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 # 0Antero52 Nikonian since 07th Jul 2009Fri 19-Oct-12 04:50 AM
My naming convention is ANYYMMDD-nnn. (AN stands for Antero’s Nikon. For my wife’s 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 LR’s default setting is to append “-Edit” to the filename but I’ve 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 you’re 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, you’ll have to do such renaming/renumbering before importing the photos to Lightroom.
#2. "RE: Unique number per photo" | In response to Reply # 1quenton8 Nikonian since 11th Apr 2010Fri 19-Oct-12 10:01 AM
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.