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162 Points

Wed, Jun 27, 2012 3:02 AM

Lightroom metadata save, what is included?

When saving metadata to file in Lightroom does it save just the metadata fields, or are all the develop module changes/history saved too?

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13.8K Points

8 years ago

Does not include flags, Develop history, VCs, stack membership, or collection membership. It does include the develop settings and other metadata like stars, color labels, keywords, IPTC, etc.

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162 Points

8 years ago

So if someone wants to keep the originals unprocessed, but update keywords, it can not be done unless you do all your developing in virtual copies? That sucks!
Looks like a trap for beginners who may want to include keyword in the originals, but not the processing.
One of the benefits of Lightroom over Photoshop has been the safety of your original image, and now it seems to be compromised.
Why not separate metadata updates from develop changes when it comes to making changes back to the original files?

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5.8K Messages

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102.2K Points

8 years ago

Why do you not want Develop metadata included? It's only metadata, just like the keywords - the image data is untouched.

In Preferences, there's a legacy checkbox to 'include Develop settings in JPEG, TIFF, PSD' which you could disable, assuming you're talking about one of those formats.

9 Messages

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162 Points

8 years ago

Okay, now I guess I need to know what the develop metadata consists of. Not the history, then what?

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5.8K Messages

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102.2K Points

8 years ago

Just the current slider settings.

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194 Points

8 years ago

>Just the current slider settings.

And the local adjustment (mask) descriptions.

If anyone wants to know what kind of data are saved, just open an XMP file in Notepad. It's text. The XML tags are mostly self-explanatory.

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76.3K Points

Right - assuming xmp is in sidecar file. Otherwise you'll need a hex editor, or extract xmp text using exiftool for inspection.

PS - Snapshot settings are also in xmp, but not virtual copy settings.