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Importing Old Files Already Worked in Adobe Camera Raw...

Bill Ballard

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Hello all -

I am starting a project where I will be re-editing older images in LR, a majority of which have already been worked in older versions of Adobe Camera Raw and PhotoShop. Most - or really, all - of these edits need to be redone . (My skill set has vastly improved since doing them originally.) I have the unflattened .PSD files generated by ACR, and I'm wondering...when I Import them into LR, can I Reset them to eliminate all of the imported ACR adjustments? Or, am I better off digging up the original raw files and importing those. The kicker here, is that the .PSD files are ready at hand...but either way, I'm starting from scratch.

Thanks much!
 

Bill Ballard

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There is nothing to reset in the PSD, unless the PSD files contain the raw images as smart objects.
Ah, that's right! I hadn't considered that...and the original raw files were not converted to smart objects - never been a step in my workflow.

Thank you!
 

Califdan

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Given the above,

Option 1 - ignore the PS/ACR edited images and import the original files (RAW or JPG) files into LR thus bypassing everything you did in ACR or PS

Option 2 - in PS, either save a new PSD after removing all the layers except the background layer (assuming you made all your PS adjustments on non background layers and also didn't make adjustments using ACR.
 
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