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Customizing external editor naming

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Video: Customizing external editor naming

Here I want to briefly talk about how we can have more control over the way Lightroom names our files when we open a file and edit it and then save it inside of Photoshop. Well, here you can see I have a photo of my daughter Annika swimming in a pool in Costa Rica, and let's say that I want to open this one up in Photoshop. Well, before I do so, I am going to navigate to my Edit pulldown menu and then select Preferences. Now, in the Preference dialog, what we're looking for is External Editing, and then we are going to go down to our Edit Externally File Naming.

Customizing external editor naming

Here I want to briefly talk about how we can have more control over the way Lightroom names our files when we open a file and edit it and then save it inside of Photoshop. Well, here you can see I have a photo of my daughter Annika swimming in a pool in Costa Rica, and let's say that I want to open this one up in Photoshop. Well, before I do so, I am going to navigate to my Edit pulldown menu and then select Preferences. Now, in the Preference dialog, what we're looking for is External Editing, and then we are going to go down to our Edit Externally File Naming.

Now, we have a number of different options here. We can click on this pulldown menu and choose something say, for example, like Filename. This will update how this will be displayed. In this case, it will show the file name, which would be costa_rica_01, dot, whatever file format here--in this case TIF--we've chosen up top in our Edit in Photoshop CS5 options here. We can also choose some other naming conventions as well. Let's say we want a custom name. Well, we could add that, and here you can see it's updating this to show us how this may be displayed.

Now, if we want to go even further-- for example, let's say we like Filename-- but we want more than that, we can then go to Edit. When you click on Edit..., or whenever you see dots for that matter, that's Adobe's way of saying, "Hey! A new dialog is going to show up. We're going to have some options. We can dial this in or finesse this." So let's go ahead and click on that. Here you can see we have the Filename Template Editor. Now I could add some more information to this. Currently, we have the filename. I could also add to that perhaps that an original number suffix, or something like that.

You can see it's appending that to the end of this. You see that we have a number of different options in regards to--we could add some metadata, some dimensions. And all you have to do is to click on those options in order to be able to see that in the Filenaming Edit field here. Now, once we create a preset, what we can then do is save this out as a new preset. And I will go ahead and do that just for demo purposes, and then I will click Create and Done. Well now, here you can see we have this new naming convention. I am not necessarily saying you should use these variables; rather, I am just trying to show you that you can customize this.

What you want to do is dial this in or customize it so that it fits your overall workflow. Well, here for the sake of a demo, I am going to go back to something really simple like Filename, and then I'll go ahead and cancel out of the Preference dialog, and now I am going to open this image up inside of Photoshop. You press the shortcut: On a Mac, it's Command+E. On Windows, it's Ctrl+E. Now, that's one of the shortcuts you just have to learn, because it's something you're going to be doing all the time. So here, we've opened this file up inside of Photoshop.

I will go ahead and apply an adjustment, let's say make a really simple curves adjustment. I want a little bit more contrast here, and a little bit more brightness-- just add a bit more of a snap to that. Here is our before, and after, a really simple edit. Let's save this file. To do so, we can navigate to the File pulldown menu and choose Save. Or you can press the shortcut: on a Mac, Command+S--Windows, Ctrl+S-- and then we'll go ahead and close the file. And we will choose File, and then here we will simply click on Close or press the shortcut there.

Well, now you can see we have this new file. It's titled costa_rica_01.tif. So the only difference between these two files is what file format it is, in regards the overall naming convention. Now, you can get really creative with how you name these files, and you really want to think about this. And you want to create a naming convention that you'll be able to use long-term-- something that will last for you, something that will make sense. Whether it's simply keeping that -Edit on there or perhaps leaving it the same file name, and just having a different extension--whatever it is, choose an option which will work best for your overall photographic workflow.

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Lightroom 3 Advanced Techniques

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  1. 5m 57s
    1. Welcome
      2m 11s
    2. Strategies for success
      1m 49s
    3. Using the exercise files
      1m 57s
  2. 39m 0s
    1. Understanding how Lightroom, Bridge, and Photoshop work together
      6m 25s
    2. Working with Lightroom, Bridge, and Photoshop
      6m 35s
    3. Maximizing compatibility with Photoshop
      4m 7s
    4. Resolving Camera Raw mismatches
      7m 47s
    5. Customizing external editor naming
      3m 54s
    6. Stacking multiple photos
      5m 25s
    7. What to do when Bridge isn't seeing the raw adjustments
      4m 47s
  3. 18m 30s
    1. Setting up an additional external editor
      6m 38s
    2. Should I work with TIFF or PSD files?
      1m 3s
    3. Setting up an export preset
      4m 4s
    4. Integrating Photoshop actions into Lightroom
      6m 45s
  4. 11m 46s
    1. What are catalogs and why do they matter?
      3m 38s
    2. Where are my images?
      4m 2s
    3. The nuts and bolts of catalogs
      1m 52s
    4. Understanding catalogs, collections, and folders
      2m 14s
  5. 15m 22s
    1. Working with folders
      3m 22s
    2. Working with collections
      3m 55s
    3. The collections workflow
      8m 5s
  6. 16m 5s
    1. Exporting and importing catalogs
      7m 52s
    2. Diagramming multiple catalogs and computers
      2m 10s
    3. When to use multiple catalogs on one computer
      3m 40s
    4. Cleaning up the catalog mess
      2m 23s
  7. 10m 55s
    1. Catalog backup defaults
      4m 7s
    2. Performing a better catalog backup
      3m 45s
    3. Restoring from a backup catalog
      1m 27s
    4. Optimizing catalogs
      1m 36s
  8. 12m 24s
    1. Hard drive options
      9m 50s
    2. Further resources
      2m 34s
  9. 9m 46s
    1. Setting up tethered capture
      3m 12s
    2. Custom tethered capture white balance
      6m 34s
  10. 43m 38s
    1. Enhancing eyes
      8m 59s
    2. Whitening teeth
      2m 51s
    3. Smoothing skin
      6m 45s
    4. Reducing small blemishes
      6m 56s
    5. Darkening or dodging with the Adjustment brush
      2m 29s
    6. Adding dimensions and contrast
      4m 53s
    7. Retouching workflow with Photoshop and Lightroom, pt. 1: Reducing blemishes
      7m 10s
    8. Retouching workflow with Photoshop and Lightroom, pt. 2: Smoothing skin
      3m 35s
  11. 21m 42s
    1. Understanding color space and preventing color profile mismatch
      3m 29s
    2. Monitor calibration with ColorMunki
      1m 5s
    3. Working with ColorChecker Passport
      59s
    4. Creating and exporting a ColorChecker Passport profile
      5m 44s
    5. Choosing and applying a profile
      6m 42s
    6. Saving a profile as a preset
      3m 43s
  12. 19m 0s
    1. Are your prints too dark?
      5m 47s
    2. Monitor brightness presets
      3m 4s
    3. Custom grid layouts
      3m 38s
    4. Importing and exporting custom presets
      2m 31s
    5. Exporting from Lightroom to Pictage
      4m 0s
  13. 20m 19s
    1. Designing a custom watermark in Photoshop
      7m 0s
    2. Implementing a custom watermark
      3m 54s
    3. Using a custom watermark for effect in a slideshow
      5m 54s
    4. Using a custom watermark for effect in a web gallery
      3m 31s
  14. 15m 28s
    1. Exporting images for a Blurb photo book
      6m 45s
    2. Downloading and installing Blurb BookSmart
      44s
    3. Building and designing a Blurb book
      7m 59s
  15. 17m 26s
    1. Publishing to the iPhone or iPad
      8m 45s
    2. Publishing to Facebook
      2m 24s
    3. Publishing to Flickr
      3m 19s
    4. Publishing to SmugMug
      2m 58s
  16. 17m 31s
    1. Web galleries and web hosting
      2m 52s
    2. Creating and uploading a gallery
      6m 29s
    3. Popular web gallery plug-ins
      3m 10s
    4. Installing and uploading a web gallery plug-in
      5m 0s
  17. 25m 44s
    1. Exporting to burn on DVD or Blu-ray
      5m 33s
    2. Exporting to a blog
      9m 16s
    3. Exporting for the web
      3m 26s
    4. Exporting and posting a slideshow or video
      4m 34s
    5. Creating a Lightroom screensaver
      2m 55s
  18. 10m 10s
    1. Creating a client web gallery template
      4m 1s
    2. Sending high-resolution images via FTP
      6m 9s
  19. 10m 23s
    1. Emailing images from Lightroom
      5m 31s
    2. Emailing images from Lightroom with Gmail
      4m 52s
  20. 11m 59s
    1. Installing plug-ins
      6m 17s
    2. Accessing plug-ins
      3m 10s
    3. Creative plug-in resources
      2m 32s
  21. 45m 6s
    1. General navigation shortcuts
      6m 21s
    2. Importing shortcuts
      5m 49s
    3. Library module shortcuts
      8m 15s
    4. Develop module shortcuts, pt. 1
      4m 42s
    5. Develop module shortcuts, pt. 2
      4m 29s
    6. Develop module shortcuts, pt. 3
      5m 24s
    7. Develop module shortcuts, pt. 4
      3m 39s
    8. Develop module shortcuts, pt. 5
      5m 11s
    9. Shortcut resources
      1m 16s
  22. 6m 13s
    1. General tips
      2m 28s
    2. Increasing the cache size for greater speed
      3m 45s
  23. 55s
    1. Goodbye
      55s

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