Using several editing programs on an image.


Painted Rose
A photograph of a rose taken at Riverhill Himalayan Gardens in Kent and procesed with a paint effect.

If you are a Creative Cloud subscriber like myself then you automatically get Photoshop with the Photography Plan. For some Photoshop is rather daunting and people sometimes want to steer clear of it.. and at times I feel that way too.

However, on saying that Photoshop is an ideal place for using your various software programs when processing an image.

You see in Lightroom, every time you decide to say play with an image either in the Free Software Topaz Studio (Which I adore, because it has all your Topaz Plugins at hand) or Luminar 2018, Lightroom automatically exports the image to the software you want to use and then re-import the finished image back into Lightroom.  Which is OK if you just want to use one program, but what if you want to say use Topaz Free Studio, ON1 and Luminar, well that is 4 copies of the same image.

Using Photoshop

You cut out the amount of images within Lightroom as well as the number of images on your hard-drive.  By selecting you image and editing in Photoshop, for each software program you want to use you can stamp your image by using Shift+Alt+Control+E and then selecting the Filter you want.

Topaz Software Used

The image above processed by just using Topaz Studio.  Now say I want to go one step further and then use Luminar 2018 on my image.  All I do is Stamp all the layers together and then select Luminar from the Filter Menu.


So by using Photoshop and layers.. I have been able to use as many filters as I like, and I could go further and use the Nik Collection or ON1 Effects or whatever plugins you have installed on Photoshop. And each software program used has been created on a separate layer in Photoshop and Lightroom has only created the one Photoshop Image, when my image is finished. Instead of creating various copies of the image if I had stuck to solely using Lightroom and using the Plugins.


As most software programs come with an option to use as a plugin in Photoshop.. life has got a whole lot easier, in my editing process.

Edit inSay for instance I don’t like the final image any longer and wish I had the image in Lightroom with only had the Topaz Studio edits… then all I do is open the original image of the psd file in Lightroom and disable the Luminar layer and save it again in Photoshop and that will replace my Lightroom image.

For me using Photoshop as the hub for working with a Lightroom image and various software editing programs saves me a lot of catalogue space in Lightroom, plus it cuts down on the number of images saved to disc.

I hope this helps people.  I know disk space is quite cheap now… but why waste disk space when you don’t have to.  And another bonus of using this method.  If you have made any further Lightroom Adjustments, irrespective of which layer you decide to use in Photoshop and save,  the Lightroom edits you made before are still there…. just click on the History panel and your last Lightroom Edit.

Note: For this post as I knew I was going to be displaying each of the Filters used, once my image was imported back into Lightroom, I then Exported it to WordPress using the WordPress Lightroom Plugin if you have JetPack installed and your blog is connected to your account.


2 responses to “Using several editing programs on an image.”

  1. I have had the same issue of having too many copies in lightroom. I have limited my use of It for that reason. I prefer CR/Photoshop.


    1. As soon as I have a vision of what I want to do with an image… my first thought of what software to use… I know that feeling off too many copies of the same image 😂😂


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