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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Digital photography has left most people with thousands of photos that they never look at because they cannot begin to organise them all.
Digikam is a powerful and flexible organisational environment with hwndbook ability to proof and process the best of your shots. The KDE family is know for configurability, and Digikam is no exception. They’re your photographs, so you deal with them anyway you want; Digikam will help, but never get in your way. This haandbook an application filled with features and configuration options, so it takes time to learn it entirely, and then more time to decide which features you want to use and which ones you want handbool ignore.
Compared to Darktable, which configures non-linear filters through which you may view and export those images, Digikam modifies the pixels digikxm the image and applies filters linearly although it manages versions quite well and does not overwrite your photo unless you force it.
Digikam is not GIMP. It promotes a different workflow and does not have the extensive compositing features that GIMP has.
Digikam is a capable digital darkroom application as well as to photo managers. It has a rich plugin structure which enables the addition of even more features as the need arises such as quick uploaders to popular online photo shares, new filters, and so on. Even if a graphic artist or photographer is happy using GIMP, Digikam is a useful tool for its photo management features and darkroom effects.
While GIMP concentrates on enabling an artist to open an image for re-touching, compositing, and general manipulation, Digikam is first a photo management and proofing tool. It has fine-grain settings tuned to let you see your work in a variety of ways. Digikam’s image editor features the basics, such as colour correction and exposure adjustment, but it also has effects and plugins. Digikam is installable from http: The features that you want in Digikam governs the dependencies required to build it.
This can become complex, especially if you are attempting to install very new versions of Digikam on older editions of Slackware. Unless there’s some exciting new feature that’s only available in the latest version of Digikam, it’s usually easiest to take the most recently approved version that http: Digikam is mostly in the enviable position of being basically stable, with new releases being primarily minor fixes and upgrades. Upon first launch, there’s a brief setup wizard to step through.
Some choices affect performance and file size, so read the screen carefully to decide what you really want, but all of the decisions can be changed later, so accepting the defaults is safe if you’re not sure. The initial launch will be slower than usual, since Digikam must analyse the photographs in your collection and record information about each one.
Depending on how many photos you have and how large they are, you might want to let it run over night. The layout of Digikam is fairly intuitive, especially if you’re a regular KDE the default desktop of Slackware user.
The basics are pretty simple: The initial default view is a file system view, starting from whatever directory you defined as your image folder during setup.
Digikam refers to whatever directories it finds within your image directory as an Albumand it parses each image file, along with its native metadata plus metadata Digikam allows you to add, into a thumbnail view. There are plenty of other ways to view your photos, though, and they’re all accessible as vertical tabs a time-honoured tradition of the KDE interface along the left edge of the main window. In addition to the Album view, there are:.
DatesTimelineand Map views let you see photos by relevant. People to scan your photo collection for faces. Scanning your entire collection from the very start can take a while, but once the initial scan is done, Digikam only scans photos upon import, so be patient on the first use and you won’t even notice it happening from then on.
There are more filtration options, including fuzzy searches to find images similar to one another, a sketch search to try to match a photo with a rough drawing of what you’re looking for, and more.
The thumbnail view is the central panel of Digikam, but its right-click menu provides a host of important features, like switching to fullscreen mode, assigning tags, and assigning labels. It also performs file management functions and provides access to Digikam’s digital darkroom interface.
Aside from organising your photos, the first thing you’re likely to do once you have imported an SD card full of pictures is to figure out which of the group are the really good ones, and especially choose between several very similar shots of the same subject. The method Digikam provides for this is its light table view: To add a photo to your light table, either right-click on it and select Add to Light Table or select a photo and press Ctrl-L.
Since it’s often used for comparing photos, you can add several photos to the light table at once; to add more photos, either right-click and select Add to Light Table again or press Ctrl-Shift-L. The light table interface also has facial recognition overrides. If you’ve got a photo that Digikam hasn’t identified faces in, or has mis-identified faces, then load it into the light table and right-click on the image.
Select Add a Face Tag for the face tag editor. Draw a box around the face that you want to identify, and type the person’s name into the text field. The thumbnail view also can help manage your photos.
Right-clicking enables common file management tasks, like renaming photos, adding a photo to a specific album, or moving irreparable ones to the trash, and so on. To see information about a photo, use the vertical tabs on the right edge of the Digikam window. These show hanndbook, colour data, versioning data, and more.
digiKam – Documentation
Digikam has an inbuilt editor for most common photo effects and touch-ups. To get there, select a photo and click the Image Editor button along the top toolbar.
This opens a new window for dedicated editing. The image editor interface has two entry points for nearly every function: All the usual effects are present; colour balance, saturation, levels, red-eye removal, and so on.
Special effects are included too; textures, oil paint filters, borders, film grains, film emulation profiled by popular film stocksand much much more. It’s safe to try them allbecause none of them alter your original photo until you save the changes. Filters and effects can be un-done, too, from the Edit menu, but only in the order they were applied. The filters are linear unlike in Darktablewhere filters are truly filters that can be slotted in at different points in the filter stackso if you apply a Colour Balance filter and then a Vivid effectif you undo the Colour Balance then you also implicitly undo the Vivid effect that followed it.
To see the effects applied to a photograph, click the Versioning tab along the right side of the Image Editor window and select the Used Filters tab. When you’re finished, save your changes directly to your original photo, or save the changes as a new version. If you save a photo as a new version, then you’ll see your new version in your thumbnail view, but you’ll always have the option to view previous versions.
Digikam reads images straight from your file system, so to get an image from Digikam, all you have to do is look in the place you last left it. It’ll still be there. In fact, not just the photo will be there; saved versions of the photo will also be there, named as you’d expect the first new version of IMG Digikam does have some convenient export options, though, depending on how you installed it certain export options require additional libraries that you may or may not ever need.
Digikam is an easy but powerful photo management and re-touching application. It’s got lots of great features, and this article has only touched on the basics. Toggle Navigation Slackermedia Handbook. In addition to the Album view, there are: Tags to filter the photos in your collection by arbitrary metadata tags. There probably won’t be tags at first unless you’ve created or imported somebut you can create tags in the Tag Manager interface and assign them to pictures. Clicking on any tag or control-clicking on several tags in the Tag panel filters the thumbnail view to show photos with that tag assigned.
Digikam’s photo editor makes work feel suspiciously fun.