Is it possible to work on an image from Lightroom in Photoshop whilst maintaining a link to the original file so that if I make changes to the original file in Lightroom, those changes will be reflected in the Photoshop document?

Opening as a smart object breaks the link to the original file, effectively embedding a copy into the Photoshop document.

  • PS CC has "Linked smart object". It works pretty much the same as linked files in Illustrator and Indesign.
    – Joonas
    Jan 25, 2016 at 11:20
  • @Joonas Thanks, but how does this work with Lightroom? What is the workflow? Lightroom doesn't allow you to 'Open as Linked Smart Object' Jan 25, 2016 at 11:58
  • This is a feature in photoshop. Hasn't got anything to do with Lightroom directly. It allows you to place image to photoshop and then updates it automatically as the file is changed.
    – Joonas
    Jan 25, 2016 at 12:00

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The closest thing I have seen to what you want to do is one of the plugins from Jeffrey Friedl. Take a look at his Photoshop Layers plugin:


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