Tip – Choosing the Name of your PSD files

Back in Lightroom 1, we didn’t get to choose how our PSD’s were named once we left Lightroom into Photoshop. But in LR2, you get to choose exactly what these edited files are named. Go to Lightroom’s preferences (press Cmd-, or Ctrl-, [that's a comma]). Then click the External Editing tab and at the bottom fo the dialog you’ll see the Edit Externally File Naming section. Here you can add your own custom name or one of the preset naming templates.

That’s it for today. Hope you have a great weekend!

Author: Matt K

Matt is a full time Education Director for the NAPP and Kelby Training. He's a best-selling author of various books on Photoshop and Photography co-hosts the live weekly photography talk show "The Grid" and is co-host of "Photoshop User TV". In his spare time he practices as a 1st degree black belt in Taekwondo and enjoys spending time with his family in Tampa, FL.

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  1. HELP!!!!!!

    I have been trying to edit my weddings in lightroom using 2 different cameras and trying to organize the photos by capture time in order, but LR still seperates the images 50d and 30d. How can I get them MIXED together in order via capture time. Please, please help me a.s.a.p.


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  2. Hi Matt,

    I have a question on the Edit External File Naming.

    After editing a file (090601-test-001.psd -> 090601-test-001-Edit.psd), is there a way when editing a copy of the PSD for it to add just another sequence number?

    When saving the copy PSD LR2 just adds what ever text is in the naming sequence. i.e. 090601-test-001-Edit.psd -> 090601-test-001-Edit-Edit.psd. I’ve tried the other options in the sequence and date renaming menu, but cannot seem to find a way to get it to do what i want.

    What I want is for a naming series like such…090601-test-001-Edit -> 090601-test-001-Edit1.psd -> 090601-test-001-Edit2.psd…etc. This way I can keep better track of different versions of the PSD file without having to start from scratch back at the raw file. If I start from the raw file, it names them the way that I like.

    Will LR2 do what i am wanting or am I being dense and missing something?



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  3. Our company has grown to 4 photographers. How do we organize our file names so we can reduce time sorting?


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  4. Are there keyboard shortcuts for develop module adjustments like exposure, fill light, brightness, contrast, etc.?

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