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Chapter 4. The File Browser > The Metadata Palette

The Metadata Palette

The Metadata palette displays the metadata associated with the currently-selected image or images (when you have more than one image selected, many of the fields read “Multiple Values Exist”). See Figure 4-11.

Figure 4-11. Metadata palette

The Metadata palette lets you see the metadata associated with the selected image. The fields with a pencil icon are editable.


The only metadata fields that are editable in Photoshop are the IPTC fields—they appear in the palette with a pencil icon next to the title. To edit these fields, select the images or images whose metadata you wish to edit, and then either click the pencil icon or click directly in the text area to enter the new metadata. The only IPTC field that isn't editable here is the Keywords field—to edit keywords, you need to use the Keywords palette.

The Metadata palette menu lets you launch a search (it's the same as clicking on the search tool), increase or decrease the font size used in the palette, and append or replace metadata from templates (see Figure 4-12)—saved templates appear in the menu. I find it's a lot easier to add a copyright notice, for example, from a template than it is to type the notice manually for all selected images, but either method works.

Figure 4-12. Metadata palette menu


Metadata Display Options has the same functionality as the identically named command in the File Browser's Edit menu—use whichever one is the more convenient. It's definitely worth taking the few minutes needed to decide which fields you want to display (see Figure 4-5)—very few Photoshop users need to see them all!

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