Now I don’t know about you, but I have to keep my original photos on an external drive, due to the size of my photograph library… Lightroom is great for this because you can build smart previews of your original images and Lightroom allows you to work on a particular photo via their smart preview feature, without having to have your hard-drive plugged in. But that, unfortunately comes at a price.
You can’t edit any smart previews by sending them to Photoshop or Photomatix for instance, via the Edit In function… Drat, damn blast… especially if you use Photoshop to add your watermark like I do.
Take this image for instance
Lightroom will add the watermark to the photograph no problems, but it won’t add a solid band at the bottom with your watermark… Like I like to use
The way I was processing my photos was by, doing the Export to my chosen folder, then right clicking the photo and then selecting Open With Photoshop… Time consuming and a lot of clicking… I am all for cutting down on keystrokes in order to get things done.
But this seemed like the only way of doing it.. until by accident I found a nifty little setting sitting at the bottom of the Export box, called Post Processing. So now I select an option of what I want to do after processing… and normally I choose Open in Adobe Photoshop.
And hey presto, when my export to my folder is complete, my image automatically opens in Photoshop and I can do my watermarking. So now I don’t have to find the photo and then get it to open in Photoshop… its automatic… and a whole lot easier.
And the nice thing is I don’t have to have my hard-drive where all my original photos are stored, plugged in. This feature allows me to work easily just using smart previews and Photoshop.