Join Tanya Staples for an in-depth discussion in this video Downloading photos from a digital camera, part of Getting Started with Corel Paint Shop Pro Photo XI.
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- If you're using Corel PaintShop Pro Photo XI with a digital camera, one of the number one things you're gonna want to do is be able to download the images that you've taken with your digital camera onto your computer, so that you can edit them in Corel PaintShop Pro Photo XI. There's a number of ways that you can download your photos, and I'm gonna show you two of the ways here. The first way is to download them directly through Corel PaintShop Pro Photo XI. To do that, I can choose "Get Photos", "Download". And you can see, what it does is it allows me to choose what source I want to download the images from.
I have two things that are hooked up to my computer, I have my scanner, and I have my digital camera. So I'm gonna choose my digital camera, and I'm gonna click "OK". You can see that it's automatically establishing a connection with my camera. Now keep in mind, you need to make sure that your camera is turned on when you go through this process. And you can see here, that now it's showing me a thumbnail preview of all the images that I have on my camera. And I can choose any one of these images, I can click "Select All" to choose all of them, or, I can hold down my "Control" or my "Shift" key to multiple-select images.
I'm gonna go ahead and click this image down at the bottom, and I'm gonna choose "Get Pictures". And what that's gonna do, is it's automatically gonna download the image from my camera, and open the file in Corel PaintShop Pro Photo XI. Now, in this case what it does is, as I said, it opens the image. It doesn't save it, so depending on what you want to do, and how many images you want to download, this particular way of getting the images may or may not work for you. If you're just downloading one image so that you can save it and edit it, this is a great way to do it.
If you want to download multiple images, and automatically have them save on your hard drive, this may not be the right way to do it. In that case, what you want to do is use this fantastic utility that ships with Corel PaintShop Pro Photo XI, and that's called the "Corel Photo Downloader", which we're gonna take a look at in just a moment. So I'm gonna go ahead and just close this image, and I don't need to save my changes. So let's take a look at how we can download images using the Corel Photo Downloader. I'm gonna just minimize PaintShop Pro here for a minute, and move it up here to the right corner.
You can see on my desktop, I have an icon here called Corel Photo Downloader. When you installed Corel PaintShop Pro Photo XI, at the end of the install, you had the option to install Corel Snapfire and the Corel Photo Downloader. If you haven't done that, I'd encourage you to go back and reinstall those two pieces of software, because you'll find them very helpful. We're gonna take a look at the Corel Photo Downloader, and how we can download our photos with it. So what I'm gonna do, is I'm gonna double-click this shortcut. I've created this shortcut on my desktop. If you don't have a shortcut on your desktop, you can access the Corel Photo Downloader through the Start menu, by going "Start", "All Programs".
So I'm going to just double-click the Corel Photo Downloader. This is not going to start downloading our photos. What it's gonna do, is it's gonna open up a dialog box that allows me to look at some of the options I have for downloading my photos. So here you can see we have a few options. We can automatically have it "Detect Camera and Card Readers", which we want to leave checked, and you can see that there's an option to automatically start downloading the photos, or to prompt you to download the photos. I prefer to leave this on "Prompt", because that way I know that it's actually downloading the files, and also because then I can change some of the download options.
We're gonna take a look at these download options in just a couple of minutes, but you can just see that there's a number of options we have to work with. You could also have it set up to detect photo CDs, and again you can automatically have it start viewing them, or you can prompt yourself to do it. You can also choose to load the Corel Photo Downloader when the computer starts up. So these are some options you can specify, in terms of how you want the Corel Photo Downloader to behave. So now that we have that set up the way that we want, I'm just gonna click "OK". And now what I'm gonna do, is I'm going to turn on my digital camera.
So you can see when I turn on my camera, I get a couple of dialog boxes. This is my Canon Digital Rebel that's trying to grab the images, and I'm gonna close this, because I don't want to use that to download my images. If you have a different type of camera, you may see a different type of dialog box come up, or you may not see one at all. What I want though, is to use this Corel Photo Downloader dialog box. And what it's telling me is, that its found new photos on my Canon Rebel XT, that's the one I have hooked up to my computer and turned on. I have this option to use Corel Photo Downloader to transfer the photos, which is what I want to do.
And again, we can choose to always start downloading them automatically, or to display the prompt. I want to display the prompt. Now what I'm going to do is click this "Options" dialog box. And this'll look familiar, because we saw the download options just a couple of minutes ago. What you can do, is either set up your download options to be consistent every time you download, or you can customize them with each download. The first thing you're gonna want to decide is where you're gonna put the photographs. In this case, you can see that it automatically puts them in the "My Pictures" folder.
If you don't want them to be there, you can navigate to any other location on your computer and download the photos there. I'm gonna click "Cancel", because I want to put them in my "My Pictures" folder. Now I could also create a subfolder. If I want to just put them loose in my "My Pictures" folder, I can turn this option off, but I find that gets really cumbersome after awhile. So I'm going to choose "Create Subfolder", and I can either choose to have the subfolder created with today's date, or I can specify a "Custom Folder Name", and I can type something in here.
Now I personally prefer to just have it set up as the date, and then I can remember when I've downloaded my photos, so I'm gonna just leave this set on "Download Date". Now there's three other options that we want to look at. The first one is "Automatically rotate photos". Depending on what type of camera you have, your camera may store EXIF information, that's E-X-I-F, information with the files as it takes them. If it does, your camera will automatically be able to communicate with the Corel Photo Downloader, and tell it when you have taken a photo in portrait mode.
So for example, if you've turned your camera so that the orientation of the photograph is vertical, rather than horizontal, or landscape, it'll automatically communicate that to the Photo Downloader when it's importing the files, and if you have this option checked, it will rotate them for you. If your camera doesn't keep EXIF information, even if you have this option turned on, it won't rotate them for you. My camera happens to use EXIF information, so in this case, leaving this option turned on will help rotate the files for me.
I can also choose to "Download only new photos". This is a great option, because if you've forgotten to clear off your memory card from the last time you downloaded, it'll save you having duplicate copies of photos you've already downloaded. So for example, you have 50 images on your memory card, 30 you've already downloaded, turning this option on will make sure that you only download the 20 new photos. The last option, "Erase photos on camera after download". What this allows you to do is just eliminate, or delete, all the files on your memory card after they're safely downloaded onto your computer.
I'm gonna leave this option turned off, because I want to leave these files on my camera, and I'll delete them later. But depending on what you want to do, you can turn that option on, or off. So now I'm gonna click "OK", and I'm gonna click "OK" again, and this is automatically gonna start the download process. And keep in mind, depending on how many images, and how large they are, this may take a couple of minutes or it may take several minutes. What I like about this, is it gives me a little thumbnail preview of all of the images, as they're coming in, and it tells me how many I'm at, and also tells me the filename.
Now you can see, here's all the images that we've downloaded off of our memory card, and as I pointed out, that "Automatically rotate photos" option worked. You can see that it's automatically rotated them, so that they're the correct orientation. And you'll notice that it downloaded the images in Corel Snapfire. This is another program that ships with Corel PaintShop Pro Photo XI, and it helps you organize your photos. We're gonna take a look at Corel Snapfire in more detail at the end of this video training, but for right now, just keep in mind that when you download your photos using the Corel Photo Downloader, it automatically uses Corel Snapfire.
So here we have all of our images that have successfully downloaded. And unlike what we did earlier in this video, where we downloaded the single image, these are automatically on our hard drive. You can see they all have filenames, and they're all stored in the "My Pictures" folder, as we specified. So if I go to "Find Photos", "My Pictures", there's that folder, "2006-07-18". If I click that, we still see our same images, here's the images that we downloaded and they're all successfully saved on our hard drive.
So that's how you can download your photos using Corel PaintShop Pro Photo XI, and again, I highly recommend installing and using the Corel Photo Downloader, because it's an excellent way to get all of your digital photographs onto your computer.
- Finding and viewing photos in the Organizer
- Keywording, rating, and searching
- Using One-Step Photo Fix and Smart Photo Fix to adjust color and lighting
- Retouching photos with the Makeover tools and Skin Smoothing
- Applying special effects, such as Time Machine and Depth of Field
- Adding borders and text
- Printing and sharing photos