Unique number per photo
I need to have each of my photos (in one catalog) have a unique identifier (a number presumably).
I need to print this on each photo at the bottom as part of the title so people can ask for a copy of #1234.
I played for a long time in LR4 -- finally renamed each photo coming in with a sequence number suffix, and I can pull that off in the print-module using "title".
That works -- sometimes. However, if I edit the photo twice in CS6 and don't mess with the naming, my number in the printed photo gets changed to 1, 2, 3 or some other low number.
How do others deal with this??
#1. "RE: Unique number per photo" | In response to Reply # 0
Antero52 Nikonian since 07th Jul 2009Fri 19-Oct-12 06:50 AM
My naming convention is ANYYMMDD-nnn. (AN stands for Anteros Nikon. For my wifes photos, the A is changed to her initial, and for other brands of camera, the N gets changed.) When I edit a photo in Photoshop and do a default save, only the file extension is changed from NEF to PSD. (I believe LRs default setting is to append -Edit to the filename but Ive deleted that in preferences.) When you say edit twice in CS6 , you obviously mean that for the second and later edits in CS6, you edit a copy of the PSD file? Otherwise Photoshop would merely edit the existing PSD file without creating additional copies or renaming.
But even if you get file names like xxYYMMDD-nnn-Edit-2.PSD, such file names are certainly unique. Do you mean that such names are awkwardly long to print on the hardcopy images? And you want a short section of the complete file name, eg the last word, to be unique and printed on the hardcopy? Assuming that I understand correctly what you mean, could you simply rename the Photoshop-edited files manually. Using my naming convention as an example, I could rename any photo ending in nnn as -nnnA, nnnB, etc., for various generations of edits? Or maybe I misunderstood what youre after.
Alternatively, if you need space in your numbering scheme, so that you can add unique numbers (for edited photos) between two consecutive numbers, you could use a naming utility that renames (and renumbers) your photos with, say, increments of 5. Obviously, youll have to do such renaming/renumbering before importing the photos to Lightroom.
#2. "RE: Unique number per photo" | In response to Reply # 1
quenton8 Nikonian since 11th Apr 2010Fri 19-Oct-12 12:01 PM
My aim was to have a unique number.
So I use LR to rename using a sequence number, and I get names like
where the 7896 is the sequence number.
Your are correct that editing in CS6 should not mess it up. My problem which only occurred for a short time was that I had the release candidate for Lr4.2 but not the updated ACR 7.2 for CS6 so filenames got messed up a couple of times.
So in fact my renaming with a sequence number does work -- thanks for pointing that out! I had started to worry that I was losing my number.