Multiple Photos to Photoshop

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Today’s Question: Is there a way to send multiple RAW images from Lightroom to Photoshop as Smart Objects? I’ve selected multiple photos but only one opens in Photoshop.

Tim’s Quick Answer: The solution is to right-click on one of the selected images to access the “Edit In” command, rather than choosing the command from the Photo menu on the menu bar.

More Detail: When you select multiple photos in Lightroom and then use one of the commands on the “Edit In” submenu found on the “Photos” menu on the menu bar, Lightroom will only send the one active image to Photoshop, without sending the other selected images.

If instead you right-click on one of the selected images and choose the applicable command from the “Edit In” submenu that appears on the popup menu, all of the selected photos will be sent to Photoshop.

So in this case you could select the multiple photos, right-click on one of the selected images, and then choose “Open as Smart Object in Photoshop” from the “Edit In” submenu. If you don’t want to use the Smart Object feature you could instead right-click and choose “Edit in Adobe Photoshop” from the “Edit In” menu. With either command, all of the selected images will be opened in Photoshop.

Again, the key is to right-click on one of the selected images to access the popup menu, rather than using the menu bar at the top of the Lightroom interface.