Photoshop: When I export an image from LR to CS5 and then save it, CS5 saves it as a 1.5 GB file and then LR can't read it.

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Hello: Suddenly, when I am sending files from LR to CS5 and then editing, CS5 is saving the file as a 1.5GB Tiff. I then get an error message that the file is too big for tiff readers to view the file (I'm assuming LR). In addition to it taking FOREVER to save the file, it is indeed not able to send it back to LR. I know this is because of the ridiculous file size. So... why is it saving it as such a HUGE file (it never used to do this), and how do I fix it? It's a really big problem. Saving it as a compressed TIFF file doesn't change the size, either. The original files are anywhere from 4-8 MB.
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Chris Cox

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You wouldn't get a warning about a TIFF being too large until it crosses the 2 Gig boundary.

As for the size: Photoshop saves the pixels that are in the file -- check the resolution, especially if you upsampled it in ACR or LR.
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Photoshop CS2 used to work with LR better. I could save JPEG images straight back to Lightroom and they weren't such huge files, but CS5 doesn't do that. I'm having the same problem as you. It's a pain, but I have to "save as" a jpeg, then re-import the jpeg into LR. This is a bad flaw that I hope gets fixed soon!
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I don't have CS2 to test. But I know LR send file to PS as TIFF or PSD. So when PS save the file, it will be TIFF or PSD but never JPG. I don't recall that you can send jpg directly to Photoshop unless you choose to send it as original file. Then you can save it as JPG. Works on CS5.