Lightroom: Ability to name files before editing in Photoshop

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Instead of the default "-Edit" naming convention, how about a naming dialog box before leaving Lightroom. This way we can use our naming conventions and not to end up with files named, "-Edit-Edit-Edit-Edit-Edit.psd."

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D.A. Wagner

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How do you end up with Edit-Edit-Edit?

If you already have derivative, what's the point of creating another? You can just edit the same derivative by choosing "Edit original" in the edit prompt.
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I work with advertising clients and frequently am given different retouching instructions over the course of an assignment. In the end I can have multiple versions of the same image with different retouching approaches. It is not uncommon for a client to return back to the first version after seeing 4 or 5 variations. I can't use layer comps or edit the original because there are too many changes to layer content and files with a hundred or more layers get difficult to manage. So I simply start with the last version, make the changes and save it as a new version - a1, a2, a3, etc.
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In preferences you can change the file renaming scheme used for external edits. You have the complete file renaming features available...maybe there's a way to accomplish what you want using the sequence number tokens.
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And one more tip:

When you edit from Lightroom, choose "Edit a Copy with Lightroom adjustments". The file will be opened in Photoshop without creating an actual copy. Then, in Photoshop, you can "Save As" instead of "Save" and choose any filename you like.
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When you select a custom name in the preferences there is an option to custom name the file, but only in the preferences. If no name is entered in the "edit externally file naming field" your files are named NNNNNuntitled. No dialog box comes up when choosing Edit. Thanks for the suggestion.
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Btw, you can comment a comment. This way, the thread is easier to read.
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I know I can choose Edit a copy (I use without lightroom adjustments - but that should make no difference), but that still puts a thumbnail with a name into my folder and I'm still stuck renaming the file.

These are all great workarounds and I appreciate suggestions but my wish is to simply have a dialog that allows me to custom name a file works with my client's naming protocol's.
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This makes a difference.
with adjustments - the file is not created until you Save/SaveAs in Photoshop
without adjustnment - LR creates a copy right away.

Try it.
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Okay. Just did that - opened a file in PS from a lightroom .psd using "Edit a Copy using Lightroom adjustments" and Lightroom created a thumbnail immediately with an arbitrary Edit-Edit. Tell me more about what you've done to get LR to open the file without auto saving a new .psd and letting me do a save as...
Thanks.
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What bugs me is that only one renaming rule can be defines in the settings. I like to have a different one for every external editor. E.g.

{filename}_SFX.TIF for edits in Silver FX
{filename}_PS.TIF for edits in PS

Oli