Viewing Metadata in Photoshop


Today’s Question: Can I view the metadata for a photo while working with it in Photoshop? I don’t use Lightroom Classic, and it is inconvenient to go to Bridge just to see the metadata.

Tim’s Quick Answer: Yes, you can view the metadata for the current image in Photoshop by choosing File > File Info from the menu.

More Detail: Photoshop includes a “File Info” dialog where you can browse the metadata for an image you’re working with. You can access this dialog for the active image by choosing File > File Info from the menu. This makes it easy to review (or update) metadata while working in Photoshop.

Along the left side of the File Info dialog you’ll find categories for the different metadata. For example, you can click on the “Camera Data” tab to browse the basic EXIF metadata from your camera, including the camera gear and settings used. There are various other categories including “Basic” for core file info and metadata, along with IPTC for information such as Title, Caption, along with contact and copyright information.

For Photoshop users who are not using other software such as Lightroom Classic to manage their photos, you can even update the editable fields within the dialog. When you’re finished reviewing or updating metadata you can click the OK button to apply any changes and close the dialog.

Note that photographers using Lightroom Classic should not use the File Info dialog to update metadata, as that will cause a conflict with the Lightroom Classic catalog. You can still, however, use this dialog to review the metadata for the current image while you’re in Photoshop.