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Adding Category to multiple fotos at once

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  • BeO
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    Not really. Maybe you save a bit time by a few tricks

    Create the "Adjustments Clipboard" as a floating tool, resize its height as you like, put it somewhere where it does not disturb you. Then you don't need to scroll.

    Select the tool's menu "three dots" and select Autoselect>None.
    Then you can exactly control which edits go to the clipboard.

    Click the big Copy arrow icon in the main menu, uncheck all options if checked, but of course check the "Category". Do this once.
    This prevents you from having to change your selected metadata tags or other adjustments every time you copy from an image.

    (But make sure it works as you think it does until you are confident about it)

    Now, enter your string e.g. "2023 hike" in the category of the first image, click the big Copy arrow to copy the string to clipboard, select the other images and click the big Apply arrow icon.

    Finetuning: You can select all or several images which qualify for "2023 hike", enter your string in one of them (the so-called primary variant if more than on is selected). Then copy, then apply.

    Keep "Edit selected" enabled. 

    This whole metadata editing for several images is a bit awkward in C1, so consider making a feature request (or search the one I recently have seen and upvote it)

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  • SFA
    Top Commenter

    If you add your field of interest (i.e. the Category field in your example) , to the Filters tool (make it visible in the filters tool) you can select the first image to have a specific entry  (2023 Hike) and entry the data. Then select all of the other image that need the same entry, make sure "Edit all Selected" is active, and drag then over to the filter field. They should be populated with the same data.

    It is very similar to using the Cut and Paste method that BeO described but in some cases may be a little more convenient. In other maybe not.

    It's always good to have options.

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  • BeO
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    Hi SFA, I have a faint trace of this feature in my memory, thanks for the refresher :-)
    It works nicely when only one field (as required here) should be set or overwritten. 

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  • Reto Musterle

    @BeO and @SFA, thank you both for the valuable hints that work out both perfectly well, really appreciated!

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  • SFA
    Top Commenter

    BeO,

    It's no too bad if you have a group of images (especially a large group) that all require the same field updates from more than one field. 

    The selection of the images is not lost between drags, so even 3 or 4 fields can be a fast process.

    If I forget to create relevant preset inputs on import, setting the field(s) on one file and dragging the rest over can feel a little better than creating a metadata style and applying that, although realistically there is not much difference.

    However, a better use for me is where I have a large number of images for an even and some of the metadata needs to be applied to a number of images that occur single instances or small block throughout the entire shoot. 

    Once the relevant values are set in the relevant fields by editing the first image I can then find the next several image that need the same values, multi-select and then apply the update by dragging before a loose click acidentally eliminate the current selections. I like that visually satisfying and relatively "safe" approach compared to copy and paste or prefix/style creation. However, I'm not suggestion that it is better or faster or more efficient in all situations for all requirements.

    It's just useful to have in the toolkit.

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  • SFA
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    Reto,

    I'm happy to be able to help.

    There are a number of useful but somewhat hidden features and functions in C1.

    Like BeO, I often recall that something exists but not always how to make it happen.

    It's good to be reminded from time to time!

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  • BeO
    Top Commenter

    SFA, yes, the drag&drop action is more satisfying than copy and apply, and if the 3 or 4 fields you need are close together in the filter then it is somewhat efficient too.

    I agree with your comments about large shoots if they have different metadata requirements.

    Another idea is to create (maybe temporary) dumb albums to sort your images into, just for the sake of editing their metadata altogether in a second step, then delete the dumb albums and further work with (my preferred) smart albums. 

    Btw, the satisfying drag&drop action might also be a factor why dumb albums instead of smart albums are popular, despite all their downsides...? :-)

    You're very welcome, Reto.

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  • SFA
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    BeO,

    Agreed, although there is no real reason not to use a temporary smart album either - unless you need the metadata you are about to add in order to be able to create the smart album selection ...

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  • BeO
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    Sure, nothing wrong with using temporary smart albums or any other tool of your toolbox.

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