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Wed, Sep 23, 2020 8:22 PM

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Lightroom Classic: Be able to search for exported pictures

Lightroom Classic: I want to be able to search the catalog for pictures that I've exported from Lightroom, and also pictures that I've retouched.

I want to be able to search for this pictures in the same way I can search for stars, colors, metadata or keyword.

That would be awesome!

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Create a Smart Collection where Develop/Has Adjustments (or Has Edits) is the criteria. Look at my attachment.

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Great! I told the support in my chatt that I remembered that I've searched for only developed pictures before but he answered that It wasn't able to search for either exported pictures or retouched pictures. The he and told me to write my excellent idea here ;)

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If they paid their phone support staff better they'd get better people!

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Wasn't even phone support, it was online.

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I suggest you develop a naming convention and a star/color label rating system.

 

You should come up with whatever suites you, but here's what I do:

Start with pick or unpick flags

green labels = originals

blue labels = edits, either edited in Lightroom or Photoshop

yellow labels = finals (also the ones I exported)

There's also red and purple label colors. I use them for special cases like optional shots or HDR merges.

 

As for naming I have:

original-filename_###.RAW (NEF in my case)

original-filename_###_Edit_01.tif/psd/psb = for files containing layers and edited in Photoshop

original-filename_###_Edit_01_FINAL.tif/psd/psb = flattened final edit

original-filename_###_Edit_01_PRINT_123cm123cm.tif/psd/psb = final containing watermark and output sharpening

original_filename_###_Edit_01_WEB.JPG = containing watermark, no output sharpening and sRGB JPG

 

The nice thing about the naming convention is that the files are recognizable in the OS folders without Lightroom in case I decide to turn my back on Lightroom or it's discontinued or hell freezes over.

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Thanks!
Im already using color labels but  in a little other way - I will considering your tips. But I still want Adobe to make my suggestions real :) 

It sounds like you export pictures and then save them outside Lightroom? I don't, more than temporary, so unfortunately I don't think that will help me.

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As Carlos described you can already do this.

 

And yes, I never export form Lightroom as I sharpen for web in Photoshop using the web sharpening script by Greg Benz and save to JPG. And also save tif for printing from Photoshop.

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No, I cant search for photos that are exported from Lightroom? Only developed photos - or did I miss something?

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If you crate a smart collection with all images that you edited, you basically have a collection containing all images that you (presumably) also exported.

 

Else you can always create a manual collection called "Exported" that contains all images you exported. Or as suggested, give them a color label.

 

But to ask that Lightoom notes down if you exported an image or not is not practical imho. Some things are better done manually.

 

Or I might be missing something.

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The thing is that I've already got 60 000 photos in total and that I've uploaded 1000 of them to an communication agency and now I want to mark which ones it is in Lightroom... 

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1 y ago

You might find Jeffrey Friedl's "Snapshot on Export" plugin useful. In addition to creating a snapshot of an exported image, it can be used to add or update various metadata fields (including keywords) which can be used to search for or collect exported images. Once configured to your liking, the plugin simply works in the background with every export.

http://regex.info/blog/lightroom-goodies/snapshot-on-export

 

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Jeffrey Friedl has another Lightroom pluging -- "Run Any Command" -- with which you can automatically add exported image to a collection. From the description, "[With this] export filter, you can also have processed photos added to a normal collection . . .".

http://regex.info/blog/lightroom-goodies/run-any-command

 

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Great! Thanks, I'll try that!