Photoshop: Export As - options to preserve the metadata in the file (keywords, etc)

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In Photoshop, when you go to Export, Export As, and choose a jpeg, it says you can include the copyright and contact info, but what about keywords, description and other pertinent info?  All that stuff gets stripped out of the file when using this Export As function, creating more work. What gives Adobe?  That makes no sense.
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Jeffrey Tranberry, Sr. Product Manager, Digital Imaging

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Hi Josh,

When Export As was being developed (by a group outside the Photoshop team) - I requested similar levels of metadata control as Save for Web but it never happened. The answer is to use Save For Web if you can.
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Thanks Jeff.  Why does both of these tools -Export and Save for Web - both have the 'embed profile' turned off as a default?  Wouldn't you want the color profile on all the time? 
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Jeff, that's very interesting to hear!
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Photoshop is a slave to many masters. Save for Web and Export As probably bow down to UI/Web designers more than photographers where file size preferred and assumed sRGB is good enough.
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Then they probably need to remember that this is the first thing listed on their pricing page.
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That's exactly why so many of us stick with Save for Web. A shame, really. If they would incorporate all the features of SFW into Export As, it would be a nice feature.
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Why not just use Save As?
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Pro-tip: don't use export as for large files. If you need to scale/save efficiently, use image processor pro.
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Image processor pro? that would be great if something like that was built into PS.  I'm a college Photoshop instructor and I need things like that IN photoshop. installing a plug in is a whole other can of worms.  To be honest, I don't use Export As because of the lack of features in it, I still scale in PS, Convert to PS, and save a jpeg.  However I require my students to turn in layered files along with 'social media' ready jpegs and Export As could potentially be perfect for them.  
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@eartho : Is the Pro version still needed? Seems the default version that comes with PS is now ok? (or always was; from a too quick read I got the impression there was nothing to fix, as they misinterpreted Russell's Fit Image for Image Size...)

"We’ve been chatting with the incredibly talented X that now seems to own Image Processor Pro and we’ve had a break through. You no longer need our code. The latest version of the code works perfectly. All you need to do is specify the maximum pixel size of your desired image for both the width AND the high and the Processor works it all out. Superb news."  http://photoshopscaresme.com/new-version-russell-browns-image-processor-pro
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So, @joshua : Image Processor is free and in the File > Scripts list.
If that doesn't work somehow, the Pro is also free and seems it would appear under File > Automate when installed correctly.
In that case, maybe see here...
360 Photo Studios  |  Solution found to make Image Processor Pro and Photoshop CC 2019 to Work, again (2019)
http://youtu.be/ZcZqX5IZ0CU
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> Image Processor is free and in the File > Scripts list.
If that doesn't work somehow, the Pro is also free and seems it would appear under File > Automate when installed correctly.

I'm sorry, but I don't find that good enough. Export As allows us to export layers as PNG or JPEG, in multiple sizes. It allows us to export multiple artboards that are contained in a single document. Because we have Export As, we shouldn't have to figure out how to find and install IP Pro. Running a batch script isn't the same thing in the middle of the workflow as using Export As. We also shouldn't have to use the (Legacy) SFW, one lonely file at a time. And the standard version of Image Processor still isn't good enough. It doesn't include PNG or exporting to multiple sizes at the same time.

Image Processor definitely still has a place, but so does Export As—which should by now be capable of replacing Save For Web.

I don't do web work, but I could use Export As happily if it included at least the choices that SFW has for including metadata. So while it was designed with web designers in mind, that was Adobe's mistake. Deciding features based solely on what Adobe thinks web designers want, excluding everyone else who always used SFW, was short-sighted, and so far, even having a lot of people speak up, they're just leaving the old SFW to limp along to mollify the rest of us.

The last place businesses today are investing is in personnel. And with features like Export As that limp along unfinished, I think it shows.
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Well said. The two things that EVERY Photoshop user does are to open and save files. Those should have maximum flexibility and optimization. Instead we get the slow New Document window, the large, ugly Cloud Files button, the half-baked Export feature, and still don't have Image Processor Pro included.

I have to rely on SFW to save full-resolution JPEG files in production use, because Photoshop doesn't have another good way of doing so. Ridiculous.
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> Why not just use Save As?

Save as has almost no control over optimization, unlike SFW, and doesn't work with layers. It doesn't save each artboard/layer to multiple sizes at the same time. AI does even more at once, but Export As is useful for more than saving a single image at a time.

I just used it today—opening multiple PNG files into the same document, recoloring them, then using Quick Export As PNG (my choice in Export As preferences) from the layers panel with the layers selected. It took no time to open, some creative time, no time to save them all separately again.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Photoshop: Export As/Save for the web - how do I preserve metadata?.

When i export my photos I lose all the information , like what camera I use ... and put my photos on Flickr ... If I use the old save for the web .. I have all the information left.. like my name the camera the aperture, the shutter the iso and so on ... my name and bla bla bla ... with this new thing I don't get anything ... really bad
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SFW would be great... if it worked. Since moving from computer-based app to cloud-based, SFW (legacy) no longer works, leaving me no option but to Export as. OK, you might think, but I'm losing all my keywords and having to reinsert them. It's a pain in the rear. Not only that, but Export As isn't reducing the file size nearly as much as SFW, making my files about x3 times larger, which will have an impact on my blog. Not impressed.
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I wish Save As  had an option to convert profiles.  That's what is nice about Export As or Quick Export.... SFW is so big and clunky... so many options. I wish ONE was perfect. But NONE are. Exports remove your metadata, Save As doesn't let you convert profiles. SFW is clunky but writes an efficient file.