Author Topic: Best workflow to add IPTC data from text file  (Read 1752 times)

Offline mrstock

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Best workflow to add IPTC data from text file
« on: May 11, 2018, 03:22:57 AM »

I would like to add say 200 captions (names of the subject) which are all individually specific, to 200 images. Is there a way to import a text file and attach in bulk, one caption to each image?


Image001.JPG = New York [new caption from text file]
Image002.JPG = London [new caption from text file]
Image003.JPG = Paris [new caption from text file]


If not what is the best workflow for this?

Many thanks!

Offline Jerry H

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Re: Best workflow to add IPTC data from text file
« Reply #1 on: May 11, 2018, 09:32:29 AM »
You can use Code Replacements for this.

You'll need to create a UTF-8 text file, in tab-separated format, that contains both your file names and the caption text like so:


Image001.JPG[tab]New York [new caption from text file]
Image002.JPG[tab]London [new caption from text file]
Image003.JPG[tab]Paris [new caption from text file]

(where [tab] is the tab character)

In Photo Mechanic, add your text file via the Code Replacement dialog (Edit > Settings > Set Code Replacements...) Then select your images in the Contact Sheet and open up the IPTC Stationery Pad (Image > IPTC Stationery Pad...) and uncheck all fields.

In the IPTC Stationery pad, locate the Caption field and enter the {filename} variable contained within the Code Replacement delimiter like so:


Then apply the Stationery Pad to your images.

I recommend that you run the first pass on a copy of your images.

More information on Code Replacements can be found here:


« Last Edit: May 11, 2018, 09:35:23 AM by Jerry H »