16. Review Images
Before You Begin
33 About Finding Items in the Catalog
17 Change Thumbnail Size
31 Add a Text Caption or Note
32 Add an Audio Caption
68 Print a Picture Package
69 Print Images Using an Online Service
After importing all your media files, you might find that the catalog contains too many images to easily review when needed. One way to deal with this problem is to reduce the size of the thumbnails so that you can review more images at one time (see 17 Change Thumbnail Size). The problem with this method is that the reduced size of the image thumbnails can make it difficult for you to distinguish one image from another, so if you wanted to review images to mark them with tags and collection markers, reducing the thumbnail size might not be the best method to use. Another way you can review particular images is to use the tag and collection markers to group similar items together and then display just those items when you want to review them. (See 34 Find Items with the Same Marker.) Although this approach requires some upfront work, it at least enables you to limit the display to just those images you're interested in. You could then display them one at a time in Single Photo view (see 17 Change Thumbnail Size). But even so, you might find yourself wondering, "Is there an easier way to review some images?"
The answer is to use a full-screen photo review. In a photo review, you can automatically review a set of images one at a time, stop the review when needed, and edit, rotate, or delete an image, mark an image for printing, or add a tag or collection marker. You can also control the replay as you like, jumping out of order to a particular image when desired. In addition, you can split the screen and compare two images when needed. In this task, you'll learn the ins and outs of conducting your own private photo review.
Photo review A controllable slideshow in which each image is displayed onscreen, one at a time, in whatever order and at whatever speed you want.
Display Photos to Review
In the Organizer, display the photos to review by using the Find bar to limit the display. (See 33 About Finding Items in the Catalog.) For example, you might drag several markers from the Organize bin to the Find bar to display only items with those markers.
You can also limit the items used in the photo review by selecting them first. Click the first photo you want to review, hold down the Ctrl key, and click the other items. To select a contiguous series of photos from the well, click the first photo in the series, hold the Shift key, and click the final photo in the series.
Don't worry if you're currently displaying some non-image items such as video, audio, or creation files in the photo well. Audio and creation files are automatically excluded from the photo review even if they are displayed; video files are played automatically during the slideshow.
Click Photo Review
Click the Photo Review button on the Options bar at the bottom of the photo well. The Photo Review dialog box appears.
A photo review is not something you can save or publish or give to friends and relatives. To produce a complete slideshow package that you can give away, display the images you want to use, click the Create button on the Shortcuts bar, and select the Slide Show option in the dialog box that appears.
You can skip the Photo Review dialog box and begin your photo reviews immediately by disabling the Show this dialog each time Photo Review is entered option before clicking OK. If this dialog box does not appear and you want to make changes, wait until the photo review starts and click the Action Menu button on the Photo Review toolbar and select Photo Review Preferences.
To play music while you're reviewing your photos, select a music file from the Background Music list. If the music you'd like to play does not appear in the list, click Browse, select the file, and click OK.
To have audio captions you've recorded for an image automatically play when that image appears, enable the Play Audio Captions option. To display text captions you've added to images, enable the Include Captions option.
Select the number of seconds you want each image to appear onscreen from the Page Duration list. From the Transition list, select the tansition you want to use to segue from one image to the next. A sample of the transition you select appears in the preview window on the right.
To allow photos to resize to fill the window, enable the Allow Photos to Resize option. To allow video files to resize to fill the window, enable the Allow Videos to Resize option. This option, however, can make low-resolution videos very grainy and hard to see. If you want the slideshow to automatically repeat itself over and over until you stop it manually, enable the Repeat Slide Show option. Click OK.
Select Viewing Mode
The first photo is displayed in the review area on the left; other photos are listed as thumbnails on the right. The Photo Review toolbar also appears. By default, the Photo Review button on the Photo Review toolbar is enabled, which causes one image to appear at a time, automatically.
If you'd rather compare two images by dividing the review area into two separate panes, click the arrow on the Photo Compare button and select either Side by Side or Above and Below. Be sure to see this image in the Color Gallery to see all the details.
Adjust the zoom so that you can display the portion of the photo you want to review. Click the Actual Pixels button to display the photo in its original size (for a high-resolution photo, you'll have to scroll to see it all); click Fit in Window to shrink the photo so that all of it is displayed. You can also drag the Zoom slider to the left or right to adjust the zoom level. Click the Sync Pan and Zoom button to synchronize scrolling and zooming when using Photo Compare mode to display two images at a time.
Use Controls to Review Photos
If you're using Photo Review mode, click Play to begin the slideshow. Click Stop to pause the slideshow temporarily when you want to perform some action such as adjusting the zoom or editing an image, and then click Play to resume. If you do nothing but watch, each image appears for the number of seconds you chose, then fades into the next image until the whole sequence is played (unless you selected the Repeat Slide Show option in step 3, in which case the slideshow will continue to repeat until you exit the photo review or stop it by clicking Stop on the review toolbar. You can skip to an image at any time by clicking its thumbnail on the right. The slideshow will simply resume from that point.
If you're using Photo Compare mode, you must switch from image to image manually. Click a pane to make that pane active (the active pane appears with a blue border), and then click a thumbnail to display that image in the active pane.
In either mode, you can also use the controls to skip from image to image. Click the Next Photo button to display the next photo in the set. Click the Previous Photo button to return to the previous photo in the set.
Click the Show Only Navigation Controls button at the end of the toolbar to remove the edit buttons from view, making it easier to see more of your photo. To redisplay the edit buttons, click the Show All Controls button.
Edit Photo as Desired
If you're using Photo Review mode, click Stop to pause the slideshow so that you can edit the displayed image. If you're using Photo Compare mode, click the pane that contains the image you want to edit.
Click the Rotate Left or Rotate Right button in the Photo Review toolbar to rotate the image sideways. Click Delete to remove the image from the catalog. (From the dialog box that appears, you can also choose to remove the image from the hard disk.) Click the arrow on the Action Menu button to display a list of actions you can take, such as adding a tag or collection marker to the current image, or marking an image for printing later on.
When you're through, click the Exit button to stop the review and return to the main Organizer window. If you've marked photos for printing, a dialog box appears. Click Print to print those photos locally; click Order Prints to send the images to an online service for printing.