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Library module How do I integrate facial recognition in to Photo Mechanic?

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I don’t use Photo Mechanic. But it is a separate app not connected to Lightroom Classic. PM users might correct me but AFAIK it does not do facial recognition. Photo Mechanic is used as a Front end app prior to importing into Lightroom Classic. Facial recognition will happen in the Lightroom Classic part of your workflow.
 
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I don't think you can, not in any particularly-useful way.

I notice that you say PM+ which is the new database-driven version of PM - so not the front end browser. Using it as well as LR seems odd, as both are DAMs and there's really no point having two competing cataloguing apps.

Anyway, in Lr you can save metadata to files, which will save the face recognition keywords to the photos' xmp, and PM+ should be able to read those keywords. I'd be surprised if PM+ has the ability to read the facial area metadata, so all I think you can do is get keywording into PM+.
 

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I don't think you can, not in any particularly-useful way.

I notice that you say PM+ which is the new database-driven version of PM - so not the front end browser. Using it as well as LR seems odd, as both are DAMs and there's really no point having two competing cataloguing apps.

Anyway, in Lr you can save metadata to files, which will save the face recognition keywords to the photos' xmp, and PM+ should be able to read those keywords. I'd be surprised if PM+ has the ability to read the facial area metadata, so all I think you can do is get keywording into PM+.
If/when/ever PM+ could do decent enough Facial Recognition, I would contemplate buying it for just that feature. Otherwise, having two competing DAMs is much more trouble than it's worth. Years ago, I tried using Photo Supreme, primarily a DAM, in parallel with the DAM in Lightroom. Tried and gave up.
 
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If you do face recognition in LrC, those "faces" are identified with keywords with the "person" attribute checked. But, it is still just a keyword. Like others, I don't have PM, but I assume that if you then invoke PM from LrC, those keywords would go along with the image. If you get the image over to PM some other way, make sure that the metadata (including "people" keywords) comes along with it (you may have to save Metadata to the file in LrC first depending on how your workflow is set up). This should bring along the keyword or tag or whatever they call it in PM. I don't know if Face location data is a standard part of XMP or not and even if it is if PM deals with it so it is somewhat likely that once in PM you'd still have the keyword but it would not indicate which part of the image that particular face is in. But, like I said, I don't have PM so this is just best guess on my part.
 
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The way you get face recognition metadata to PM+ is by saving back to the file (CmdS or CtrlS) which saves metadata in xmp format. This xmp includes LR's person keywords, of course, but it also includes the face region data in a standard format. PM+ would be able to read this - but I'd be very surprised if it did so.
 
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