P: Allow Named People thumbnail photo to be changed

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Mentor ,
Apr 25, 2015 Apr 25, 2015

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The new facial recognition in Lightroom 6/CC is well done (if sometimes amusingly quirky). One change I'd like to suggest is allowing the Named People thumbnail photo to be chosen from the list of confirmed thumbnails. Lr sometimes picks an unflattering image or one of very low quality. When I see a list of faces in the Named People list I want to see nice looking mugshots. We don't all shoot fashion models!

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LEGEND ,
Apr 28, 2015 Apr 28, 2015

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I just started using LR CC face detection and have to agree. Many of the images for People thumbnails in the ones I've processed so far are quite poor. I think the first one you choose becomes the default image. Not jumping the gun to tag the first recognizable image to find a better one may be a workaround.

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New Here ,
Apr 28, 2015 Apr 28, 2015

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LR chooses latest picture of the person for the thumbnail photo I think. (not as in latest tagged photo but latest photo according to exif info.) I would rather LR choose largest / front facing picture as thumbnail.

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Community Beginner ,
Jun 11, 2015 Jun 11, 2015

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Concur that the user should be able to choose the image they prefer.

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LEGEND ,
Oct 12, 2015 Oct 12, 2015

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Please add the option to choose the thumbnail of a "person". The latest added foto often isn't representative.

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New Here ,
Jul 09, 2017 Jul 09, 2017

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Agreed. The option of choosing your representative thumbnail is available in other photo software.

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Explorer ,
Jan 29, 2019 Jan 29, 2019

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This appears to be still an unanswered and much desired feature.

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LEGEND ,
Jan 04, 2020 Jan 04, 2020

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Can't believe why anyone would do a face recognition feature without allowing you to manually specify the thumbnail.

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LEGEND ,
Jan 27, 2020 Jan 27, 2020

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amen been looking for answers but none found - soooo annoying! just started with the face recognition but that is really annoying!

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Explorer ,
Jan 28, 2020 Jan 28, 2020

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But this is possible for a long time already. Just go to "..." on selected photo and choose "set as album cover" or something similar

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LEGEND ,
Jan 28, 2020 Jan 28, 2020

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"Just go to "..." on selected photo and choose "set as album cover" or something similar"

That works for Lightroom Desktop (Cloud) but not for Lightroom Classic. I've removed Lightroom Desktop (Cloud) from this feature request.

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LEGEND ,
Aug 19, 2020 Aug 19, 2020

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This is such a sorely needed and yet simple feature. Lightroom Classic CC seems to take the oldest photo in the face set. Makes no sense at all when you have photos spanning 10-15 or more years. Please let us choose a "main image" for the saved face!! It's 2020 already.

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New Here ,
Jan 01, 2022 Jan 01, 2022

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This is a still sorely needed feature, and should be so easy!! 

It's now 2022... please add this feature Adobe!!

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Explorer ,
Jan 11, 2022 Jan 11, 2022

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In the old days, I could use Google Photos to people tag all my photos, so it's nice that Lightroom Classic has such a feature. What it seems to lack is a way to choose which thumbnail will be the default one in the Named People window.  Is there a way of doing this (other than picking a good pic first)?

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LEGEND ,
Jan 11, 2022 Jan 11, 2022

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Unfortunately, no way of doing this, though it's been a long-term, medium-popular feature request:

https://community.adobe.com/t5/lightroom-classic-ideas/p-allow-named-people-thumbnail-photo-to-be-ch...

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LEGEND ,
Jan 11, 2022 Jan 11, 2022

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Explorer ,
Jan 11, 2022 Jan 11, 2022

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Thanks for the link. I wait in anticipation. Like others.

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