You can protect your images by adding a copyright metadata to your photos. In this article, we will see how to write into to a digital photo file that will identify who owns it. You can add more info including contact information, info URL, keywords and more. To learn more about how metadata works, check Metadata on Wikipedia. To learn how to add metadata, follow this quick tutorial.

Add Copyright Metadata to Images With Photoshop

1) Open the Image

First, open the image you want to add metadata/file info in Photoshop.

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2) File Info

Go to File > File Info to open the file info tab.

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3) Add Info

To add information fill the form by adding a title, author, status, URL and everything else you want to add. Except for description and copyright info, you can add IPTC (International Press Telecommunications Council Core schema), Camera Data, GPS Data, Origin and other options. You can also export the template and use it for other files.

a) Add information.

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b) Save the template so you can use it again with other files.

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With this simple method you can protect your digital files. When you share the protected file around the web, the metadata is available for all users. Special program is not required to check the copyright info. To check the copyright with Microsoft Windows, right-click on the image and press “Properties”, in “Details” tab you can see the file information.

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