braden_gunem's profile

21 Messages

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368 Points

Tue, Jun 14, 2011 1:56 PM

Lightroom: Getting all Keywords to export?

Why do some of the applied keywords in Lightroom not export and how can I get them to export?

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144 Messages

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3.7K Points

10 y ago

In the Keyword List, double-click on one of the keywords that doesn't export. Is "Include on Export" checked?

21 Messages

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368 Points

10 y ago

No its not. Is there a way to make all of the keywords in the list export?

144 Messages

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3.7K Points

10 y ago

Not in one swell foop. Your choices are to go through them all, one-by-one, as described... Or export the keyword list (see the Metadata menu), edit the syntax of the file in a text editor, and re-import the keyword list. I don't remember the syntax that differentiates exporting keywords from non-exporting keywords, but if you inspect the file you can likely figure it out.

21 Messages

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368 Points

10 y ago

Sounds like a real pain. Any idea how some of the keywords got checked to not export?

144 Messages

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3.7K Points

10 y ago

It's hard to imagine how that happened. Did you create your own keywords, inherit them from imported images, or import a keyword list you got from someone else?

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60 Points

10 y ago

Hi,

What I did was I selected a dumb picture and applied all keywords to it. Then use this picture as a keyword list backup or a list transfer from LR to CS5

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120 Points

9 y ago

I was struggling with just this issue as I was finding that certain keywords were not showing up in the JPEGs I exported from Lightroom. I've no idea how some keywords because "unchecked" and so ignored in exports, but is there any way to see which keywords in my list may be in that state? I know of two because they are important keywords in my stock photo library and so I have found those, but how do I find out which other keywords are set not to export?

Steve

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120 Points

9 y ago

Thanks for the two ideas. I think I must be pushing the limits of the program as I came across two issues in trying the second one. The first is that I can't display all my keywords in the Keyword List. The list stops scrolling at the "P's". Even stranger, I can only select a keyword down to the "F's"

So, I don't seem to be able to add all the keywords to an image by selecting and dragging across to the image. I just purged any keywords with no images, but that didn't make much of a difference to the Keyword List.

I'll search for the script next.

Steve

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120 Points

9 y ago

I got to the bottom of this.

I was an early Lightroom user in version 1. In those days I added many of the basic keywords that we all start with - tree, flower, cat, washington, virginia, cloud, arizona etc. As Lightroom was enhanced through the versions, I upgraded and the database was converted as new functions were added. Somewhere along the way (I suspect between V1 and V2) Adobe must have enhanced the keyword tables to allow you to choose which keywords are exported. The initial ones in the database were set to "No." All new keywords appear to have the default of being exported. End result for me is that 3000 files are online with some of the most obvious keywords missing :'(

Luckily, some sites pick up the words in the description and I probably put the obvious keywords there as well, but it is a bit of a bummer.

I've found a way to look at the underlying database in the Lightroom catalog and find which keywords are in this state. I've written a detailed post about how to do this if anyone thinks they have a similar issue:

http://www.backyardsilver.com/2012/02...

If you were a user of Lightroom 1, it may be worth checking this out.

Steve