Do you ever look at a photo you edited weeks, days or even hours earlier and wonder, “now what did I do on that photo?” If you want to replicate a look you’ve created but cannot remember the actions you played or the opacities you chose, it can be hard to keep a consistent feel to your photos. I used to have slips of paper littering my desk with file names and handwritten notes about what actions I played for a certain look. It was either that or leave the photos unflattened, which means HUGE file sizes. But there’s a much better and simpler way to recall your editing steps.
Here’s what I do now.
With the file opened in Photoshop, go to FILE >> FILE INFO. Then in the description field, type in the editing steps or list of actions played. This description also transfers to the caption portion in the Library module of your Lightroom catalogue, so you can view it quickly without having to open each photo file in Photoshop. Easy, clean and green.
Something to keep in mind.
Did you know that you can pull images off the internet and look at the file metadata in the same places that I just listed above for inputting the file metadata? If you want to keep your editing steps to yourself, make sure you save your final images with limited metadata included. Here’s a shot of the export dialog box in Lightroom. Be sure to select Copyright Only in the Metadata section. Your files will be saved for web or print without that top secret info.