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Removing Exif (Camera Data) from a jpg with photoshop

Dave Osborne , Oct 25, 2005; 09:36 a.m.

Does anyone know if I can strip out the exif data (Camera Data 1 in FileInfo) which shows which camera was used to capure an image using Photoshop? If not is there any other utilities which'll do this.. preferable in a batch? Thanks in advance, Dave.


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Ellis Vener , Oct 25, 2005; 09:38 a.m.

The "Save for Web" option should do it.

alice guy , Oct 25, 2005; 09:45 a.m.

Or copy it into a new document as save it. Useful when you don't want the lossiness of save for web [eg PSDs or TIFFs] and you can create an action to do it as a batch function.

Kelly Flanigan , Oct 25, 2005; 10:21 a.m.

Real old Photoshop versions do this for you; without ANY warning. Many off brand older image programs will strip out this info too; when you save it with their program. The jpg header is often more primative in off brand and old software; and your info is lost; if saved in these programs.

Bill Tuthill , Oct 25, 2005; 10:54 a.m.

There are special programs, such as exifer and Irfanview, that will losslessly remove EXIF. Using Photoshop SaveForWeb will almost certainly degrade a JPEG image.

Peter Blaise Monahon , Oct 25, 2005; 03:29 p.m.


I concur - use FREE http://www.irfanview.com/ and batch the group -- I also reset colors to 256 and resize and sharpen and ad a watermark and a border and all in one dialogue! GREAT!

Know when to leave PhotoShop behind.


Love and hugs,

Peter Blaise peterblaise@yahoo.com http://www.peterblaisephotography.com/

alice guy , Oct 25, 2005; 06:21 p.m.

Is there any way to use colour profiles with Irfanview? The batch function seems to strip out any embedded profile info too. Great program otherwise though.

Dave Osborne , Oct 26, 2005; 05:23 p.m.

hmm.. i downloaded the exif plugin for irfanview and it looked like I could only view the exif data rather than change it. Can anyone elaborate on how you're supposed to do it?

Exifer worked fine but wouldn't batch it unless I paid (tightarse scotsman that I am).

Save-for-web's not really an option cos (although I never mentioned this) I want to do this on Tiffs also.

Does using an old version of photoshop strip out only the exif data but leaves all the other metadata? (i.e. keywords etc)? So still slightly confused as to the best way to do this.

Jeff Spirer , Oct 26, 2005; 05:38 p.m.

To remove the EXIF in Irfanview, go into batch conversion, set the output format to jpeg, click on the options button next to the output format box, and uncheck the boxes on "keep original data." Then run the batch operatoin.

Bill Tuthill , Oct 26, 2005; 07:27 p.m.

Jeff, is that lossless conversion? That's not how I would do it. I would use Options > JPG Lossless Operations: Transformation None, Optimize, Save with Original Date/Time, and either Clean All APP markers, or Custom Keep Comment only.

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