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Using external plug-ins with LR CC

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Sergio B.

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We all know that LR CC does not support plugins such as the ones from Topaz or Nik Collection. Has anyone circumvented this problem by bringing the photo to PhotoShop, apply the desired plugin, then return to LR CC?
Thank you.
Of course you can do that, so what exactly is your question?
I have done it! Yes it almost works as well as Lr-Classic, except you need to 'go through' Photoshop. After you [Save] in Ps the new image does automatically return to Lr stacked with the original.
(Another forum thread asked if "unstacked" could be the default, but I do not know of this option.)
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The old (Google) Nik Plugins always worked as standalone. eg. you could 'Open' Nik Efex, then from the Nik menu- [Open] an image, edit, and [Save] the modified image. All without needing Photoshop.
So from Lightroom it would be- 1) Export the image, 2) Open in Nik App, 3) edit in Nik, 4) [Save] the image, 5) Import/Add to Lightroom (thus not stacked)
Thank you, Rob. Very helpful. Yes, using plugins as stand-alone programs can also be an option.
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