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Here's a tutorial on how to embed copyright and metadata (Exif) on your photos using photoshop. This technique will keep your contact and copyright information attached to your photograph while it's published on the internet.


What copyright information do you tag your photos with?

Have you entered your copyright notice in your camera?


When you click on the link below the photo you’ll be redirected to flickr. If you click on the Show EXIF link you’ll see the copyright and metadata that I added to the photograph.

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Embed copyright and metadata in photoshop cs5

How to Embed copyright and metadata


I entered my copyright notice into its own menu section in my camera. So every photo has a copyright notice. But I went further.
Go into photoshop CS5/Elements. There is something very similar in Lightroom though it's even better as you can do it in bulk.

Once you have a photo opened you go to:

  • file
  • file info
  • and fill in the first form
  • and press OK

Save For Web


Then save your image for the web (file, save for web and devices). Make sure that you either select all meta data or just the copyright and contact details to be embedded with the image.

Once you upload your image to flickr tags and descriptions are automatically transferred as flickr can read the metadata.

Using Google Alerts


  • Make a unique copyright notice.
  • Embed it into your photos.
  • Then make a google alert for that notice.
  • Google will send an email every time that copyright notice is found.
  • You can then go and investigate!
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18 Responses

  1. Amber

    First, the bicycle with flowers is simply gorgeous. The BW edit does bring out the detail of the shadow's. However, I really like the vintage edits.

    And thanks for the copyright info. I have not been doing anything to protect my photos.

  2. Ashley Sisk

    I need to spend some time thinking about the copyright thing. I don't think I've given it much thought before. I love the bw edit at the top…beautiful. And the last shot with the bike – genius. I'm loving that effect right now.

  3. Elena

    Your SOOC of the bicycle is already so gorgeous and just when I thought it couldn't get any better, you prove me wrong! Love all of these pics!

  4. Cedar

    So many lovely images~how to focus on just one! I do love the details in that shadow~really intriguing!

    LR does have a similar process and it is actually very easy to have it embed it on every picture on import. I'm pretty sure my camera does not have a copyright option. I just cannot decide. If I start copyrighting my images in flickr I'm going to need to decide on what name to use.

  5. Chic Homeschool Mama

    Okay- first LOVE the pics you posted! Beautiful!
    Second- thanks for the info. I have my camera set up with the copyright as well & I have the Copy-scape on my blog- but I need to be better about other methods as well. Fortunately I'm still learning & don't think anyone would want my pics when there are so many others out there that are better. 🙂 But hopefully I will improve & then I will need to be better about protecting them.

  6. Branson

    First of all, I love these photos and edits! 🙂 About the techy stuff… when I read your comment on my post today I was actually going to ask you if you would be willing to do a guest post for me about this! 😉

  7. Michelle

    Ok, so instead of emailing (hehe) I've chosen to visit blogs tonight! (um, I'm a bit behind on some important ones! lol) But that's all good!

    I love how your edit made the shadow center stage, and really drew me into the unseen details.

    Thanks for the info on meta data (I had a little something, but after reading this, I went into LR and figured out how to make a preset to add more to it — so now if you were to check out my flickr, I think you may be a bit more impressed!) Thanks for taking the time to share this!

    Love that first shot of the bike details, and the bokeh in the last just makes me grin!


  8. sommerfugldesign

    I really love the black and white.

    And thanks for the info on copyright. I don't spend a whole lot of time thinking about this, but know I need too.

    Just curious, do you upload your photos from flikr and put them on your site from there?