Printing images

Printing one image per page

In the Browser window, select the image or images you want to print, and in the File menu navigate to File -> Print or press Ctrl+P.

On the left of the pane, select the printer and set print options such as page size, margins, or number of copies.

Each image is printed on a separate page. If you have selected more than one image for printing, you can to switch back and forth between images using the arrow buttons under the layout preview.

Printing Contact Sheet

If you want to print more than one image per one page or want to print an image with the metadata information, use the function “Creating a contact sheet in PDF”.

Open Items in Windows Explorer

Daminion allows you to easily open an item in its original location on your PC without having to navigate through numerous folders.

Right-click an item that you want to open in Windows Explorer and select the Locate in Explorer option. Alternatively, select an item and click Ctrl + Enter.

Windows Explorer opens and displays the folder containing the selected item. The corresponding original file is automatically selected in Explorer.

Removing items from the catalog

Removing one or more items within the Browser window

In the Browser window, select the item or items you want to remove from the catalog and right-click one of the thumbnails. In the context menu that opens, select Remove from Catalog or press the Del key.

This opens the following message:


If you only want to remove these items from the catalog, without deleting the respective original files from their source folders, click Remove from Catalog


However, if you no longer need to store the original files, check the Move the file(s) to Recycle Bin option. In this case the following confirmation dialog appears:


Click Delete to remove the selected items from the catalog and their original files from their actual location.


To remove a file from the catalog and delete it from disc without moving it to Recycle Bin, select an item and press Shift+Del.

Full-screen View

Viewing media files in full-screen

Daminion’s full-screen mode allows you to use your entire PC screen to view and rate images. This is a real-time display; in other words, it instantly displays the original file on the screen. If the original file is temporarily unavailable, Daminion enlarges the thumbnail and displays it at a lower resolution with the following message at the bottom of the screen: “The file [file name] is offline or missing”.

All image file formats can be displayed in full-screen mode. Other file formats, such as MS Word Documents or PDF files, are opened instead in their default applications.

You can also use full-screen mode to rotate, copy, move and delete images as well as to display image information and assign tags.

To open a file directly in full-screen mode, double-click its thumbnail in the Browser window, or select a file and press Enter on the keyboard.

Press the F11 key to switch between the following display modes:

  • Full-screen view with toolbar
  • Full-screen view only
  • Full-screen view with metadata caption

Full-screen view with toolbar

  • 434/724 – sequence number within specified search criteria. This number varies from one search criteria to another, e.g. within the Event tag the given image can be 56/72;
  • Cast-iron lion on the terrace of the White Tower.jpg  – file name with extension;
  • 1 767 KB – file size;
  • 3264×1836 – image width and height;
  • ISO 100, f/2.4, 1/1900 sec –  ISO, aperture and shutter speed

The title of the image (if any) is displayed in the central area. Click this field to edit the existing title or add a new one.

In the top right corner of the screen, you can assign a color label, rate and flag the image, and change the display size by selecting the appropriate percentage from the drop-down list.

To exit full-screen view, click the Close button or press the ESC key on the keyboard.

 To expand the Properties panel (collapsed by default) and pin it to the right-hand side of the screen, click the small left-arrow button halfway down the right-hand side. To display the panel only temporarily, simply move the pointer over the right edge of the screen without clicking the arrow button. When you move the pointer over it again, the panel disappears.


Full-screen view with metadata caption

This screen mode allows you to display metadata information in the top left corner of the Browser window. The information displayed is entirely up to you.

To customize the metadata caption, right-click the image and choose Customize displayed Info.

In the Customize dialog box, select or deselect the tags to be shown above the image in full-screen mode.

To add more tags, click Add and then select the tags from the dropdown list.

To remove a particular tag from the list, select it and click Delete.

Use the arrow keys to move the tags up or down into the required position.

Adding images to the tray

To place a full-screen image in the tray, press the INS key. The image gets a green frame, indicating that it is currently in the tray. For more information on how to use the tray, please refer to Using the tray.

 Zooming and moving an image in full-screen view

Images with dimensions greater than those of the display area are scaled down to the current screen size.

To show the image at 100% resolution, left-click over the image and hold down the mouse button.

Use the PLUS [+] and MINUS [-] keys to gradually zoom the image in and out. Alternatively, hold down CTRL and rotate the mouse wheel.

Rotating images

Use the F3 and F4 keys to rotate the image clockwise and counterclockwise.


Renaming Items

To rename a single item, select it in the Browser window and press the F2 key.

In the dialog window that opens, edit the file name.

If you want to rename multiple files at the same time, use the batch rename feature.

First, select two or more items in the Browser window and click Edit -> Batch Rename (Move) in the File menu.

The first option, Move files to a new folder, allows you to specify a destination folder the selected files will be copied to after renaming. Leave this option unchecked if you want the renamed files to remain  in their original location.

In the text box below you can manually enter different renaming parameters or select them from the list of presets by clicking the small triangle icon on the right. Alternatively, you can compile a new renaming rule and save it as a template for later reuse.

In our example we’ve selected Custom Name with Counter.

For more information on how to automatically batch-rename files using the Template Editor, please refer to Template Editor.

Viewing and Editing Items in External Applications

Sometimes you may need to view or edit catalog items in applications other than Daminion. In such cases, Daminion’s Open with function is invaluable.

Opening items in external applications

Select one or more items in the catalog and right-click one of the thumbnails.

In the context menu, navigate to Open With.

Daminion automatically displays a list of all standard programs registered for each file format and installed on your PC. If the preferred program does not appear in the list, you can add it manually.

To do this, click Define External Tools.

In the dialog box, click Add, and locate the executable (.exe) files of the applications you require.

Daminion also distinguishes between viewing-only programs and viewing-and-editing programs. You can therefore define two different applications to work with the same file format – one for viewing only and the other for editing.

The application at the top of the list is automatically given a [V] keyboard shortcut.

You can change the order of the added applications manually by clicking the arrow keys.

For example, if FastStone Image Viewer is selected as the primary viewer for JPEG files, simply select a jpeg file in the Daminion browser, hit the [V] key on the keyboard, and the original file will be displayed in the FastStone Viewer.


Editing items in external applications

First, add editing applications to the list of Editors in the External Applications dialog window. The first application in the list is given the keyboard shortcut [E].

In the Browser window, select an item to be edited, right-click the thumbnail and navigate to Check out & Edit With. For more information about how checking in and checking out work, please refer to Version Control.

Shift the creation datetime of the image

The Shift Date/Time option allows you to adjust the date of creation of one or more files. This can be useful if the camera time has been set incorrectly and needs to be fixed after shooting, or for changing the  creation datetime of images recorded in different time zones – or if you simply forget to set the correct winter or summertime on your camera.

Finally, you can use this function to synchronize multiple cameras being used together on the same shoot. Thus avoiding issues with images from unsynchronized cameras appearing in the wrong order when displayed in the browser.

The Move Date/Time option allows you to fix these inaccuracies and streamline your workflow


Shifting the creation datetime

To change the creation datetime of one or more images, select the required images in the browser window, click the arrow icon in the upper right-hand corner of the thumbnail, and in the drop-down menu navigate to Shift Date/Time.

In the dialog window that opens, you can now specify whether the new value is to be subtracted from or added to the current creation date and time.


We get the following result when we shift the date forward by 2 months and 20 days, and the time by 4 hours, 23 minutes and 5 seconds:

If, for example, you want to reset summer or winter time, select the appropriate Forward or Backward option and enter or select “1” under “Hour”.


Changing the creation datetime in the Properties panel

Select one or more images in the browser window and navigate to Creation Datetime under the General tab in the Properties panel.

To change the creation datetime, click the calendar icon and reset the creation date by selecting it on the calendar.

Alternatively, click the part of the creation datetime you want to change and use the up and down arrows on the keyboard to edit it.



Adding Ratings to Items

Using stars to rate items

Apart from assigning descriptive tags such as Keywords, Categories  and Events to your digital assets, Daminion also allows you to further classify them with star ratings.

Use star ratings to highlight the best or most important photos in your catalog.  You can, for example, browse through the images of a photo shoot and separate the good ones from bad ones by assigning them stars, and then select the 5-star favorites in a series to send for printing or to the client.

Daminion’s rating system allows you to assign 0 through 5 stars, including half stars.

5 Ways to rate items

You can rate an item directly:

  • On the preview thumbnail
  • In the File menu
  • In the Catalog Tags panel
  • In the Properties panel
  • Using keyboard shortcuts

 On the preview thumbnail


Click the respective square at the bottom of the preview thumbnail.





In the file menu


Select one or more images that you want to rate.

In the File menu, navigate to the Item -> Set rating and select the appropriate ratings from the drop-down menu.

Alternatively, right-click the thumbnail to open the menu and navigate to Set Rating.


In the Catalog Tags panel


Expand the Rating tab in the Tags panel, select one or more items in the Browser window, hold the mouse pointer and drag and drop the items to the respective star rating.

On the left of the Rating panel you can see how many elements in the catalog have already been assigned the same star ratings. Click the small circle next to the number to display the assigned items in the Browser window.


In the Properties panel


To change the rating of the currently selected item in the Properties panel, open the Description tab and click the desired rating.



Using the keyboard

You can use the following keyboard shortcuts to assign ratings directly to selected items.

  • 0 Star = CTRL + 0 (no rating)
  • 0,5 Star = CTRL + 00
  • 1,0 Star = CTRL + 1
  • 1,5 Star = CTRL + 11
  • 2,0 Star = CTRL + 2
  • 2,5 Star = CTRL + 22
  • 3,0 Star = CTRL + 3
  • 3,5 Star = CTRL + 33
  • 4,0 Star = CTRL + 4
  • 4,5 Star = CTRL + 44
  • 5,0 Star = CTRL + 5

Working with collections

Working with collections in Daminion Desktop Client

Collections are particularly useful when you need to group files for certain types of projects, such as  marketing brochures, presentations, contact-sheets or web-galleries, or when the order of digital assets is important.

Daminion displays your collections in the Tags panel under the Collection tag. You can create as many collections as you like and manage them like any other tags, i.e. add an unlimited number of items and delete the ones you don’t need, arrange hierarchical levels, search within collections, etc. Additionally, Daminion has a manual file-sorting option, available in the Collection tag only. This is particularly useful when files need to be in a specific order, e.g. when printing calendars.

Please keep in mind that the Collection tag is written to the metadata (XMP -> Collection name)

Creating a new collection


On the Catalog Tags Panel, right-click the Collections header bar and select Add Tag Alternatively, press the Ins key on the keyboard.

In the dialog that opens, enter the name of your collection and hit the Create button or the Enter key on the keyboard.

To create a hierarchy within a particular collection, right-click the collection name and in the menu click Add Tag Inside or use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+Ins.

In the dialog that opens, enter the names of hierarchical levels separated by commas and check Add multiple values separated by a comma.


In the example below we have created several collections for diverse purposes. The collection entitled ‘Best photos of the projects, 2016’  contains sub-levels. Red headings indicate the collection(s) that contain the selected image. In this example the same elephant image appears in two collections: ‘Do not send before Tuesday’ and ‘2nd quarter’.


Manual sorting


The Manual sorting option is available within single collections only. Use this option to arrange your files in the required order and send them to a PDF file, for example.

Select a collection. On the status bar (below the browser window), click the little triangle on the Sort By tab and select Manual Sorting from the drop-down menu.

You can now change the sorting order by dragging and dropping the files. If you switch to a different sorting mode – sorting by File Size for example – and then back to Manual Sorting, the order of your manually sorted files remains unchanged.

Removing collection tags from items

To remove collection tags from items, select the respective collection in the Catalog Tags panel. Next, select the item in the Browser window and do one of the following: 1. Click the file and then press the Delete button > select Remove.

This opens a dialog box that asks you to confirm that the selected item should be removed from the Collection tag.


Click Remove to remove the collection tag from the item. Select Remove from the catalog and check Move the file(s) to Recycle Bin if you want the items to be deleted.

2. Select the Collection tag, right-click it and select Remove “TagName” from selected item(s).

3. Another way to remove an item from a particular collection is to select the item an, on the Properties panel under the System tab, click 11 on the collection you want to remove the item from.


Usage History

Adding and viewing the usage history of assets

Daminion automatically creates usage information for certain actions and saves it together with the respective assets.
For example, you can see when an asset was printed or sent via email and by whom.
In addition to the usage actions stored by default, you can create custom actions and comment on them. The Comment function is useful for passing on important information about certain items to other users, for example.

You can launch usage history either via the actions menu or by pressing the shortcut Ctrl+Shift+U

Adding usage information

To add usage information to an asset, right click the little arrow symbol in the top right corner of the thumbnail and click Add usage information.


In the window that opens you can add a comment   A or choose one of the default action types from the drop-down list B below, or do both. The current date and time  C  is added automatically, but you can change it manually by left-clicking the date link to set the desired date. D Asset file name.


To create a new custom action, chose Add Action Type from the drop-down list.


Add a file name for the new action type in the following window or edit the existing name with Edit Action Type.






The action types in the red frame are set by default and applied automatically. They cannot be changed.




Notice: When sending emails you can also add your comments directly to the email message.

Viewing usage history


To view the usage history of a particular asset, click the little arrow symbol in the top right corner of the thumbnail and click Usage History.


All action types that have been applied are listed and sorted by date  D.
In the upper menu bar, new custom action types can be added  A,  edited  B or deleted C.

Export of Usage History

Daminion allows to export Usage History to CSV file, which can be later opened in Excel.

To export Usage History of one or more files, selct the files in the browser window, click the Export button and select Export to CSV. 

In the Explorer window that opens, browse for a folder where to store the CSV file and set its name. Once this is done, you will see the following dialog box in Daminion:

In our example we have selected to export Keywords along with the Usage History for three selected items.
Once the CSV file is created, you can open it in Notepad or Excel.

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