I got a lot of RAW files I want to keep as jpeg files. So I export them from Lightroom (use same folder like original file, add to this catalogue, include all metadata).

My image has the single keyword cat in a keyword hierarchy like

animal > mammal > cat

The exported jpeg file however, which was added to the LR library, has the whole keyword hierarchy as individual keywords.

How can I automatically retain the original keyword only?

  • \$\begingroup\$ Just to clarify: You checked the metadata outside of Lightroom and are seeing the whole keyword hierarchy? \$\endgroup\$
    – feetwet
    Apr 27, 2015 at 13:53
  • \$\begingroup\$ @feetwet No, inside Lightroom. \$\endgroup\$
    – lejonet
    Apr 27, 2015 at 17:30

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You can edit individual keyword tags in Lightroom, and set them to 'Include on Export' (the default) or not. In your case, if you edit 'animal' and 'mammal' by right-clicking the keywords and choosing 'Edit keyword tag' you can uncheck this option and it will no longer export. See the screenshot below for an example. enter image description here

  • \$\begingroup\$ Nick, thanks for your answer. I tried selecting several keywords at once to edit they options. It does not work. So I assume I have to edit every single keyword manually? \$\endgroup\$
    – lejonet
    Apr 27, 2015 at 18:10
  • \$\begingroup\$ As far as I can tell, you have to edit keywords individually. \$\endgroup\$
    – user456
    Apr 27, 2015 at 18:13
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    \$\begingroup\$ I posted another question: photo.stackexchange.com/questions/62188/… \$\endgroup\$
    – lejonet
    Apr 27, 2015 at 18:53

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