Image Processing Reference
Batch Rename in Bridge offers more functionality than Photoshop Elements.
The information shown here is
typical for most digital cameras
and includes shooting informa-
tion, date and time, file type, and
In addition to the EXIF data recorded when the photo is taken, most cataloging pro-
grams support additional information to be included in the metadata. To help you find that
image of the heron in a catalog of hundreds or thousands of photos, you can create key-
words and assign them to images. Both Photoshop Elements and Photoshop support the
addition of keywords to images. In both applications, keywords can be created and edited
in the File Browser. The Windows version of Elements has an even easier way of assigning
metadata by using Organizer's Tags feature, which I'll cover in the next few pages.
Coming up with a standard system of organizing your images is a critical part of using
metadata. As your image collection grows, you'll appreciate having a list of standard
keywords that you can call on to find the photo you are seeking.
I also recommend that you use enough categories and keywords to actually find
what you're trying to locate. Spend some time up front thinking about the kinds of
photographs you take and how you usually look for them. A nature photographer is
likely to use a completely different set of categories and keywords than the sports pho-
tographer, but what the two will have in common is that each subject they shoot can be
found by selecting a category and keyword to identify it.