Getting started

Video: Getting started with Photo Mechanic
If you have never used Photo Mechanic, this video will help you get up and running in no time.  90-day trial, no card required
Tue, Aug 11, 2020 at 2:37 PM
Ingesting photos with Photo Mechanic
Ingest is the name of the process Photo Mechanic uses to import and copy photos from a card, folder, or other location. You can save time using the Ingest p...
Tue, Dec 10, 2019 at 4:13 PM
Introduction to Photo Mechanic contact sheets
When you launch Photo Mechanic for the first time you will see an empty Contact Sheet window and the main menu bar at the top of the screen. Open a new ...
Thu, Jul 23, 2020 at 9:01 AM
Tagging photos
Tags are simple toggles you can use to help you sort through and cull photos. A photo is either tagged or untagged. Tag a photo by checking the box on th...
Thu, May 28, 2020 at 4:22 PM
Star ratings
Photo Mechanic allows you to rate photos using a scale of 1-5 stars. Star ratings can be used in conjunction with tags and color classes. Star ratings are a...
Thu, May 28, 2020 at 4:34 PM
Color class ratings
Photo Mechanic allows eight different color classes plus "none." You can use these to sort, select, and filter your photos. Color classes are flex...
Tue, Jun 2, 2020 at 5:01 PM
How to zoom and check for critical focus
Photo Mechanic provides multiple ways to check for critical focus while previewing your photos. The Loupe Cursor From the contact sheet view, the loupe cu...
Fri, Dec 20, 2019 at 10:48 AM
Using the Metadata (IPTC) Template
The Metadata (IPTC) Template gives you control over IPTC metadata to efficiently add information to an individual, group, or batch of photos. ✍Note: the Me...
Mon, May 11, 2020 at 12:23 PM
Introduction to Photo Mechanic variables
Variables in Photo Mechanic are placeholders for metadata information contained in a photo.  For example, {filename} is a placeholder for the actual filena...
Thu, Apr 16, 2020 at 10:29 AM
Introduction to code replacements in Photo Mechanic
Photo Mechanic’s code replacement speeds up captioning of often-used terms or names like those used in sports photography but can be used to make a shorthan...
Thu, Jul 23, 2020 at 2:50 PM