Presets are a powerful aspect of Lightroom that allow you to save settings and automatically apply them to images. The metadata presets allow you to add your copyright, keyword, and other information automatically to images during your import. Because of that, I thought it made sense to set up your metadata preset before you started importing images in to Lightroom.
To access the metadata preset dialog, select Metadata > Edit Metadata Presets… from the Library module.
Creating a New Metadata Preset
By default, a new Custom metadata preset will come up. Minimally, you should populate a few of the International Press Telecommunications Council (IPTC) Copyright and Creator items. To include them, you can click the checkbox next to the items shown below.
I recommend filling out at least those items that are in red, since that will include in the metadata of your images your basic contact information. This information will also carry through to your JPEG exports. Once you complete the fields, click “Done” and you will be prompted to save your metadata as a new preset.
Editing a Preset
To load an existing preset, select it from the drop-down.
If you make changes to an existing preset, you will see “(edited)” next to the name.
When you click Done, you will be asked if you want to save changes to your existing preset. Alternatively, you can create a new preset with the changes by selecting Save Current Settings as New Preset… from the drop-down.
Delete a Preset
To delete a preset, select it and then from the drop-down select Delete preset “(Your Preset Name”…
Using a Preset
When we do our imports, you can automatically apply your new Metadata preset by selecting it in the Apply During Import > Metadata drop-down.