Lightroom: How do I know which are Photoshop edited versions?

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If I select a photo in Lightroom Classic and go to edit in Photoshop, then when I have finished editing it and save as a PSD file then the fact there is a new version of that photo shows up in LR but it doesn’t seem accessible in it.The library module/thumbnails show that there are two versions but trying to open one for printing or further editing always selects the original file. To be able to access the new version from within LR I have to open and close the application. Then I get thumbnails of both and can select the one I want. What am I missing? LR knows immediately there is a new version so why doesn’t it show it and allow access. Is it a bug or a really naff feature.
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Please give more information. What version of Lightroom? What version of Photoshop? What OS and what version? Do not say 'latest version', but give version numbers.
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LR Classic 8.4 (201908011719-03751b60
PS 20.0.6 20190724.r.80 2019/07/24: 1207344
Mac OS 10.14.6
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I can’t reproduce this and there is also one thing that I don’t understand. You say “LR knows immediately there is a new version so why doesn’t it show it”. So how do you know that Lightroom knows, if Lightroom does not show it? Please explain in detail what does (not) happen.
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I am library mode in LR, selected image displayed and a selection of thumbnails below. Right click on image I want to send to PS and select edit in PS. Opens in PS, I perform the edits save as a psd file and close PS. As soon as I look at LR the thumbnails will show one thumbnail for that photo but with a 2 superimposed on it.
But if I try and select the photo to say print from LR it always selects the non psd LR version.
Close LR and reopen and it will show thumbnails of both side by side, with a 1 of 2 and 2 of 2 superimposed on them. Then I can specifically select the psd version to do whatever I want to.
If I edit a series of photos in PS, then I will have a series of thumbnails all with a 2 on them, close LR and reopen and I will have two thumbnails for each photo. One for the PS edit and one for the LR version.
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Sounds like you have Lr set to stack the edited copy with the original.

You can - 

1) Leave your stacking preferences alone and just click the superimposed "2" badge to expand the stack so you can see both images.

2) Go to Preferences --> External Editing tab --> uncheck Stack With Original.  That way, Lr won't do any automatic stacking and your edited image will just show up next to the original in the grid & filmstrip.
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not sure what is going on. Clicking on the superimposed 2  toggles it between 2 and 1 of 2 but doesn't change the thumbnail or allow me an opportunity to select the psd file.

If I go to preferences and uncheck stack with original then I don't see th edited psd file anywhere until I close LR and reopen it. then it is there with 1 of 2 on it and the original says 2 or 2 or 2.
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Just been and rechecked this morning. The behaviour you both mention only works after I have restarted LR. If preferences set to stack, then photo that was edited will have a 2 superimposed, but clicking on that 2 doesn’t split the stack until after LR restarted. If stacking set to off then edited version doesn’t appear until after LR restarted.
Have scanned the web, always dangerous, and found a few references to this need to restart LR to be able to access photos sent to PS for edit. But all quite old.
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Hi Chris,

Else, if you dont want these to be stacked, you can right click on the super imposed images: go to stacking -> Unstack 
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I agree that will work as well. But none of these seem to work, for me, until I have restarted LR. They all work after a restart, but not until then.