This is my workflow in Lightroom (sorry for the Italian screenshots, I hope they are helpful):
- First, I set up Theta desktop app as an external editor in Lightroom like this. The point here is to choose sRGB color space to preview the colors right, since Theta app doesn’t support other color spaces. Theta app supports TIFF files, but there’s no reason to use them, since we only want to preview our work.
- Then, when I want to preview a photo in 360 I right click on it and choose “Edit in” > “Ricoh Theta”. If I didn’t edit the image before, I just tell Lightroom that I want to “edit” the original file. If I did some edits I tell it to create a copy with my edits - I’ll throw away this file from Lightroom once I I viewed it and close Theta app.
It works. At least, while we are waiting for a proper 360 preview support coming to Lightroom Classic.
Circular Studio it’s nice, but workflow and results from it are not as good as you can get using other tools. For example, output is limited to 4096 px 8 bit (even when exporting to TIFF) - you can’t change resolution and bit depth (it could be useful to prevent data loss if you plan to do more edits), and you need to use other tools anyway.
All in all, I prefer to use Flexify plugin in Photoshop: workflow is smoother and more powerful (you can use content aware tools to patch nadir, 360 view to add or edit other contents, tune colors, and then turn the result in a tiny planet).
One only annoying thing in this workflow: once you run Flexify, the output image resolution is the same of the shorter side of the image - so you may want to upscale the image to your desired final resolution before you run Flexify.