[KPhotoAlbum] Image Stacking in KPhotoAlbum

Murray Strome wmstrome at yahoo.com
Thu Mar 17 13:45:00 GMT 2011

--- On Wed, 3/16/11, Miika Turkia <miika.turkia at gmail.com> wrote:

From: Miika Turkia <miika.turkia at gmail.com>
Subject: Re: [KPhotoAlbum] Image Stacking in KPhotoAlbum
To: "Murray Strome" <wmstrome at yahoo.com>
Cc: "KPhotoAlbum List" <kphotoalbum at kdab.net>
Received: Wednesday, March 16, 2011, 9:10 AM

On Tue, Mar 15, 2011 at 5:34 AM, Murray Strome <wmstrome at yahoo.com> wrote:

I just learned about image stacking in KPA and it looks like a useful feature. However, I cannot figure out how to use it effectively.

Here is what I tried as an experiment:

I have two photos that I want to stack. They have the same names, except two different extensions (one is the original RAW image with .PEF extension, the other is the modified image saved as .jpg). I selected both of them and then in Edit, I selected "Merge Images as Stack". It seems to have merged these two, plus other similar ones into a stack, plus it has also merged a bunch of other ones into stacks. This is not what I had wanted. I only wanted the two I selected to be put into a stack.

Are you sure there was only the two images selected (and not e.g. other images selected earlier but scrolled out of the view). The stacking has been working for me when I have used it (I don't use it regularly).

Now I can no longer be certain that I did not have another image selected. I just tried it again, and it seems to be working the way that I think it should.

More importantly, the image shown after the merge is NOT the one I wanted to be visible. I see there is something saying "set as first image in stack", but I cannot figure out how to select
 a different one than that which is at the top of the stack.

You have to "open" the stack by clicking on the lower left corner on the stacking "icon". When all images on the stack are shown you can select the one you want to be on top.

In mine, it is the lower right corner upon which I have to click. Then, I have to click in the space to the right of the stacked images to see them all. That does show all the images in the stack, and then I can indeed select the one I want to be on top. I then have to select "Collapse all Stacks" in the "View" tab to get them all back together.  

I guess I really don't understand how to use this feature, and I have been unable to find any clear instructions online.

Can someone please explain this to me, or point me to some directions that someone has already written?

Check out old KPA news, I luckily just found some info on stacking: http://kphotoalbum.org/index.php?page=old-news#item0054

Thanks for your help. It set me off in the right direction, and I think that I now have a modicum of understanding of stacks so that I am ready to make effective use of them in my Album.  I believe that KPA is now sufficiently stable on my system to enable me to start a major annotating job!



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