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Photoshop CS4 for Photographers is an essential course for any digital photographer who wants to master the software's vast array of image enhancement techniques. Professional photographer and instructor Chris Orwig uses his own compelling images to demonstrate how the power of Photoshop can make photographers more passionate about their work. He covers many aspects of the application, such as working with RAW images, using curves and levels, making images snap, and enhancing bland photographs by converting them to black and white. Exercise files accompany this course.
In the previous movie we talked about how we can customize the workspace in order to get the most out of our metadata process. Well, now that we've customized our workspace, what I want to do is begin to add copyrights to all of my images here. So I'm going to go ahead and select one of the images. It's actually not essential that I select an image just here. But I have the first one selected. We go over to the Metadata panel, and click on the icon that allows me to create what's called a Metadata Template. Now, this will then open up the Create Metadata Template dialog. Let me go ahead and name this one Chris Orwig - Copyright, and I'm going to add a few things here. Creator. I'll add Chris Orwig. Also as a side note, if your IPTC Core values aren't open, you can just go ahead and click on that triangle icon to expand those. I'll add my email here, firstname.lastname@example.org, and then finally, I'm going to go down to the Copyright Notice. I want to have a Copyright Notice and here is where I'll add my copyright. Press Enter or Return to apply that. Then finally, I need to click Save.
All right, well so far so good, I have created this template. Well, how then do I use this template? Well, I have an image selected, right? I'm then going to navigate to the same icon and here I'm going to choose Replace Metadata or Append Metadata. In this case, I don't have any metadata applied this image. And if I did and I wanted to overwrite it, I would choose Replace Metadata. So just in case there is some metadata associated there, I'm going to choose Replace and then select Chris Orwig - Copyright. Now, that's a template that I just created. Now, where can we see that information? Well, we can open up our IPTC Core panel here. There we can see the Creator, we can see the Creator Email, and we can see the Copyright Notice down below. Now, I can also add some other information here. Let's say that I decide, you know I really want to add this Website, so I'll go ahead and add my website and here I'll add chrisorwig.com.
All right, press Enter or Return to apply that, so far so good. Okay. We'll then how can we add some of this information to some of our other images? We'll go ahead and click on the next image. You notice that there isn't any information here. I'll then hold down the Shift key and click on the last image, so I've selected all these files, navigate to this icon and say Replace Metadata, choose the New Metadata field there and then I'll click off and then I'll go through each file and here you can see that I've added that Metadata Template to these files. Well, one of the things that you may be noticing is that the Creator Website is blank, right? I only have that field in the first image. We'll go ahead and click on the second image, Shift-click on the last image. Because remember, in my template, I didn't include a Creator Website. I'll then click into that field and I'm going to type out chrisorwig.com, press Enter or return to apply that. Now I'll click off, and then go ahead and click through the images and you'll notice that all of the images have that particular value in that field.
All right, well just one more thing that I want to look at here. Let me go back to my first image. Another way that we can look at this particular type of metadata-- let's close this for a moment-- is by going to File Info. I'm going to access that by navigating to File and File Info. Now, here we are going to see a wide range of different types of file info. You are going to notice, scoot this over a little bit. I have the Description and I have that IPTC tab there, same thing. IPTC Core right here. Then I have some other values as well, Camera RAW, Video and Audio Data. Now I can either scroll through these or click on this triangle here and choose a different value.
I'm going to go to Description, just go back to that first tab. Well, one of the things that I notice with this tab is I have a Copyright Status of Unknown. So I'll change that and I'm going to go ahead and choose Copyrighted and then click OK, so I'm changing my File Info. Now, I'll go back to my IPTC Core values there and here we can see that Copyright Status is now Copyrighted. So one of the things that I wanted to show you in this movie is just some different ways that you can begin to add and modify the metadata to your photographs. In particular, I wanted to point out how you can add some copyright information to your photographs.
What I recommend you do at this juncture is go ahead and go to Bridge, stop this movie, and create a few Metadata Templates that are relevant to you so that you can then apply those whenever you are working on your images, and you can apply those obviously by navigating down to the Append or the Replace Metadata fields and then choosing the appropriate option for whatever image you are working on.
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