Tuesday, September 22, 2009

View and Edit Pictures with Ubuntu

One of the greatest things about owning a home computer is that you can store thousands of pictures on the hard drive. With advances in digital photography, you no longer have to go out and buy film or pay for developing costs. You can easily transfer your pictures from your camera to your computer. If you have the right printer, you can make as many high quality copies of a photograph as you want without having to leave the house.

As with music, video, and documents, Ubuntu creates an appropriate folder for you, in this case called Pictures. As you may have guessed, this is a storage location for your digital photographs and any other graphics you bring to the computer. Not only does Ubuntu provide you a place to store your pictures, but the nice people at Canonical made sure that Ubuntu came with an application that would help you import, organize, share, and edit your digital pictures. This program, called F-Spot, can be accessed by selecting Applications | Graphics | F-Spot Photo Manager. F-Spot supports 16 different graphical file types including JPEG, TIFF, GIF, and PNG. If you need to touch up your photos before sharing them on the Web, you can remove red eye, crop pictures, resize, and even adjust the brightness and contrast. As with most everything else in Ubuntu, you are provided a fully functional tool for absolutely free!

Importing Pictures
To get started with F-Spot, you need some pictures. Begin by launching F-Spot. When the application window appears, insert the media that contains the pictures you are going to import. Click the Import button on the image menu bar to bring up the Import window. Next, select where you are importing from. Under Import Source use the drop-down menu to select the CD. As soon as you select the CD, the pictures on that disc will begin to load. When F-Spot is done loading the pictures, you can click the Import button.

If you would like to import pictures directly from a digital camera, start up F-Spot and then connect the camera to the computer. Once the computer and the camera are communicating, you can click the Import button. This time, select the camera from the Import Source menu. Once the pictures are loaded, click Import to bring them into F-Spot.

F-Spot stores the pictures in its Catalog. If you wish to move pictures to the Pictures folder, you will need to select the pictures you want to send to the folder first. Once you have them selected, click File | Export To | Folder. The Folder Export window will open; select the folder you want to send your pictures to. For further organization, F-Spot creates a Gallery in the folder you choose. You can rename this gallery whatever you want. Under Export Method you also have the option to create a web gallery that can be uploaded to a site, or to export just the pictures themselves. When you are ready, click the Export button.

Source of Information : McGraw Hill Osborne Media How to Do Everything Ubuntu

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