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First, the processing

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I open my Raw file in Adobe Camera Raw (ACR) and make adjustments to it. The adjustments are recorded in the XMP data which accompanies my Raw file.

  • If you work with the Raw files that come out of your camera (eg NEF or CR2), the XMP data is saved in an extra XMP file alongside the Raw file. If you see XMP files, don’t delete them - they’re important!
  • If you convert your Raw files to the generic DNG format, the XMP data is embedded within the DNG file, so you never really notice it.

Of course, you can open multiple raw files at once. I’ve written a little more about that here.

(It is also possible to open Jpeg files into ACR. I’ve explained that in this article, but I won’t be mentioning it further in this class.)

Opening and saving >>

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For some reason, I have suddenly started seeing the xmp files on side of my psd files. It has never done that before, but started the last two sessions I edited. AND..... I deleted them....  They just looked like empty nothings (that wouldn't open, and took up valuable space.)

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If I copy my camera files onto my desktop and then import them into a Lightroom catalog and THEN process them in ACR, will Lightroom 'see' the adjustments I have made in ACR when I go back to Lightroom? I presume it will because the sidecar files will simply be updated when saving in ACR. Have I got that right? I did a little test and it seemed to be the case, but I wonder if it might cause other issues somewhere down the line... 

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1 minute ago, Victoria Rowe said:

If I copy my camera files onto my desktop and then import them into a Lightroom catalog and THEN process them in ACR, will Lightroom 'see' the adjustments I have made in ACR when I go back to Lightroom? I presume it will because the sidecar files will simply be updated when saving in ACR. Have I got that right? I did a little test and it seemed to be the case, but I wonder if it might cause other issues somewhere down the line... 

Why are you trying to use both programs? 

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I like the organisational qualities of Lightroom and have struggled to find a way to organise my files and be able to locate the ones I want easily outside of it.  I have lots of old files that I have processed through Lightroom too and wondering what happens the other way round if/when I open them in ACR. Will I see the adjustments previously made or not?

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1 hour ago, Victoria Rowe said:

I like the organisational qualities of Lightroom and have struggled to find a way to organise my files and be able to locate the ones I want easily outside of it.  I have lots of old files that I have processed through Lightroom too and wondering what happens the other way round if/when I open them in ACR. Will I see the adjustments previously made or not?

If you turn on write to XMP then ACR will be able to read your previous edits done in LR. More info about that here: http://www.damiensymonds.net/2012/02/what-is-xmp-data-all-about.html

Have you looked into using Bridge at all? 

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20 hours ago, Samantha LaRue said:

If you turn on write to XMP then ACR will be able to read your previous edits done in LR. More info about that here: http://www.damiensymonds.net/2012/02/what-is-xmp-data-all-about.html

Have you looked into using Bridge at all? 

Great. That answers my questions. I turned on 'write changes to XMP' a long time ago and had forgotten all about it. 

With regards to Bridge, I've tried but I don't particularly like the interface :(  I'm having a good look through the website and forum for more information on workflow and ways to get more efficient with things. I will contemplate giving it another go - sadly it's another thing on a long list of things 'to learn'... 

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