Lightroom Classic: Remember last image selected in each folder

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LEGEND ,
Jun 27, 2011 Jun 27, 2011

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In Lightroom, please "remember" the currently select images in each folder as I move back and forth. This would be such a time saver!
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LEGEND ,
Jun 27, 2011 Jun 27, 2011

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How do you imagine this to work regarding the active image selection?

Do you expect the image selection to change, each time you navigate to a different folder? That would create some difficulties, e.g., when you want to create a temporary set of selected images that comprises images from different folders.

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Explorer ,
Jun 28, 2011 Jun 28, 2011

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It would be nice if lightroom could remember which image i was viewing last when I navigate back to a folder instead of starting with the first image in the folder. I frequently go back and forth between folders and collections and I would like to go back to the same image that I was viewing before I navigated away from the folder instead of starting from the beginning.

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Explorer ,
Nov 01, 2011 Nov 01, 2011

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it would also be nice to be able define a representative "cover"-picture for each folder or collection.

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LEGEND ,
Oct 22, 2012 Oct 22, 2012

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When returning to a previously worked folder, it would be useful to return directly to where one left off (i.e. the last-worked image). rather than being forced to start at the first image. When processing a large shoot and briefly switching to another folder, it is annoying, when returning to the original folder, to have to scroll/page through all the images to get back to where one left off.

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LEGEND ,
Mar 19, 2013 Mar 19, 2013

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Good idea.

In the mean time,

Gazoo remembers the complement of photos selected in each source (whether folder or collection...), for use in conjunction with back/forward navigation.

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LEGEND ,
Jul 24, 2014 Jul 24, 2014

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This plugin fixes it "right" (works in the background - re-selects previous photos when you switch folders and/or collections..).

OddJobs

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Explorer ,
Sep 22, 2014 Sep 22, 2014

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Unexpectedly i found out that with Lightroom 5.6 it is possible to define a title image for a collection (seems not to be possible with lightroom 5.4).
Thanks Adobe for implementing this feature (even if I never read about it and just found it by chance)

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LEGEND ,
Sep 22, 2014 Sep 22, 2014

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Are you talking about "Use as Cover Photo"? what does that do?? Lightroom mobile or something???

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Explorer ,
Sep 22, 2014 Sep 22, 2014

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seems plausible that it is called "use as cover photo" in english (in german it is called "als Titelbild verwenden"):
what it does: If you move your mouse over your collections you see a picture in the navigator area top left. This picture was always the first image of your collection. So in my case it often was a shot of the setup or of the colerchecker passport and not representative of the shooting/colletion.
Using the "use as cover photo" command you can now determine which image is shown in the navigator area when you move your mouse over the collection list. (note: it does NOT work with smart collections)

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LEGEND ,
Sep 23, 2014 Sep 23, 2014

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Ah - thanks Arnold. Not quite the same as restoring previous photo selections when returning to previous photo source, but still good to know.

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LEGEND ,
Sep 23, 2014 Sep 23, 2014

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This plugin ROCKS!! we shouldn't have to use plugin, but this plugin does the job - thanks!!!

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LEGEND ,
Sep 23, 2014 Sep 23, 2014

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You're welcome chiaroscuro 🙂

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LEGEND ,
Sep 23, 2014 Sep 23, 2014

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You bet chiaroscuro 🙂

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Explorer ,
Dec 02, 2014 Dec 02, 2014

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Am I right or did something unexpectedly happen to my catalog?
This option "use as cover photo" does not exist in Lightroom 5.7 any more... :(
(see also http://feedback.photoshop.com/photosh... )

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Explorer ,
Dec 07, 2014 Dec 07, 2014

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as it covers a part of this request you could maybe vote for this thread:
http://feedback.photoshop.com/photosh...

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Community Beginner ,
Jan 12, 2016 Jan 12, 2016

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I blows my mind that this feature is not yet in Lightroom. Really? Expect the user to remember which image they were last working on in every catalog. Yes, that is a brilliant idea (heavy sarcasm).

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LEGEND ,
Jan 29, 2017 Jan 29, 2017

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I want this! Is there any alternative plugin that fixes this? Rob Cole's one seems to have disappeared.

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LEGEND ,
Jan 30, 2017 Jan 30, 2017

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Unfortunately, we recently learned that Rob passed away suddenly two years ago, and his plugins became unavailable soon after: http://regex.info/blog/2017-01-18/2765

You might check out my Any Source plugin.  It provides "back" and "forward" commands that keep a history of previous sources, selections, and filter settings, so you can easily switch back and forth between them.

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LEGEND ,
Feb 13, 2017 Feb 13, 2017

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I can't believe that this timesaver feature is still not implemented!

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LEGEND ,
Mar 16, 2017 Mar 16, 2017

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I use and highly recommend Any Source.  I set shortcut keys to launch it, and use it dozens of times an hour.

I have no affiliation with the author.  I'm an Aperture specialist moving several large databases to Lightroom.

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Community Beginner ,
Sep 29, 2017 Sep 29, 2017

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When I change from folder A to folder B then back to folder A, the first image in folder A is alway selected. Similarly, filter settings should not be lost. I think it would be much better if it worked like this...In folder A, I have image 23 selected. I switch to folder B. Then I switch back to folder A and image 23 is still selected (and the filters are the way I left them in folder A instead of being cleared).

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Sep 30, 2017 Sep 30, 2017

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Filter settings will be retained if you click the little lock in the right corner of the filter bar.
-- Johan W. Elzenga

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Explorer ,
Nov 15, 2018 Nov 15, 2018

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So hows your experience with LR vs Aperture?

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Explorer ,
Nov 15, 2019 Nov 15, 2019

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My clunky workflow has a project with 14k of my 123k images in a folder with sub-folders. 

My reference spreadsheet has tabs corresponding to the sub-folders.  My notes, hyperlinks, etc. are lines within each tab, itemized by image file name. 

So when I flip between and among LR folders, I’m always sitting on the first image.  Now I need to use the filter to isolate the image file name, cancel the filter, and proceed with my analysis with a frown and muttered bad-words.

What I want is to return to the last image selected in that folder.
Please.

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Explorer ,
Nov 15, 2019 Nov 15, 2019

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My clunky workflow has a project
with 14k of my 123k images in a folder with sub-folders. 

My reference spreadsheet has tabs corresponding to the sub-folders.  My notes, hyperlinks, etc. are lines within each tab, itemized by image file name. 

So when I flip between and among LR folders, I’m always sitting on the first image.  Now I need to use the filter to isolate the image file name, cancel the filter, and proceed with my analysis with a frown and muttered bad-words.

What I want is to return to the last image selected in that folder.
Please.

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