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In Photoshop CS6 for Photographers, author, photographer, and teacher Chris Orwig explores Photoshop from the perspective of the photographer.
The course details the features and techniques behind enhancing and retouching photos, preparing them for print and online publishing, and much more. Chris demonstrates how to make basic edits in Camera Raw, develop and save color profiles, work with layers and selections, tone and sharpen, and retouch images while retaining their natural character.
Chris also shares some creative tips and project ideas, such as converting a photo to black-and-white and enhancing a portrait with hand-painted masks. The course also covers workflow details, such as organizing images in Bridge and Mini Bridge, optimizing Photoshop preferences, and calibrating your monitor.
Here, we are going to take a look at how we can work with metadata and also how we can add a copyright symbol to our pictures and how we can add keywords and also how we can take advantage of metadata when working with the Adobe Bridge. There are two different types of metadata; it's either additive or descriptive. Descriptive metadata is something which is part of the file, the way that it was captured. Additive is something that we've added ourselves. Let's first look at how we can take advantage of descriptive metadata by working with the Filter panel.
Here, I am going to click on this image here and navigate to the Filter panel. In the Filter panel, I'm interested in finding all of the photographs that were captured with a certain lens. I will go ahead and click on this icon here in order to open up the filtering for Lens. Next, I have different Lens options. I want to see the images which were captured with this 85 millimeter lens. To do that, you can just click on this option here, and it then shows me is these three photographs. We can also gain access to this information in the Metadata panel.
Let's go ahead and click and drag this over a little bit so we can focus in on the Metadata panel. In this placard, it's showing me how this image was captured, also its file size. And there's other valuable information below. If we open up File Properties, you can see information about the application that was used to process the image, the date it was captured or created. Let's go ahead and close that and then open up our IPTC Core. Here's where we can add our information. We could add our name, also our location, Phone number, and Email.
This information can be really helpful if we are going to send this image to a client. We can also scroll down and add Copyright information. Let's do that because that's perhaps most important. Here, under Copyright Notice, I will go ahead and click into this field and press Option+G on a Mac--or Alt+Ctrl+C on Windows--and then type out my name. Next, for the Copyright Status, I will go ahead and choose Copyrighted. And again, what's great about this is any information that I add here, it will become part of the file. You want to add the information which is most relevant to your workflow and then the information that you need to have with your files. All right! What about Keywords? Let's go ahead and click on the Keywords tab.
This opened up this dialog. We do want to apply this. So let's go ahead and click Apply. You can also apply by clicking on this check box here, which I neglected to do. All right! Let's go ahead and click on the Keywords tab. The Keywords tab allows us to create main keywords and also sub keywords. We can use what's here, or we can create our own. There are two different ways that you can create keywords. You can either click on this icon to create a new keyword, or you can click on the big plus icon in the bottom corner of the dialog. Let's click on this icon and create a new keyword.
This one is going to be New York. Next, I want to create a Sub Keyword, so I will click on the icon next to it right here--or you can go to this menu and choose New Sub Keyword. This will place a keyword underneath New York. This time I am going to type out Brooklyn Bridge. Now that I have these keywords, I need to apply them to my photographs. To do that, you can click on one or more images and then simply click on the check box. You notice that when you click on the check box, it will show you that this keyword has been assigned. Here, Brooklyn Bridge has been assigned to this picture.
Let's also add New York. All right! What about these other two images? Click on one, hold down Command on a Mac, Ctrl on Windows, then click on the other, and then go ahead and click on these check boxes in order to assign these keywords. Now once you have assigned keywords to your photographs, you can see those in various places. Let's go back to the Metadata panel. In the Metadata panel, if we scroll back up, what we can see is if we click off of all of the images and then just select one, you can see that this image has these keywords on it, Brooklyn Bridge and New York.
We can also use these keywords in order to filter and define photographs. Let me show you what I mean. If we make our way back to the Filter panel--let's turn off this option for filtering based on the lens type. We will go ahead and turn that off. Next, let's open up the option for Keywords. Here it's going to show me the different keywords that I have. I want to see my images which have this keyword, New York. Go ahead and click on it, and it will then show you those three photographs. So as you can see here that Metadata is really helpful on a number of different levels.
Not only does it tell us information about our files, but we can add information to those files which we can then take advantage of in order to filter and find images. And perhaps above and beyond all that, also when we send these images off, all of this metadata, it will become part of that file. Therefore, someone else could open up the image, they could view the image in Bridge, and then they could have access to this metadata as well.
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