Lightroom: How do I export images with the filename and letter sequence?

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I want to export images from LR4 giving them a name of FILE NAME plus a letter sequence such as L or LR. The program only lets me have the letters in front of the file name, unless I type in the entire name myself (that is too much work for a large number of images). I want the custom letters after the file name so when I sort my images in a folder by file name like images will be in sequence, such as, IMG_0479 followed by my exported image IMG_0479-LR.

Elements, when processing multiple files, let you do what I want, that is, follow the original file name by a word or letter. Why can't Adobe just borrow that software code and put it into LR4?
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Here is a screen capture of the Filename Template Editor available in both the Export and the File Renaming dialogs. Create a Editor template that uses the Filename token and "-LR" save it as a preset and use it.
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I guess I was too slow doing screenshots ;-)
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We actually present slightly different solutions too. Maybe one of them will work for the OP?
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Use the following rename template and enter your custom extension in the export dialog:




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Hurray, this works just like I wanted. Thanks for your comment.

I am still learning Lightroom. I am very used to using Elements. I have read a book about Lightroom and played with it. What annoys me is not being able to just open a file and then save it as. I do not want to mess with catalogues. I do not want or need data bases of changes to images that have the effect of not altering the original. I do not have that feature with Word or Excel or Elements or Photoshop. Aso I do not want presets. I just want simple access to the really nifty sliders in Lightroom and in ACR. I wonder why Adobe can't give the user a choice in the preferences to "Do not use catalogues, just save your images in the regular way as altered images, and with a new name if you do not want to alter the original". Then those who want the catalogue method could use it and those who do not need not.

Does anyone here know how to keep life simple and avoid having to use catalogues for now, and perhaps for ever?
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There is no way, afaik to use Lightroom without a catalog. There is no "save" in the conventional sense so there can technically be no "save as". All of the edits you do to your image are contained in the Catalog-not the file.

Frankly you are missing out on the real power of Lightroom if you only want its developing engine. The program is so much more. Life can be much simpler if you adopt the catalog strategy.
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Although I bought this program (LR4) I am now having regrets. I see no advantage for me to make catalogues. Some may see an advantage, but I do not. Let’s use some logic here, If catalogues were the smart way to go, I think Bill Gates would have insisted on having them in Microsoft Word and Excel many years ago. After all, Word and Exel files are updated as often as image files are, or even more.

Also consider this. If catalogues are so great, why doesn’t Adobe insist on having them in their top of the line photo editing product, Photoshop? Why in their top of the line photo editing product can you simply open an image, and then save it under a new name, just like the standard forced on the industry by Bill Gates?

It seems that if this simple method common to all Windows programs was SO BAD ADOBE WOULD HAVE DISALLOWED IT IN PHOTOSHOP YEARS AGO. In fact, if catalogues are so superior, shame on Adobe for not insisting that their Photoshop users use them.

Am I missing something? If Adobe could write Lightroom to give us a choice of either using catalogues or not, I am sure they would sell more of the product. Or is the strategy to scare folks who are afraid of catalogues into the much higher priced Photoshop where they are not required?

The software writers at Adobe should make using catalogues or not a user choice. Why force all users of LR to have catalogues, while not forcing all users of PS and Elements to have them.

I have my Faststone image viewer configured so that if I click an image and then press Alt 1 the image will appear in Elements 7, if I press Alt 2 the image appears in Elements 9, if I press Alt 3 the image appears in ACR, if I press Alt 4 it appears in Photoshop CS5 Beta, and if I press Alt 5 it appears in Lightroom 4. But for some images, but not others, a message at the bottom of the LR4 screen says "This image is already in the catalogue". So what? I just want to edit it. I cannot figure how to do that. For some images, pressing Alt 5 works.

I think Bill Gates would cause heads to roll at Microsoft if this happened in Word documents or Excel spreadsheets.

Personally I think Microsoft needs to buy Adobe and straighten out this mess and get some consistency between Adobe products and force compliance with conventional Windows products. The user needs to be given a choice of using or not using catalogues. How can Adobe object to choice? They give it to us in Elements (we can either use the organizer or not use it).

I admit that maybe I am missing something here. Comments are welcome.
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If there was a catalog in Windows (which I'd love), I wouldn't have to search for files based on folder organization only all the time, and Microsoft wouldn't have had to implement its indexer application, which consumes lots of system resources and is switched off by many users.

Just my 2 cents ....
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"Let’s use some logic here, If catalogues were the smart way to go, I think Bill Gates would have insisted on having them in Microsoft Word and Excel many years ago. "

Or let's remember some facts? That's why since 1992 there has been Microsoft Access. Not "in", but "as well as" Word and Excel.
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I agree as to the indexer and have turned it off because I never have to search for a file. I know where they are because I keep them filed in a logical manner. But at least Bill Gates is smart enough and KIND enough to give his customers a choice of either having it on or off. Likewise for the Adobe Elements and Photoshop design teams for letting us not use or not use organizer or bridge.

For some very odd reason the Lightroom design team is not so kind and considerate of the possible wants of their diverse customer base. Perhaps the VP of the Photoshop team, the VP of the Elements team, and the VP of the Lightroom team should get together and agree to either give users of all three products choice or take away the choice where it now exists. I vote for choice and see no harm in it.