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Ebooks are a photographer's dream. Easy to create and publish, they provide a simple and inexpensive way for you to share your images with the public and generate some revenue at the same time. Follow along with veteran photographer Mikkel Aaland in this course as he turns his book County Fair Portraits, published in 1981, into an ebook. Along the way learn how to select, organize, and process your images with the EPUB format in mind, how to lay out and design your book, and how to prepare it for the appropriate ebook format. Plus, see how to set up publishing relationships with Amazon and other online retailers to distribute and sell your finished product.
In this video, I'll show you how I use Adobe Bridge to create a metadata template that I can easily apply to multiple images. So I'm in Bridge, and if you look under Window > Workspace, you can see I've selected the Essentials workspace. And that brings up the meta data panel you see over here on the right. Under file properties, this is information that's brought in along with the file. And if I had been using a digital camera, which I wasn't back in the 1970s when I made these photographs, it would've brought in XF data from the camera like shutter speed and x stop. But in any case thees are scanned images, so the information is applied automatically under file properties.
So all this information is applied automatically and there is nothing for me to do here. So here's where I can add information under the itpc core. And if I want to, you can see that nothing's been filled in here with this particular image that's selected. I can select each field and type in the information here. And then when I've done that, and I'm ready to apply it I just select this little apply button down here on the bottom. But obviously that's pretty tedious and time consuming, and since most of these, or all these images, require the same information attached to them I'm going to create a metadata template instead and apply it to multiple images.
So in order to do that I'll click on this little triangle here. And I'll create a metadata template. And I'll start off with the creator field, that's my name. And my title, photographer, and author. And I can type in the address. Let me go ahead and I'll do a little bit here. I'm not going to do all of it. Street. San Francisco. California. You're getting the idea how this works. Each time I type in something the little check mark appears here by the field. The very important thing to much sure you get in here is the email address obviously so someone can contact you if they come across your image and your website.
Let's get that in there. And just as important down here copyright status. Definitely copyright it. And I always say all rights reserved. And okay. I need to give this template a name. I'm going to call it, let's see, Olin. No, let's just call it country fair portraits, let's say book. because it's specific to this book. And I'll select save. All right. Now, the next thing I need to do in bridge is make multiple selections, and I'm not going to select all the files in this folder because there's graphics and they're not just only photographs. Normally I have a folder full of photographs and I would apply to all the images in that folder, but here I'll just make a selection. Hold down the shift key so now all these images are selected Go back over here to this little triangle.
I'm going to replace the metadata with the county fair portraits book metadata. Select that. Now, it's going to automatically apply that information that I just typed in, you can see here, it's applied. Now I can deselect all of them, and I'll just select one image. And you can see that image has that information attached to it. So I've shown you how to do this, and now I'm going to give you some bad news. Although you may have applied this meta data to your images, and brought those images into indesign, once indesign 5.5 exports these images to the epub format, it actually strips this meta data. Away, so it's gone.
So you may ask yourself, you know, what's the point of putting this in if it's going to be ultimately stripped away. Well, in any case, it's always a good idea to attach metadata to your image files. It identifies you as the creator and gives it contact information, etc. Maintains the integrity of the images if they end up out of your control. There are many reasons for adding this important, very important, meta data information to your images. And it should just be a kind of a no brainer part of your workflow. And that's how you do it in a Adobe Bbridge.
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