Edit a file in Lightroom using the new local adjustments – the gradient tool or adjustment brush – and then open that file in Photoshop CS2 via Edit in Photoshop or Export…. and if you try to save it as a jpeg, Photoshop will complain with an error message which says “Could not complete your request because of a program error”. Why?
Ok, it’s a bug… but for once, it’s not a Lightroom bug. Photoshop CS2 trips up on some perfectly legitimate metadata that Lightroom saves into the files when you’ve used local adjustments. CS3 and CS4 behave nicely with this metadata, but CS2 is no longer updated and so the bug will never be fixed. What can you do about it? You have a few options:
- Update to CS3 or CS4.
- Check the ‘minimize embedded metadata’ checkbox in the Lightroom Export dialog, which will strip ALL of the metadata. It solves the problem, but leaves you short of any metadata in your files.
- Use Jeffrey’s Metadata Wranger to strip just the problem metadata from the file. By far the best option!
How to use Jeffrey’s Metadata Wrangler
To use Jeffrey’s Metadata Wrangler export plugin, you’ll first need to download it from: http://regex.info/blog/lightroom-goodies/metadata-wrangler and install it using the instructions here: http://regex.info/blog/lightroom-goodies/plugin-installation/
Then select the plugin in the lower left of the Export dialog, and you’ll see the additional section appear in the main Export options panel – scroll down if you can’t see it.
The only part you want to remove is the ‘crs’ block marked in red in the screenshot – all of the rest of the data can stay.
Any images exported with the ‘crs’ block removed will quite willingly save as a jpeg even with Photoshop CS2.