions to this issue?
Thanks in advance! 
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Yes as stated in this thread. Photoshop has to be open already to have images load as Layers.
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I have windows 10, have uninstalled and installed both LR 2015  and PS CC 2015.5, In lightroom EDIT IN and then open as smart objects...PS opens but nothing happens and then I get the same Message in Lightroom,, even though PS has opened.  Have also tried it with PS open, same thing
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Lightroom to Photoshop "Edit In" Does Not Work.

This is kind of a complicated issue because it seems that there are many
possible outcomes depending on the order of tasks and backup drive
configuration.

The fact is that I cannot accomplish a normal "Edit In" to get an image
from Lightroom to Photoshop. Attempts to do this result in opening a
version of Photoshop on a backup drive (if it's connected) or
mysteriously failing to open the image file in Photoshop while creating
(importing?) a new tiff in the Lightroom library of the image I was
attempting to edit in Photoshop.

The only way I can get an image from Lightroom to Photoshop is to drag
the image thumbnail from the Library Module Grid View to the Photoshop
icon in the Dock. Photoshop will then open and the image file opens in
Adobe Camera Raw. I then have to click on the "Open Image" button to
open the image file in Photoshop.

Once I complete editing and saving the image in Photoshop I have to then manually re-import it to Lightroom.

This weird process is happening on both my MacBook Pro laptop and Mac Pro desktop. I'm still running El Capitan (OS X 10.11.6).

Is there a bug in Lightroom that Adobe is working on? Or am I stuck with
this crazy process to complete the round trip from Lightroom to
Photoshop and back?
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I am running on Windows 10 so maybe it is not the operating system.  However, it does work on my desktop also running Windows 10 (latest).  I can EDIT IN, open as smart object in PS CC2015 and it opens up as a linked object, so any Raw Changes I do in PS show up in LR and vice Versa... Any changes I do with layers of course need to be saved and saved back into LR.   there is a way to backward link a photo, but I have not tried that yet...Now I just have to find out what is different between the laptop and desktop as all the software is the latest on both.  On the Laptop, it spins for a while and then says :"photoshop cannot be launched..."  even if I have PS 2015 already opened or not.
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Try the following workaround to see if it helps,

1. Open Lightroom.
2. Invoke Lightroom > Preferences... menu command
3. When the Preferences dialog appears, select the Presets tab.
4. Click on the button labeled “Show Lightroom Presets Folder...”
5. Lightroom will reveal the root preset folder in the Finder/Explorer.
6. Now goto http://adobe.ly/2dYIP1b and download the config.lua file and copy it into the root preset folder at step 5.
The config.lua file has an entry like the following that tells Lightroom where to look for Photoshop.

EditExternally.OverridePhotoshopPath = "/Applications/Adobe Photoshop CC 2015/Adobe Photoshop CC 2015.app"
If your version of Photoshop is installed at a different location, you can change the entry to the actual full path to Photoshop. Save your changes and relaunch Lr.

If you no longer need the override, just delete or rename the config.lua file.
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I tried configuring the config.lua file for Photoshop CC 2017 and it did not solve the problem of trying to send multiple images as layers to Photoshop from Lightroom 2015.7.

Anxiously awaiting bug fixes in Lightroom 2016 ... should it be called Lightroom 2017?  ;-)
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A fix for this is in the works and should be out shortly. 
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Rikk, define shortly? It's been two months and the work around has started to become "normal" procedure.
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Adobe is NOT going to give you a date.  It will be out when its released.  Besides that, the work around is VERY SIMPLE,
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Since PS got updated to version CC 2017, the workaround doesn't work anymore for me. Opening images from LR does work if PS is open, but the result is not being transferred back. I need to manually to this in LR which is tedious and annoying.

No one else have this problem (and maybe another workaround) ?
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I have this same issue. Here is some regarding my experience with the problem.

I have 2 computers, one is a Mac (10.12) and the other is a PC (Windows 7 Ultimate)


The issue is exactly the same on both computers.
It is impossible to use any of the Photoshop launch tools that open more than one file from Lightroom and merge it into a single file in Photoshop. CC 2015. Stacking, merge, layers... all fail with the following message:

The files could not be edited because Adobe Photoshop CC 2015.5 could not be launched.

That said, if I open PS first, then it works fine.

 

If I am working a single file, LR will launch PS just fine; Edit in Photoshop CC 2015.

 

Tom

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Hello,

can anyone please be so kind and give me an example how the config.lua looks like for windows PCs.

Many thanks in advance !

Robert
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Question for Simon Chen...Simon can we just edit the config.lua file for Adobe Photoshop CC 2017 now that it has been released, downloaded, and installed?
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I'm not Simon, but yes, it should work fine. That config.lua file has worked for many years, so it's unlikely to stop now.
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Thanks Victoria!
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Victoria is correct. The config file does not care which version of Photoshop that the path points to.
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Thank you Simon!
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Just tried the config LUA file on Windows 10 and can't get it to work. I have tried :

EditExternally.OverridePhotoshopPath = "C:/Program Files/Adobe/Adobe Photoshop CC 2017/Photoshop.exe"


and


EditExternally.OverridePhotoshopPath = "/Program Files/Adobe/Adobe Photoshop CC 2017/Photoshop.exe"


Neither worked. Does it work on Windows?


Dave

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In my records for Windows, I have: 

EditExternally.OverridePhotoshopPath = "C:\\Program Files\\Adobe\\Adobe Photoshop CS3\\Photoshop.exe"

Note the double slashes in the opposite direction. I haven't got a Windows box loaded at the moment to check, but give the same idea a try with the latest version.
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Hi Victoria - thanks for trying. Unfortunately it still would not work in CC2017 with Windows 10.
Dave
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The entry should look something like

EditExternally.OverridePhotoshopPath = "C:\\Program Files\\Adobe\\Adobe Photoshop CC 2017\\Photoshop.exe"

To make sure that Lightroom sees your config.lua update, go to Lightroom>Help>System Info... to bring up the system info dialog.

It should show an entry like the following in the dialog

Config.lua flags: 
EditExternally.OverridePhotoshopPath = C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Photoshop CC 2017\Photoshop.exe

If you are not seeing it, then you need to follow the instruction exactly. Make sure your local file is named config.lua exactly. 
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Hi Simon thanks for your reply.
The config.lua file is set up exactly as you describe.

The Lightroom system info does show the line :
Config.lua flags:
EditExternally.OverridePhotoshopPath = C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Photoshop CC 2017\Photoshop.exe

That is the correct path to Photoshop on my PC.

Edit in Photoshop works correctly  but Open as Layers in Photoshop gives no response initially them after a timeout the following message appears : "The files could not be edited because Adobe Photoshop CC 2017 could not be launched"


Dave

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I tried same path as David wrote, doesn ́t work it... win 10 64bit, PS CC.2017, LR CC.
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Having the same problem. 'Edit In > Open as Layers in Photoshop' eventually works if the app is open, but takes much longer than it used to. Won't start the script to layer files unless the program is open already. Please fix this!
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I, too, am having the same issue.  Photoshop cc 2017 does not open when choosing open as layers in photoshop from lightroom.
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To be clear, there were two issues reported in this thread:
1.Lightroom could not locate and launch the right version of Photoshop that you wanted. For example, Photoshop could be installed in a non-standard location such as a detachable external drive. The above config.lua method address it by allowing you to tell Lightroom which version of Photoshop to use.
2. 'Edit In > Open as Layers in Photoshop' not working without first launching Photoshop. This is a separate bug that has been fixed internally for the next update of Lr.
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Simon- thanks for the clarification.

That is good news on the bug fix.


Dave

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Thank you Simon. This clarification does help.

Stan
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It's really annoying that this issue is still not yet  fixes :-(
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled The files could not be edited because Adobe Photoshop CC 2017 could not be launch....

Trying to edit selected Lightroom files in Photoshop and keep getting this message. "The files could not be edited because Adobe Photoshop CC 2017 could not be launched." 

This feature was working a few weeks ago. 
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I too have been getting the error "The files could not be editing because Adobe Photoshop CC 2017 could not be launched". This has been happening ever since I upgraded Photoshop. 
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For me, the problem started to appear after upgrading to LR 2015.7. At that time, the workaround to start PS manually was working satisfactorily in a sense that after closing PS the PSD file got passed back to LR. With PS CC 2017 even this is not working anymore for me; I need to also manually import the PSD back into LR.

Adobe, please fix this ASAP - this is really annoying!!!
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I had started a separate thread for over the "The files could not be edited because Adobe Photoshop CC 2017 could not be launched." error, over the weekend. The error occurred before and after upgrading to Photoshop CC 2017.

I am hoping for a fix before the workflow of "open photoshop, then open lightroom" becomes ingrained.
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This should be fixed in the CC2015.8/6.8 Update. Give it a try and let us know. 
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I just downloaded the LR CC update, and both problems that I mentioned in my earlier post have gone. Now it works again as expected.

Thank you, Adobe!
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I can also confirm that the original "Open as layer in PS" issue has been resolved (Win 10)
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This is no longer working. PS will not open the photo I have selected in Lightroom to edit. 
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Have you had reports of this bug again. Upgraded to 2017.0.1 and I'm having this issue.  I've tried all the work arounds and fixes as discussed in this thread and nothing fixed it.  Can you please advise?
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