Setting common IPTC values in multiple images

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Setting common IPTC values in multiple images

Postby Strathglass » Wed Jun 12, 2019 1:17 am

How does one set a common value in a particular IPTC field for multiple images at once?
(Even with "Edit Selected Variants", the entered IPTC data sticks to just the current active image instead of all selected images.)
(Using latest Capture 12 on MacOS 10.14.4)
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Re: Setting common IPTC values in multiple images

Postby SFA » Wed Jun 12, 2019 11:36 am

You have at least 2 options that come to mind.

You can use the Clipboard functionality and copy then paste, with or without going through the step by step process (Copy/Review and select/Paste) is you know what will be pasted matches your needs).

Or you can add the data you require to one of the images and using the metadata tool and drag and drop all other selected images to that field with the FILTERS tool displayed. Be sure that you have "Edit All Selected Variants" active.

If you have multiple variants of an image you would need to expand and select each variant individually into the list of variants selected if the field is to be updated for all of them.

In the case of the using the filters tool if the IPTC field is one you use a lot you may wish to consider adding that to the list of fields in the default selection that are displayed when the filters tool is opened. Alternatively you can simply add it when required for the IPTC field updates and then remove it afterwards until next use.

Be aware that any 'current' filters have associated interactive image counts and there is some potential for the processing required to assess the metadata of the files - when opening a session or, especially, a large catalogue - to affect the time required to load the data in preparation for editing. Whether this is of concern is very much an individual opinion. If it is it would seem to be sensible to remove the field(s) from the default set of filters after updating.

If you have several field to update across many images they would need to be dragged and dropped a field at a time. In that case using the Clipboard may be a more efficient option provided all of the fields are required for every image.

The clipboard is, potentially, smarter than that suggestion might imply since the tick for selection apply to what has already been loaded to the clipboard and define what is to be applied during the paste activity. However pasting multiple fields using the clipboard tick boxes selectively variant by variant may not be something that everyone finds comfortable for every situation.

HTH.


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Re: Setting common IPTC values in multiple images

Postby Strathglass » Thu Jun 13, 2019 12:17 am

Thanks Grant ... lots of detail there! I will try using one of these approaches.
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Re: Setting common IPTC values in multiple images

Postby Strathglass » Sat Jun 15, 2019 6:54 am

Finally had a chance to try this: had to search help for CLIPBOARD then found it...Adjustments Clipboard: added that to Metadata tab and ... it works! Tedious, but it does work. Will have to try your second method one day!
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Re: Setting common IPTC values in multiple images

Postby SFA » Mon Jun 17, 2019 12:11 am

I would recommend trying the drag and drop sooner rather than later since both approaches have their own benefits and being comfortable about knowing which would work best for a specific situation can make for a much better and more satisfying experience and results.

Or at least that is what I find.


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