Photoshop Tools Access in Lightroom

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Adobe Bridge's "Tools" pull down menu allows users to initiate a whole bunch of really useful Photoshop features like "Merge to HDR Pro", "Photomerge" and the the increasingly popular "Stack-a-Matic."

I'd really like to be able to initiate these functions from within Lightroom! It always feels so inefficient for a LR user to launch Bridge to initiate these features. Thanks!
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Scott Martin

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Frank Elston

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And 'Edit In' or Ctrl E (Windows) doesn't do this? You need to set PS as your external editor in preferences if this is not happening
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Bridge isn't needed.
Merge to HDR is available in the Edit In menu.
Load into Layers is also, then when in PS you have access to Stack-a-Matic and Photomergee.

I use these regularly and never see Bridge.
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Scott Martin

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You're right, Merge to HDR and Panorama are available from LR. Stack-a-Matic is not available from LR though and can't be added. Neither can the Image Processor and some of the others that you have in Bridge.

When you've got hundreds of images you want to stack you can't just open them in photoshop - you've got to select them and initiate the process - right now Bridge is the pace to do that and I with we could do so in Lightroom.

If you have a Lightroom based workflow and want to use the Image Processor to, say, prepare press-ready CMYK versions of your Picks, it would nice to select your picks in LR and initiate the Image Processor. Right now you'd have to export a group of files so that you could later initiate the Image Processor on them from within PS. It's clunky.

So I'll change my request to "Add Stack-a-Matic to Lightroom" or perhaps "Add the ability install additional functionality like one can to Bridge". Is that fair? There's an API to do so with Bridge but there is not one for Lightroom. Ideally, it would be nice if developers add the ability to add functionality to both applications simultaneously.