Re-editing Camera Raw edits after editing in Photoshop

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If I make edits in ACR on a NEF file and then follow them up with additional edits in Photoshop, how do I change the ACR edits later? Or is the non-destructive aspect of the Camera Raw edits lost because I also edit in Photoshop?

If I do want to later change one of the edits made in Camera Raw, such as brightness, how do I do that? Will that change then be reflected in the totality or will I have to then re-do my Photoshop edits that I had done before?
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Carl Douthit

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You can place your .nef file as a Smart Object layer and then you're able to re-edit the acr settings. But yes, if you make edits on top of the base raw layer, you have to remake those as you've changed the underlying pixel values. This is true for any type of workflow and not exclusive to raw processed images.
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That's what I thought -- which is why I've been very reluctant to make any edits in ACR if I was going to make additional edits in Photoshop. I'll still be making all of my edits in Photoshop itself and using ACR to manage my keywords.