Metadata refers to the title, description and keywords that relate to each image in Canva and most places where images are used. Canva requires all images have content in all three fields.
We recommend having metadata embedded in the IPTC fields of your JPG files and EPS files. If none is present, our reviewers will add very basic metadata and you’ll have the opportunity to edit it via the website once the files are accepted. Given you know your subjects better than us and can do a better job of optimising your metadata, we highly recommend you embed metadata in your files. It’s also much quicker to do it first rather than having to do it via the Canva private portfolio page.
If you’re submitting PNG files, SVG files or EPS version 8 files, you can submit a JPG ‘preview file’ with the metadata embedded. Give the two files the same filename and our system will recognize them as a pair and associate the metadata from the JPG files with the PNG, SVG or EPSv8 files in the system.
Each image editing application has a similar flow to add and edit metadata inside files. We’ve described how to do this with GIMP below but feel free to use whichever app as it won’t be very different.
To add metadata using GIMP:
- Open an image in your choice of photo editor. You should be able to find free image editing apps when you search online.
- Once an image is visible in your editor, click File then choose Properties. Alternatively, you should also be able to find a File Info tab.
- A dialogue box should appear, showing various tabs. Proceed to the Description tab or the IPTC tab.
- In the Description/IPTC tab, input the Title, Description, and Keywords.
- When you’re done, simply click OK and save the file.