Saturday, January 5th 2008

Lightroom problem solved

Since I only use Lightroom for keywording my JPEG photos, I want to be able to save my keywords to the JPEGs without changing the actual image at all.

The fact that Lightroom by default modifies the look of JPEGs even though I haven’t touched a single slider is pretty annoying, but now I have found the solution.

Lightroom screenshot

When exporting the photos (Ctrl+Shift+E) you can choose to export the original image data untouched by lightroom’s mischievous fingers. To do this, select the “Original” option under File settings -> Format, in the Export dialogue.

Then, when I hit Export, the images will be saved in a new location. They will be exact copyies of the original, but they will be keyworded just as I want them, with synonyms, etc.

You may think: Why doesn’t he just hit Ctrl+S to save the keywords to the original files? Well, because that action won’t save keyword synonyms, and it doesn’t obey the checkboxes Include on export and Export parents. So I’d get all my keyword categories saved to the photos as well (for instance Colour and shape), which I really don’t want there…

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  1. Declan says:

    Good tip, thanks :-) I’m planning on moving 30,000 photos, a mix of Raw and Jpeg, from Adobe Elements 6.0 on Windows to Adobe Elements 6.0 on Mac, but since Elements on Mac does not include the Organiser (apparently) I was going to have to write my keywords to my files and they can then be read in Bridge. Thats ok for Raw I think but could damage the JPEGS?Since Elements does not seem to have the export with original and keywords option then I think I’ll do this by upgrading the catalog into Lightroom and then exporting as you described. Am I crazy? Do you know if there is an easier way to do this? Am I missing something?By the way, great photographs and HDR, I especially like the second HDR shot from the Uppsala post. Maybe when I get my Mac setup I’ll spend some time on HDR :-)

  2. David Naylor says:

    I don’t know how Elements works (don’t have it) but you should try to write keywords to a couple of JPEGs and see if they how much they change in file size. (Take a note before you do anything!) If the actual image is untouched the file size shouldn’t differ more than a couple of kB at the most, I think.

  3. Declan says:

    Cool, thanks, I’ll give it a go and see what happens. If the files dont work out how I want then I’ll just restore a backup and try again.

  4. David Naylor says:

    Good idea.