Your a photo editing wizard! The latest session post processing is complete and your just a click away from calling it quits. Hold up! Don’t forget about your copyright. Before you hit the export button, be sure to properly copyright your digital files. Yes, the copyright applies the moment your photo is created, however, there is a fail safe. Lets talk about the one click wonder of how to copyright your photos in Lightroom before uploading them online?
How to Copyright your Photos in Lightroom
Dont stress out. This is not a complicated process overloaded with coding and html jargon. This is seriously a quick one click fix that can be applied in Lightroom. Well a couple of clicks, but hey, its simple. To sweeten the deal this awesome step happens to come in the form of a preset!
Oh presets, always simplifying our post processing… well, most of time. Alright, let us dive on into this Lightroom tutorial and show just how to copyright photos in Lightroom.
The first step is to open Lightroom. I have a beautiful couple and there precious newborn ready for post processing loaded up. This way we can all drool over that sweet little baby learn at the same time.
Once Lightroom is open and ready, navigate to the Library Module and locate the “Metadata” tab in the Lightroom Menu.
Click on the “Metadata tab to drop down the menu. From the items listed, select the “Edit Metadata Presets” option.
This will prompt a box to pop up similar to the one displayed below. The box is jam packed with information you can code your images with. However, I like to keep things simple and just add my copyright information.
When this box arrives you will notice at the top the “Preset” is already set to Custom. Now all you need to do is add your fancy information in the fields provided and everything will be legit.
The main fields to worry about are the IPTC Copyright Tab and IPTC Creator Tab. These essentially code your photographs with all the information that is, well, you. Fill in the fields as desired. You can be as basic as you wish or fill in all your details down to the postal code.
To enter the copyright symbol © use the following short keys:
Mac users: Option G
PC People: hold alt + 0169
Once your information is entered click on the DONE button at the bottom right. This will bring up another box (so many boxes) similar to the one below.
Select the option “Save As” and then type in your desired name for the Preset. Select “Create” and you will be brought back to your Lightroom Library.
The great thing about this is you will only need to repeat all the steps above once a year when your ready to update your copyright. As soon as the year is up and your thinking, “Oh no, I need to update my biz but I forgot how to copyright my photos in Lightroom.” Simply refer back to this Lightroom tutorial for a refresher! Don’t forget to PIN!
WHERE IS IT!
Now, once you have created your preset and your whisked back in the Library module, you may break into panic made wondering if your copyright was saved. To check whether or not your changes were made and logged into the system, simply go back to your Metadata tab in the top menu bar and open the “Edit Metadata Presets” option once more.
Bam, that magic box pops up again. Now, along the top of the box where it states “Presets”, click the drop down menu. There you should be able to locate your saved copyright under the name you chose to label it as. For the one below I named it “copyright”.
Now that your copyright information is up to date, its time to apply them to your images. Under the Library module, locate the Metadata drop down for your Catalog. My menu is located along the right side of my images as shown below.
Once the menu is open you will see a “Preset” option at the very top. By Default it is normally set to “none”. Simply click on the drop down menu and your newly made preset should appear as an option. Select your copyright preset.
Next, you will need to apply this preset to all of your images withing the Catalog. Select all the images using the short keys below.
Mac users : Command +A
PC people: CTRL +A
Once all the photographs are selected, click the “Sync Metadata”. Now your copyright information has been applied to all your images! Whoop whoop!
How to Copyright your Photos in Lightroom First
Next time your ready to import a session, be sure to select your copyright preset under the Metadata menu before you hit the IMPORT button. This will automatically apply the copyright to your images as they are transmitted into Lightroom!
Alright then, now that you know how to copyright your photos in Lightroom, your ready to take on the world. Go our there and capture the world through your lens! Be on the look out for next weeks Lightroom lesson! Until then, grab a preset on me. Instructions included!
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