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Photoshop is the world’s most powerful image editor, and it’s arguably the most complex, as well. Fortunately, nobody knows the program like award-winning book and video author Deke McClelland. Join Deke as he explores such indispensable Photoshop features as resolution, cropping, color correction, retouching, and layers. Gain expertise with real-world projects that make sense. Exercise files accompany the course.
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Something you should know about posting your images on the Web: here I am inside Firefox looking at that big image from my Web site. I can right-click on it at anytime I like and choose Save Image As, or an equivalent command in another browser. So even though it's your intellectual property, were this your image, anybody else can download it to their machine and hand it off to another person and so on. The last thing you want to do there for is leave this image untagged, so nobody has any idea who created it in the first place.
Because, if it does land in the hands of someone of good will, who wants to go ahead and, let's say, republish it, then you want your contact information in there, so that they can get hold of you. You also want to include your copyright information, which ostensibly they would go ahead and reprint on their post. So what I want to do is show you how to metadata your images, so that all of your information is there. I'm going to switch back to Photoshop. I've saved that larger version of the image as 1770x780 photo.tif.
It's found inside the 12_for_Web folder. Now I'm going to go up to the File menu and I'm going to choose this command way down here, File Info, or you can press Ctrl+Shift+Alt+I or Command+Shift+Option+I on the Mac. By the way, this very same command is available inside of the Bridge as well. The Bridge and Photoshop share this same metadata information, which gets embedded inside the file, so it becomes part of that file. So notice that I've gone ahead and filled out a lot of this stuff, Document Title is Pont du Gard. I am the author.
I went ahead and gave it a Description. Notice that I marked it as Copyrighted. You can mark it as Copyrighted or Public Domain. You can mark yours as Copyrighted as well, or if you just want to put it out there, you can mark it as Public Domain. Definitely go ahead and include a URL to your Web site. If you want to test it out to make sure that it works, you can click on this Go To URL button. It will automatically launch that site inside your default Web browser. All right! Now we're going to move on to other panels, because some of you may recall that in Photoshop CS4 and earlier, there was another blank right here where you entered your Copyright information, the name of the Copyright holder, in other words.
That's now included in a different panel. It's the same option it ever was. It just got shuttled around. So you can go over to IPTC, which is a standard of conventions from the International Press Telecommunications Council. So the idea is that this is the kind of information that working professionals would like to put inside their files. Now, you can fill out everything you want here. You could fill out your Address, City, State, etcetera, etcetera. I'm not going to do that in the case of this specific image. There is this Date Created item that I don't fully understand, because if you go over to Camera Data, this is the EXIF data that was captured by your digital camera.
You'll see that mine is telling me it was captured on November 6, 2009 at 6:59 a.m. Well, I wasn't really up at 6:59 a.m. I have to admit that I just didn't change the time on my camera when I flew to France. So it would have been eight hours after that. But why change your camera's time when you can just add eight hours, gosh! Then it also tells you all this other information like your Aperture's settings, the ISO, Focal Length and so on, pretty helpful stuff. So, I suppose, I could just say, well, it was November 6.
Go back here and change this to November 6th if I want to. All right! Now I'm going to go ahead and scroll down. What I want you to see is this item way down here, this Copyright Notice 2009 Type & Graphics, Inc. Boulder, CO 80303, which is where I'm at. Now, the hard thing to enter is the Copyright symbol itself. So I want you to see how that is done. I'm going to press the Enter key to nudge that down a line. On the Mac, it's very simple. It's Option+G, doesn't make any sense, but that's what it is, Option+G. On the PC, you have to dial in the character code.
You dial in character codes on the numeric keypad, while the Alt key is down. So what you do is you press-and-hold the Alt key. Then you dial in these numbers sequentially on the keypad, 0169 in sequence. Then release the Alt key. That gives you a Copyright symbol. So once again, press-and-hold Alt, dial 0169 on the keypad and release the Alt key. All right! I don't need those guys, but I want you to see how to make them. That's effectively it. Now you can fill out as much or as little of this stuff as you want to.
But I am a big fan of including the Copyright notice. I'm a big fan of including the author name over here in the Description area. I'm a big fan of including the URL. So those things at least need to be inside of your file. Then click OK in order accept, or, actually, here is another thing you can do. You can go ahead and save off a Template. So if you are going to use this File Info as the backbone for a bunch of other images, then go ahead and choose Export here. Call it something like My information, whatever you want. Then click Save.
Now, bear in mind though, that it's saving all this stuff, like The Great Roman Aqueduct Southern France, November 2009, which is not going to be applicable to that many images, or Pont du Gard, that kind of thing. So you may just want to create a basic template that includes only your name, your URL and your Copyright info. Then in the future, what you can do is you can just select it from this list. I could select My information and it would go ahead and populate the fields. In this case, when I choose the command, it's going to say, Hey! Do you want to clear the existing properties and replace them with template properties, which is usually what you do want to do? Because oftentimes, your digital camera will throw its name in all caps or something like that into the Description field.
You probably want to go and replace that, because that information is already in the camera data anyway. You don't need to credit your camera for taking the picture when actually you took the picture. But you could choose to select one of the other options if you want. Then click OK in order to accept that. In my case, I just replaced everything with the exact same thing. All right! That's it. Now in the future, you can just click on My information. It becomes a button, and then click OK to accept your changes, which I'll do. Now, I've got my image all metadated up and ready to go.
In the next exercise, we're going to use Save for Web to export a JPEG image.
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