The digiKam Handbook

Revision 5.5 (March 2017)

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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
Video Features
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
Map View
People View
The digiKam Right Sidebar
Introduction to the Right Sidebar
Versions view
Tools view
The digiKam Light Table
The digiKam Batch Queue Manager
The Batch Queue Manager Window
Batch RAW Workflow
The digiKam Tag Manager
The Tag Manager Toolbar
The Tag 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 the Import Interface
Basic Import Interface Operations
Advanced Import Interface Operations
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
Geolocation Editor
The map
Edit Coordinates
The Correlator
Reverse Geocoding
6. Presentation Tool
The Settings Dialog
Presentation Tool in Action
7. Metadata Editor
8. Panorama Tool
9. Expoblending Tool
10. Calendar Tool
11. 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
12. Print Wizard
13. Send Images Tool
Using the Module
Image Selection
Mail Settings
Email Images in Action
14. Flickr Export Tool
Tool initialization on first access
Regular Tool Usage
15. Piwigo Export Tool
16. KML Export Tool
17. Google Services Export Tool
18. Flash Export tool
19. DropBox Tool
20. FaceBook Tool
21. ImageShack Tool
22. ImgUr Tool
23. Mediawiki Tool
24. Rajce Tool
25. RemoteStorage Tool
26. Smug Tool
27. VKontakte Tool
28. YandexFotki Tool
29. Menu Descriptions
The main digiKam window
The Browse Menu
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
30. Credits and License

List of Examples

2.1. Tagging Image with context menu
2.2. Advanced Search Criteria
2.3. Find duplicates while restricting to an album
2.4. Fuzzy search for similar image
2.5. Fuzzy search by sketch
2.6. Face Detection result
2.7. An Image Histogram in All Colors Mode
2.8. An Under Exposed Photograph
2.9. An Over Exposed Photograph
2.10. A Correctly Exposed Photograph
2.11. sidebar Comments & Tags example
2.12. The Light Table in Action
2.13. The Camera Folder Selection Dialog
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