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What if I told you a story about how much I love adding or
changing the fi le info (aka metadata) on my photos and
images? You’d think I was a liar and you’d be right on. However,
when I fi rst started working with the fi le info for each image,
I quickly thought to myself that there’s got to be a better way
(and there is).
Step One:
In Bridge, navigate until you see a group
of images for which you’d like to change
the fi le info. Select one of the photo
thumbnails and then press-and-hold the
Command (PC: Control) key and click to
select multiple images.
Step Two:
Look in the Metadata palette at the
bottom of the Panel area. You’ll see File
Properties at the top of the palette, but
you won’t be able to change any of these
items. Right below that you’ll see IPTC
Core, and below that you’ll see Camera
Data (EXIF). You can change the IPTC
Core data, but not the Camera Data. So,
click once on the Creator item at the top
of the IPTC Core section. You will receive
a warning dialog alerting you that you’re
about to edit the information on multiple
photos. Click Yes to dismiss this warning.
If you’re the organized type, then you may
want to see your fi le info in a categorized
way. Instead of using the Metadata pal-
ette, you can always select the photos
you’d like to change, choose File>File Info,
and add your information in the resulting
dialog. For me, the palette is just faster to
access and it lets me stay in the same view
where I can see all of my photos.
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Don’t bother trying to edit
data that is not editable.
You’ll know which data you
can edit because it’ll have a little
pencil icon next to it. No pencil means
no changing.
Step Three:
You’ll see that all of the editable fi elds
now turn into small text boxes. Go ahead
and enter the information that is needed
for your images. In this example, I’ve
entered my name in the Creator fi eld, as
well as my email and website addresses
in those fi elds. I’ve also entered in the
Copyright Notice fi eld, “Copyright 2005
Matt Kloskowski.
Want to see your photos on a black back-
ground in Bridge? Just go to Bridge’s
General Preferences and move the
Background slider all the way to the left
(toward Black).
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Step Four:
Click outside of the Metadata palette to
save your settings (or just click the Apply
checkmark at the bottom of the palette).
When you click outside of the palette, you
will receive a warning dialog asking if you
want to apply the metadata changes to
the selected fi les. Just click Apply. Now the
text boxes will be gone and your metadata
elds will refl ect the information entered.
The warning dialogs that keep
popping up can get annoying.
When they pop up for the fi rst
time, feel free to turn on the Dont
Show Again checkbox if you feel
comfortable not seeing them every
time you try to make a change. Trust
me, it’s a little thing that will save you a
ton of time.
You can show or hide the details under
each thumbnail in Bridge by pressing
Command-T (PC: Control-T).

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