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Printing exif data onto the picture
« on: June 20, 2014, 01:38:19 PM »

The camera Nikon CoolPix AW100 offers to have the date and time visibly printed onto the jpg. My assumption is that it does not store an additional date-free version of the picture.

As such, I would prefer to take the picture without any date/time labels on the jpg. I'd rather postprocess the picture on my computer, take the exif data from the jpg (using exiftool), and then "printing" them onto the jpg. Print as in overlaying a transparent layer that contains a date label with the original jpg to create a new, modified jpg.

Can I use exiftool to do this printing/overlaying step?
If not, can you recommend a tool?

I understand that it is probably a rare use case.

Best regards, Barbara

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Re: Printing exif data onto the picture
« Reply #1 on: June 20, 2014, 08:01:18 PM »
Hi Barbara,

No, sorry.  ExifTool does not do any image manipulations.  I'm sure there are some utilities that can do this, but I don't know of any offhand.

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Re: Printing exif data onto the picture
« Reply #2 on: June 21, 2014, 07:00:11 PM »
For an open source command line option, check out ImageMagick.  Here's a page with examples on how to go about it.

For windows, check out IrfanView.   There's a built in option to use the Exif date/time from the image so you could batch process them.
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Re: Printing exif data onto the picture
« Reply #3 on: June 22, 2014, 06:37:51 PM »
I use ImageMagick to put a watermark on my pictures.  I have a small set of sizes to use depending on the size of the picture being watermarked but it would be quite interesting to do it dynamically, based on size and date of the image.