How do I filter out my clients image selections in Lightroom, Capture One, Photo Mechanic, Finder and Explorer?

In many image editing programs, you can use the file search to display exactly the images of a selection of images from PicDrop. This saves you the trouble of searching for each individual file. Below we will show you how it works.

The steps in PicDrop

  1. Open in the gallery the selection that you want to filter out locally or mark the pictures with the selection function (blue plus sign in the picture overview)
  2. Click on the “Export Selection” icon in the selection, bottom right. There you will find the various possibilities to filter the selection in Lightroom or in your Finder/Explorer etc. – without a long search.
  3. Copy the corresponding file lists to the clipboard.

Please continue on your computer with your favourite tool:

The steps in Lightroom Classic

  1. Open the Shooting folder in Library mode
  2. Press the ESC key to display the filters at the top
  3. Select the category “Text”
  4. In the drop-down menu, select “File name” and “Contains”
  5. Copy the file names into the search field
  6. Only the images that were previously saved in the selection are seen

The steps in Capture One

  1. In Capture One, open a folder with the images you want to filter

  2. In the C1 menu, click Select > Select by > Filename List …

  3. Copy the content of your clipboard into the search field
  4. Select “Space” as a delimiter below the search field
  5. Click “OK”

All images of your PicDrop selection are now selected in Capture One. You can save them as a new collection or continue working with them however you like.

Select by Filename List in Capture One

The steps in Photo Mechanic

1. Open the corresponding project folder in Photo Mechanic
2. Paste the text from the clipboard into the white search field (via menu Edit > Find… or cmd-F on Mac or Ctrl-F on Windows) and set the following search options

  • Find: Any of the words
  • In: All items
  • Searching: ☑️ file names

After clicking “Find” in the lower right corner, Photo Mechanic will select all the photos in your selection from PicDrop and you can continue working with them.

Please note that the search in the upper left corner of Photo Mechanic (“Search my Mac”) cannot be used for these steps.

The steps in Mac Finder/Windows Explorer

  1. Open the folder where the pictures are located
  2. Click on the normal search
  3. Copy the file names into the search field
  4.  Images that were previously saved in the selection will only be seen

Please note that the filter text in the Explorer is limited to 259 characters. The filter text in the Finder is limited to 2048 characters or 99 files.