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Where are the directions for using a metadata template in Photoshop?

May 2, 2013 6:55 PM

Tags: #template #xmp #metadata #owner

Photoshop displays metadata for images, including Camera Data.  The latter can include Owner, but it is not told where that information comes from.  It is possible that it comes from a “metadata template” as accessed by the second of the four tabs at the bottom of the Camera Data screen.  There is a folder: User>Library>Application Support>Adobe>IMP>Metadata Template, but that latter folder is emply, and (quite naturally) there exists no directions for setting up any metadata template.  At least one does not turn up from searching the Adobe website.

There are vague hints about the existence of direction (as at, but no specific directions where they are actually likely to be needed.

Does anybody know anything about this?

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    May 2, 2013 9:03 PM   in reply to Bavarus

    The camera data, majority of it can not be edited. As for the owner, there should have been a program that came with your camera that allows you to enter personal information, plus other pertinent information like the time/date, etc.


    I find altering some of the metadata to be easier in Bridge or Lightroom.


    As for setting up a template, its fairly straight forward. Type in the details that normally do not chage like author, address, web page, copyright date, etc. and leave the rest blank. Save it as a template, then you can apply that data to other pictures at will. Then edit individual images as needed. Which is where Bridge and lightroom fit in.

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    May 3, 2013 8:55 PM   in reply to Bavarus

    In Bridge, nothing at all appears in the Camera Data page, because one is looking at RAW.

    No, Raw files have metadata, they are stored in a sidecar file usually with the .xmp file extention and by default are hidden.

    If that portion of the metadata is empty is has to do with the camera company not allowing any data to be stored there otherwise they would have included an app that would allow partial editing.


    Maybe you could post a screen shot of your metadata screen so we can see what you are talking about.

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    May 4, 2013 12:14 AM   in reply to Bavarus

    The camera maker/model.owner fields are part of the Tiff schema that are read only. That said if the fields are not populated data can be entered, this would have to be done via a script or an external program like ExifTool (this can change the data as well).


    If you wanted a script you could post in the Bridge or the Photoshop scripting forums.

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    May 4, 2013 12:35 PM   in reply to Bavarus

    For CS6 Only!

    Ok, a bit more information for you....

    Templates are created in Bridge..

    Tools => Create Metadata Template

    They can be applied with Tools => Append Metadata or Replace Metadata

    They can also be applied from within File Info in Photoshop.


    The Camera Owner and Camera Make and Model have been added with the folloing script....



    #target bridge
    function main(){
    var Ver = Number(app.version.match(/^\d+/));
    var VerFolder = Ver -1;
    if(Ver < 5){
       alert("Sorry you need Photoshop CS6 or better");
    var baseFolder = new Folder(Folder.userData + "/Adobe");
        alert("Your system is not installed properly!");
    var xmpDir = new Folder(baseFolder + "/XMP");
    if(!xmpDir.exists) xmpDir.create();
    var CustomFileInfoPanel = new Folder(xmpDir + "/Custom File Info Panels");
    if(!CustomFileInfoPanel.exists) Custom.create();
    var versionFolder = new Folder(CustomFileInfoPanel + "/" + VerFolder +".0");
    if(!versionFolder.exists) versionFolder.create();
    var customFolder = new Folder(versionFolder + "/custom");
    if(!customFolder.exists) customFolder.create();
    var xmlFile = new File(customFolder + "/Camera Owner.xml");"w", "TEXT", "????");
    $  != -1 ? xmlFile.lineFeed = 'windows'  : xmlFile.lineFeed = 'macintosh';
    xmlFile.writeln("<?xml version='1.0' encoding='UTF-8'?>");
    xmlFile.writeln("<xmp_schema prefix='exifEX' namespace='' label='Label=Camera Owner'>");
    xmlFile.writeln("<xmp_property name='CameraOwnerName' category='external' label='Owner=Camera Owner' type='Text'/>");
    xmlFile.writeln("<xmp_schema prefix='tiff' namespace='' label='Label=Camera Make/Model'>");
    xmlFile.writeln("<xmp_property name='Make' category='external' label='Make=Camera Make' type='Text'/>");
    xmlFile.writeln("<xmp_property name='Model' category='external' label='Model=Camera Model' type='Text'/>");
    alert("Please close and restart bridge");


    This script only needs to be run the once.

    Open ExtendScript Toolkit (This gets installed with Photoshop) paste the code into a window and run the code, it will prompt if Bridge is not open.

    Once run close and restart bridge, you should now have the extra options plus the extra fields in the Metadata Panel


    Once again data will only be inserted if it did not exist!

    Hope this helps.

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    May 6, 2013 7:30 AM   in reply to Bavarus

    It looks as if you have copied it wrong as that line is not what you are getting..

    Line 18 is..

    if(!CustomFileInfoPanel.exists) Custom.create();


    I think you need to copy and paste it again as I don't know where you are getting the extra brackets from?

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    May 6, 2013 8:36 AM   in reply to Bavarus

    Thread moved from the Photoshop Beginners forum to the Photoshop General Discussion forum.

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