Lightroom Classic: Option to automatically import the outputs of export or print

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Print to File to have the option to automatically import those created files into the catalog, and maybe a subfolder/collection as well... (maybe same option in the Export function too)  Sometimes you want to track your output variations too...
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richard stavast

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You can already auto-import in Export, though IMO this is rather a high price to pay if all you wanted was to "track" that.

Because another way (a very efficient one) to track output variations explicitly: is with virtual copies. 

Or you can make Snapshots I suppose, less usefully maybe. 

But my main point is: each time you Export a new History state occurs showing a timestamp. You can now or later, without complicating your Catalog management by including any output images, set one of these prior Export states as the Before state, for the Before/After feature. Or make a virtual copy from that.

And thus compare that earlier state against your latest edit, or against anything else, without any doubling-up of what images are imported.

And then continue editing from there. Unlike re-importing an exported file, this virtual copy WILL be conducive to further adjustment since it still refers back to the camera file, e.g. Raw - it is just as uncompromised in that way, as was the image you were looking at when you did your Export.
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Again, Print to File was the main emphasis. Add to Catalog is an option in Export;  I miswrote it - should have said "Same as option in Export function".  (editing mistake).
I know the possibilities using history,  VC, snapshots etc. as well.

(adding later after return from meeting...)

I use the print module to "bury" information into the "print" - grabbing metadata fields and putting them right on the print file - like people's names at family reunions in a field at the bottom of the print.  Another use is abusing the graphical identity plate to display the descendency chain of someone off to the side - via a PNG file which is transparent.   When you get 15 or so of these going and create a huge directory of all this graphical information, it's handy to be able to save it to a folder to use from the OS level, as well as find it with a keyword or two from inside LR.  I'm not going to edit it again, just want it all together and searchable.     I've used PS's bulk text file  input to create directories of these PNG files and then just reference them 1-by-1 inside LR as needed...  when you import these final "prints" which are customized thusly, you have exactly what you sent someone as it went to them.

To my knowledge you can't do any of that from export - correct me if i'm wrong.
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My biggest difficulty with Print to File, is that the connection to the identifying filename of the source image version is lost. In Export you can include that into the naming of the new saved version.

If you have done LR keywording of the included people etc then this is inherited in the exported output and is of service for browsing outside of LR - locally, or else online. And at the same time you can browse on those same keywords inside LR.

No reason not to re-import exported files if you want, but I personally would seek some other way... purely for reasons of working clarity.

Just as a thought, dismiss if you will: maybe it'd be more fluid and direct, to present as a web gallery? I mean, whereby the associated metadata explanation is put up dynamically alongside (drawn from text entered and updated within a LR field) - rather than to build static graphics which include a pixel or PDF representation of this metadata?
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I would have no interest in exporting as a web gallery. Thanks.