Lightroom metadata save, what is included?

  • 1
  • Question
  • Updated 6 years ago
When saving metadata to file in Lightroom does it save just the metadata fields, or are all the develop module changes/history saved too?
Photo of Valerie Henschel

Valerie Henschel

  • 9 Posts
  • 0 Reply Likes

Posted 6 years ago

  • 1
Photo of Lee Jay

Lee Jay

  • 990 Posts
  • 135 Reply Likes
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.
Photo of Valerie Henschel

Valerie Henschel

  • 9 Posts
  • 0 Reply Likes
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?
Photo of Victoria Bampton - Lightroom Queen

Victoria Bampton - Lightroom Queen, Champion

  • 4426 Posts
  • 1635 Reply Likes
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.
Photo of Valerie Henschel

Valerie Henschel

  • 9 Posts
  • 0 Reply Likes
Okay, now I guess I need to know what the develop metadata consists of. Not the history, then what?
Photo of Victoria Bampton - Lightroom Queen

Victoria Bampton - Lightroom Queen, Champion

  • 4426 Posts
  • 1635 Reply Likes
Just the current slider settings.
Photo of Patrick Philippot

Patrick Philippot

  • 10 Posts
  • 1 Reply Like
>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.
Photo of Rob Cole

Rob Cole

  • 4831 Posts
  • 384 Reply Likes
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.