I use Adobe Camera Raw about 25 times more than I use Lightroom, so I’m always interested in learning more about how Lightroom operates. As it turns out, these two applications are so similar in many respects. Oftentimes, it’s just the button or control that appears different between the two. When you combine Adobe Bridge with Camera Raw, you almost have yourself a functional version of Lightroom. I really do prefer the separateness of Bridge and Camera Raw though. I get nervous when I get too comfortable with an all-in-one application such as Lightroom. I’m especially nervous about libraries and control of file structure and things like that. I’ve lived through far too many instances of Adobe (or Macromedia from back in the day) changing their minds about one of their programs. Meaning, it would be discontinued (LiveMotion, GoLive, Flash). What about my libraries? What about my structure? Let’s just hope the status quo hangs around for a while.
Anyway, let’s get into this post. I’d like to quickly show you how to open multiple files into Photoshop as layers from both Bridge and Lightroom. I have probably already covered this somewhere, but it’s good to have both sets of instructions in one place. This will be a quick one, so stay tuned.
I’ll start off with Bridge. I’ve got some of my previous flower shots opened up in a folder and I’d like to open three of them into one file in Photoshop, so I can create a three image layout there. Here are the three thumbnails of the flowers that I’ve selected.
To load these three images into Photoshop as layers in one file, all you need to do is head up to the Tools > Photoshop > Load File into Photoshop Layers menu item and click. Done.
Okay, let’s move onto Lightroom. To perform the same exact function as above, all you need to do is, again, select the thumbnails you’re interested in opening into Photoshop (in the Library module) and then click on the Photo > Edit in > Open as Layers in Photoshop menu item. When you do that, you’ll have to wait a few seconds for the applications to do their things and then you’ll find that you’ve got multiple layers in one file. Done again.
I hope you enjoyed this post. Let me know if you have any questions. Thanks!