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How to update your Lightroom Copyright Preset for the new year

Posted by Roger Hyttinen on

This post is part of our Learning Lightroom series.

It’s the beginning of the new year, meaning that it’s time to update your Lightroom Copyright preset (something I need to remind myself to do every year lest I forget). In case you forgot how to do this (or want to create a new copyright preset), here are the instructions.

To Edit/Create a Copyright Preset

  1. From the Library module, click Metadata on the menu and then choose Edit Metadata Presets.

    Edit Meta Data Presets option on the Metadata menu
  2. Click the Preset drop-down list and then select the Preset you want to edit. If you’re creating a new preset, then move to step 3.

    Click the Preset drop-down list

  3. From the Edit Metadata Presets window, scroll down until the ITPC Copyright screen is visible. In the Copyright field, change the year to the current year. If this is your first copyright preset, type in the copyright information as well as the ITPC Creator information (to insert the copyright symbol, press the Option + G keystroke combination if using Mac or if using Windows, hold down the Alt key and press: 0169 on the Numpad).

    Change year to reflect current year

  4. Once you’ve entered in your information, it’s time to save your preset. If you don’t want to overwrite the previous year’s preset (such as if you still have last year’s files left to import), then you’ll want to create a new preset. To do so, click the Preset drop-down list on top of the window and choose Save Settings as New Preset. In the Preset name box, type in the name for your new preset (such as Copyright 2019) and then click Create.

    Type the name for your new preset

  5. If you don’t have any of last year’s images to import into Lightroom, you can simply overwrite last year’s preset by simply clicking the Done button on the bottom of the screen.
  6. If you ever have old presets that you want to delete, choose the name of the preset from the Preset drop-down list. Then, click the Preset drop-down menu again and choose Delete (Preset Name) from the list, such as “Delete Preset 2018”.

Looking to learn Lightroom CC Classic? Check out our Up To Speed ebook guide, available at Amazon, Kobo, Apple iBooks and Barnes and Noble. It’s is also available in PDF format from this website.

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