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In Photoshop CS5 Essential Training, author Michael Ninness demonstrates how to produce the highest quality images with fantastic detail in the shortest amount of time, using a combination of Photoshop CS5, Adobe Bridge, and Camera Raw. This course shows the most efficient ways to perform common editing tasks, including noise reduction, shadow and highlight detail recovery, retouching, and combining multiple images. Along the way, Michael shares the secrets of non-destructive editing, utilizing and mastering Adobe Bridge, Camera Raw, layers, adjustment layers, blending modes, layer masks, and much more. Exercise files are included with the course.
One of the things that you might want to consider adding early in your workflow is the notion of metadata, adding information about the particular file and embedding that information inside the file itself, so it travels with the file. There's lots of different metadata that you can add to a particular image. In fact, almost every image comes with at least some little bit of metadata embedded inside of it that was put there when you took the picture on the camera. So if I click on any thumbnail here and take a look at the Metadata panel inside the Essentials workspace, you'll see there's a bunch of information, like file size and resolution, and the color profile, when it was taken.
All that information is stored inside that file. Now, if I take the scrollbar here, you can see there's a lot more information you could add, and each one of these is a field that could contain additional information here. It may be that there's a certain base set of information that you want in all of your images; perhaps your name and your web address or your email address. You can even create different types of templates, or metadata templates, based on project type or client type. So this isn't something you have to do manually, image by image by image. If there's a base set of information that you want to add and apply to every single image, right at the get-go, you can actually create what's called a Metadata Template, then just batch-process that.
So to do so, under the Tools menu is a command called Create Metadata Template. We'll go ahead and choose that. This brings up a dialog box where it has all the fields that you could add information to. Now this isn't going to add any information to a particular file, because I don't have anything selected now, this is just creating the template that I can apply later. So in this particular series of images, these were done by just an unbelievably talented photographer; his name is Nick Onken. So I'm going to go ahead and add his name to this template and we'll go ahead and call this template Nick Onken.
His title, of course, is Photographer. We're going to add his web site address in here. If you haven't heard of Nick before, go to his web site and check out his work. It's very inspirational. It might give you some creative inspiration there. It's just NickOnken.com. Great! So we've added these base fields of information that we want in our template. Hit Save. Now, if we want to apply that metadata to all our images, we just go ahead and select the images that we want to apply that template to. In this case, we'll do everything, so Select All, Command+A or Ctrl+A.
Under the Tools menu again, you tell it to append or replace metadata. Now if this set of images already had a bunch of metadata and you just wanted to add what's different to the existing metadata set, you would use the Append command. If you just want to replace all the metadata that's in there with this new set, then that's what you would use the Replace command for. I'm going to go ahead and use the Append Metadata command and there's the name of template we just saved. So you can have as many of these templates as you want, and you just simply choose the template that you want to apply to the selected image.
It just goes ahead and does what you asked it to do. It does it in the background, you can see down here in the bottom left of the window. It was so fast it went by really quickly. But you can continue to do work. You can go back to Photoshop. You can deselect and click on any other image. It's going to process that information in the background until it's done. So now you can see here, when I click in any one of these thumbnails, you can see in the Metadata panel it now says Creator Nick Onken and the Photographer is his Job Title. If I scroll down a little bit more, you'll see there's his web site right there.
So there you have it, a very quick way to create metadata templates, and then apply those to your images automatically, very quickly, by using the Metadata Template functionality.
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