Lightroom: Add text, etc. to photos the Lr style

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The current situation to add text or elements to photos is not satisfying and in my opinion does not fit the genuine core concept of Lr, i.e. not touching the original photo, but make everything reversible.

Using Ps to add elements is creating a new image with fixed development settings, size, etc. The disadvantages are obvious.
The other recommended ways are no better. Using watermarks is only useful for exporting, meaning I have to do it all over again when re-exporting. And, as is also true for slideshow and book, it is too late in the workflow, as I have to do it for each output media again and again.

What I would love to have is the following:
In the library or develop mode (or a new mode) I can add text, a graphic or a (linked!) smart object (so not limited to PNG and JPG)  to a photo or photos. I think the functionality of watermarks are exactly what would be needed (for a start at least). What would be very important (and I think was discussed before) is to have dynamic text. Let's make it simple and I again refer to an already existing feature, i.e. the renaming function where I can use a lot of metadata (by using a special syntax, e.g. {{date(MMM)}}).
The cream on top would be to have a checkbox "First instance only", meaning as long as the dynamic text does not change, it is not shown (just the first time). Wait there is more cream. Why not having a condition field, which is evaluated and the text is only shown when true... OK, I think I will hold my horses... ;-)

What we could do now is to add a (dynamic text) or any (smart) object to photos either via preset or directly. We could have a copyright watermark, where the year is changing according to capture time automatically. We could have a collection of photos covering one year where the first image of each month shows the name of the month (first instance only). We could have a logo (linked smart object) attached to each photo, updating automatically. Or let's say a collection with multiple events, where the first photo should show the title of the event. Right now I export the images for web/screen viewing with 1080p, but in some year with 4K being standard and internet bandwidth greatly increased, I will re-export the photos again in a different resolution by just pressing "Export...". Imagine this workflow right now using watermarks...

And all this scaling in perfect quality for any purpose we need (export in print quality, use it for a slideshow in screen resolution, etc.).

Some additional features I think would be needed:
Allow to add multiple elements to a photo, so mixing text, smart object, etc. In the end this means layers.
As the basic idea of this idea is to have the elements attached to the photo and used in all following workflow steps, it would also appear in a book, slideshow, etc. However I think due to the special requirements for each output media it may be necessary to allow individual adjustments. What I mean is that for example to allow changing the position of the text for a book without affecting the originally defined position. The best would be to have the same set of settings (except the content itself I guess) for all media as for the basic definition. And as long as an individual setting (e.g. x position) is not changed the basic setting is used. And of course it should be possible to disable the effect layer for a media, or use another preset instead.

Wow, I would really be impressed by such a feature. And as big and difficult as it sounds, I could imagine (or at least I hope) that it is easier than it seems at first. Almost all the elements are already there. It is more or less implementing and combining them in a different way. Well, forgive my wishful thinking.
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Bravo for Your wishfull thinking combined with the big working input You made by describing Your solution. Verry well donne. And I think I would gladly use all this. You also anticipate idiotic resistance ? Dont appologize for Your well documented proposition .
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Thanks for the positive fieedback. Although the last sentence regarding wishful thinking was misleading from my side. It was not meant as a statement of resignation about Adobe's "apply" attitude regarding community wishes. I am very new to this community and cannot judge. It was more self-irony regarding my note that it should be easy to implement... ;-)
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Ah, I forgot something (the reason why I added this post to LrM category as well):
Wouldn't it be nice to have the functionality of Spark Post at hand in LrM for implementation of this idea?
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Adding Individual Text to each Photo.

Lightroom needs to add the feature to add text to an individual photo.  You need to be able to change the font, color, placement, and size.  You should also be able to select a range of photos and sync that text across the images you select.

This is the number one issue I have with Lightroom!  I love the watermarking feature, but it does not address the flexibility of a true text feature.

PLEASE ADD THIS!!!  And Adobe, you are welcome to contact me about this!

Kevin Hawkins
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I fully agree with all thoroughly explained proposals above, please add these functions..
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My wife and I have thousands of travel photos.  We display them as works of art on wall mounted monitors.

We add text to almost every photo documenting our travels.  We used to do this in Picasa as a non destructive edit.  If we saw a typo or just wanted to change it, very easy to do.

Now we edit in Lr take the image to Ps which results in multiple versions of the image.

This is a much needed feature in Lr.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Lightroom: Text-Editor.

I'm missing a text editor as it is in Photoshop. I would like to type some text in the images. The features in the dia show are not what I want.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Lightroom: Text-Editor (merging).

I would like to type notes into a picture. For example, I would like to name a building on a picture of a city. Or I just want to add a comment, a name of a person in a group or thousend other details directlxy in the picture. See a sample

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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Lightroom: Text-Editor (merging).

+1 to this. Sometimes, for the sake of simplicity, I would like to add images to my lightroom library which are simply utilitarian (perhaps images of a home repair), where I would like to add notes to the image, or an arrow with a note, to provide some sort of localized reference for the future. When Paint can do something that Lightroom can't, you know there's a problem.

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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Lightroom: Text-Editor (merging).

I agree this would be useful - overlay any field data (eg caption, EXIF) or freeform text.  
Can use watermarks on export but that only provides for standard text across the entire export - not individual images.

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