Image selectorΒΆ

When you start the Photini editor it displays a GUI (graphical user interface) as shown below. The exact appearance will depend on your operating system and window manager preferences, but the same functional elements should be present. (The appearance can be altered by setting a different style, see the configuration section for more detail.)


The Photini editor GUI has two main areas. The upper part has a set of tabs to select different functions. The lower part is an image selector that is common to all the tabs. In between the two is a divider that can be dragged with the mouse to change the relative sizes of the two parts. The overall size of the window can also be changed by dragging its edges or corners with the mouse.


Now load some images using the File menu Open images item (or its keyboard shortcut Ctrl+O) or by “drag and drop” from a file manager window. The loaded files are displayed as thumbnail images in the image selector part of the GUI. Note that the thumbnail size can be changed with the slider control just beneath the thumbnail display area. The files can also be sorted by name or date by clicking on the appropriate button.


Clicking on any thumbnail selects that file. The selected file is highlighted by a red border. Double clicking on a thumbnail should display the full size image, using your default image viewing application.

If any of your files doesn’t have a thumbnail image Photini may be able to create one. Right-click on the file to bring up its context menu and select the regenerate thumbnail option. This context menu also allows the file’s metadata to be saved or reloaded, undoing your recent changes.


Multiple files can be selected by holding down the ‘shift’ key while clicking on a second image. To select multiple files that are not adjacent, hold down the ‘control’ key while clicking on the images.


The keyboard shortcut Ctrl+A selects all the loaded files.


Selecting multiple files allows you to set metadata, such as the image title, on several files at once. This is much quicker than having to edit the metadata of each file separately. You will probably want to select a different group of files before editing each metadata item. For example, you might give the same title (and copyright and creator) to all your images, then select only the first two or three before writing a description.

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