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In this article, I will be showing you how to add Copyright and Descriptive Information to your files in Photoshop. This is useful for when we publish images online and want them to retain information about their source regardless of where they end up on the web. I am a dummy! 

Photoshop and some similar image-editing applications can detect the copyright information in an image and display it as soon as the image is opened. Copyright laws give the creators of images certain rights to exclusively publish and distribute their works. Adding appropriate information to your images is one way to help protect your work. 

  Overview of Tools

  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Add Copyright and Descriptive Information
  • Difficulty Level: Easy  

 Add Copyright and Descriptive Information


I am now going to walk you through adding Copyright and Descriptive Information to a file in Photoshop. For the purpose of this tutorial, I will be using an art piece I made earlier this month, see below:



    Pixelist - FTU Block Bullet 1. In Photoshop, click on File. Then press Alt + Shift + Ctrl + I (MAC: Option + Shift + Command + I) to open File Info.
              If you do not like keyboard shortcuts: Click File > Click File Info.

 
I have included a visual example of where you will be navigating to, see below:

Step-1 by breerothman


  Pixelist - FTU Block Bullet 2. The File Info dialog box will open as shown below:
Step-2 by breerothman


  Pixelist - FTU Block Bullet 3. Now here comes the fun and easiest part of all; adding your information! La la la la 
    • Type the Title and Author information for your image.
    • Type a Description for your image.
    • Type Keywords for your image.
 Pixelist - FTU Block Bullet 4. Lastly, we will change our Copyright Status and input our Copyright Info URL.
    • Click the Step-5 by breerothman to choose a Copyright Status.
    • Type your reference web address for your image for the Copyright Info URL.
    • Click > OK.


I included a screenshot of my File Info dialog box to give you an idea of how one looks completed, see below:

Step-3 by breerothman
Arrow left note: your file info dialog box should contain your copyright information, not mine. Arrow right 


blue heart bullet Please note, if you marked your image as Copyrighted, Photoshop will place a copyright symbol in the title bar of the image, please see below:

Step-4 by breerothman

blue heart bullet Did you know? You can follow these same steps in Adobe Illustrator to add copyright to your files in Illustrator.

Congratulations, you have now successfully added Copyright and Descriptive Information to your file!
OMG! I can't contain my excitement! 

Thank you for reading! Hope you have found this to be informative as well as helpful.
Want to learn something specific? Submit your suggestions via note to breerothman 



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:iconkuromikku:
kuromikku Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I need to practice doing this :) Thank you for sharing ^^
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:iconmononokehoshie:
mononokehoshie Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for sharing! o/
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:iconelandria:
Elandria Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2015  Professional General Artist
I use bridge when I'm not using lightroom, bulk editing of metadata is just made of win if you have lots of pieces that need updating :nod: :thumbsup:   This is deffo something everyone should be doing!
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breerothman Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
100% Agreed!
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:iconbreerothman:
breerothman Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Awesome! Thank you so much for sharing this with everyone. :la:
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:iconelectricpoodle:
ElectricPoodle Featured By Owner May 31, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! This is going to help out a lot! Now does this apply to Original art and Fan art alike, or is it for original characters, storylines, etc. only?
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Lyricanna Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
dA gives you a copyright to anything that you created and post to this website.  So while selling Fan Art is a sticky business, the individual image that you made is under your copyright, if that makes sense.  So you can use copyright info (called metadata in older versions) on your fan art if you want =)
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:iconelectricpoodle:
ElectricPoodle Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!! This will help me out a lot! :hug:
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:iconlyricanna:
Lyricanna Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
No problem =)
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:iconbreerothman:
breerothman Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
You're welcome and I am glad you found this useful. :heart:

As for your question... I would recommend asking one of our resident Fan Art CVs such as, Lyricanna or TheCreativeJenn about this as they would be capable of providing more insight into what Fan Art allows or does not allow when it pertains to copyright.
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:iconelectricpoodle:
ElectricPoodle Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Will do! 
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:iconikran:
Ikran Featured By Owner May 31, 2015
thank you so much!!!
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:iconbreerothman:
breerothman Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
welcome!
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Somnusvorus Featured By Owner May 31, 2015  Professional General Artist
Shit, I knew there was something about PS that allowed copyright but didn't know it would be that easy. :lol:

I will use the feature in future when. I get my laptop back from repairs. :la:
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:iconbreerothman:
breerothman Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Yep, it is that easy! Glad you found this helpful. :heart:
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:iconsnowinhades:
SnowInHades Featured By Owner May 31, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for sharing this. Very useful :hug:
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:iconbreerothman:
breerothman Featured By Owner May 31, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
You're welcome! :hug:
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:iconthegalleryofeve:
TheGalleryOfEve Featured By Owner May 31, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Very helpful :nod: Thank you so much for helping us with this tip!!! :iconflyingheartsplz::iconsweethugplz::iconflyingheartsplz:
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:iconbreerothman:
breerothman Featured By Owner May 31, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
My pleasure! :huggle:
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:iconreptonic:
Reptonic Featured By Owner May 31, 2015  Student Filmographer
This is very useful! I'll be sure to use that!
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:iconbreerothman:
breerothman Featured By Owner May 31, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
:aww: That makes me very happy to hear that! :heart:
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