7 Replies Latest reply on Jun 4, 2017 3:59 AM by AdventureMilo

    How to export a list of selected file names to share with a collaborator or client

    El_Jeffe Level 1

      Lightroom CC 2015

       

      A client or collaborator has selected, lets say, 200 images from a shoot of 5000. I need to output those 200 files. The easiest way to do that is if they can email me the file names and then I can enter those file names into Library>Find in LR and then tag or flag those photographs. But how do they export a list of those filenames?

       

      Or is there another way or sharing selects?

        • 1. Re: How to export a list of selected file names to share with a collaborator or client
          Just Shoot Me Adobe Community Professional

          I think the only way to do something like that is to Flag or Rate the selected images, Export them as a Catalog making very small JPG files. But as for you using that to find those exact files in the original size I don't think there is a way to do that.

          • 2. Re: How to export a list of selected file names to share with a collaborator or client
            wobertc Adobe Community Professional

            To Export a LIST of File-names- the best option would be to have a plug-in like "LIST VIEW" from John Beardsworth

            the link- List View – Lightroom Solutions – John Beardsworth

             

            To Export IMAGES from a text list- 

            1. Edit the list of wanted images in Notepad (any text editor) with image titles separated by commas (and no spaces)  eg.  Image123,Image256,Image344,Image509

            2. Select all and copy in the text. CTRL+A  CTRL+C

            3. Go Back to Lightroom with the folder of images selected-

            4. In the Library Filter Bar select [Text] [File-name] [Contains]

            5. Place cursor in the search field and paste- CTRL+V

             

            In the "Search" Field you will now see [Image123,Image256,Image344,Image509, etc]

            and you should see a limited number of images that contain the multiple file-names.

             

            6. Select all visible thumbnails and create a new collection (set as target) Then you can do more searches for multiple images if needed and add each batch to the collection.

            7. Export the images from the collection.

             

            I do not know the limits of the number of file-names you can filter search in this manner! Just give it a try.

            Be aware that searching for a simple File-name like "123"  will also find "1234",  "5123", 90123" etc.

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            • 3. Re: How to export a list of selected file names to share with a collaborator or client
              El_Jeffe Level 1

              The problem with having to use a plug-in / script etc is that it's not the photographer needing to export the file list, it's the client. It's not feasible to have clients purchase something like John Beardsworth's plug-in.

               

              So I'm being clear on the workflow:

               

              Advertising lifestyle type job. So client has Adobe CC and is is a different city to photographer.

              Photographer shoots 5000+ images. Imports into Lightroom.

              Sends hard drive of comps to client to make selects.

              Using Lightroom, client selects 600 images that photographer then needs to fully process out from RAW.

               

              So photographer needs a way for the client to easily share that list of 600 images with him/her.

               

              I do know it is possible to use Library>Find to find and then star/flag a large number of file names. So what I need is a simple way for the client to be able to share that list of file names with me. 

              • 4. Re: How to export a list of selected file names to share with a collaborator or client
                wobertc Adobe Community Professional

                Thinking more about your requirements-

                Is the HD with 5000+ images returned to you?  If so then the client needs only to Flag or Star Rate their selected images and return the HD with the catalog to you.

                If the HD does not return, they maybe could create a collection of the wanted images, select the collection and "Export as a Catalog" , then send the Exported Folder with catalog back to you. This catalog could be exported only with 'previews'.

                 

                Try your experiments with "Export as Catalog" to find an answer.

                • 5. Re: How to export a list of selected file names to share with a collaborator or client
                  john beardsworth Adobe Community Professional & MVP

                  wobertc wrote:

                   

                  ...they maybe could create a collection of the wanted images, select the collection and "Export as a Catalog" , then send the Exported Folder with catalog back to you. This catalog could be exported only with 'previews'.

                  This would be my recommendation too, though there's no need for them to send back the previews. If you then want to use File > Import from Another Catalog to bring those choices into your own catalogue, you will have to be sure they don't enter metadata that Lr can't distinguish from metadata you might add. For example, if they make an adjustment, it'll come into your catalogue.

                   

                  As you are both on CC, you could consider using Lightroom Web (lightroom.adobe.com). Share a collection with them, let them choose or "favorite" images in a browser, and their choices will automatically appear in your catalogue.

                  • 6. Re: How to export a list of selected file names to share with a collaborator or client
                    I am Ivar Level 1

                    I realize that this won't find you in time for the project. Unless it is still going ;-)

                     

                    But a quick way to get the file names from a selection in Lightroom is to drag the selected thumbnails into a text editor. Be sure that the editor is set to plain-text and you should get all the path + file names of the selection.

                     

                    This can be quickly cleaned up by using the find and replace function, replacing the path by "," (a comma without quotation marks).

                     

                    Hopefully that this is still helpful to you or someone else finding this question.

                    • 7. Re: How to export a list of selected file names to share with a collaborator or client
                      AdventureMilo Level 1

                      Hey, it's 2017 but I figured out how to do it and wanted to share. It's a roundabout way, but super easy and you don't need to install anything!

                       

                      STEP 1 - Export Dummy Files into One Folder

                      In LR: Open your catalogue, or just select the files you want to create a list from.

                      1. File >> Export, or Ctrl + Shft + E with the following settings:
                        • Export Location
                          Create a new folder on your desktop or other accessible location
                        • File Settings
                          Image Format: JPEG
                          Quality: 0
                        • Image Sizing
                          Check Resize to Fit
                          W: 1, H: 1, Resolution: 1
                        • Leave Everything Else Blank
                      2. Export!

                       

                      / This will create a bunch of super tiny images, effectively with the filenames you're looking for

                       

                      STEP 2 - Create Text List of Files

                      1. Press "Win-E" to open Windows Explorer and locate the folder for which you need a file list.
                      2. Hold the "Shift" key, right-click the folder and select "Open Command Window Here." This only works with folders, not libraries. Libraries point to a specific folder, so select the folder located under the library icon. If the library points to a drive, right-click the drive letter from the folder tree.
                      3. Type "dir /b > dirlist.txt" without quotes and press "Enter." This creates a list containing file names only. To include file sizes and dates, type "dir > dirlist.txt" instead. To also include files in sub-directories, type "dir /b /s > dirlist.txt" to create a list of files with the full directory structure name, such as "C:\folder\subdirectory\file.txt."

                       

                      STEP 3 - Export List into Excel

                      1. Open Microsoft Excel and press "Ctrl-O" to bring up the Open dialog window.
                      2. Navigate into the folder containing the files. Click the file type drop-down menu and select "Text Files (*.prn,*.txt,*.cvs)." Double-click "dirlist.txt" to open it.
                      3. Click "Finish" in the Text Import Wizard window to use the default options and import the directory list into Excel.

                       

                      Once you get it into Excel, you can do pretty much anything. This is super useful for creating lists of photos for registering copyright.

                       

                      Cheers!

                       

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