8.0 Managing Your Digital Image Collection

f-spot is a management tool for your collection of digital images tailored for the GNOME desktop. It allows you to assign different tags to your images in order to categorize them and offers various neat image editing options.

The first time you run f-spot, tell it where to find the images to import to your f-spot collection. If you already have a collection of images stored on your hard drive, enter the path to the respective directory and optionally include subfolders. f-spot imports these images into its database.

HINT:If all the images you are importing belong to the same category, you can attach the appropriate tag on import. Select Attach Tag and choose the matching tag from the drop down menu.

Figure 8-1 Importing Images to f-spot

f-spot's main window is divided into three main areas. Categories, tags, and detailed information for the selected images are displayed in a sidebar to the left and a thumbnails of all images bearing the selected tag or category or, if none is selected, the entire collection is displayed in the right part of the window.

Figure 8-2 f-spot Main Window

A menu bar right at the top of the window allows you to access the main menus. A toolbar below offers several different functions depicted by a matching icon:

Table 8-1 f-spot Toolbar



Rotate (Left or Right)

Use this shortcut to change an image's orientation.


The Browse mode allows you to view and search you entire collection or tagged subsets of it. You can also use the time line to search images by creation date.

Edit Image

This mode allows you to select one image and do some basic image processing. Details are available in Section 8.6, Basic Image Processing with f-spot.


Switch to fullscreen display mode.


Start a slide show.