Showfoto logo Showfoto is a stand alone Photo Editor based on digiKam Image Editor. Showfoto is a part of digiKam project. digiKam bills itself as a digital photo management application, but it offers much more. We show you how to get started with this cool tool. Maybe I am misunderstanding something; but, it is my understanding that there is a pdf instructions manual that one must install in DigiKam.
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Digikam is a KDE program for downloading photographs from digital cameras. The dugikam time it is run, Digikam asks where to store your photo album. If you enter a directory that already contains a collection of photographs, Digikam treats each subfolder as an album. On start-up, Digikam presents a window with two sections: First, try to autodetect the camera with Auto-Detect.
If this fails, browse the list for your model with Add. Handbool Advancedselect renaming options and how the camera-provided information EXIF should be handled. The renaming options can be very convenient if handhook camera does not use meaningful filenames.
You can let Digikam rename your photographs automatically. Give a unique prefix and, optionally, a date, time, or sequence number. The rest is done by Digikam. Select all photographs to download from the camera by pressing the left mouse button or clicking individual photographs with Ctrl pressed. Selected photographs appear with inverted colors.
Select the destination from the list or by creating handboik new album with New Album. This automatically suggests a filename with the current date. Confirm with Ok to start the download process.
Getting information about the photograph is not difficult. A short summary is diigikam as a tool tip if you point with the mouse cursor at the thumbnail. For longer information, right-click the photograph and choose Properties from the menu. General lists the name, type, owner, and some other basic information. The more interesting part is diigikam EXIF tab. The camera stores some metadata for each photograph. Digikam reads these properties and displays them in this list.
Find the exposure time, pixel dimensions, and others. To get more information for the selected list entry, press Shift – F1. This shows a small tool tip. The last tab, Histogram ditikam, shows some statistical information. Digikam inserts a My Albums folder by default, which collects all your photographs.
You can store these into subfolders later. The albums can be sorted by their directory layout, by the collection name that has been set in the album properties or by hanbook date that the albums were first created this date can also be changed in the properties of each album.
Creating a new album by clicking the New Album button in the toolbar. Right-clicking My Albums and selecting New Album. After selecting to create an album in your preferred way, a digikaj box appears. Give your album a title. Optionally, choose a collection, insert some comments, and select an album date. The collection is a way gandbook organizing your albums by a common label. The comment is shown in the banner at the top of the main window.
Digikam uses the first photograph in diigikam album as the preview icon in the My Albums list. To select a different one, right-click the respective photograph and select Set as Album Thumbnail from the context menu. Managing lots of different photographs with different albums can sometimes be complex. To organize individual photographs, Digikam provides the My Tag system. For example, you have photographed your friend John at different times and you want to collect all images, independent of your album.
This let you find all photographs very easily. From the context menu, choose New Tag. In the dialog box that appears, enter John as title digika optionally set an icon. After creating your tag, assign it to the desired pictures. Handbpok to each album and select the respective photographs. Alternativly, drag the photographs to the tag name under My Tags and drop them there. Repeat as necessary with other albums.
You can assign more than one tag to each photograph. Editing tags and comments can be tedious. This opens a dialog box with a preview, a comment field, and a tag list.
Now you can insert all the needed tags and add a comment. With Forward and Backnavigate in your album. Store your changes with Apply and leave with Ok. Digikam provides several export options that help you archive and publish your personal image collections.
After that, click OK to initiate the burning process. Determine which part of your collection should be archived by selecting albums and tags. Set a selection title and image, font, and background properties. Change the settings for volume description, if necessary. Adjust the burning options to your needs, if necessary.
Adjust the settings in Create Image Galleries to your needs, using the various submenus. When you are done, click OK to initiate the dgiikam creation. Determine the location of the gallery on disk as well as image size, compression, format, and the amount of metadata handboko in the resulting gallery. As with the target images, specify size, compression and file type for the thumbnails used for gallery navitation.
Digikam establishes a connection to the site specified and opens a new window called Handbbook Export. Click Ddigikam Album and provide the information requested by Digikam. Digikam provides several tools to simplify some tasks. Find them in the Tools menu.
The following is a small selection of the available tools. If you want to please someone, a custom calendar can be a nice gift. Customize the settings paper size, image position, font, etc.
Now you can digkiam the year and select the images to use. After clicking Next again, see a summary. Here, handook if you want to see a preview, save as PDF, or just print directly. Sometimes you photograph similar scenes repeatedly and want to keep only the best shots.
Chapter Managing Your Digital Image Collection with DigiKam
This is the perfect task for the Find Duplicate plug-in. Select the albums or tags to handle. After you confirm with OkDigikam proceeds with the investigation.
Decide which images to delete by activating the desired check boxes then clicking Delete.
Leave the window with Close. Digikam also provides some batch processes that perform a specific task on lots of files. This can be renaming, converting, resizing, and much more. Digikam includes its own digikxm image viewing and editing program. It automatically opens if you double-click an image’s thumbnail. Use this tool to do some basic image editing on the images you just downloaded from your camera. You can crop, rotate handobok flip the image, do some basic color adjustments, apply various colored filters for example, to export a colored image to black and whiteand efficiently reduce red eyes in portrait shots.
Properties takes you to a window consisting of three tabs providing general information, EXIF information, and the histogram of this image. This menu idgikam some of the editing functions xigikam needed in digital photography. Colors takes you to a submenu where you can modify all basic color settings. You can also blur or sharpen either the entire picture or just a part of the image you selected. To reduce red eyes in a portrait shot, roughly select the eye region of the face by just clicking and holding the left mouse pointer and gradually expanding the selection, select Red Eye Reduction and choose either mild or aggressive reduction depending on whether you selected a whole region or just the eyes.
The Transform menu offers the crop, rotate, flip, and resize functions. You can also use the Aspect Ratio Crop option to produce crops in a fixed aspect ratio. If you need to transform your color shots into black and white or want to achieve an aged look in your photographs, check out the Filters menu and choose from the various export options.
A more detailed description of this tool can be found in Digikam’s online help in digiKam Image Editorwhich can be reached with the Help button in Digikam’s menu bar. Professional image editing can be done with the GIMP. Digital Cameras and Linux. The Main Window of Digikam.