P: Sorting and filter in import dialog

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Explorer ,
Jun 01, 2011 Jun 01, 2011

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I frequently work a job that requires JPGs on site and raw files for post the next day. I have to work fast and would like to be able to sort images on my card by file type, so I can quickly import the JPGs for immediate output to 4x6 proofs. A subsequent step is to copy the raw files to a separate folder for processing after the job is over.

Currently I'm directing LR's import dialog to look at the desktop that has no images, then sorting and selecting by file type in my OS file browser, and dragging the selected JPGS onto the LR dialog window, where their status is "checked". The raw files on the same card show as unselected/unchecked in the dialog window, interspersed with the selected JPG files. It's a little busy and hard to quickly see that I have all the desired files selected for import.

Could you just make a sort by "file type" option in the import dialog that would group and separate the JPGs from the raw files? Thanks... Tom Meyer

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Community Beginner ,
Oct 01, 2016 Oct 01, 2016

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I agree! Professional photographer here using Adobe products for years! This is such an obvious need to tell the import box to sort by file extension before importing. Please!!! Looks like people have been asking for this for YEARS!

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Explorer ,
Oct 01, 2016 Oct 01, 2016

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we have... and been ignored for years. Very Comcast like behavior.

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LEGEND ,
Nov 24, 2016 Nov 24, 2016

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including allowing or ignoring multiple file types.

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Community Beginner ,
Apr 16, 2017 Apr 16, 2017

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5 years since this thread started and still no easy way to select only raw or JPEG files to import from a card in the latest Lightroom CC (Lightroom version: CC 2015.10 [ 1111918 ]). I understand that a "select RAW only" option could be tricky to implement but surely a "sort by file type" would be fairly easy, here already being a dropdown to select sort type and code to apply the sort. Surely adding another sort order is fairly trivial, particularly one based on file type (or extension). Being able to sort by file type, allowing contiguous selection of all JPEG or raw files is all we really need.

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Explorer ,
Apr 17, 2017 Apr 17, 2017

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There's already a "sort by file type" option in the Library module. Why it's not easily added to the Import dialog is a mystery to me.

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LEGEND ,
Apr 21, 2017 Apr 21, 2017

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Hi Tom, I just added a very similar request. I'm sure it will be rolled into this one, but I figure the more the merrier. This is a really simple idea that should have been implemented years ago. 

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LEGEND ,
Apr 21, 2017 Apr 21, 2017

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Please allow users to filter photos in the Import dialogue box by file type, date captured, camera & lens used. 

This would be a quick and easy way to only import JPEGs or RAW files, quickly locate and import the images on a card/drive from a specific date or camera, etc. 

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Explorer ,
Apr 21, 2017 Apr 21, 2017

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Thanks, Andy... see you back here in another 5 years!

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LEGEND ,
Oct 16, 2017 Oct 16, 2017

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I can't believe how long this has been requested, this should be in LR already.

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LEGEND ,
Jun 20, 2018 Jun 20, 2018

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I've got it! I found a work around to quickly select only the RAWs when import to Lightroom.

First you have to enable the "Treat JPEG files next to Raw files as separate photos." option in Lightroom preferences. Next, when importing, don't use the "Import..." button to start the process, instead go to your SD card on Finder (or whatever source) and sort by Kind and select only the RAWs, then drag the RAW files and drop them on the Lightroom icon on the Dock, this will make Lightroom initiate the import process with only the RAWs selected! That's it!

This has been tested on a Mac, as this is what I use, on Windows you probably would have to select the RAWs and use the right click Open With.. context menu option, but I can't confirm it since a don't have a Windows computer with Lightroom installed.

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LEGEND ,
Oct 06, 2020 Oct 06, 2020

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For reference by future readers:  LR 7 added a File Type sort order to the Sort menu in the toolbar at the bottom of the Import window.

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New Here ,
Aug 01, 2021 Aug 01, 2021

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Ratings given in bridge are not visible in lightroom import process. Bridge is easy to preview and select, it would be convenient if the selected pictures can be imported to lightroom. How can it be done?

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LEGEND ,
Aug 01, 2021 Aug 01, 2021

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First up, you may receive some negative reply's as to using Bridge at all.

So as a preemptive reply, For and against Bridge.

see:

https://lightroomkillertips.com/adobe-bridge-for-lightroom-classic-people/

 

No, I do not think that link talks to your issue.

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LEGEND ,
Aug 01, 2021 Aug 01, 2021

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These edits in Bridge. Before or after importing into LrC?

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LEGEND ,
Aug 01, 2021 Aug 01, 2021

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Aug 01, 2021 Aug 01, 2021

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At GoldingD, I do not believe there was any definitive resolution in the link. I am not sure if there is any to have LrC work with Bridge. To wit Lightroom Classis is an alternative to Bridge / Camera Raw. When working with Lightroom the info is in the Catalog and with Bridge / Camera Raw the info is in the file. If the info is in the file at the time of import LrC should capture the metadata. Just my thoughts.

 

Regards, Denis: iMac mid-2015, 5K 27”, GPU 2GB, Ram 24GB, HDD 3TB, macOS 11.6.2, LrC 11.1, Lr 5.1, Ps 23.1,; Camera OM-D E-M1.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Aug 01, 2021 Aug 01, 2021

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I don't think you can see the ratings during the import, but you should be able to see them after you import. Is that working for you? Can you be more specific about your workflow?

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Aug 01, 2021 Aug 01, 2021

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There is a simple way to do this (on a Mac; I am not sure if this works in Windows because some drag-and-drop operations are not supported in Windows, but I can’t remember which ones.)

 

Just filter your images in Bridge first. For example if you want to import only images rated 4 stars and up, use the filters in Bridge to restrict the Content panel to those files. Then, all you have to do is drag and drop the filtered images to Lightroom Classic, and the Import dialog box will appear with just those images.

 

Some background, just to describe how using Bridge and Lightroom Classic together is manageable if you know the workflow:

 

Bridge and Lightroom Classic share the same metadata model; the metadata is easily exchangeable through XMP sidecar files. Lightroom Classic will read Bridge metadata on import, although none of the metadata is displayed in the Import dialog box except the file name and capture date. After import, any metadata changes in Lightroom Classic will be seen by Bridge if you first select those files and use the Save Metadata to Files command in Lightroom Classic. Similarly, any metadata changes made in Bridge will be seen in images already imported into Lightroom Classic if you select those files and choose the Read Metadata From Files command.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Aug 02, 2021 Aug 02, 2021

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Ratings given in bridge are not visible in lightroom import process. Bridge is easy to preview and select, it would be convenient if the selected pictures can be imported to lightroom. How can it be done?

 

The Lightroom Import dialog box does not display or sort by ratings. If you want to import only photos rated in Bridge, put LR in its grid mode, then select the images in Bridge and drag them into LR's grid (or onto the LR icon in the Mac dock). That fires up LR's Import dialog with those images selected.

 

In a Lightroom workflow there is little reason to use Bridge. For fast review, import everything into LR and choose the Embedded + Sidecar option. But as has been said, that is a different matter.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Aug 02, 2021 Aug 02, 2021

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There is a simple way to do this (on a Mac; I am not sure if this works in Windows because some drag-and-drop operations are not supported in Windows, but I can’t remember which ones.)

By @Conrad C

 

Adobe failed to implement drag and dropping from LR on Windows. Drag and drop into LR is available on Windows.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Aug 02, 2021 Aug 02, 2021

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Thanks, Conrad and John for the clear and informative posts.

 

Regards, Denis: iMac mid-2015, 5K 27”, GPU 2GB, Ram 24GB, HDD 3TB, macOS 11.6.2, LrC 11.1, Lr 5.1, Ps 23.1,; Camera OM-D E-M1.

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New Here ,
Jan 03, 2022 Jan 03, 2022

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I'm just now trying to do this too. The easiest solution that comes to mind is to separate rated images by folders in Bridge and then import those into LR separately. At least then you'll have some type of separation. Quick, lame fix instead of searching these forums for hours. Not gonna make the mistake of rating in Bridge again.

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LEGEND ,
Jan 03, 2022 Jan 03, 2022

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Moderators, @Rikk Flohr: Photography, please merge this thread (which is about filtering by rating in the Import window) with this Idea:

https://community.adobe.com/t5/lightroom-classic-ideas/lightroom-sorting-and-filter-in-import-dialog... 

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