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P: When exporting at low res, and inserting Dimensions into filename, LR inserts old dimensions

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Sep 29, 2022 Sep 29, 2022

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Issue: When exporting, and inserting Dimensions into filename, LR inserts the dimensions of the original file instead of the exported file.

  • Lightroom Classic Version Number: 11.5 [ 202208080927-8a575c91 ]
  • OS Version Number: Windows 10 Pro, v. 21H1, build 19043.2006


Steps to reproduce:

  1. File > Export
  2. Under "File Naming" check "Rename To:" then click its dropdown and select "Edit..."
  3. Under "Metadata" change the second dropdown to "Dimensions" and hit "Insert"
  4. Hit "Done"
  5. Under "Image Sizing" check "Resize to Fit:" and select, for example, "Percentage" and enter a value less than 100% (or make any other choice that will result in an exported image with a lower resolution than the original file)
  6. Hit "Export"

 

Expected result: File would have smaller dimensions than the original, and contain the dimensions from its metadata
Actual result: File has smaller dimensions than original, but contains dimensions from the metadata of the old file instead of its own metadata

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LEGEND ,
Oct 03, 2022 Oct 03, 2022

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Did you want to:

 

  • Request a new feature, an Idea, specifically allowing a rename during export based on the exported image vs the source image (as occurs in your scenario)
  • or are you looking at a Bug (thinking something has gone wrong)
  • or asking how to accomplish what you want? A discussion?

 

 

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LEGEND ,
Oct 03, 2022 Oct 03, 2022

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Instead of choosing "Dimension", choose "Crop".  This will give you the cropped dimensions in the filename.

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LEGEND ,
Oct 03, 2022 Oct 03, 2022

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I reread your post and there is no way to do that in LrC.

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Oct 03, 2022 Oct 03, 2022

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Yes, logically the metadata that is used in building a file name for export must be read from your edited image within the Catalog, just as how the appearance of the newly made image comes from that.

 

If you want to append the resized pixel dimensions onto an export, you can enter these as fixed custom text within a file renaming template. For example, you could save a new export preset named for a certain standard output - say, 800x600. You could select these pixel dimensions in the Resizing as part of making that. Also as part of making that, you could select a renaming template that e.g. combines each edited image's (varying) filename with a constant text suffix that denotes these particular pixel limits.

 

NB this cannot describe the accidental results from a potentially different aspect ratio being fitted into these limits. So if your resizing requests 800px on the longer edge, say, it might be better to just state that in the filename. The other dimension may actually turn out 574 or 542 in a particular instance, and to state 600 would in those cases be wrong.

 

Then you can recall this export preset and this will repeatably both deliver those export dimensions, and the related file naming. Multiple export presets can be invoked in one go for a given export batch, if you desire.

 

If you must individually report the actual exported dimensions, then I suppose the only way would be to export images as resized selecting for these to be reimported to the Catalog, and then re-export those prior exports without any further resizing but naming for their actual dimensions, and then delete the intermediates both from the Catalog and from disk. Sounds tedious to me!

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