Bridge: Need the exposure metadata for photos printed with image name when creating a contact sheet

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As a photo educator, I know how to change preferences to see the exposure metadata under the image name in Bridge, but I want this metadata to also be printed under the image name when creating contact sheets.
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Cristen Gillespie

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I don't want exposure metadata necessarily, but I sure would like to be able to choose a couple of fields I DO want to print with any contact sheet I create. Would be nice.
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I believe that the Photoshop Contact Sheet II script would need to be edited. Otherwise, the only option is to add this metadata into the filename, which is a bit of a hack.

InDesign offers a more capable contact sheet workflow for custom metadata:
https://indesignsecrets.com/the-ultimate-contact-sheet.php
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> InDesign offers a more capable contact sheet workflow for custom metadata:>

That's what I have used when I've needed to include custom metadata. But it's nowhere near as easy to use as Bridge's PDF contact sheet. It's far more powerful, so potentially better, apart from when you need a quick and dirty contact sheet, but I doubt many people want to learn how if they're not already ID users. I'm sure they'd prefer it if Bridge could simply allow inclusion of one or two user-defined fields.

Bridge knows about metadata, so it should be possible, but for features like this, it's probably "get in line" to wait for it due to all the other work that needs to be done to drag Bridge into the 21st century. That leaves InDesign as the main Adobe app for this, but what if you only own the Photography Plan?
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The answer is hack an existing script or find a new/better one:

https://sourceforge.net/projects/ps-scripts/files/ContactSheetX/v2.2/
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You can do this and much more in the LR Print Module. There is one small trick you need to use if you want the Filename, Exposure, and any other metadata items on separate lines. Insert a line break using the CTRL+J Keys on a Windows system and CONTROL/OPTION+RETURN keys on a Mac in the LR Text Template Editor as in the example below.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xNzKaN8NHXM
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I'm going to save this and try it out next chance. Obviously, the drawback is having to import the photos, but they can be put into their own collection to make the process easier. The big plus is not waiting for Bridge to have this dialog.  Thanks.
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