Lightroom to Photoshop: Stacking smart objects with script

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Hello!

I'm using LR and PS for my photography work daily and one task is bothering me quite a lot,

if i shoot bracketed image, i can export them as layers into photoshop with a scrypt, i can as well open them separately and use "load files into stack" with auto-alligment option, which is a steal, but (and it's a huge BUT) it works properly OLNY with closed files. jpeg / psd / tiff - no problem, but you can't do anything with smart objects.

I need to stack them manually and align them by my hands. Editing 200 photos per week in that manner is very frustrating, and at the same time using smart objects is a relief.

Can you do something about it? As for now, the olny option i can come with is saving metadata from lightroom in the catalog and import these files into Camera RAW. Doesn't sound too bad, but if you have a few tilt-shift panoramas to stitch it becomes a headache.
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If you want to load the raw files as a smart object stack, you can do this fairly easily, but it's still a manual process. I've been asking for a more user-friendly workflow, but neither Lightroom nor Bridge teams want to acknowledge that linked-SOs exist.

Here's what i do:
- save metadata from LR (cmd/ctrl-s)
- using Bridge, open one of the raw files via ACR and open as Object in Ps
- go back to Bridge and select all the files you want in the stack
- opt/alt drag them into the window which has the ACR SO as a layer

Now you'll have a stack of linked SOs which you can open in ACR for further adjustments which will save to .xmp!
It's such a clunky workflow, but neither Lr, Br or ACR has any interest in making SOs stackable via an obvious UI implementation.
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thanks for responce, this method is not clunky, it’s rubbish.

i haven’t used bridge for very long time, it’s counter-intuitive and it’s third program you need to use to do the job.
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yep. I've been asking for years now to fix the workflow, but no luck.
you can also opt/alt drag from the finder/explorer to your Ps canvas to create linked SO's, or a regular drag to create embedded. There's also the file>place command in Ps, but i prefer using the finder or bridge to place.
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to explain further... this is one of the workflows which is so poorly implemented that no one knows it exists, and because no one is aware of it, nobody uses it. Because no one uses it, it'll never be updated through development... so frustrating.

I do a good bit of consulting work at ad agencies, design firms, photo studios and large brands... at each, i show the designers, retouchers, photographer, art directors, etc, how to use this workflow. The response is always the same: Holy shit! I had no idea you could do this! Why is it hidden? And if you dig further into it, using the linked smart object, layer comp workflow through Ps and ID, the tool takes on even more significance and is severely under-utilized.