Photoshop: Export As does not preserve all 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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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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Because I have a massive layered file in AdobeRGB, and I want to spit out a JPEG quickly that is sized down for email, in sRGB.
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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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> 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.