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Viewing metadata in the Information panel

From: Photoshop Elements 11 Essentials: 01 Importing and Organizing Photos

Video: Viewing metadata in the Information panel

An Elements Catalog stores lots of information about your photos. The Information panel in Media view is a one-stop shop for viewing that information and for adding new information. Before I open the Information panel, I'll select a photo here in Media view, and then to open the Information panel, I'll go down to the taskbar in Organizer and I'll click the Tags Info button. That opens the column on the right, which contains both the Tags panel for keyword tagging, which I'll cover later in the course, and the Information panel.

Viewing metadata in the Information panel

An Elements Catalog stores lots of information about your photos. The Information panel in Media view is a one-stop shop for viewing that information and for adding new information. Before I open the Information panel, I'll select a photo here in Media view, and then to open the Information panel, I'll go down to the taskbar in Organizer and I'll click the Tags Info button. That opens the column on the right, which contains both the Tags panel for keyword tagging, which I'll cover later in the course, and the Information panel.

I'll click Information to see the Information panel. The Information panel is divided into three sections. My General section is open. If yours isn't, then click the arrow to the left of General. The General section displays general properties of the selected file, like its filename, its file size, and its date. Many of these setting are interactive, so you can add a caption here by typing in the Caption field, or you can add notes here, or here's another place from which you can apply a star rating. And you can see that, that star rating is now here under the photo in Media view.

If you need to change the date or time on a file, this is another place from which you can do that. And remember that the photo that you see here in Media view isn't the actual photo. It's a Preview of the photo that links out to the actual photo in my File structure. Here is a path to that actual photo. And if I want to go directly to that photo in my File structure, I could click Location from here in the General section of the Information panel. I'll close that section by clicking its arrow and I'll click the arrow to the left of the Metadata section.

This opens to its brief view, where you can see more information about this photo, some file properties, as well as some data that came directly out of my digital camera: everything from the ISO to the shutter speed, to the F stop--even whether the flash fired. And there's more. If I click the Complete icon here, I'll see even more information about this file. I'll close the Metadata section, and I'll come down to open the History section. Here, you can see a brief history of what's happened to this file, like the dates on which it was imported and modified.

Now, all of that information is in my Elements Catalog, which is a separate document from my actual photos. If you plan on sharing a photo with someone else, or using a photo in another program, and you want the Metadata to be accessible there, then I suggest that you save the Metadata into the photo as well as have it here in the Catalog. To save Metadata to a photo, go to the File menu, and go down to Save Metadata To File. Now if I need to use that photo in another program, for example here I'm in Adobe Bridge, you can see the Metadata that I'd added to the file here in Bridge, those five stars.

And if I select the photo in Bridge and go to its Metadata panel, you can see all the Metadata that's now embedded in that photo. By the way, if you're using the Information panel and suddenly all that information disappears, it's probably because you've clicked off the photo in the Media view, like this. So, just click back on the photo and you'll see all that useful information again in the Information panel.

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  1. 18m 57s
    1. Welcome
      46s
    2. What is the Organizer?
      3m 1s
    3. Touring the Organizer
      4m 29s
    4. Moving between Organizer and Editor
      4m 55s
    5. Working with catalogs
      5m 46s
  2. 21m 4s
    1. Importing the exercise files
      2m 50s
    2. Importing photos from your computer
      4m 37s
    3. Importing photos from your camera
      7m 56s
    4. Importing photos from iPhoto (Mac only)
      5m 41s
  3. 33m 25s
    1. Viewing photos
      3m 37s
    2. Displaying photo names and dates
      1m 0s
    3. Adjusting photo dates and times
      3m 33s
    4. Sorting photos
      2m 41s
    5. Rating photos
      5m 6s
    6. Viewing metadata in the Information panel
      3m 13s
    7. Adding photo captions
      1m 45s
    8. Hiding and showing photos
      2m 54s
    9. Stacking related photos
      5m 8s
    10. Applying instant photo fixes
      4m 28s
  4. 19m 43s
    1. Viewing a simple slideshow
      4m 51s
    2. Comparing photos side by side
      4m 30s
    3. Applying Quick Edit options
      5m 36s
    4. Applying Quick Organize options
      4m 46s
  5. 27m 30s
    1. Using the Folders panel
      7m 19s
    2. Moving and renaming files
      3m 38s
    3. Reconnecting missing files
      4m 14s
    4. Moving and renaming folders
      3m 48s
    5. Deleting files and folders
      4m 2s
    6. Using a watch folder to import new files (Windows only)
      4m 29s
  6. 10m 14s
    1. Creating albums
      5m 53s
    2. Organizing albums
      2m 38s
    3. Making instant albums from folders
      1m 43s
  7. 14m 56s
    1. Creating and organizing keyword tags
      6m 38s
    2. Applying keyword tags
      4m 59s
    3. Finding photos by keyword and Advanced Search
      3m 19s
  8. 23m 3s
    1. Identifying people automatically
      5m 55s
    2. Identifying people manually
      3m 1s
    3. Viewing people
      3m 47s
    4. Grouping people
      3m 10s
    5. Working with people tags
      7m 10s
  9. 9m 13s
    1. Creating events manually
      6m 48s
    2. Creating Smart Events
      2m 25s
  10. 9m 52s
    1. Viewing mapped photos by location
      5m 47s
    2. Adding location data to photos
      4m 5s
  11. 22m 2s
    1. Using the Find menu
      3m 36s
    2. Finding photos by metadata
      5m 31s
    3. Saving smart searches
      5m 3s
    4. Finding photos by visual similarity
      5m 56s
    5. Finding photos in the Timeline
      1m 56s
  12. 3m 22s
    1. Don't forget to back up
      2m 16s
    2. Next steps
      1m 6s

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