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Lightroom 2 and Smart Objects

In Scott Kelby's 7-Point System for Adobe Photoshop CS3 he uses a technique that involves embedding raw files in Photoshop Smart Objects for additional editing flexibility with Adobe Camera Raw. Enhanced Photoshop integration in Lightroom 2 offers a new onramp into the 7-point workflow.

After the 7-Point System first came out a great many readers wanted to know how they could go from Lightroom to Photoshop and end up with a smart object. So much so that Scott offered a possible workaround for the most determined Lightroom users to try.

With the functionality that is already in the public Lightroom 2 beta release that old workaround has been rendered obsolete. In a recent blog post Scott highlighted the impact this functionality will have for Lightroom users trying out the 7-Point system.

If you are interested in giving this a try, first download the Lightroom 2 public beta, then make sure you check out the release notes, which say in part:

"The new Photoshop integration functionality is only available with Photoshop CS3 (10.0.1) and should only be used for testing purposes."

As this is a beta it is not feature complete, and this functionality is sure to improve. One other note, right-click (control-click on a Mac) the photo to access the additional Photoshop editing options.