The digiKam Handbook

Revision 5.0 (Summer 2016)

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digiKam is a Photo Management Application with support for Digital Cameras.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction
About digiKam
Reporting Bugs
Getting Involved
Getting Started
Supported Image Formats
Still Image Compression
Supported Movie Formats
Video Formats
Supported Digital Still Cameras
Supported Plugins
The digiKam Database
Technical Background and Configuration
2. Using digiKam
The Main digiKam Window
Introduction to the Main Window
Image Area
Albums View
Tags View
Labels View
Dates View
Timeline View
Search View
Fuzzy View
People View
digiKam sidebar
Introduction to the Right Sidebar
Tag Filters
Tools view
The digiKam Light Table
The digiKam Batch Queue Manager
The Batch Queue Manager Window
Batch RAW Workflow
The digiKam Tags Manager
The Tags Manager Toolbar
The Tags Manager Window
Digital Asset Management (DAM) with digiKam
Introduction to DAM
Build a System to Organize and Find Your Photographs
Protect Your Authorship and Copyright
Protect Your Images from Data Corruption and Loss
A Typical DAM Workflow
Using a Digital Camera With digiKam
Introduction to Camera Interface
Basic Camera Interface Operations
Camera Information Based Operations
How to use a GPS device with digiKam
digiKam Configuration
Database Settings
Collections Settings
Views Settings
Tooltip Settings
Metadata Settings
Templates Settings
Image Editor Settings
Color Management Settings
Light Table Settings
Slide-Show Settings
Image Quality Settings
Camera Settings
Plugins Settings
Miscellaneous Settings
The Theme Setup
3. The Image Editor
Introduction to Image Editor
The Image Editor Window
Restoring Your Original Photograph
Undoing/Redoing Actions
Moving Between Photographs
Changing the View
Printing Images
Photographic Editing - Workflow
Image Editing/Workflow Tools
Processing RAW image files, RAW work-flow
Color editing tools
Image Enhancement
Image transformation tools
Adding decorative elements
Special Effects (Filters)
RAW File Treatment and Color Management
More definitions about Color Management
The Color Space Connections
The Working Space
The sRGB color space
Calibrating and Profiling Your Monitor RGB
The Camera Profile and Raw File Development
The Profiles Point to Real Colors in the Real World
Printer Profiles with Rendering Intents and Soft-Proofing
4. Acquire Images Tool
Scanner Selection
Main Dialog
Scanning Multiple Selections
Help and Close
5. Geolocation Editor
The correlator
Edit Coordinates
Commandline tagging
6. Presentation Tool
The Settings Dialog
Presentation Tool in Action
7. Advanced Rename Tool
8. Find Duplicates Tool
9. Metadata Editor
10. Panorama Tool
11. Expoblending Tool
12. Calendar Tool
13. Maintenance Tool
The Maintenance Features
The Common Options
The Scan for New Items Tool
The Rebuild Thumbnails Tool
The Rebuild Fingerprints Tool
The Find Duplicates Tool
The Face Management Tool
The Image Quality Sorter Tool
The Metadata Synchronizer Tool
14. Print Wizard
15. Send Images Tool
Using the Module
Image Selection
Mail Settings
Email Images in Action
16. Flickr Export Tool
Tool initialization on first access
Regular Tool Usage
17. Piwigo Export Tool
18. KML Export Tool
19. Google Services Export Tool
20. Flash Export tool
21. DropBox Tool
22. FaceBook Tool
23. ImageShack Tool
24. ImgUr Tool
25. Mediawiki Tool
26. Rajce Tool
27. RemoteStorage Tool
28. Smug Tool
29. VKontakte Tool
30. YandexFotki Tool
31. Menu Descriptions
The main digiKam window
The Album Menu
The Tag Menu
The Item Menu
The Edit Menu
The View Menu
The Tools Menu
The Import Menu
The Export Menu
The Settings Menu
The Help Menu
The Image Editor
The File Menu
The Edit Menu
The Color Menu
The Enhance Menu
The Transform Menu
The Decoration Menu
The Effects Menu
The View Menu
The Settings Menu
The Help Menu
The Light Table
The Batch Queue Manager
The Camera Interface
32. Credits and License

List of Examples

2.1. The Album Properties Dialog
2.2. Tagging Image with context menu
2.3. Advanced Search Criteria
2.4. Find duplicates while restricting to an album
2.5. Fuzzy search for similar image
2.6. Fuzzy search by sketch
2.7. Face Detection result
2.8. Sidebar File Properties
2.9. The Histogram Viewer in Action
2.10. An Image Histogram in All Colors Mode
2.11. An Under Exposed Photograph
2.12. An Over Exposed Photograph
2.13. A Correctly Exposed Photograph
2.14. The Geolocation tab
2.15. sidebar Comments & Tags example
2.16. Sidebar Tools View from Image Editor
2.17. The Light Table in Action
2.18. The Camera Client Window
2.19. The Camera Item Properties Sidebar Tab
2.20. The Target Album Selection Dialog
2.21. The Camera Folder Selection Dialog
2.22. On the fly Operations Options
2.23. Albums Auto-creation Options
2.24. Files Renaming Options
3.1. The Image Editor Window
3.2. The Apply Texture Tool in Action
3.3. Normalize Colors Correction Preview
3.4. Equalize Colors Correction Preview
3.5. Auto Levels Correction Preview
3.6. Stretch Contrast Correction
3.7. The Black & White Filter tool in Action
3.8. The Color Balance Tool in Action
3.9. The Hue Saturation Lightness Tool in Action
3.10. The Brightness Contrast Gamma Tool in Action
3.11. The Local Contrast in Action
3.12. The Blur Tool in Action
3.13. The Red Eyes Correction Tool in Action
3.14. The Sharpen Tool in Action
3.15. The Current Image Selection in Image Editor
3.16. Stitched Panorama Processed With Auto Crop
3.17. The Aspect Ratio Crop Tool Dialog
3.18. Image Composition Example Using Rules of Third
3.19. Photograph Composition Example Using Harmonious Triangles
3.20. Image Composition example using Golden Spiral
3.21. Image Composition example using Golden Spiral Sections
3.22. Photograph Composition Example Using Golden Triangle
3.23. Image Composition example using Golden Sections
3.24. The Resize Tool Dialog
3.25. Original versus Vivid filter
3.26. The neon filter
5.1. The geo-correlation dialog based on EXIF date/time and tracking data (gpx format)
5.2. Correlation
5.3. Semi-automatic attributing of coordinates through map interaction