Automatically add metadata to my screen-captures?

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I'd like to be able to invisibly watermark my screen-grabs so they can be traced back to me if they leak from my blog.

The existing capture effects of Capture Info & Watermark are too in-your-face: I'm looking for something more subtle.

It doesn't need to be encoded, forensic-style into hidden pixels or written in lemon ink that reveals itself when you heat the page - just the ability to *automatically* add some metadata to the image will suffice. I appreciate this can be stripped, but not everyone's going to do that.

Thanks.

 
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Posted 6 months ago

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Joe Morgan

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What you can do is add a small and discrete watermark. With it's opacity lowered to a level that it's barely noticeable.
Create a watermark in SnagIt on a Transparent Background.Then use the filter effect "Opacity" to make it mostly transparent.Save it as a png image Select that as your watermark.

Regards,Joe
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Thanks Joe, but i seek a solution where the info is accessible and at the same time not visible in the image, which is why I dismissed a watermark. Accessible so it can be scraped (to easily draw the person back to my blog) and not visible so as to distract from the image.

The metadata fields are all there, it's just a matter of automating the stuffing of data into them. (My partner uses Adobe Bridge for images and it does this, hence my suggestion of a product improvement to Snagit to do same).

- G.
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So if I'm reading this correctly, a modification similar to below would be helpful?

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Ha!

Yeah, something like that would be great @Rick.

For bonus points, I'd add a drop-down to choose the field to place the comment into. (The obvious choice for me in this scenario would be 'copyright', or maybe 'authors'):








(Thanks for taking the time to mock up how you thought my suggestion might work).

- G.
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You say the metadata fields are all there.  But currently, SnagIt wipes all metadata.  I raised a bug report a while ago.  That doesn't alter the merit of your case, but it does affect the dev time, as they will need to find the bug.

In the meantime are you aware of ExifTool?  This will allow you to run a command to apply copyright notice to an image or even a whole set of folders. I use it occasionally for similar purposes.  Editing an image that has been marked will, of course, remove it.
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Thanks Paul, I wasn't previously aware of ExifTool, and was surprised after doing some research now to find out just how hard it is to access those attributes. (I was thinking a few lines of PowerShell might suffice, but nooooo).

My requirement isn't of the importance that I want to install a new piece of s/w and then add another step into my blogging process just to add a copyright tag. Snagit is my image capture s/w and I think being able to bake some tags into the images it creates is a worthy add - but even if deemed doable by the powers that be, I appreciate I've missed the bus for Snagit 2019... Maybe 2020?

- G.
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I agree - the simple ability to add your copyright info into the exiting EXIF data fields is not a big ask.