Lightroom Classic: Add text notes to photos, stacks, directories, collections

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Let me add text notes to photo, stacks of photos, and directories of photos so that I can record shot and processing details. I'd like to be able to print the notes along with an image thumbnail.
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You can add something to one of a photograph's metadata fields but I've always felt that's not really suitable for annotating images, which is kind of what you're talking about. An annotation, for  me at least, should be a more visible thing. You should see it marked as a corner icon on an image thumbnail and I'd like to see it optionally pop up on mouse hover. I'd also like to see something on folder and collection icons that show the existence of an annotation.


And annotations, as has already been discussed, should be extended to collections, publish services, folders, groups and any other image sets.

There's been a few plugin type workarounds for this but they've never really been as useful as they could be because the SDK doesn't have the bits you need to make it work properly.

It's a good request because you need set-level information for things like shoot notes, notes on how you've put together, say, an hdr or panorama. Shots can often be made up from several stages, they can get complex. Annotations on stages and groups of stages with construction notes ... big plus.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Lightroom: free-text and status flags on Folders and Collections.

To improve the "work-into" LR, for Collection and Folder definition, I propose to add a free-text-entry (like caption) and a status (todo, engaged, archive) (like flags)
- the text and status can be set at Import / Create.
- the text can be update on-demand (like Rename)
- the status can be switched with shortcut/mouse
- the text is displayed as tooltip when mouse-over
- the status is displayed as a icon of the node on the Folder & Collection Treeview
- the status is used to filter the nodes

With theses enhancements, we can manage our dev/print/export to-do project from within LR.

Best regards.
ManuFernandes
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Annotate Collections folders for general processing / handling notes.

It would often be helpful to make few notes to remind me of things (like lighting conditions & white balance thoughts, editing requirements etc) as I work through to refine a set of images. It would be especially useful when it will be some time before I can return to the images for further refinement and am likely to have forgotten a few things in between!

Can Adobe consider adding some form of "Collections folder Annotation" so users can make some basic notes please?

It could be a "speech bubble type" notepad as in Excel for comments perhaps, or some linked type of document perhaps?

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it's a great idea and should be addressed....I think it would be super to have this almost as a simple txt file (don't get me wrong I'd love to upload diagrams and such but those could go in a subfolder) referenced that could be searched or viewed inside and outside of LR. I could see a need for all those editing or stack notes or collection notes in the same folder that the photos are in....that way if catalog corrupts you still have a hard copy of those notes.
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Guy Mangelschots

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it's a great idea indeed. This is what I am looking for.
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John Cothron

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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Notes field.

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Lightroom: Notes field.Add a notes field that can be accessed in the Library Panel, much like John Beardy's BigNote plugin. I find this tremendously useful for storing information that I may not want exported with images within the caption field.

Note: This conversation was created from a reply on: Lightroom: Notes - try to remember not to forget.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Notes field.

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Lightroom: Save notes with photos.it would be really helpful to save some notes together with the photo

Note: This conversation was created from a reply on: Lightroom: Notes - try to remember not to forget.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Lightroom: Notes - try to remember not to forget.

I would like to see an "add a note feature" added to Lightroom in the Photo menu. Sometimes I will look at some of my shots and have an idea I may want to implement in the future and without the ability to add a note on to that photo both the idea and the photo it is attached to, slip out of memory. It would be very nice to be able to add a notation to individual shots for whatever reason.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Post-it notes.

As a professional user, using Lightroom since v1 through 4, in conjunction with PS, I have often wanted to make this suggestion: we are frequently needing the ability to use something akin to a simple 'Post-it-Note' to record 'to do' type tasks or other relevant information on an INDIVIDUAL photo in a collection. We often exhaust all our colour coding and rating options, and it would be just SO useful to have a portion of the screen where a little popup can be shown, looking exactly like a post it note, where we can jot down info about the photo. It would greatly improve our workflow, as currently, we have to use notebooks etc to write things down. It is not something you can put in the metadata etc, but an 'on the fly' popup for each photo as requqired. Would be mighty handy.

We would store customers info, print sizes, actions we wish to use, etc etc, the list is endless really. It would be a killer feature in my opinion. We use a Win 7 post it notes currently, but that is not exactly streamlined, and is not tied to each photo, so next to useless.

Would appreciate you consideration This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Lightroom: Post-it note.

Note: This conversation was created from a reply on: Lightroom: Ability to add "Post-It" like note on images.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Lightroom: Ability to add "Post-It" like note on images.

On the Photo drop down menu, could we get a "Notes" tab, that acts like a post it note? attach to an image. It would be real handy with development and printing. Coming back at a later date you could pop the note and see just what you were thinking. i.e. printing an image 3/4 different ways, which one seemed the best. History is no help because it records all or none, but the note could tell you. Maybe the note could be attached to, "noted in history" as well. Maybe a flag could be attached to a history item to mark a preference?
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Memo Field for Notes on Photos In Lightroom..

As a professional photographer and author I need to keep notes on photographs that I take. I think every photo has a story and it is hard to remember details over time. Also putting a book together in Lightroom a memo field would be exceptionally important. I small note icon could be added to the edge of the photo. When you click on it Lightroom opens a Memo Field. Since Lightroom is database driven it would seem to be a not so complex task to add a Memo Field to the data storage table and a memo window to add notes. Then in the book module you could create a text area and then past the notes from the photo in the text field.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Function suggestion : collection description / Meta.

Using quite a lot of collections in my LR catalogue (about 35 000 photos kept in the catalogue and more than a hundred collections) I would find quite useful and efficient to have a field for collection description.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Comments or Notes.

I am curious why , in the Library module, comments are not supported.  I really need a place to put notes; some type of free form text. Lightroom does a great job of tracking what you did to an image but provides no place to document your thought processes.  I often find myself trying to remember why I made a post processing decision or things that I tried that didn't produce a desired outcome.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled add comments to collection and smart collection folder in Lightroom.

I would like to have a "metadata" field or fields associated with each Lightroom collection or smart collection folder.  if that approach could also be extended to the physical folders on a disk drive that store image files, that would be nice.
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There already is. Use the Filter bar. It works for every Folder, Collection, Smart collection or Keyword you have selected.
If a folder is selected the Filter bar can be used for Filtering out, actually Showing, all images that meet your Filters. I say Filters because you can Select Multiple parts of the filter bar. Like Text and Metadata and even All of them. Although to select more than 2 you have to hold down the Ctrl key.
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@Just Shot Me.  The issue here is, "How do I set up those filters?"  If I'm supposed to do keywords, that seems like an awkward approach, compared to a note like:

start culling process at file _XXX21318.NEF.

This sort of note is quick to write, and quite self-explanatory.
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For what it's worth, I finally got around to making a plugin that I've been using to add notes to collections & folders fit for public consumption. Not photos, just yet, it's on the todo list.

Essentially it allows you to create and view markdown notes to the current active source (selected collection or folder).

Briefe explanation at https://buggeringabout.com/daisynotes-for-lightroom/ along with a link to the download.

If someone can confirm it's all working I'd appreciate it and I hope it's of some use.
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I tried it on Windows 10 (installed Typora first). I had to restart Lightroom before it worked. I could make annotations on folders and collections but smart collections too! This is my configuration:
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Cool. And good to know. Thanks.