September 26, 2013
Lightroom can understand changes made in Bridge and Camera Raw (such as the addition of metadata like copyright and contact information as well as enhancements made using ACR such as modifications made to Color Temperature or Exposure). By default however, if you open a file in Bridge and make changes to the Metadata, Lightroom will NOT automatically update the Metadata. Instead, Lightroom displays an icon warning that the file has been changed by an external application.
Lightroom displays an icon to notifying us that changes have been made to these files in an external application.
You can then choose whether or not you want to use the updated Metadata from Bridge/Camera Raw or use the information in Lightroom’s database. To update the file with the external application’s Metadata, click the icon and choose “Import Settings from Disk” (or select the file in the Grid view and choose Metadata > Read Metadata from File). If the information in the Lightroom database is correct, choose Overwrite Settings.
Note: Additional software applications that follow the XMP standard should also be able to read/write Lightroom and Photoshop’s metadata.
March 28, 2013
Lightroom automatically saves the original file name in the metadata of the file. In the Metadata panel, (in the header area where you can choose from a number of different ways to display the panel), choose the “EXIF and IPTC” or “Location” display options and you will see the “Original Filename” filed.
March 5, 2013
By default, when creating Virtual Copies, Lightroom automatically gives each Virtual Copy a sequential copy name: “Copy 1”, “Copy 2”, “Copy 3”, etc. To create a custom name for each Virtual Copy, in the Metadata panel (in the Library module) type the preferred name in the “Copy Name” field.
Note: to see the custom file name in the Grid or Loupe views, you may need to make a change under View >View Options. In the example below, I have set my view options to “Show Grid Extras: Expanded Cells” and my “Expanded Cell Extras” to “Copy Name or File Base Name”. Note that you can also choose to see both Copy and File name.
For more information on Virtual Copies, you may want to watch this video tutorial (When to use Virtual Copies and Snapshots in Lightroom).
August 28, 2012
Occasionally I need to remove IPTC metadata from a file when I demo Photoshop and Lightroom. In order to do this quickly, I’ve created a metadata template which has blank fields AND a check to the right of each field. When applied, Lightroom replaces the metadata that I entered in the previous demo with the “blank” data so that I can demonstrate adding it again.
Be careful with this one – I once wiped out an entire years worth of keywords that I had applied.
February 22, 2012
When you create a file naming template, inserting tokens (such as Date, Image Name and Metadata), tells Lightroom to use that information (on a file-by-file basis) from the metadata of each individual file. If you prefer to enter your own information, either type it directly into the text entree box (this embeds it as part of the template), or add the Custom Text token (which will allow you to create a template which gives you the opportunity to enter custom text like a client name without having to edit the template).
November 30, 2011
In this quick tip (How to add Metadata After Importing Files), Julieanne shows how to add presets/templates using the Metadata panel.
November 28, 2011
There are several shortcuts that can help when working with keywords in Lightroom:
• Command + K (Mac) | Control + K (Win) will highlight the Keyword text entry field.
• Command + Shift + K (Mac) | Control + Shift + K will highlight the larger, Applied Keyword box above it.
In addition, the Painter tool can be “loaded” with a keyword(s):
• Command + Option + Shift + K (Mac) | Control + Alt + Shift + K (Win) will display the Set Keyword Shortcuts dialog box where you can set the Painters tool’s keyword. Then, with the Painter tool, simply click on any image in the Grid view to apply that keyword. Click-drag across multiple images to apply the keyword to several images.
• If the painter tool is set to apply keywords, Shift + K will remove the Painter tool’s keyword from the image.
Finally, Option + 1-9 (Mac) | Alt + 1-9 (Win) applies keywords from a keyword set when using the number pad on an extended keyboard. Holding the Option + (Mac) | Alt (Win) key displays the numeric shortcuts next to the Keyword Set so that you can see which number will apply what keyword.
October 13, 2011
In Lightroom you can mark a keyword so that it doesn’t export by double clicking on the keyword in the Keyword panel and unchecking Include on Export. This may come in handy when using hierarchical keywords. For example, you might have France, Germany and Italy all under the parent keyword “Countries” to make them easy to find. However you don’t necessarily want the “Countries” keyword to be exported.
At this point some of you might be thinking of adding a “nickname” for your client – perhaps something that you wouldn’t want them to see. If you want my advice – don’t do it. Seriously, accidents happen.
October 11, 2011
Unfortunately, the Slideshow module cannot automatically wrap text. Therefore, if you have entered a long caption and want to display that caption under an image, the text will (more than likely) end up being truncated – unless you scale the caption really small. To avoid this, insert your own line breaks (in the Caption field in the Metadata panel) using Option + Enter (Mac), Ctrl+Return (Win).
September 12, 2011
To rename a single image in Lightroom, select the photo in the Library module and in the Metadata panel, enter in a new file name.
September 9, 2011
To correct a misspelled keyword, Control (Mac) / Right Mouse (Win) -click on the keyword in the Keyword List panel and select “Edit Keyword Tag”. Correct the spelling, click Edit and the keyword will be updated on all images that have that keyword applied.
September 7, 2011
1) Is there a way to make the Caption field in the Metadata panel larger?
Yes. You can select the “Large Caption” view from the drop down menu in the Metadata panel header (to the left of the word Metadata).
2) Are an image’s Develop Settings saved in the metadata of an image?
By default Lightroom saves changes made to an image in the catalog. I would suggest, however that you also choose to copy the information from the catalog into the individual files. To do this, either check “Automatically Write Changes to XMP” in Catalog Settings > Metadata and/or select Metadata > Save Metadata to Files when finished editing images. Either way, the Develop settings will be saved in a sidecar file for proprietary raw files, inside a DNG file and inside a JPEG, PSD and TIFF file if you have enabled “Include Develop settings in Metadata inside JPEG, TIFF and PSD files” in Catalog Settings > Metadata.
3) Is the History saved in an image’s metadata?
No, the History (in the Develop Module) is saved only in the Lightroom catalog.
September 6, 2011
Every image stores various amounts of metadata. For example, there is EXIF metadata, which describes the camera and lens that captured the image, as well as f-stop, shutter speed and a plethora of additional information about how the image was captured. In addition, images can also contain custom metadata information (such as that defined by IPTC) including the copyright, contact information, rights usage and so on.
Typically photographers want this metadata to travel with their files, but every once in a while I am asked how to remove the extraneous metadata when exporting a file to be delivered to a client. To remove all metadata in an image (including camera settings, ratings, develop setting, etc.) except the Copyright Notice and Copyright Status upon export, check the box next to “Minimize Embedded Metadata” in the Export dialog.
Note: The develop settings will still be applied to the image on export so the image will look as you intended, but the settings will not be embedded in the file.
If you need to selectively strip metadata from exported images, check out Jeffrey Friedl’s Metadata Wrangler.
And, if you want to see even more metadata than lightroom displays, check out Jeffrey Friedl’s Metadata Viewer.
August 17, 2011
In the Edit Metadata Presets dialog, a blank metadata field with a “check” in the right-hand column will overwrite (eliminate) existing data in that field when the metadata preset is applied. I find this feature useful when I need to remove all of the metadata that I have previously applied to images so that I can start a demonstration with a “clean” set of photographs.
August 16, 2011
If you have forgotten to apply a metadata template when importing images into Lightroom, you can always apply it in the Library Module. To do so, select the images in the Grid view (in the Library module), and choose the desired template from the Preset drop down in the Metadata panel.
This is not only a good wayto add a “forgotten” metadata template but also to assign a more image-specific template to a subset of images. For example, you may have slightly different templates to apply different “Image Usage Rights” or other information to a subset of images.