Synchronize Lightroom metadata with Camera Raw and Adobe Bridge
By default, Lightroom metadata is saved to
the catalog file. For Camera Raw, Photoshop, and Adobe Bridge
to view changes to Lightroom metadata, including Develop module
adjustment settings, metadata changes must be saved to XMP in Lightroom.
When you save metadata to a raw file, the changes are saved in an
XMP sidecar file. With other file types, the metadata is saved in
the file itself.
Note: Keyword hierarchies created in any of
these applications are preserved, and no data is lost, even though
they might not appear in one or more of the applications. Versions
earlier than Camera Raw 4.1 may not recognize some of the
Develop module adjustments made in Lightroom.
Automatically save metadata changes to photos in Lightroom
The easiest way to make sure that Adobe Bridge
and Camera Raw see metadata changes made in Lightroom is to automatically
save those changes as you work.
- Choose Edit > Catalog Settings (Windows)
or Lightroom > Catalog Settings (Mac OS).
- In the Metadata tab, select Automatically Write Changes
View unsaved metadata
Lightroom displays three types of icons in
the Grid view of the Library module to identify unsaved metadata:
- Metadata File Needs To Be Updated
- Indicates unsaved metadata changes made to the photo in Lightroom.
- Metadata Was Changed Externally
- Indicates metadata changes made to the photo in an external
application and not applied in Lightroom.
- Error Saving Metadata
- Indicates an error saving metadata in Lightroom. This icon
appears when the same metadata for a photo has been changed both in
Lightroom and externally.
icons using the Grid view options.
- In the Library module, choose View >
- Click the Grid View tab in the Library View Options dialog
- Select the Unsaved Metadata option in the Cell Icons
Note: You can also look in the Metadata Status field in
the Metadata panel to see if metadata needs to be updated.
Resolve metadata conflicts between Lightroom, Adobe Bridge, and Camera Raw
To synchronize metadata in the Lightroom
catalog, do one of the following in the Grid view of the Library