Many thanks for your paitience.
Sorry - my confusion - so when opening from LR the “last used settings” are not used.
Yes please - it would be great if this could be raised as a feature request.
So I guess what I would like to see is…
When called from Lightroom or Photoshop (I have no experience of other programs)…
For Impressions to have a “Save” button that applies the changes and saves the file that it’s working on. Impressions should not close - similar to calling Photoshop from LR - Saving in Photoshop does not close Photoshop.
For Impressions to have a “Save As” button that brings up a “Save As” dialogue to allow the user to save wherever and give it a name - Impressions not to close (see note above).
For Impressions to have a “Close” or “Exit” button. This should check to see if there are edits that have not been saved and ask if they need to be saved.
For Impressions, when closing, to remember the “last settings used”. When next opening, the user to be asked if the “last settings used” should be used on the new opened file.
For Impressions to respond to the Windows eXit button. To operate the same as the Exit button described above.
For Impressions to respond correctly to Ctrl+S and Ctrl+Shft+S - operating the same as the “Save” and “SaveAs” buttons.
I think all of the above (with the exception of 4) is already implemented when Impressions is opened stand alone, and would greatly improve workflow when used from Lightroom.
Interestingly, item 4 is implemented in Photoshop, once Photoshop has been opened.
Something I have just bumped into, and should probably be raised as a bug, is that Impressions crashes if Ctrl+S or Ctrl+Shft+S are used - when opened from Lightroom or Photoshop. Unless that is just a problem on my machine? NB - It works correctly when opened stand alone.
One other thing that I think should be raised as a bug is that when opened from Lightroom or Photoshop, if changes are made and then the Cancel button is clicked, Impressions exits without asking if the changes should be saved. NB - It works correctly if Impressions is used stand alone.
Hope this helps.
I will take a look at your suggestion about using Smart Objects later - bit busy at the moment. I really would prefer to just get to Impressions via Lightroom - but if there are real benefits to going via Photoshop then so be it.