Creating a Metadata Template in Bridge

“And so notice that I’m looking at the contents of the basic panel, and I’ve set the author to my name…”

—says Deke, appending his own name to his wife’s photograph

This week’s Deke’s Techniques intro comes to you from Deke’s very own home office, (formerly known as Max’s room). The presence of Maximilian lives on though in the multicolored water-cooled computer he built for Dad before leaving for college.

Deke and his cool computer that Max built

In this week’s free episode, Deke shows you how to create a metadata template in Adobe Bridge using a text file. Doing it yourself allows you to get rid of a bunch of overhead and some incorrect date information that can erroneously get swept up when you use other methods. Once set, you can append the correct information to any file you created in Photoshop, Illustrator, or InDesign.

Of course, it allows you to append your name (even if the file isn’t yours and you were complaining when your wife took the expensive camera on the dive boat so that she could shoot the harbor seals on the way back in…), add copyright info, and even your website.

A photo of a harbor seal with the File Info dialog box and a snarky hashtag

And if you’re a member of LinkedIn Learning, Deke’s got a follow up movies in which he shows you how to streamline a metadata template to use for multiple works.

Deke’s Techniques, helping you properly identify your work!

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  • Hi, I have really enjoyed both the Illustrator and Photoshop courses on and now LInkedIn Learning in the past. As I am a hobbyist only, I have done part of the the courses more than once as you forget so many of the functions. I have just done Photoshop 2020 One-on-One: Fundamentals and was wondering if the 2020 Advanced course will be published soon or if I should just go on the the 2019 one? Thank you for some great learning experiences! Kind regards, Roger
  • Given the shutdown of the LinkedIn Studios in California, Deke has decided to work on smaller courses from here in our Colorado studio (aka Max’s room). In his words, “I totally stand by the 2019 versions of Photoshop Advanced and Mastery.” There may be some updates down the line, but for now I think the 2019 versions (and maybe a look at Photoshop 2020 New Features) will do the trick.
  • So, one more effect of this situation then, but I will crack on with 2019 courses then for Illustrator as well (which I assume is the same situation) now that I finally have time to go through them all properly. Maybe I can do the 2021 as a revision later.
  • True for Illustrator I’m afraid as well. The “good news” is that nothing really changed in Illustrator, so the 2019 are good to go for Illustrator 2020 almost word-for-word.
  • Let’s the correct information to any file you created in Photoshop,  and Illustrator, or InDesign.

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