How Do I Embed Copyright and File Information Into Digital Photos in Photoshop?


Embed copyright and file information into your digital photos in Adobe Photoshop CC to protect them from unauthorized distribution. By embedding file information into your photos, you make it possible for people to contact you if they want to use your services or purchase the photo. Add the data to the photo as metadata.

Metadata increases the size of your photos.
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Step 1

Open the photo you want to edit in Adobe Photoshop CC, click File and select File Info from the menu to display the File Info window. Alternatively, press Alt-Shift-Ctrl-I to display the window.

Photoshop adds camera data automatically.
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Step 2

Type or paste information about your photo into the relevant fields of the Basic tab including the Author and Description Writer fields. Provide a short description in the Description field.

Select Copyrighted from the Copyright Status drop-down box. If you want your image to be in the public domain, select Public Domain instead of Copyrighted.

Type the copyright notice into the Copyright Notice field. A simple notice such as "© 2009 John Doe. All Rights Reserved" is enough in most cases.

Type several author names in the Author field and use commas to separate them.
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Step 3

Select Export from the Template drop-down box to save the copyright data for use on other images. Type a name for the file, select a destination folder and click Save to save the data in an XMP file.

To import data from an XMP file, select Import from the Template drop-down box. Select the file and click Open to import the metadata into the File Info window.

All metadata in all tabs is saved in the XMP file.
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Step 4

Add additional information about your file by selecting different tabs and filling the fields. To add information about yourself, including address and contact information, fill the fields in the IPTC tab.

To add information about the origin of the file -- including date created and location information -- fill the fields in the Origin tab.

The fields in the Camera Data and GPS Data tabs, including camera manufacturer, lens information and EXIF data, are filled automatically by Photoshop with data from your digital camera. The GPS Data fields are filled only if the digital camera supports GPS.

The XMP file code is displayed in the Raw Data field. The Extensible Metadata Platform code contains all the metadata that is embedded by Photoshop into the digital photo.

Click OK to save the metadata.

Avoid providing too much personal information.
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Step 5

Click File and select Save from the menu to save the changes. The metadata is not saved until you save the image; you lose it if you close the image without saving.

To save a second copy of the image, click Save As.
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Tips & Warnings

  • You can embed a digital watermark into the image by selecting "Filter," choosing "Digimarc" from the Filters menu and clicking "Embed Watermark." The Digimarc watermark is added as noise to the image and is relatively difficult to remove. To embed a Digimarc watermark, you must first purchase a Digimarc ID.
  • A Digimarc watermark contains only copyright information. You can't embed other information about the file into the photo using the Digimarc filter.
  • To view the metadata, locate the photo on the hard drive, right-click it and select "Properties." Select the "Details" tab to view the metadata. If you click the "Remove Properties and Personal Information" link, you can create a copy of the image and remove the metadata.
  • You can record a custom action to open the File Info window, select an XMP template and add the metadata to the image automatically.


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