Lightroom: I would love to see an advanced renaming tool

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I would love to see Lightroom add an advanced renaming tool. I would love to be able to remove a block of characters from the the middle of file names, or retain original sequence numbers while changing other parts of the file name... I can certainly do this outside of Lightroom but then will obviously loose the connection from within....
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Jerry Syder

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It would be great to have this within LR itself. I'm sure I've seen requests for such in the past so hopefully, at some point, they'd work on it. In the meantime, you can try John's plugin - http://lightroomsolutions.com/articles/complex-file-renaming-in-lightroom-made-simpler/
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The file rename tool in LR Classic, does allow you to use just the 4 digit original file number as a component of a newly constructed file name.  

For example, this template takes my RAW file name such as "IMG_1234.CR2" and changes it to  "7d2R03-#1234.CR2".


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Thanks however this only resolves one very specific situation. I have another where I need to remove characters from a file name, so while this is quite useful in the one scenario I am hoping Adobe will integrate a more sophisticated renaming tool.
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While a more comprehensive renaming tool would certainly be a welcome addition, i wouldn't hold out much hope for it seeing the light of day any time soon.  So, you may be stuck with the work around's suggested in this thread.
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My biggest annoyance when renaming files in LR is when I have one or more file that has been also edited in PS.  When I want to save the original filename number suffix it only uses the number that is after the dash.  In other words, each LR file that is worked on in PS then saved back to LR gets an extension number preceded by a dash.  When exporting all the files, LR uses the numbers that come after the dash rather than the original file numbers from the camera.  I wind up having to go manually into the folder of exported images and rename each of those files by hand.  Maybe I'm just doing it wrong and there's an obvious solution so this seems like a good place to get a recommendation on a better way.
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Did you try the "Original number suffix" field in the rename template?   Also,  if the images you edit in PS come back as a different file type (Tiff?  PSD?) you can filter on the file type and have one template for the original RAW files and another template for the edited version.  You can also look for the "-edit" on the file name to filter the returned images.   

An actual example of this problem would help us be more specific rather than talking in generalities.

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Charles Sternaimolo

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Thanks Dan,  I didn't consider your idea of filtering file types and using templates.  I'll try your suggestions and report back sometime soon.
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Using the original file name info in a template will not work as the Photoshop edited photo is a NEW photo as far as Lightroom is concerned and has no connection to the original filename.
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Charles Sternaimolo

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This is the issue that has been driving me crazy.  When I'm done editing a job and I export the files I have to go in and manually rename any image that was edited in PS and brought back into LR then exported again.  This can be very time consuming.  If I leave those files named as LR named them it can be confusing for the client.  And of course those files I renamed outside of LR are now not seen by LR unless I re-import them.  Very confusing and time consuming.
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Realize that you can change the default naming behavior of Edit-In Photoshop images in the External Editor Preferences.  You don't have to have a "-edit" on every image. 

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Charles Sternaimolo

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Thank you Rikk!  I will look into changing the default naming behavior of my Edit-In PS images in my External Preferences.  Hopefully there is a selection in there that will allow me to keep the original file name.