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Most digital cameras has date/time info embedded in the image file. How can I insert this into the picture itself.
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ashleypower earned 200 total points
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If you want the date on the image:

Select your type tool(make sure the tools are open, go to "Window" and "Show Tools", click on the image where you want the date, and manually input the date (using the keyboard).  You can change your font, the size, color, etc.  Then, if needed, select the text(date) layer and move it to the desired place using the move tool!

If you want the date "hidden":

Go to "File" then "File Info...".  When the new window opens up, choose "Origin" from the drop down menu.  You can type in the date here!

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by:chak1
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Thanks for that ashleypower. I was hoping for something simpler.

What I have to do now is to
1 Open the digital photo
2 Go to 'File', 'File info...'.
3 Go to the EXIF drop down box to look at the date/time and memorize it or write it down somewhere (you can't even do a 'highlight & copy' the date/time to paste it), and close it.
3 Then use the Type tool to type in the date/time.

I was hoping there was something like 'Insert Date' or better still 'Insert EXIF' and the whole shebang goes in. You then trim off the bits you don't want.
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by:dearsina
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There are no easier ways - at least thru Photoshop, unless you want to insert the same date on many pictures, in which case you would use a batch process.

What exactly do you need the date for in the picture anyway? I am really curious, because I was playing around with a digital camera and by default it actually etched in the date and time on the image, which I thought, and still think, is probably the strangest thing to do, the beauty of digital photography (arguably a oxymoran, but we'll take that discussion later...) is that all this image information is saved, without ruining the actual picture... anyway, i better go to bed...

sina
london

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by:chak1
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When I take a picture, I would like the date on it. Most if not all conventional cameras do that, with the date shown at the bottom right hand corner.

When I take a digital picture and then print it (after using Photoshop to fix any imperfections), I want the same.

The digital camera I use, a Canon, don't have the date etched on the picture itself, but saved as EXIF. I was hoping Photoshop can get at this and etched it onto the picture.
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by:dearsina
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Nope, not possible with Photoshop. Unless of course you do it manually.

sina
london

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by:the_front
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you might be able to record an action that first finds the date and then puts it in a pre-determined spot on the image.
then you could map a "date key" to that action.

im not sure how you would go about aquiring the date though. thats a toughy, maybe.
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