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OK, not that anybody is asking, but I think I finally got the optimum work flow figured out. This is the one.
First, convert all of your favorite Lightroom presets to ACR, per the link I posted above. Not all of them, just your favorites.
Then, proceed to do all of your work in Lightroom, as before.
Now, when you need an edit that is better accomplished in Photoshop, chose "Open as Smart Object in Photoshop" from the Photo/Edit In menu in the Lightroom Develop module.
In Photoshop, make your edits, and save.
Return to Lightroom. You will see a tiff or psd (depending on
What does all of this give you? It allows you to continue to make raw edits, albeit on a Smart Object, after you have made Photoshop pixel edits. All you have to do is double click the Smart Object layer in PS, and you will be brought to ACR, where you can change the original raw edits you made in Lightroom. Plus, since you converted several of your presets as above, you can play with them in ACR now.
To me, this combines the UI of Lightroom and the ultimate, never-ending editing capability of Photoshop...
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Personally, I more enjoy working on images in Lightroom than in PS. Yes, each file ultimately passes through PS, but typically only for re-sizing and a final pass of Smart Sharpen before conversion to an 8 bit file and saving as a JPEG. Original photos remain in folders created upon import and kept on a dedicated partition in my internal hard drive. Lightroom modifications are kept in the same folder which is regularly backed up using SuperDuper. Processed photos are kept on a different hard drive and organized by location. For example, all the photos taken with our traveling lens are kept in a folder titled 2013 Nikki Visit. That drive is also regularly backed up with SuperDuper.
Folders containing processed images are typically uploaded to my Picasa account. The Picasa software on my computer is set so that as new photos are added to each folder, they are automatically uploaded to my online Picasa account.
I generally don't use pre-sets. I will occasionally copy processing settings when working with multiple files I may wish to merge but otherwise I simply work with individual images to find the look I want. Of late I've been playing quite a bit with Nik tools, but that is a new and evolving process. Granted, I don't shoot for a living, so the number of images I handle is generally not large. I can afford the time it takes to process individual images. I quite enjoy the process. Of course, I'm retired so my time is my own.
A final matter, I use a naming convention for my files that includes the lens used, as well as tubes or converters used. This can help me identify the lens when other means are unavailable for doing so. It works.
This is a useful topic because there are many different approaches to handling files and often fresh ideas arise when the topic is being discussed.