In this article we will look at how you can create your own metadata template that will include all your copyright, contact and keyword information in Photoshop CS6. Adding this metadata is a very important step to take as it will include information like contact, copyright, model name, model age, your site URL, contact telephone number etc that won’t be automatically included in the EXIF data that your camera adds. So let’s take a look at how to create a metadata template in Photoshop CS6
Firstly, open up Adobe Bridge and select Metadata from the top of the window
Next you will see the Metadata, Filter and Export tabs on the left of your screen towards the bottom. Make sure that you select the Metadata tab here. To the far right of the tab, select the fly out box to expand the option, and choose Create metadata template
You will now be presented with a blank template in which to enter all of your relevant contact, copyright, website, keyword information. Make sure that you fill out as many areas that you can as this will be very useful for potential clients looking at your work.All of the EXIF data that was originally contained within the image will not be affected by this and will remain intact. For the purpose of this article I have only named mine plus added the author name and my site details.
Don’t forget to give your template a name though at the top of the document. Once you are satisfied that you have added the information that you think you want, hit Save. Don’t worry, you can always edit this later if you forget anything.
Now that you have created your template, let’s take a quick look at how you can easily add all of that information to your images. Open Photoshop and a sample image that you want to test. At the top of the window go, File>File Info
A blank metadata sheet will now be shown. At the bottom select the drop-down arrow which will present you with your various metadata template that you may have. Simply select the template name that you have just created.
Now when you click on your template name, all of the Metadata will be automatically inserted for you. Please note that you will also be given an option each time you add the data. This is good as there may be existing metadata that you wish to include along with your own metadata.
- Clear existing properties and replace with template properties
- Keep original metadata, but replace matching properties from template
- Keep original metadata, but append matching properties from template