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File Metadata

Remember the good old days, when you could jot down notes on the back of a photograph with a soft pencil? Storing information about your pictures is essential for a robust workflow, but where's the pencil in an all-digital world? It's called metadata—data about data—and in Photoshop it lives hidden inside or alongside image files in a format called XMP (eXtensible Metadata Platform).

(By the way, the word “Metadata” was coined and trademarked by Jack Myers in the early 1970s, back when the word didn't mean anything. However, many people argue that the word has since become part of common language, and is therefore no longer enforceable as a trademark. But if Jack ever prevails, we suggest people use the word “datad'data”—which is more fun to say anyway.)


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