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Regardless of the type of photographer you are, whether you photograph action sports, travel, nature. people or whatever it is, we all need to be able to add our copyright information to our photographs. So here in this movie, I want to talk about how we can create what's called a metadata template. Which will allow us to quickly and easily add our copyright information to all of our photographs. Well before we begin in the library module, though, I want to go back to the Import dialogue. To do that, in the library module, click on the Import button. It's located in the lower left hand corner right over here. When we enter into the import dialog, the one thing that I want to highlight is that we can apply during import different types of metadata. And if we click on this pull down menu you'll notice that we can apply different presets.
Now I haven't created a preset yet, yet if we did create a preset it would allow us to add this upon import Which is typically what you want to do when it comes to meta data. So let's explore how we can create a preset here inside of Lightroom. I'll click cancel, an we'll go back to the library module. In the library module we have a few different options. Perhaps the easiest way to create that preset is to go to the Metadata > Edit Metadata Presets. This will open up that dialogue. You can also access that dialogue In the metadata panel.
If you click on the preset pull down menu. You can select that same menu item here. Again, they're just different ways to access the same menu. So, either way. Either by going to the metadata pull down menu. Or by accessing it here in the metadata panel. Go ahead and click on that option which will alow us to edit and to create a metadata preset. Now the preset that we're going to focus in on here is for our copyright information. So let's open up that area so that we can add some copyright info. What we want to do is first add the copyright.
So, on a Mac you can press Option+G, on Windows, that's Control+Alt+C to create that little copyright symbol. And then, let's go ahead and add our name there. The copyright status, of course, we want to include, is copyrighted. Well, now that we've added this information. And I should also highlight, you can add other information, as well. I'm just focusing in on these values here. After you've added those, go ahead and navigate to the preset pull down menu. And here, choose save current settings as a new preset. Again, we'll want to name this something appropriate, so I'll press Option+G on a Mac or Ctrl+Alt+C on Windows and then I'll go ahead and type out copyright and then your name and then click Create.
Here we'll press the Done button and now we can access this particular preset. And we can access it from this Preset pull-down menu. Here we can select that. That will then add the copyright information to a single photograph. Or, if you select all of the pictures by pressing Command+A on a Mac, or Control+A on Windows. You can then select that preset again from this pull down menu. And it will apply that copyright information to all of these pictures here. What I want to do is apply this to all selected, so go ahead and click on that option.
And now all of these images have that copyright information included as part of that image file. Let's go back to the import dialog. In the import dialog, when we import photographs, again we can take advantage of that preset that we created. You can see its now located right here. And then when we import our photographs, this can be part of this overall import process, so that all of our images will always have our copyright information as part of them. So that that will then protect those files.
Alright, well there you have it. There's a technique that you can use in order to create a meta data template. And here we're obviously focusing on a template which allows us to add copyright information, but if you feel that you use other fields frequently feel free to include those other values in that template. For example you can include the photographer's name, your website information etc, all you would need to do would be to go back to that preset area and add more information... Let me show you how you can do that briefly. Here we'll go to the pull down preset menu, and select Edit Preset.
In this case if we wanted to add some information to this, rather than just including the copyright information. We could also include some information about the person who created the photograph. And here we could have our address and information, email, website, etc. So again, you'll want to make these meta data preset templates as simple or as elaborate as is relevant to your own work flow. You can always add more formation here if you want to do so. Alright, well that wraps up our look at how we can create and work with meta data templates.
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