XMP help for Adobe applications

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Creative Commons Metadata and Adobe Applications Help

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Many Adobe applications* support embedding XMP metadata in files, most notably PDF documents. The Creative Commons licensing process offers an XMP template which may be used to mark documents with Creative Commons license information.

Note that a licensed PDF document should include a visible copyright notice as described in how to tag works in addition to embedded metadata.

* Only Photoshop CS has been well tested. Problems have been reported getting Acrobat 6.0 to select downloaded XMP templates. Acrobat 5.0 does not support a UI for embedding XMP. Photoshop CS can embed XMP in PDFs via its file browser

Step 1: Choose a license

Click on "choose license" on most pages at creativecommons.org to visit the license selection application.

Step 2: Save XMP template

In the second step of the licensing process, see "To mark a PDF or other XMP-supported file, save this template following these instructions." Click on "save this template". You will be prompted to save a file. Under Windows save it to

C:\Documents and Settings\<em>{user}</em>\Application Data\Adobe\XMP\Metadata Templates

where {user} is replaced with your Windows username. Under OS X save the file to

/Users/{user}/Library/Application Support/Adobe/XMP/Metadata Templates

where {user} is replaced with your OS X short username. You will likely have to manually create the 'Metadata Templates' directory before saving.

Step 3: Mark Document

Within your Adobe application open the metadata panel while editing a file you want to mark (File|File Info in Photoshop). Using the fly-out menu in the upper right corner of the panel, choose the template you saved.


In Acrobat 6, go to Advanced | Document Metadata, select the Advanced panel on the left, then click on replace and select the xmp text file that you downloaded.

Creative Commons license information will appear in the Description panel.

Step 4: Save and Publish

Save your file. If publishing on the web the page that links to your XMP-marked document should contain a license notice and metadata, which can be copied from the same licensing process.

Multiple Files

You can mark multiple files with the same license metadata using the file browser (File|Browse in Photoshop). Select the files you want to mark, then select the template you saved via the flyout menu in the metadata pane.


Creative Commons File Info Panel

Copyright information is displayed in the standard Description panel (see screenshot above). This may be supplemented by the Creative Commons Panel (right-click to download and save to a directory named "Custom File Info Panels" peer to "Metadata Templates" above). This optional panel displays the copyright information available via the Description panel as well as a pointer to this page for help and a License URL, which may differ from the Copyright Info URL (see advanced usage).


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