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Adding Copyright Metadata to Your Photos in Lightroom

A few weeks ago, I wrote a post about watermarking. In addition to watermarking your photos in Lightroom, you can embed copyright information into the metadata of your image files to further state that you are the owner of an image. 

However, there are a couple of things to keep in mind with metadata:

  • It can be removed
  • It is not visible on your image. While metadata is useful, it still isn’t as effective at preventing your photos from being shared/printed/altered without your permission as a good, old-fashioned watermark.

With that said, metadata is useful, and you can easily apply it to your images in Lightroom by creating a metadata preset. It’s quick, easy, and you can apply it to all of your images in a matter of milliseconds! Here’s how:

In your Library tab, on the right-hand side of your screen, scroll down to the Metadata tab, and click on the drop-down menu next to Preset. 

Here, you can enter pretty much any type of information you want, as there are a lot of categories! To enter the copyright information, scroll down to the IPTC Copyright section.

Tip: To make the © symbol on a PC, hold down the Alt key while typing the numbers 0169 on your right-hand number pad. On Macs, type Option/Alt + G.

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