Using InDesign, you can read metadata from the placed files and include it on your layout. Sounds pretty vague, but let’s say you’re creating a photography portfolio, and need to include information such as Camera, Shutter Speed, Exposure Time, ISO Speed below the image, such a feature will come in very very handy!
Before we can begin, we need to create some Text Variables to read and hold metadata values from the placed files.
- Choose Type > Text Variables > Define > New.
- Enter a Name, choose Type as Metadata Caption, and choose an appropriate value from Metadata.
- Add prefix and suffix if required.
- Repeat for all metadata that you need to capture.
Insert Variables into Layout
Now that variables are set up, the next logical thing is to insert them into the layout.
- Choose the Text tool and create a text box, and place the cursor inside.
- Choose Type > Text Variables > Insert Variable > [var name ]
- The text variables get inserted. It says, “No intersecting link”, but read on, the mystery will get cleared.
- Choose File >Placeand place the image on the layout.
- Now, to populate the variables to the image, move or resize one of the frame so that they have a slight overlap and Voila!