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Can you export a series of photos with entirely different filenames?

New Here ,
Oct 25, 2022 Oct 25, 2022

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Hello,

 

I have about 200 employee photos that I'd like to export at once -- but with their exported filenames to be the person's actual name?

 

Is there some kind of spreadsheet mail-merge or script feature that can do this? Exporting one by one and manually typing in the name is a huge pain in the A.

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LEGEND ,
Oct 25, 2022 Oct 25, 2022

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I assume you are talking about Lightroom Classic. Please confirm.

 

In Lightroom Classic, metadata can be used in the name of the exported file. I don't know if you can limit this to just people's names, I have never tried.

 

There is a plug-in called Mogrify which allows you to have some of the metadata showing on the exported photo, like a watermark. I don't know if you can limit this to just people's names, I have never tried.

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Oct 25, 2022 Oct 25, 2022

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If the name of the person is a keyword, then you can rename the image on export to get keyword(s) as filename.

 

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-- Johan W. Elzenga

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Nov 02, 2022 Nov 02, 2022

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But wouldn't that just apply the same word to every single filename? I want every exported file to have a unique name.

I have a feeling what I'm looking for doesn't exist.

 

I have a spreadsheet with 200 names -- with the camera's default filename also typed into the row.

For example: Smith, John > DSC00012.

The folder of images is then imported into Lightroom Classic library.

After doctoring photos, can I export all 200 images at once -- but using the spreadsheet to name each DSC file differently?

 

Thank you all for you help -- I suspect this feature doesn't exist. Pity. This seems like something Photographers would be ranting about for years. 

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Nov 02, 2022 Nov 02, 2022

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But wouldn't that just apply the same word to every single filename? I want every exported file to have a unique name.

 

Not at all, it would create a filename for the exported image which consists of the data held in the selected field of the catalog for the specific image being exported. So a single keyword for each image, which is the name of the specific individual in the image, would see the filename of the exported file consisting of the specific keyword (i.e. the individual's name).

 

Any suitable metadata field would suffice.

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Nov 02, 2022 Nov 02, 2022

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I do not know as to how you would get spreadsheet data into LrC, but- My thoughts:

If you were to add each persons name as a 'Caption' in LrC metadata, then a rename preset could use the Caption, and a reference to the original filename to make each new exported file have a unique filename-

2022-11-03 06_26_45-Filename Template Editor.jpg  2022-11-03 06_31_16-Roberts Catalog-v12 - Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Classic - Library.jpg

 

Regards. My System: Lr-Classic 12.0.1 Photoshop 24.0.1, ACR 15.0, Lightroom 6.0, Lr-iOS 8.0.8, Bridge 13.0, Windows-11.

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New Here ,
Nov 02, 2022 Nov 02, 2022

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Thank you! I'm sure that would work.

Though, the idea is to NOT have to type in every single name.
I might as well just export, and individually rename each file in Finder.

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Community Expert ,
Nov 02, 2022 Nov 02, 2022

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How would you link a photo to a name without typing that name at least once, somewhere?

 

-- Johan W. Elzenga

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Nov 02, 2022 Nov 02, 2022

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Or, with the Spreadsheet and LrC both on screen- Copy and Paste (Mouse select [Ctrl+C] ) names from the SS to LrC 'Caption' field [Ctrl+V] (and later use my Rename Preset suggestion). No typing needed.

If more that one photo is the same person you can 'paste' the copied name in [Caption] to several selected photos at once.

 

Regards. My System: Lr-Classic 12.0.1 Photoshop 24.0.1, ACR 15.0, Lightroom 6.0, Lr-iOS 8.0.8, Bridge 13.0, Windows-11.

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Nov 03, 2022 Nov 03, 2022

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He'd still have to type the names to get that spreadsheet...

 

-- Johan W. Elzenga

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Nov 03, 2022 Nov 03, 2022

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Yeah, agree.  Names have to be created 'somewhere'. I assumed the SS list existed from the post- "I have a spreadsheet with 200 names"

 

Regards. My System: Lr-Classic 12.0.1 Photoshop 24.0.1, ACR 15.0, Lightroom 6.0, Lr-iOS 8.0.8, Bridge 13.0, Windows-11.

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Nov 02, 2022 Nov 02, 2022

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Post withdrawn.

Regards, Denis: iMac mid-2015, 5K 27”, GPU 2GB, Ram 24GB, HDD 3TB, macOS 11.7.1 BigSur,; LrC 12.0.1, Lr 6.0, Ps 24.0, ACR 15.0,; Camera OM-D E-M1

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