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Desktop 4 - Workflow: Editing Living Pictures with Third-Party Software (Windows)

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Lytro Desktop 4 also supports an export and reimport workflow that allows you to edit living pictures in 3rd party editing software.  You can edit in any 3rd party program which supports editing TIFF (.tif) files.

First, import and select the image or images that you want to edit in your 3rd party software into Desktop 4.  You must make any desired depth map edits and adjustment changes (in the adjust panel) in Desktop 4 FIRST before making any 3rd party edits.  Animations can be applied after re-importing your edited living picture.


  1. Select the thumbnail of the living picture that you want to edit from any of Desktop 4's viewing modes
  2. Choose File > Export ... > Editable Living Picture
  3. In the dialog box, choose a destination for the exported files.
  4. Click OK.


  • This will generate 7 .tif images, known as a TIFF stack, and a stack lfp (stack.lfp) file
  • Once you have exported these images, you CAN NOT re-name the images - the TIFF files or the stack.lfp file.  If you change the naming convention, re-importing to a living picture in Desktop 4 will not work.
  • You can not change the folder structure - the 7 tiff stack images and the stack lfp file MUST remain together in the SAME FOLDER for the export - reimport process to work.

Once all of your files are exported, you are ready to edit them in your choice of 3rd party software.   You'll need a software program that can edit 16bit TIFF files in ProPhoto RGB.  

  1. Open your choice of editing program, such as Adobe Lightroom
  2. Open the 7 TIFF images and make desired changes.  
    1. If you are making global adjustments - adjustments that affect the entire image - like contrast or saturation - you'll want to make sure that they are exactly the same for each TIFF image.  You can do this by duplicating the adjustment layer to the additional TIFF files using the "duplicate layer" option in Photoshop or
    2. Batch processing (in Photoshop)
    3. Or choosing "Sync" in Lightroom
  3. You can apply any edits you would regularly use in external editing software.  We recommend applying the same changes across all 7 images for the living picture to reimport correctly.

  1. Make sure you are editing 16 bit TIFF images in the ProPhoto RGB colorspace. 
  2. In Photoshop, flatten your images.
  3. When you are finished making changes, save all of your files (choose "save" via the file menu or by hitting control s).  Do not change the file names.
  4. Changes should write back to the files - if you get an export or save setting menu in Photoshop, you probably still have a layered image, which you need to flatten, or chose "save as" instead of save.  Make sure your image is flattened and that you are choosing "save."
  5. In Lightroom, export the images, unchecking all boxes, and selecting "original" for all drop down menu options. 
    1. NOTE: You will have to change the Lightroom option for "Existing Files" to "Overwrite Originals WITHOUT WARNING" or you will get an error message when trying to export.  Make sure to change this back once you are finished!
    2. If you are getting an error message, you most likely need to change the above option