Adobe Lightroom by default will not write metadata in the image files but only in its catalog database. This is true unless you configure Lightroom to write metadata to your image files. Read on to find out how configure Lightroom properly.
How do you configure Lightroom to write metadata to your image files?
There are two ways for writing metadata to you image files: global and individual.
Lightroom global metadata setting
The first option is to change Lightroom’s global settings. This means that if you change the setting for metadata in global settings, Lightroom will always write your metadata to the image files.
This way I like to configure my Lightroom installation because I want all the metadata to be inside my image files.
- On the top menu bar choose this:
- Edit/Catalog settings/Metadata tab
- Check the option that says: “Automatically write changes into XMP”
Lightroom manual metadata settings
If you don’t want to write metadata to your image files automatically every time you edit your photos then you need to do it manually when you need it.
- Select an image with metadata (i.e. keywords) in it
- On the top menu bar
- Choose the Metadata menu item
- Choose Save metadata to File.
Sync your metadata with your Lightroom catalog
To sync your images’ metadata (if you modify metadata outside of Lightroom) follow these steps:
- First select a folder with images that have new metadata.
- Right-click the folder and choose “synchronize”
- Check “scan for metadata changes” and click update.