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What is Content Credentials (Beta)?

Content Credentials (Beta) is a developing feature in Adobe Photoshop that (when enabled) gathers the edits, activity, and attribution information associated with the in-progress content. These details are captured as tamper-evident attribution and history data (called content credentials) that creators attach to final content when exported.

This feature aligns with the upcoming C2PA standard to provide digital provenance across the internet. It creates an open format for sharing information related to the producer’s identity, and the ingredients and tools used to make the content. These ultimately provide useful attribution information for audiences once the producer shares or publishes the image.

To learn more about the Content Authenticity Initiative, check out contentauthenticity.org.

Note:

Content Credentials (Beta) is currently English-only. Non-English users can still access the English feature.

Why use Content Credentials (Beta)?

The Content Credentials (Beta) feature in Photoshop is part of a broader project called the Content Authenticity Initiative (CAI). CAI is an Adobe-led community of creators, technologists, journalists, activists, and educators - focused on addressing digital misinformation through an open, extensible approach for capturing, editing, and publishing content with provenance and attribution.

When to use Content Credentials (Beta)

The Content Credentials (Beta) feature is most useful for creators when they want to track attribution and provide a layer of transparency for their audience. The feature can be used by casual and professional artists alike to provide a layer of trust for some of the following purposes:

  • Creator attribution - Creators can use Content Credentials (Beta) to capture their editing process and add edits and attribution to their work to share with their viewers. This feature also ensures that they receive credit for their content as it is published and shared.

Behance supports Content Credentials (Beta) in the single image viewer, where creators can display the content credentials with their work. Viewers can also check the digital attribution history of creative work and explore that information in Verify

  • Photojournalism - Photographers can capture editing details, image history, and attribution to share with their audiences. Check out our case study that demonstrates the end-to-end system of Content Credentials (Beta)
  • NFTs - Buyers and sellers of non-fungible token (NFT) artwork can use Content Credentials (Beta) to see the history and attribution of a piece of artwork before it enters the blockchain. 

You can learn more about asset vs. token provenance for NFTs and how to add your cryptocurrency address to Content Credentials (Beta)

How to use Content Credentials (Beta) on Photoshop

Enable and Opt-in to Content Credentials (Beta)

  1. Go to Preferences > Technology Previews and select Content Credentials (Beta) to enable the feature.

    Note:

    Content Credentials (Beta) attaches content credentials to an image only if a user explicitly enables the feature and chooses to attach them upon export.

  2. To confirm the change, close and restart the application. 

  3. To adjust your Content Credentials (Beta) settings, go to Window > Content Credentials (Beta). You should be able to view this icon on your panels bar. This panel allows you to select what information about your content you would like to be attached to your content. 

Preview your work's Content Credentials (Beta)

Either use the Content Credentials (Beta) icon in the panels bar or go to Window > Content Credentials (Beta) and select Preview. You will see the following options: 

  • Produced by: the chosen name of the person or entity who exported the content.
  • Produced with: the editing application used to produce this work.
  • Edits and activity: the actions taken on the content by the producer.
  • Signed by: the organization that claims the content credentials.
  • Signed on: the date the content is signed by the signer.

Export work with attached Content Credentials (Beta)

Go to File > Export > Export As and select Attach to image to attach the Content Credentials (Beta) of your final PNG or JPG.

Drop and view on Verify and Behance

Verify

Choose a file on Verify to read an image’s content credentials, which includes its edits and activity, producer details, and signer. 

Try Verify

Behance

Behance is the leading online platform to showcase and discover creative work. Casual and professional artists can include content credentials along with their creative works on this platform.

Check out Behance

Supported File Types

Content Credentials (Beta) only supports exporting JPG and PNG files during this beta.

Known issues in Content Credentials (Beta)

Content Credentials (Beta) is still in development, so these features in Photoshop aren’t fully supported yet:  

  • Script runs 
  • Placing Smart Object on page 
  • Loading Photoshop with third-party plugins 
  • Multiple device workflows 
  • PSDs created before activating Content Credentials (Beta)    

Content Credentials (Beta) will still work and capture any other supported edits if you use any of the not fully supported features, but using these features may generate these messages:  

  • In your Content Credentials (Beta) panel - “Content Credentials (Beta) doesn’t support some Photoshop actions yet, so edits and activity will be shown as missing.” 
  • With your image’s content credentials - “Some edits, activity, or asset actions may be missing from this content.”     

These features aren’t supported at all yet:  

  • Offline exported files 
  • Exporting layers and artboards 
  • Windows ARM 
  • Co-editing 
    • Only the producer information of the user who exports the file will be shown in the content credentials — collaborators won’t be included 
  • Extremely large files
    • If facing problems with PNG, the potential workaround is to use JPEG   

Content Credentials (Beta) won't be available to attach upon export if you use any of the unsupported features, and doing so may generate this message: - “Something went wrong and Content Credentials (Beta) isn’t available.” 

Are your content credentials missing from published content?

Many digital applications and tools erase image metadata when the image is loaded or published, including information related to Content Credentials (Beta). If you find your image’s content credentials are missing after publishing online, it’s likely because that application doesn’t yet support Content Credentials (Beta).

Minimum and supported system requirements for Content Credentials (Beta)

  • Internet connection  
  • Creative Cloud or Photoshop subscription
  • Processors  
    • Mac Intel/ARM; Windows Intel  
  • Operating Systems   
    • Mac 10.15.7, 11 or later  
    • Windows 10 (64-bit) version 1809 or later 
  • Browsers supported 
    • Two most recent versions of these browsers for Mac & PC: Chrome, Firefox 
    • These versions depend on your device’s operating system
      • Mac only: Safari
      • PC only: Microsoft Edge  
  • System Administrators: System must be able to access these endpoints: cai.adobe.io and cai-identity.adobe.io

To know more, visit Photoshop system requirements and known issues.  

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