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Join photographer and author Chris Orwig in Photoshop Lightroom 4 Essentials: Organizing and Sharing with the Library Module, as he explores the interface of this popular image-management program and shows how to use its Library module to organize and manage a photo library. The course covers importing both still images and video; shooting in tethered-capture mode; organizing and rating images with flags, stars, labels, and location tags; and working with collections. The course also details how to export, email, and share photos, and introduces the Lightroom 4 video-editing features, as well as its ability to work together with the full editing power of Photoshop. Exercise files are included with the course.
Regardless of the type of photographer you are, whether you're an amateur or professional, whether you photograph mountaintops or people or plants or whatever it is, we can all benefit from working with the Metadata panel. Yet what's interesting is that all of our needs are really different. If we are a stock photographer say versus a wedding photographer, well the type of metadata that we are going to add and the way that we are going to work with metadata, well it's just completely different. Yet the one thing that unites us all is that we all need to add copyright information to our photographs.
So here I want to explore how we can do that and how we can do that by way of using Presets. Now before we get to working with the Metadata panel in the Library module, I want to step back in time for a minute and go back to the Import dialog. You'll remember this, right? If you click on the Import button, in the right hand side you can apply metadata upon import. Here you can create a Metadata preset. You can have one which is your copyright information so that upon import, all of your images already have that as part of their metadata.
Well let's say though, you forgotten to do that or you need to change that. Well how can you do that after you've left the Import dialog? Well let's take a look at that. Here I will click Cancel to exit out of this. And here in the Metadata panel, I'm in is the Default view. You'll notice up top we have a Preset option. Well here you can click on this Preset and choose Edit presets. You can also access Edit Presets by going to the Metadata pull-down menu and then selecting Edit Metadata Presets.
It will both open the same exact dialog, again just two ways to do the same thing. So either way, let's go ahead and select Edit Presets, this will open up our Edit Metadata Presets panel. Well in this case let's say that what I want to do is change my Copyright, so that it has a year in there, Copyright 2012 Chris Orwig. Copyright Status, I'm going to turn that on and I'm going to leave those two fields as is. And I want to create a preset with this information. Next, we'll go to our Preset pull-down menu and choose Save Current Settings as a New Preset.
Now this will give me the ability to save this out. On a Mac you press Option+G, Windows Ctrl+Alt+C and then you can go ahead and type out the rest of that, and Option+G or Ctrl+Alt+C gives you the ability to create that circle C copyright icon. Alright, well here is the Preset Name and again you can name this whatever you want, I am just trying to create a demo here, so I am going to use my own name. We will click Create and then we will click Done. Well at this point, nothing is changed, we haven't really done anything except defined or created a new Preset.
Well here is a great thing about this. To update the metadata all that we need to do is to go to this Preset pull-down menu and then to choose the option that we want to choose there, you notice the Copyright is now updated. We can also do this, we can click on one image Hold down on the Shift key and click on another and make sure Auto Sync is turned on, so you want to flip this little switch here. And then to your Preset pull-down menu, what you can do is you can select the Preset. Now if by default, the current preset is on 2012, it may be a good idea just to go to None for a second and then go back to 2012, just to make sure that it's going to catch that and apply that to all of those pictures.
Yeah, apply this to every photo? Definitely. I'll Select it and now if we click off these pictures and click on one at a time, you'll notice we have that Copyright information now updated. It's all exactly the same. Now the great thing about this is what I've shown you here's how to work with adding a copyright. But I have also shown you how to work with Presets and how you can start to create these Presets which have valuable and important metadata, which is relevant to you say as a stock photographer, a wedding photographer, a family photographer or just an enthusiast who photographs all sorts of subjects and things.
Well whatever it is, whatever types of metadata you need to add, you can create Presets for that and then you can quickly and easily add that metadata to multiple files by taking advantage of those Presets here in the Metadata panel or, also, going back to that Import dialog, you can tap into those Presets here as well. So in both situations these presets can really help you speed up your overall workflow in regards to adding metadata to your photographs.
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