Lightroom Classic: Auto add photos to collection by folder?

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Is it possible to set up a collection of a folder to auto add new photos saved in that folder? For example if I do a photoshop edit and add that tif file in a folder I previously created a synced collection from.
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Jason Sheldon

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Yes, with the aid of a plugin:


http://regex.info/blog/lightroom-good...

I think that’s what your asking for anyway...
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One of the arguments for Smart Collections is the source. Which can be a folder. See the screenshot image I attached. You have to be careful about getting the folder name correct and the images have to be in the catalog.
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Thought this should be part of a smart collection, but didn't bother to check all options in detail, thx.
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Its not really working for me. It added the "folder" option, tried the correct path with and without \ at the end, it didn't add any photos.
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It won’t.. if the image isn’t already imported and in the catalog. You need the folder watch plugin listed above... that’ll do exactly what you want.
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Well its not important enough for me to buy a plugin.

Also I think it should be kind of a standard feature to update collections automatically if so wished by the user.
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It’s a ‘donationware’ plugin... minimum donation of $1, should your needs become more important.
Best, J
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Donna, you may need a combo of two things:

First, setup the folder to be a Watched Folder in Lightroom - see here for details: https://helpx.adobe.com/lightroom-classic/help/import-photos-automatically.html

One of the options when setting up the Watched Folder is to designate a Collection where the auto-added photos can be placed. If that doesn't suit your needs or you want more options, then setup a Smart Collection.

I haven't tried this, so let me know if it works...

- Ed -

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Thats not going to work, there is only one watched folder and I want this to work on multiple folders. As I said, every photoshoot has its own folder and shared collection, I add my Photoshop edits to these folders and would like them added to the cloud automatically in their designated collections based on the folders.
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I'm a bit confused, because based on the comments above it originally sounded as if you're opening your photos in PS without going through LR first, and then want to have some way to automatically add your PS result to LR. However, if you're using LR as your DAM tool, and you already have every photo from the shoot imported into the LR and in a synced Collection, and just want to edit one of those in PS and have the result auto-added to the same synced Collection, then you'd have 2 ways:

  1. Either automatically add the photo to a synced Collection during import, and then choose Edit in PS from the photo in that Collection (instead of from in the LR Folder) - the result will be auto-added to both the LR Folder and that Collection upon exiting PS (if you select the photo from LR's Folder Panel and launch Edit in PS from there, then the PS result will return only to the Folder and not the Collection).

    -Or-

  2. Transfer the photo to PS from its LR Folder and use a synced Smart Collection with a condition based on that LR Folder's name.

If so, I'm guessing option 1 would be your preferred route...


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Ok that "starting the edit from the collection instead from the folder" option sounds interesting, lets see if I can remember doing that. :D