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Categorize Your Photos by Custom Tags

Windows Explorer, among many other tools, allows you to add custom information (e.g. author, title, keywords, comments) to your photos.

This article shows you how to categorize your photos by such data.

 

Contents:

Introduction

Windows Explorer, among many other tools, allows you to add custom information (e.g. author, title, keywords and comments) to your photos.

For example, to add an Author tag to your photo, just right click it in Windows Explorer, then select "Properties" from the shortcut menu. In the shown dialog, select tab "Summary", then click entry "Author" and enter your name. See below (screenshot from Windows XP):

Note that these information are stored in photos as Exif metadata. Microsoft Pro Photo Tools is another nice utility for you to read and modify these values.
 

BatchBlitz and Custom Data

In BatchBlitz, you can view these custom information in the "Image Properties" dialog.

At times, you may want to organize or search your photos according to these information.

For example, you may find it necessary to categorize your photos by their authors, or you may want to find out all photos tagged with a keyword "flower".

Now BatchBlitz comes to your help!

In BatchBlitz, the Categorize Images Wizard enables you to organize or search your photos by, among others, custom data like author, keywords, etc.

In the below section, you'll learn how to categorize your photos by custom data Author. The categorization result may look something like:

As shown above, folder "David Lee" now contains all photos shot by photographer David Lee. The special folder "_Unknown" contains all photos from which the Author metadata cannot be retrieved (e.g. because this metadata field hasn't been set yet, or because the files contain no Exif info at all).
 

Using the Categorize Images Wizard



Suppose you already have multiple photos selected into the Source Images list, as shown below. These files should contain custom data set by Windows Explorer or any other tool.

Now you can click button on the toolbar to start the Categorize Images Wizard. Note that this button is disabled when Source Images list is empty.

In the shown Categorize Images Wizard, follow the below steps:


Step 1: Select a metadata field.

Please select "Exif - Author" from the "Categorize images by" dropdown list. As shown below:

Click Next to proceed.
 

Step 2: Select an output folder.

This folder is for storing the categorized photos. Original files remain intact unless you check the option "Delete original files after categorization". See below:

Click Next to proceed. This will start the categorization process.


Step 3: Wait for the process to complete.

When categorization is completed, you can click Finish to quit the wizard.

Want to Learn More?

Besides the above-mentioned custom data, Categorize Images Wizard can also categorize photos by other Exif and IPTC metadata.

A tutorial on this topic can be found here.

See BatchBlitz online documentation for more information.