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Working with the Metadata panel

From: Lightroom 4 Essentials: 01 Organizing and Sharing with the Library Module

Video: Working with the Metadata panel

Let's take a look at how we can work with the Metadata panel in the Library module. The Metadata panel is actually pretty powerful, quite fascinating. I am going to go ahead and click to expand this, and you'll notice we have a pull-down menu at the top, right now it says Default. This is kind of a snapshot of the metadata for this file. Now there are different types of metadata we can work with; descriptive or additive. In other words, metadata that's just kind of part of the file, it's the filename or the file size. Additive, well that's metadata that we are going to add like a title or a caption, or copyright information.

Working with the Metadata panel

Let's take a look at how we can work with the Metadata panel in the Library module. The Metadata panel is actually pretty powerful, quite fascinating. I am going to go ahead and click to expand this, and you'll notice we have a pull-down menu at the top, right now it says Default. This is kind of a snapshot of the metadata for this file. Now there are different types of metadata we can work with; descriptive or additive. In other words, metadata that's just kind of part of the file, it's the filename or the file size. Additive, well that's metadata that we are going to add like a title or a caption, or copyright information.

And what we can do here with this panel is we can click on the pull-down menu at the top and we can display different types of metadata, basically whatever we want to focus in on. Let's say we go to EXIF and IPTC, we are going to see a lot of information. Here we have a lot of info about the file, ratings, titles, captions, who created the file, headlines, subjects, categories, workflow, so on and so forth, a lot of information. Well what tends to happen is when you get focused on metadata, really it's almost like the rest of Lightroom just for a few moments; it doesn't matter.

And all of the interface that's dedicated to other things here or the space that we're giving to other panels and stuff is a little bit like wasted space. It's kind of like if you've used Adobe Bridge to add metadata, you know there is a workspace which reconfigures things, so you just focus in on the task at hand. Well we can do that in Lightroom as well. We can do that by using a nice shortcut and let's check this out. You press Shift+Tab. That minimizes almost everything, right? Next step, click on the triangle icon on the right to open up the right-hand panels.

Well this is what I would recommend you do when you're working on metadata. Because metadata is about details and kind of focusing in on these little things that we want to do again-and-again. Sometimes, it's helpful to kind of clean up the interface so we can do that. Another thing that you can do is, hover over the dividing line of the right-hand panels and click-and-drag this out to dedicate more space to the Metadata panel. Now let's say that we have an image like this, and what we want to do is add a caption. We could add a caption here in this field or you could go to this pull-down menu and choose Large Caption, this then will take you to another view of this panel.

Now here what I am going to do is type out a caption. There you have it, my caption. Now to exit this Caption field I can just click off of that and you'll see that that will then be part of that image. Now why am I doing this? Well I am doing this to kind of illustrate the way you work with the Metadata panel. In other words, based on whatever task you're trying to accomplish, you choose from this pull-down menu, the view which is going to be most relevant to you. Now, you can always find this information in other places. Let's go back to this EXIF and IPTC view; well here we are going to see there is the caption in this area.

Or let's go back to just the EXIF view, now here you can see we don't have that. In other words, what you want to do is find the pull-down options that are most relevant to the task at hand. Now at first glance all of this metadata information can be a little bit overwhelming or confusing. But what you want to do is just click through these options to kind of become familiar with what's there. Soon you'll discover that, okay, I get what's an IPTC as opposed to IPTC extension, and you can then kind of teach yourself about what you're going to do in each area.

For example back to IPTC, well here is where we are going to go ahead and put the Creator name, we can put the Address in there and I'll just put some demo information, of course for right now, just so you get the idea. So we could have all of that information inside of these fields, we've now added this to this file. Now speaking of this IPTC information, this of course is really good information to have as part of your images. That way whenever you're sending a client, friend or whoever, one of your photographs, it has all of this info, including your phone, your e-mail and your website, and again it's just a really handy way to include some valuable information with your photographs.

Because so often what can happen is, your pictures can end up different places and they can kind of get disconnected from who the creator actually was. Well having metadata on your files ensures that all of that really sticks together. All right, well now that I have given you a little bit of an overview of the Metadata panel, let's take a look at a practical example of how we can add metadata, say to a group of photographs, and in particular I want to focus in on adding copyright information, so let's take a look at how we can do that in the next movie.

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  1. 2m 1s
    1. Welcome
      1m 1s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 0s
  2. 13m 33s
    1. The broad Photoshop Lightroom overview
      3m 52s
    2. The photographic workflow puzzle
      3m 45s
    3. Why use Photoshop Lightroom?
      5m 56s
  3. 30m 18s
    1. The Photoshop Lightroom interface
      5m 21s
    2. Using the interface shortcuts
      4m 57s
    3. Working with panels
      4m 24s
    4. Customizing the identity plate and module pickers
      5m 49s
    5. Customizing interface elements
      5m 5s
    6. Creating a custom panel end mark
      3m 45s
    7. Using module tips
      57s
  4. 36m 32s
    1. Importing images and looking at file formats
      5m 27s
    2. Importing preferences
      3m 13s
    3. Introducing the Import dialog
      5m 10s
    4. Setting catalog preferences and import and preview options
      5m 38s
    5. Importing from a folder
      4m 2s
    6. Importing photos from a CF card
      10m 22s
    7. Creating an import preset
      2m 40s
  5. 11m 37s
    1. Drag-and-drop importing
      2m 8s
    2. Auto-importing from a watched folder
      4m 48s
    3. Importing from iPhoto or Aperture
      4m 41s
  6. 9m 36s
    1. Introducing tethered capture
      3m 47s
    2. Working with tethered capture
      2m 55s
    3. Considering color management with tethered capture
      2m 54s
  7. 24m 21s
    1. Introducing catalogs
      3m 12s
    2. Demystifying catalogs by way of comparison
      3m 34s
    3. Optimizing and backing up catalogs
      6m 13s
    4. Importing and updating legacy catalogs
      6m 38s
    5. Exporting a catalog
      3m 53s
    6. Learning more about catalogs
      51s
  8. 41m 51s
    1. Working in the Grid and Loupe views
      2m 14s
    2. Navigating and zooming
      4m 47s
    3. Customizing the Grid and Loupe views
      5m 14s
    4. Customizing the Filmstrip
      3m 17s
    5. Comparing two images
      5m 23s
    6. Surveying two or more images
      3m 15s
    7. Working with folders and files
      4m 2s
    8. Deleting and removing images from folders
      3m 1s
    9. Working with multiple hard drives
      8m 2s
    10. Dual-monitor support
      2m 36s
  9. 30m 25s
    1. Working with flags, stars, and labels
      5m 20s
    2. Adding ratings with the Painter tool
      3m 32s
    3. Filtering by flag, stars, and labels
      3m 58s
    4. A filtering workflow
      5m 54s
    5. Filtering by file type
      1m 54s
    6. Filtering by type and metadata
      3m 22s
    7. Sorting photos
      1m 58s
    8. Stacking photos into groups
      4m 27s
  10. 21m 51s
    1. Using Smart Collections
      4m 7s
    2. Using Quick Collections
      2m 25s
    3. What is a collection?
      3m 39s
    4. Working with collections
      3m 22s
    5. Going further with collections
      3m 17s
    6. An evaluative-collection workflow
      5m 1s
  11. 12m 23s
    1. Overviewing the new Map module
      2m 32s
    2. Tagging images with locations
      3m 46s
    3. Creating saved locations
      6m 5s
  12. 10m 44s
    1. Using Quick Develop
      3m 39s
    2. Synchronizing settings
      3m 12s
    3. Making incremental adjustments
      3m 53s
  13. 31m 41s
    1. Playing video in Photoshop Lightroom
      3m 50s
    2. Trimming a video
      4m 11s
    3. Editing the color and tone of a video
      5m 2s
    4. Using presets to edit the color and tone of a video
      1m 49s
    5. Setting the poster frame
      1m 35s
    6. Capturing a still image from a video
      3m 9s
    7. Exporting to a hard drive
      2m 37s
    8. Publishing to a hard drive
      3m 35s
    9. Publishing video to Facebook
      3m 18s
    10. Publishing video to Flickr
      2m 35s
  14. 17m 11s
    1. Why use DNG?
      7m 32s
    2. Converting to DNG and the Embed Fast Load Data option
      3m 45s
    3. Reducing file size with the lossy compressed DNG
      5m 54s
  15. 22m 39s
    1. Adding keywords
      3m 33s
    2. Creating and using keyword sets
      3m 6s
    3. Synchronizing keywords
      1m 58s
    4. Keywording with the Painter tool
      1m 29s
    5. Working with the Metadata panel
      4m 44s
    6. Adding copyright metadata with a template
      4m 23s
    7. Filtering photographs based on metadata
      3m 26s
  16. 27m 34s
    1. External editing preferences
      5m 14s
    2. Editing raw photos in Photoshop
      4m 43s
    3. Editing an original TIFF, PSD, or JPG file in Photoshop
      3m 40s
    4. Editing a modified TIFF, PSD, or JPG file in Photoshop
      4m 44s
    5. Opening an image as a Smart Object in Photoshop
      4m 34s
    6. Including multiple images in Photoshop as layers
      4m 39s
  17. 29m 1s
    1. Exporting photographs to a hard drive, CD, or DVD
      4m 44s
    2. Publishing to a folder
      4m 5s
    3. Using exporting presets
      4m 51s
    4. Emailing photographs from Photoshop Lightroom
      5m 34s
    5. Exporting to Adobe Revel
      3m 39s
    6. Uploading photos to Facebook and Flickr
      6m 8s
  18. 32s
    1. Goodbye
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