File organization - how to find my PL3 edited images in the future

I am trying to think of a way to organize my photos, so perhaps a year from now, I can find an image that I edited with PhotoLab. Since for what feels like “forever” I have been storing and editing my images in Adobe Lightroom, my “Lightroom Folder” would be a logical place to start. I’ll describe what I think I’d like to do - and if it is acceptable, then I have one question.

My workflow is to capture images, usually with my Nikon Df, Nikon D750, or Leica M10 (or M8.2). They get “ingested” from the memory card into a folder on my hard drive with Photo Mechanic, at which time I delete “the trash”. What remains gets imported into Lightroom in an organized system ( Country > City > Year > Date-or-topic ). Until now, this is when I would edit the photos using Lightroom. My plan is to do the same thing, but with no editing. I would then close Lightroom and open PhotoLab 3 to process the photos. When finished, I would “export” the edited image into a folder, from which I would send it to email, or whatever else I need to do.

Assuming the above is reasonable, and I’m not going to create issues, if I’m trying to find the images I edited in PL3 perhaps a year or two from now, does PL3 have a tool that I can use to locate all the images I have worked on using PL3 ?

As soon as you have edited a file in PhotoLab, a .dop sidecar file will be created in the same folder. Just look for those files.

Thank you - so all I need to do is search for my *.dop files, and I’ll then find all the ones which were edited in PL3. Great.

Follow-up question. I also use Lightroom to add my “watermark”. While I’m still editing the image in PL3, at the bottom of the page is an EXPORT TO LIGHTROOM option. If I do that, will it create problems, since the original image already is stored in my Lightroom folder?

I assume I need to “export” the finished PL3 file to get it into Lightroom, so Lightroom can add the water mark as it exports the completed file to someplace on my computer?

Or, has PL3 gained the ability to add a watermark, as I have been doing in Lightroom?

Maybe my idea isn’t working out so well. I found that if I send the photo from PL3 to Nik Collection, it is returned to PL3 as a …filename…_Nik.tif …so it is saved that way in my Lightroom folder, corrected, but to allow Lightroom to “see” it, I’ll then need to import the ‘tif’ file into Lightroom.

Maybe I’m better off starting a new photo database, exclusively for PL3, and I’ll then need to import a finished image into LR in order to export it once more with the watermark…

PhotoLab doesn’t “import” photos, it simply reads the files on your disk, however you want to organise them.

I don’t believe any of your additional edits are attached to the raw file. Maybe they’re added to the intermediary file but you’ve to check that.
As I can see you’ll end up with a LR section, a raw file connected to the LR catalogue with or without a sidecar file, and a PL section with the intermediary file with its database setting and sidecar file. I think that will become a huge mess.
You know you can add keywords directly to the D750 raw file using ViewNx2?


PholoLab has a search function based on keywords and image properties iso date that kind of stuff

Can’t you use Photomechanic for the things of organising you do in LR? (P.M. is an DAM kind of program if i look at it (don’t have it.) (i assume you want to cut LR (and it’s DAM function) out your workflow in the furture and search for a new database workflow setup.)
I assume you have a raw folder system based on year/month/project and a mirror of this on the Jpeg side?
i think if your cataloguing system is based on IPTC, DPL can run them through and safe them in the exported files but there is no showing in the DPL navigator.

you want find file which where processed by DPL?
when exported it’s written in the software header in the IPTC data.

if you can search for that mark you can find dxo processed by that.

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