Before lightroom, I used to edit exclusively in Photoshop. Obviously that was (seems like!) forever ago, and my skills were far more basic and techniques were probably not efficient.
As Lightroom has progressed, I've found that I try to use Photoshop as little as possible, but then that causes my to limit my own edits+creativity. I'm aware of where LR finishes and where PS starts, but I have trouble using them... together.
- If I am going to edit a photo in Photoshop, should I edit as a smart object or just a normal layer? If it's a smart object, then I am limited in what I can do (i.e. content aware requires a rasterized layer I believe?)
- Could really use some insights on techniques for non-destructive editing. I tend to edit on my normal layer, or create a million layers for each edit (but probably do it inefficiently!) and edit up with either something that's impossible to undo/edit, or giant file size.
- Can I (should I?) continue to edit in Lightroom if I need to make further adjustments or notice other tweaks? I realize photoshop can do everything LR can and more, but LR has a nice clean history state with all adjustments being editable as well. OR once I hand off to photoshop, is it photoshop onwards? I had tested this by editing in photoshop, saving without changes. Then I edit my source CR2 and massively changed temperature... open the TIF in photoshop again, but it doesn't have the updated changes to temp. If I edit the TIF in LR, then the original CR2 becomes old/orphaned.
I probably have more questions, but really I'm looking for guidance on workflows, best practices or techniques for using lightroom and photoshop together - not necessarily how to do a specific thing.