Add metadata to pictures with RawTherapee, with the help of Profiles

For a while now, I have been editing exif data from my pictures with gThumb.
It was easy, contained (almost) all the fields I needed, and showed up in Flickr,
and although I am still interested in the possibility to insert a watermark in RT,
I am more and more getting into electronic copyright and licensing.
Unfortunately, although the presence of a meta data menu in RT,
inserting and editing is limited, that is why I use gThumb – until today.
I never realised that profiles are not only very interesting for editing pictures,
but also very usable for inserting and editing exif data !

A non editable field like “software” or “camera make” in RT,
can easily be edited thru profiles and changed to a more personal description,
also adding new fields can be done this way.
Attention : in “Preferences”, you need to uncheck “copy exif/IPTC/XMP unchanged to output file” in “Image Processing” ->
“Metadata” , otherwise nothing will be changed.

Following the steps explained in my article “RawTherapee Profile Creation
you can create a profile containing only meta data,
and this pp3 file can be edited, new labels can be added, etc



Artist=Marc Roovers
Copyright=© Marc Roovers
Make=Pentax – What Else !
Model=Pentax K3
ProfileCopyright=This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License. To view a copy of this license, visit
Software=RawTherapee 4.3 Development Version

Author=Me, who else ?
Copyright=Marc Roovers
Credit=Marc Roovers
Title=Testing picture with Exif add

This is a RAW picture with its exif data :


In “Preferences”, you need to uncheck “copy exif/IPTC/XMP unchanged to output file” in “Image Processing” ->
“Metadata” :


Load an earlier prepared pp3 file, in this case it is MetaFX.pp3 – use the “load profile from file” button top right :


Look at the changed exif and IPTC data :




An example will be added later to PictureFX Profiles as MetaFX,
of course you will need to edit it to your own needs.

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