Lightroom seems pretty inconsistent about what kind of metadata attribute can be applied to what, so I thought I’d make a chart. [Also, thanks, WordPress. I havn’t had to hand code a table in a looooooong time.]
|Attribute||Is a Part of the…||What it means|
|Star Ratings||Individual Photos||The photo gets a rating that’s part of its metadata.|
|Color Label||Individual Photos||The photo gets a color rating that’s part of its metadata. The color rating may change to white depending on the text in the “Color Label Set”|
|Pick/Reject||Folder/Collection||The same photo may be a Pick in one collection but a Reject in another.|
|Stacks||Folder||Can only be applied when in Folder view. What gives?|
|Quick Collection||Catalog Data||Lightroom’s temporary collection.|
The real evidence that labels really are text descriptions as opposed to colors can be seen when you try to filter your images. Even if you don’t have ANY matching text descriptions and all the colors show up as white, Bridge and Lightroom will see the text descriptions of the label and allow you to sort by the text label.
Just like in Bridge, if the current Text Label doesn’t match the color label, the color is displayed as white, for “custom” or “other. This can happen when you edit a Label Set, Switch to another Label Preset, or anytime where the current Text/Color Label combination from the file doesn’t match what Lightroom’s current setting is.
Despite being called “Color Labels”, Lightroom Labels are text descriptor based as well. It just so happens that the text descriptors happen to be colors. The Text Labels can be edited, and the edits can be saved as different presets.
- Metadata > Save Metadata to File
- Metadata > Read Metadata from File
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