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USING METADATA
TEMPLATES
TO CHANGE
FILE INFO ON
MULTIPLE IMAGES
The previous tutorial worked great for me when I had very specifi c
le info for groups of images in a single project, but that fi le info
may change for each project. One thing I noticed, though,
was that many times I had standard fi le info (such as website
and copyright info) that didn’t change from project to project.
You don’t have to re-enter that info every time because there is
something called a metadata template. Type it once and Photo-
shop can remember it for you and apply it to other groups
of images as well.
Step One:
For this example, you’ll need to start with
a photo to base your template on. So, go
ahead and fi nd a photo in Bridge, and
click once on the thumbnail to select it.
Step Two:
From Bridge’s menu bar, choose File>File
Info and you’ll get a large dialog with a lot
of intimidating text boxes. On the left side
of the dialog is a list of metadata categories
and on the right are the accompanying items
for each of those categories. Don’t worry
about entering info for all of the fi elds, just
type in something for the Author, Copyright
Notice, and Copyright Info URL fi elds. Don’t
click OK yet, because we’re not done.
You can set Bridge to automatically launch
when you start Photoshop by opening the
General Preferences dialog in Photoshop
and turning on the Automatically Launch
Bridge checkbox in the Options section.
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Step Three:
After typing in your info, look in the top-
right corner of the dialog. There’s a small,
right-facing triangle there just begging
to be clicked. So give in and click it, and
select Save Metadata Template from the
fl y o u t m e n u .
Step Four:
You’ll get another small dialog asking you
to name this template, so go ahead and
enter a descriptive name, and click Save.
Don’t just name your template
“Template 1” (you know
you’re guilty of naming things
Template 1, Template 2, Template 3,
and so on). Doing that really slows you
down and makes it hard to remember
what that template is when you’re
looking at this two weeks later,
especially if you’ve created more than
one template.
Step Five:
Okay, now that you’ve created the
template you never need to re-enter that
information again, but you’ll need to know
how to use it. Just click Cancel to close
the fi le info dialog (you don’t even need to
save the settings for this fi le, if you don’t
want to). Then select an image in Bridge
that you’d like to apply the template to.
Press-and-hold the Command (PC: Con-
trol) key and select any other images that
you’d also like to add the same info to.
Press Command-Shift-I (PC: Control-
Shift-I) to select every image but the
currently selected image in Bridge.
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Step Six:
Go to the Metadata palette and click
the small, right-facing triangle at the top
right to display the palette’s fl yout menu.
Choose Append Metadata, and then
choose the template that you just saved.
Step Seven:
A warning dialog will appear asking if
you’re sure you want to apply this fi le
info to multiple fi les. I suggest you turn
on the Don’t Show Again checkbox and
then click Yes. Bridge will apply the same
metadata template to all of your selected
photos. Pretty simple, huh? Just click on
one of the photos and you can see that
its metadata has been changed in the
Metadata palette.
Quickly increase or decrease the thumb-
nail preview size in Bridge by press-
ing the same keyboard shortcuts you
would use in Photoshop—Command–+
(PC: Control–+) or Command–- (PC:
Control–-).

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