Embed Copyright and Contact Information In Your Image Files Metadata

This is a quick tip on how to embed the Copyright owner’s information into your image files. Not only it will help you protect your Copyrighted material to some degree, but it will also help others to trace your images back to you if they find them outside of your social media pages or website (hopefully a potential client or a new follower).

In Photoshop

Go to File > File Info. In the Description tab fill in the Author information and change the Copyright Status to Copyrighted.


Once the Copyright Status is set to Copyrighted, the image name in Photoshop will show the copyright (c) symbol in front of its name.

In the IPTC tab fill out your contact information:
Click OK and save.

After those tabs are filled out, make sure you select to include the Copyright and Contact information in the metadata when saving your images for the web:

Thanks Adobe For Automation!

You can automate these steps and save a lot of time when adding your Copyright and Contact information to your images.

1. Open the Actions panel and click Create New Action:


2. Select a name and press Record.
3. Open File Info and edit the fields as described above, click OK.
4. Stop recording the Action.

In Lightroom

Go to the Library module and and fill out the Copyright information in the Metadata panel. Create a new preset to add Contact information to selected images.

The advantage of creating a Metadata preset is that you can automatically add your Copyright info to all images that you run through Lightroom.



For security reasons Facebook removes metadata from your images. It’s actually done for our own good – they don’t want any location data from smartphone uploads to leak out.

It looks like Facebook keeps the Copyright info of image files when you upload them directly into albums, but if you want to make sure your images definitely have something that points back at you, I would recommend watermarking your images.

I personally never share high resolution images on the web, and keep original source files, so I can always prove my ownership by providing them, if there’s ever any legal issue arises.


Why bother Watermarking?

We all know that we download and save images from the web to our computers for inspiration. Image buyers and art directors do this all the time too, and they often borrow images for their mockups. If an art director who’d like to purchase or otherwise use your image/images can easily find you, who knows, maybe one day the simple habit of watermarking your images might land you a dream job or feature.

Also, image thieves tend to snatch images without watermarks more often than those that have authors’ names on them, even though we all know that cloning a watermark out is not a difficult task.

note-redMake sure to educate yourself on the international Copyright law. The main principles are very similar and apply in all countries: US Copyright Law Office 


Remember, that the Copyright owner of a photo is the creator – the photographer who captured it – not the retoucher. So if you retouched someone’s image it does not, by any means, give you the right to watermark or otherwise claim Copyright ownership of the photo.


For the images you upload on your website or blog, name your images so that they contain your name or the name of your website. They will then appear higher in Google search, and if someone saves them to their computer, they will later be able to easily find your website if they want to see more of your work.

For example:



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