ON1 Photo RAW’s Import function lets you quickly grab photos directly from your camera, memory card, phone, tablet, or other source location (like a portable hard drive loaded with images from the field).
To import photos, connect your camera, card or other device and choose Import from Browse’s File menu.
The Import window opens, with the following options:
A. Import Options Bar: Lets you choose the source (camera, memory card, or other device), if Photo RAW should search through subfolders on the source, and whether to eject the device after importing. You can also choose options for selecting all photos or none of them.
B. Preview window: Displays the images to be imported. By default, all photos are included for import; click the check mark in the upper left corner of any image to remove it from the import process.
C. Thumbnail size: Adjusts the size of the thumbnails in the preview area.
D. Preset selector: Applies an import preset—which can include any of the settings from the import panel on the right—to the currently selected images.
NOTE: Import presets are different from the metadata preset templates in the Metadata pane, in that they can use all of the panes inside the Import window. An import preset can include metadata presets; simply choose the metadata template you wish to have as part of the import preset before you save it.
E. Destination: This pane sets the location of the imported images, backup location—if you wish to have a copy of your photos saved as a backup to another location—and the organization of imported files (into a single folder, or into folders organized by month or by month and day).
F. Rename: This pane lets you rename the imported files, with options for custom text, serialization, and by date. (This pane uses the same fields found in the Rename Files dialog; see “Renaming a file or folder” on page 27 for more.)
G. Add Metadata: Lets you add assorted metadata to the imported images, ranging from keywords, copyright information and more. To access the complete IPTC metadata fields, click the More drop-down; you can also add GPS coordinates and a description via this section of the pane. You can use existing metadata presets (or create your own in this window) to apply consistent metadata across multiple imports; simply enter the data you wish to include and choose Save New Preset from the Preset menu in the pane. (See “Metadata templates” on page 40 for more on metadata presets.)
H. Photo Settings: This pane lets you apply any Develop or Effects presets to the imported images. (These settings are not permanent; you can adjust or reset the adjustments via the Settings menu. See “Presets” on page 71 for more.)
I. Edit Capture Date: Use this pane when you wish to change the capture date of imported images. The Adjust Time Zone setting can be helpful if you forget to change your camera’s clock when you travel across multiple time zones.
Once you have adjusted your import settings and selected the images for import, click on the Import button to perform the operation. While your photos are being imported, you’ll see a progress bar displayed in the lower right side of the Browse window. If your import location is a cataloged folder, the new images will be indexed automatically in the background.
Photo RAW makes it easy to save often-used import settings—things like copyright information and other metadata, file-naming conventions, import locations and more—as a preset. To save an import preset, adjust the information and settings in any of the panes on the right of the Import window, then choose Save New Preset from the pop-up menu. Thereafter, when you choose the preset from the pop-up, it will apply your saved settings. If you wish to change a setting for an existing preset, select the preset, make your changes in the panels and choose Update Existing Preset from the preset selector’s pop-up menu.
Photo RAW remembers the last-used import preset when you choose Import from the File menu.