Introduction to Albums
by Jean Lusetti
Welcome to the
start of a new series about Vision. The purpose of this series is not to teach you how
to be a good graphic artist (as I'm not an artist, I would be a
really bad inspirational source...), but to give you some hints about
the things you can do with Vision.
So, got the idea? Okay, let's start with one of the
best features in Vision... the album feature.
I don't know if you ever tried to use the album feature of Vision,
but believe me, it's one of the powerful ways to organize your
thousands of images on your hard disk (yes, with modesty!).
The basic principle of Albums
Before going any further, I have to explain a very basic
principle that Vision's albums feature uses to
manage images - stay tuned, it will not be that long. Album images are based upon the category principle. If
you're like me, you probably have many different
kinds of images; models, comics, mangas, astronomy, movies
Not only can each kind of image
become an album category, Vision also
allows the use of sub-categories. For example,
I have a category called Models. In this
category, I have many images of Laetitia Casta.
Consequently, it is possible to say that all
Casta images are a sub-category of my Models category.
So what can
you do with categories?
of course! If I wanted to view all my images
of Pamela Anderson, Adriana Karambeu, Laetitia Casta
and Naomi Campbell,
all I need to do is to filter using the category
Model. Vision would then display
all the images within the Model category.
However, to only view images
of Laetitia Casta, all I need to do is to filter using the category "Laetitia
Got that principle ? Okay, here is an example
for you to follow (you can substitute your own
images for the ones I use):
How to create
- Select Catalogue
from the Edit
menu of Vision.
following dialog will then be displayed.
- Select the
icon to open the Create New Album dialog.
- To create
a new album, you need to first give it a
name and select a directory for Vision
to save it in. After you done this, click
- You will
then be taken back to the Album Management
dialog. Next, select the
icon to Add a folder. The following dialog
will then be displayed.
- Here you
can define up to four directories for Vision
to search for images. After you have defined
one or more directories and selected
OK, a progress bar will appear as
Vision catalogues your images.
- Vision will
then show a list of all the images it found
along with their file format. To view a
thumbnail of any of the images, simply select
it from the list.
How to creating
- By default,
Vision groups all your images within a single
category called General. To
create your own categories, all you need
to do is
select an image from the list and then click on the first category popup followed
type in the name of the new category
you wish to create, such as Model.
- To include
an image within the new category, select
the image from the list and then select
the new category from the popup list. Repeat
this step for all the images you want to
add to the new category.
purpose of this example, I have created
the category Model and added the
images ADRIANA.JPG, LAETITIA.JPG and PAMELA.JPG
to it - but not ASTERIX.JPG.
How to filter
- To filter
your images, select the
icon to open the Album Configuration dialog
- Remove the
categories you do not wish Vision to display
by highlighting them in the left list and
return to the Album Management dialog, click
- In the screen-shot
below, you will now see that the image ASTERIX.JPG
is no longer in the list. This is because
it is was not included in the Model category and
has been filtered out.
Well, that was a
very simple example of what you can do with Vision. You
can easily imagine what to do with some 32 categories! To experiment
with Vision yourself, why not download a copy