With print or paper pictures you can turn the picture over and write who the people are on the back. Maybe it’s me, but I have yet to figure out how to do that with a digital picture. And that’s a problem.
In an earlier post, I showed how you can ascribe a source to a picture by writing the information in the “comments” section of the “Properties.” The information will forever be linked to the photo. That’s great, but now I have another tool, that will aid you in adding names and places to help label – and find – details about the photo’s contents.
You can use steps similar to sourcing a file to label each picture with the names and places of the subject material with tags. Just to be clear, we’re talking about image files here that have extensions of jpg, bmp, tif or gif. Follow these simple steps, and you will have transformed your digital files into a well-organized portfolio where you can easily find what you’re looking for.
- Open your image file, so you can see the picture.
- Right click on the image. This will open a dialog box.
- Click on “Properties”. This will open a multi-tab dialog box.
- Click on “Details” (See below)
5. Click to the right of the word “Tags.” This will open up a text box. Here you can add the names of everyone in the picture. Be sure to put commas or semi-colons between the names. This will separate each name as a unique tag. As a further clue to the identities of each person in the picture I inserted the tags (names) in left to right order, top to bottom. I could explain this labeling convention in detail in the comments.
6. Click “ok.” This will save the changes.
Finding persons in pictures
Now that you have named all of the people in your picture you can easily find them. Simply go to Microsoft Explorer (the file tree and organization tool on your computer). Go to “find” or hit “Cntl F.” Type in the name of the person, and voila! The search results will return your picture with the name you searched for highlighted.
If you’re using Microsoft 2010 or later, you can filter your search by file type. What does that mean? I may have lots and lots of files with tags or file names for “Robert Watson.” So my search results may be many. I can filter the results to only include “jpg” or “gif” files to reduce the number of files to look through.
I don’t think I’m overstating the fact when I say this can revolutionize your picture files. First, you now have a way to name everyone in the picture without having an extremely long file name. And second, you can now identify everyone in the picture….and find every picture they are in. That’s huge.