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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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