Lightroom: All my color labels changed to "white"

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Lightroom: All my color labels changed to "white".

What is it that determines whether Lightroom honors a pre-existing color label? Or seeks an alternative/default?
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The XMP:label tag is just a text string, not confined to certain pre-defined contents. If the content of a label tag matches the word you have specified in your color label set in LR, the appropriate color is shown on the image, otherwise white is shown. You can still see the conent in the metadata panel and metadata filter though.

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Thanks Beat.
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I've been able to sort out my color label mess - I had some labeled from one set, and some labeled from another set, so whichever set I chose, some went missing.

I suspect this would be a feature if one knew how to use it to their advantage, but at the moment, its got me scratching my head...

-R
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I can't figure out how to change the naming of labels without totally messing things up.
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You can create Color Label sets (presets) for each kind naming and then normalize to one set.
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Jeffrey,
Can you please explain what you mean by "normalize to one set"?
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Supposed your old system is "red", "yellow", "green", etc. Now you want to change to "to do", "unclear", "done", etc.:
1. Make sure Metadata -> "Show metadata for target photo only" is NOT selected
2. In Grid View, choose "Catalog -> All photographs" and set the library filter to "Filters off" in order to reset it properly
3. Go to the metadata filter, section "Label", to filter all "red" photos.
4. Select all photos, go to the metadata panel on the right and look for the "Label" field which displays "red". Write there "to do" and press [Enter]. All photos formerly labeled "red" are now labeled "to do" (note that the photos disappeared because they no longer match the filter).
5. Repeat steps 3...4 for all other colors
6. Create a new color label set with the exact names of your new system ("to do", "unclear", "done", etc.) and activate it. It is also possible to do that at the very beginning.

Note: If your old and new systems share a label that is the same, but assigned to different colors, you don't have to change it as described in steps 3...4. Simply leave at as it is and just change its position in the color label set in step 6.

Note: The color label set only determines how LR maps different label texts to colors. So it doesn't really matter whether you change it before or after changing all labels. If you change it before, all photos are displayed as color "white" (= custom label) and as you proceed with replacing, they all get their correct color. If you change it afterwards, more and more photos are displayed as "white" in the process of changing the labels and are finally displayed correctly with colors when you change the color label set at the very end.

Remark: Changing the color label set to the new system *before* starting to change the labels has an advantage: You can use the color buttons to assign the new labels in step 4 instead of typing them in (and the "Show metadata for target photo only" setting does not matter).
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Thank you very much LRuser24.