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Creating and editing metadata presets for exporting JPGs

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  • SFA
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    Are you looking for presets that are only used during the export process? Or would you wish to save the presets in the image metadata and then use the data as part of the jpg output?

    To "edit" a preset (or Style), open the preset for a particular tool in an image, change the settings, save the preset. Or, to keep the original preset as well as the revised preset, save the preset with a new name. 

    C1 will create presets with a default name to ensure that the do not go unnamed or overwrite other existing presets, but to make that useful for future re-use, in most cases it would be useful to provide a meaningful name when saving the preset (or style).

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  • Rob D

    ...presets that are only used during the export process? Or would you wish to save the presets in the image metadata and then use the data as part of the jpg output?

    My goal is to have a preset of such COPYRIGHT metadata as:

    • ownership
    • notice
    • email address
    • website URL

    This preset is to be used only as part of JPG export/output recipe. BTW, is there a difference (at least in C1) between export and output of photos?

    From your previous comment, I understand that preset could only be deleted. If I need to modify a preset, I need to create a new one and delete the old one (or keep it as well). Is that correct?

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  • SFA
    Top Commenter

    Rob

    I think most people apply a Copyright metadata preset on import of images to C1 so that the information is always present for all files in the shoot. The required fields can then be included with the output files later.

    Export and Output are almost interchangeable terms although export might be of an original, unedited file being sent to another editor for some other purpose. For that the concept of "Output", implying an edited file which may be the final product of the process or something close to it as far as you are concerned, may be more descriptive.

    In recent releases the process for Export and Output have been rationalised and combined when compared to what the separate functions in older releases of C1 set out to offer users.

    There are some controls over what metadata fields can be included or excluded (and other things related to file naming, etc,) in the Output/Export recipes functionality. Plenty of opportunity to get creative with metadata at that point but probably best to just dive into it and work out how best to use it to suit your specific needs rather than seek a hand-me-down step-by-step process.

    If you want to modify a preset create the preset definition as you need it, based on a pre-existing preset or a new definition, and simply save the result with the same name as the preset you wish to change (or to "edit" if you prefer to think of it in those terms).

    Bear in mind that as one builds a historical legacy of images with presets applied it might be important to assess whether you might, at some point, choose to re-edit an older image that had used a specific preset back in earlier days. 

    If that preset has subsequently been changed (but uses the same name) would that be of any concern to you if the new version was applied to the image as part of some future editing activity?

    If it would not matter then no big decision - just edit the preset. 

    If it might matter then it might be worth some longer consideration.

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  • Rob D

    Thanks a lot. That just about covers my question.

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  • Martin Tolley

    Just a thought here. If you are editing pre-sets I think it's wise to rename them distinctively rather than save them under their current name. It hasn't happened a great many times to me, but there have been times when randomly my alterations haven't "stuck" and the preset has reverted to a previous state - I think the problem may arise when changing from one workspace and then changing back again without closing down and reopening C1 in between times. Maybe a Windows quirk.

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  • Rob D

    Hey, Martin, I see what you mean, thank you...

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