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Adobe's Lightroom is a powerful piece of software and sometimes it is necessary to change settings.

Here for example is one use, the standard settings for filenames on export can cause problems. If for example you have an image that has been edited in Photoshop and has the suffix -Edit like I do here then on export the entire filename can sometimes go missing.

Or if you work for different clients or publications then it is nice to apply their naming structure to exported images.

For me, I like to keep the original filename in as part of the export so that it makes finding images easier if a client has a query.

Even if a client has no specific requirements for naming images it is still useful to be able to identify or file away finished images based on the filename.

So I add some custom text based on where the image will be used, keep the original filename and sometimes add other information.

Thankfully Lightroom allows all this to be done quite easily.

Here's how:

  1. Export the image using Ctrl+Shift+E or right click the image and choose Export > Export... as described here.

    Adobe Lightroom File Naming
    Export Image and Choose Custom Settings > Edit...
  2. Here I have chosen to go with Filename and Custom Text (set on the main Export dialog so Insert > Filename and Insert > Custom Text followed by Done.

    Editing Custom Name in Adobe Lightroom
    Adobe Lightroom Filename > Custom Text File Renaming
  3. Check that the example filename is correct, here in the final image it shows correctly as Filename > Custom Text.

    Adobe Lightroom, File Renamed Ready to Export
    Adobe Lightroom, Image Renamed Ready to Export

 That's it, you can now export your images with filenames that suit.

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