Lightroom Tips

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!



  1. Tony Fiorda 8 June, 2009 at 17:00 Reply

    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?



  2. Greg Aschenbrenner 8 June, 2009 at 15:06 Reply


    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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