For some, Lightroom is an all-in-one solution. For others, however, there will be times when you'll need to leave the Lightroom environment and edit your work in another application, such as Photoshop or Photoshop Elements. Here is what you need to know when you do this.
If you have Photoshop or Photoshop Elements installed on your computer, Lightroom will offer these applications for use as an external editor by default. Figure 9-28 You can choose an additional image editing application in Lightroom's Preferences under the External Editing tab. (I'll get into more detail on this later in this section.)
Editing Outside Lightroom
Jump to an external editor from the Library, Develop, or Print modules by right-clicking on the image in the preview window or filmstrip and selecting Edit in [External Editor] from the contextual menu. Figure 9-29 From the Library and Develop modules, you can also use the File menu command (Photo→ Edit in [External Editor])
Drag and drop to outside editor (Mac)
On a Mac, you can drag and drop a non-RAW file from the Lightroom Library or Develop modules directly into another application such as Microsoft Word or Adobe InDesign. However, your Lightroom settings ...