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Live Photo Gallery (Wave 4 beta)-Finding, cropping, showing details and viewing

This post is a follow-up to Live Photo Gallery Wave 4–Where’s the XXXX button gone to? in which webDotWiz showed how to get around the new Live Photo Gallery using the ribbon. You might like to also read through Live Essentials (beta)–Getting around the ribbon with the ALT key and keytips if you’re a user who prefers to use the keyboard rather than the mouse.

Finding photos

imageIn the old Live Photo Gallery, we could view the date & time, person and descriptive tags in the left-hand pane. That arrangement has become unusable, since the time Live Photo Gallery first appeared a few years ago, we’ve added hundreds of new photos to our collection and our list of tags has become longer and longer. In the new Live Photo Gallery, the left-hand pane now only shows your folders and the Find tab on the ribbon assumes you’ve tagged your photos in some shape or form.

Poppy’s favourite saying when photos are mentioned is “Tag your photos! Tag your photos! Tag your photos!”

Descriptive tags have been in Live Photo Gallery since the first version so use it. More often than not each photo will have a number of tags.

One way of working is to go from a general tag (e.g., Holidays) to a more specific tag (e.g., New South Wales) to an even more specific tag (e.g., Sydney) then another tag might be Circular Quay then another might be Ferries then finally to the name of the ferry in the photo. This process comes naturally to those who have worked/are working with listing items in a catalogue (e.g., Cutlery, Spoons, Silver-plated, Teaspoons).

People tags appeared in the last version of Live Photo Gallery in the hope that the next generation will know who people are in our photos. The new Live Photo Gallery not only detects faces in photos but also recognises them. Thus if you’ve put a name to a face in one of your photos and that person appears in other photos in your collection, Live Photo Gallery automatically names that person without further work.

You can also find photos by date and time (as in the old version). However, you need to check your camera doesn’t lose its date and time setting when you change batteries (yes, some cameras do lose that information – you’ll know this when all your photos are marked with some year well before you even bought the camera or the camera even existed).

Another way of finding photos is to use the Rating system. When you’re browsing your photos, give your photos a rating of 1 to 5 stars for future reference. The rating might be for a favourite place to re-visit or a particular interest or hobby of yours.

You’ll find life a lot easier and you’ll enjoy looking back at your photos if you follow Poppy’s admonition: “Tag your photos! Tag your photos! Tag your photos!”

imageTip: When you ask Live Photo Gallery to find a photo or group of photos (and you’re using Folder view – check on the View tab to check) – it looks in the current folder so sometimes you won’t get a result. However Live Photo Gallery then gives you the option to Search all photos folders so click this option.







A reminder that cropping photos is one of those jobs that requires you to confirm that you actually want to carry out the operation (Straightening a photo is another that comes to mind). Even though you can revert to the original photo, there are some operations in Live Photo Gallery are of a destructive type and Live Photo Gallery wants to know that you really want to carry out the operation.

Showing details of your photos in the gallery view

On the View tab there’s a section called Show details which enables you to display all the details about your photos or just what you want displayed.

imageThe normal view is Thumbnails (it’s icon will be lit). When you click on All details, the Thumbnails icon is turned off. To turn off All details, click Thumbnails to bring back the normal view.





Another normal view is to view your photos by Folder name and whose name then appears at the top of the main gallery above your photos. There are other options (e.g., Tag, Person, Rating) on the View tab under Arrange list.




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Live Photo Gallery Wave 4–Where’s the XXXX button gone to?

The Wave 4 version of Live Photo Gallery now has the ribbon menu from which we select what we want to do. The ribbon is sensitive to the context we’re working in and thus changes according to what we want to do (or what Live Photo Gallery can best guess at what we want to do).

The old version of Live Photo Gallery had separate menu items across the top of the window: File (e.g., Import photos from camera or scanner), Fix (Auto Adjust, Adjust exposure, Straighten, Crop, etc.), Info (Add People or Descriptive tags), Publish (Upload to Live Photos), Email, Print, Make (Make a panorama), Slideshow and Extras (e.g., Open a photo in Paint.NET, Send a group of photos to ICE).

So where do we find the equivalent functions in the new Live Photo Gallery?

When you start the new version of Live Photo Gallery (the Wave 4 version as it’s called) for the first time, you may need to click All photo and videos in the top left pane to show all your folders. Click on one of your folders to show thumbnails of the photos in that particular folder.

As well when you start the new Live Photo Gallery for the first time, it scans all your photos to place people tags on any photos in which it recognises faces from people you’ve already people tagged. Live Photo Gallery now not only detects faces in your photos but recognises faces using the people tags you’ve already got. So no more arduous people tagging all your photos – as long as you’ve put a name to a face in one photo, Live Photo Gallery will look through all your photos to find others in which that person appears and they’ll be people tagged automatically.

How do I add a descriptive tag to a photo?

On the Home menu, click the top half of the Descriptive tag button.

If you click the bottom half of Descriptive tag, you have a couple more options: Manage your tags or Cleanup unused tags.







How do I add a people tag to a photo?

On the Home menu, click the People tag button.

Where’s the Back to gallery button gone to?

You’ve double clicked on a thumbnail and the photo opens full screen. How do you get back to the gallery of photos?

There are three ways:

  1. Press the ESC key on your keyboard (it’s at the top left of you keyboard and you may have never noticed it until now that webDotWiz has mentioned it); or,
  2. Double-click the photo; or
  3. Click the big, black X (Close file) at the top right of the ribbon.

Whenever you’ve finished editing a photo you’ll more than likely want to return to the gallery view of your photos so use one of the above methods.

Where’s the Fix menu gone to? How do I edit one of my photos?

The easiest way to get access to all the editing functions is to double-click the thumbnail of the photo in the gallery that you want to adjust.

You’ll note that the ribbon changes over to the Edit tab and now you’ve got all the editing tools on hand.

As well note that the right-hand pane shows the main editing functions available: Adjust exposure, Adjust color, Straighten photo and Adjust detail. If you don’t see these options in the right-hand pane, click the Fine tune button on the Edit ribbon.

Click one of these main functions to enable you to carry out specific adjustments you want to make to your photo.

When you’ve finished editing, you can return to the gallery of thumbnails by clicking Close file.

If you’ve clicked on one of your photos in gallery view and then click the Edit tab, you only get some of the simple adjustments you can make to the photo. Double-click the photo to bring up all the adjustment tools.


Where have the list of tags gone to? They used to be in the left pane

The Find ribbon menu item now enables you to find photos by Date, People (face recognition), Rated, Tags (descriptive) and Flagged.

If you want to find all photos you’ve tagged with a specific description, click Tags to bring up a full list of all the tags you’ve used (it’s divided into Most used and Tag list a-z). Click the appropriate tag to bring up all the photos with that specific tag.

You may need to click on Search all photos? at the top of the main window so Live Photo Gallery looks through all your albums.

Finding certain people among all your photos is simple – just click on their face. You’ll see all the people that have been recognised by clicking on the small arrow to the right of the face recognition gallery in the ribbon. Once again you may have to click on Search all photos?.






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