LIGHTROOM - issues Processing Raw files

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I use Lightroom (mainly to manage my photo database) and Photoshop (to edit the images). I have started shooting in the RAW format (.NEF - Nikon). I also have converted some raw files into the Adobe .DNG format. I have discovered that all 3 products DO NOT process the RAW or DNG files smoothly from Lightroom to Photoshop. If I select a DNG file in Lightroom; select Edit in Photoshop; the DNG file does not open the Camera Raw processor. Photoshop will show that it is opening a RAW file, but the result is a "regular" format. Using the Camera Raw filter IS NOT the same as using the Camera Raw processor. To me it sounds odd the Adobe products - Lightroom, Photoshop and Camera Raw- can not make processing raw files easy. Simple question for Adobe...Why can't Photoshop open a raw file (raw or DNG) in the Camera Raw processor regardless of where the file starts - for example Lightroom? I have talked to Adobe help and they all have the same answer...Don't know why.
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Instead of Edit In>Photoshop, choose Edit In>Open as a Smart Object in Photoshop.... Double Click the Smart Object - you are now in Camera Raw with a Raw File and not in the Camera Raw filter.

Note:
a.any edits done in LR previous to going to PS will come in already adjusted in Camera Raw
b.the file that comes back to Lightroom will not be a Raw.

I would be interested to know what advantage you see in adjusting in Camera Raw vs Lightroom's Develop module.
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One thing that I do not see when using the Lightroom Develop for a raw file is the Adjustment Brush found in Camera Raw. Is it there somewhere?
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The Adjustment Brush is in the tool bar beneath the histogram. (With Crop, Spot, Redeye, Radial and Graduated filters.
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Thanks for you help. You made my work easier. Learn something everyday.
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Photoshop does open all Camera Raw files in Camera Raw - because otherwise Photoshop would not be able to read those files.

Are you confusing Photoshop RAW (aka bytes without a header, that requires you to remember the size and depth) with Camera Raw files?
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There's a missing bit that tends to confuse things:

> Photoshop does open all Camera Raw files using Camera Raw - because otherwise Photoshop would not be able to read those files - BUT IT DOESN'T OPEN THEM INTO THE CAMERA RAW DIALOG.
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If you are in Lightroom and use the edit in Photoshop option of Lightroom, Photoshop does not open the file with Camera Raw.
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Answered in my first post on this thread.