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Photoshop Lightroom Adventure by Mikkel Aaland

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3.3. Using the Metadata Pane

Metadata is all the "extra" data associated with an image file. Keywords, which were discussed in the previous section, are metadata. EXIF metadata is mostly fixed camera-provided information. IPTC metadata is data you enter into set categories. The gateway to viewing and working with this metadata is Lightroom's Metadata pane.

With Lightroom's Metadata pane, you can view as much metadata as you want (except keywords, which are listed in the Keywording pane). Click on the up and down arrows at the top of the pane to see your choices (circled). Figure 3-44 If you choose All, the metadata list will be quite long and you'll have to scroll through it, unless, of course, you have a mega-large monitor. (It's even too long for me to show on this page!). The Default view, which is shown here, is much more manageable.

Figure 3-44. Figure 3-44

Adding and Changing Metadata

Let's work our way down the Default view and see what can and can't be done.

File Name. To change the file name, select the box to the right of the field (circled). Figure 3-45 This brings up the Rename Photos dialog. Figure 3-46 Choose custom text field from the File Naming pop-up menu and type in the new name. You can also choose from one of the Presets or select Edit, which brings up the Filename Template Editor, which allows you to further customize a file name. Any changes you make are ...

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