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ITECH 110 - Digital Imaging 1 : Professor Krikun: Embed Metadata in Images using Photoshop

This research guide will help students in Digital Imaging understand Creative Commons,different types of image licensing agreements and how to search for images for reuse and modification.

Embedding Image Metadata

There are many ways to add metadata (data about data) into your images. Your camera or computer will add basic information, but you can add additional information about your images, such as keywords, descriptions and credit information to make them more useful to potential users. There are an assortment of metadata schemas (sets of rules) by developed by various organizations to best describe different types of print and media. 

Embed Metadata and Copyright Information into your Images

Using Photoshop to Embed Metadata in your Images

 Embed metadata, including licensing info in your photographs using Photoshop using the following steps:

Open image in Photoshop

Photoshop metadata

Click on FILE > FILE INFO

This will open the FILE INFO box, the BASIC page (default) allows you to add general file information including a descriptive title, author (or creator) designation, keywords and copyright information.

In the BASIC fields, COPYRIGHT STATUS has limited options, UNKNOWN, COPYRIGHT or PUBLIC DOMAIN

After filling out all the applicable fields, click OK to save. NOTE: Adding data will increase the file size.

You can see the information added to your file (Using File Explorer > File > Properties > Details in WIN10).

You'll notice at the bottom there is a REMOVE PROPERTIES AND PERSONAL INFORMATION link. Depending on the computer and software, undaunted users may be able to remove information from your files.