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Using the HP TouchSmart Photo Software

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This information applies to some HP computers sold in the United States, such as HP TouchSmart 300 and 600 series computers and some IQ500 and IQ800 products that were upgraded to Windows 7. Not all computers sold in the United States can use the Hulu software application.

UPDATING TOUCHSMART

Did you know HP updates its TouchSmart software to add new features and tools? To get the latest features, update the TouchSmart software from the Internet. Go to the HP software and drivers Web site , and type the model of your computer, such as TouchSmart 600-1055. Select your Windows version, and under Software - Solutions, find the HP TouchSmart Music/Photo/Video Application Update. Read the instructions on the Web page to download and install the update.
NOTE:To find the model number for your computer, press the Ctrl + Alt + S keys on the keyboard. A window displays your computer information including the model number.

Opening HP TouchSmart Photo

View, edit, and print your photos or upload them to Snapfish. Create and view slideshows, and then burn them to CD or DVD. When you edit a photo, you can crop, rotate, auto correct, and fix red-eye. If you do not want the edits, you can revert to the original photo.
Your can display your photos by date, folder, or rating, or you can view all your photos. Scroll left or right to find the photo you want.
HP TouchSmart Photo supports the .jpg file format.
To open the TouchSmart Photo program, tap the Photo icon in the HP TouchSmart software.
Figure 1: TouchSmart Photo icon
TouchSmart Photo icon
Figure 2: Opening the TouchSmart Photo program
Opening the TouchSmart Photo program
The Photo program displays.
Figure 3: HP TouchSmart Photo
HP TouchSmart Photo
1 - View options: Dates, Folders, Ratings, All Photos, Slideshows, Snapfish, Removable/Networked Drives
2 - Settings
3 - Search
4 - Play Slideshow
5 - Print photos
6 - Upload Photos
7 - Import photos
8 - Create slideshow
9 - Create CD
10 - Fan View

Viewing a photo collection

View all your photos from anywhere on the hard disk drive, a removable drive, or a memory card. HP TouchSmart Photo scans your hard disk drive and all available drives to find photos that you can view in the HP TouchSmart Photo window.
  1. Open HP TouchSmart, and select the Photo tile.
  2. Browse to the group of pictures you want to view:
    • Tap Dates. Select the date of your picture. If necessary, use the scroll bar on the right to view all the photos.
    • Tap Folders. Select a folder, and then select the photos you want to view. When you select a folder, the other names of folders display at the top of the screen.
    • Tap Ratings. Scroll to a photo you want to view.
    • Tap All Photos. Scroll to a photo you want to view.
    • Tap Slideshows. Scroll to a slideshow you want to view.
    • Tap Snapfish to log in to your Snapfish account to browse your albums or your friend's albums.
      NOTE:The Snapfish Web site is not available in some countries/regions.
    • Tap the removable or networked drive, and scroll to view photos.
  3. Use the scroll bar to find your pictures. They are listed by the date they were added to your hard disk drive.
  4. You can view your photos in fan view, tile view, or two-touch folder preview.
    • When you browse your photos by Dates, Folders, or Ratings, they display in tile view, showing a sample of the photos in that category.
      Figure 4: Tile View browsing by date
       Tile View browsing
    • Two-touch folder preview. Press and drag in the row using two fingers to expand folders to a nine-square preview. Then use two-touch to collapse the folder.
      Figure 5: Two-touch folder preview
      Two-touch folder preview
    • Touch the Fan button at the bottom of the window to view your photos in fan view. Touch the Fan button again to return to tile view.
      Figure 6: Fan view browsing by date
      Photo fan view
  5. Tap the House icon to return to the HP TouchSmart homepage.

Adding photos to your photo library

When you connect an external device such as a digital camera, Windows detects your external device and displays a message asking if you want to view, copy, or transfer your images to the computer.
You have several ways to add photos to your photo library on the computer. You can:
  • Use the memory card reader on the side of the computer to transfer photos from your digital camera to the computer. HP TouchSmart can also display photos from the memory card reader.
  • Download photos from the Web to your hard disk drive.
  • Insert a CD or removable storage drive, and then move photos to the Windows Explorer Picture folder or any other folder on your hard disk drive.
  • Connect a digital camera or digital video camera to the HP TouchSmart computer by using the transfer cable that came with the device.
  • Import photos from networked Windows computers that have enabled sharing.

Editing your photos

You can make changes to your photos in HP TouchSmart Photo. Some of the editing features include removing red-eye, cropping, autocorrecting, and rotating images. When you edit a photo, you always have the option to revert to the original image at a later time.
To crop a photo:
  1. Open HP TouchSmart, and select the Photo tile.
  2. Tap anywhere on a photo to open it. When you open a photo, the photo editing window opens.
    Figure 7: Editing photos
    Editing photos
    1 - Photo details
    2 - Rotate
    3 - Auto-enhance
    4 - Tag this photo
    5 - Fix red-eye
    6 - Crop
    7 - Undo change
    8 - Delete
    9 - Revert to original
    10 - Return (exit the editing window)
  3. Tap Crop.
  4. Select a cropping option of Landscape, Portrait, or Custom. Press and drag the blue circles on the corners until you have the cropped image you want.
  5. Tap Crop to apply your change.
  6. Tap Return to exit the editing window.
  7. You can select the Revert to Original button later if you want to return to your original photo.
To adjust red-eye, or to rotate or autocorrect a photo:
  1. Open HP TouchSmart, and select the Photo tile.
  2. Tap anywhere on a photo to select it. When you select a photo, the photo editing window opens.
  3. Select an editing option:
    Auto-Enhance: This option autocorrects for contrast and brightness.
    Fix Red-Eye: Designed to fix certain types of red-eye.
    Rotate: This option rotates a photo 90 degrees to the right. Tap it again to rotate the photo another 90 degrees.
    NOTE:When you select the Auto-Enhance or Fix Red-Eye setting, neither option is available for the same photo again, unless you revert to the original image.
  4. Tap Return to exit the editing window.
  5. Select Revert to Original at a later time to return to your original photo.

Printing your photos

Use the following steps to print your photos:
  1. Connect your printer, and install any necessary printer software.
  2. Open HP TouchSmart, and select the Photo tile.
  3. Select the photo you want to print by tapping it.
  4. Tap Print Photos. If the Print button is dimmed, connect your printer and set it up to work with the computer.
    Figure 8: Printing your picture
    Printing your picture
  5. Select your print options, and then tap Print.
  6. Follow any on-screen printing instructions.

Rating your photos

You can rate your photos, and then search for a photo by its rating.
  1. Open HP TouchSmart, and select the Photo tile.
  2. Tap anywhere on a photo to open it. When you open a photo, the Photo Details window opens.
  3. In the Photo Details panel, tap the desired star rating.
    Figure 9: Setting a star rating
    Setting a star rating
  4. When done, tap Return.

Tagging your photos with keywords

You can assign keywords to your photos to help you find them.
  1. Open HP TouchSmart, and select the Photo tile.
  2. Tap anywhere on a photo to open it. When you open a photo, the photo editing window opens.
  3. Tap Tag this Photo to open the tagging window.
  4. Type a keyword in the Create a Tag box, and then tap Add. You can also delete a tag or clear all the tags.
  5. When done, tap Save.
    Figure 10: Tagging a photo
    Tagging a photo

Searching for a photo by keyword

Use the keywords you assign to help you search for a photo.
  1. Open HP TouchSmart, and select the Photo tile.
  2. Tap the Search button.
    The Search window displays.
  3. In the Search for area, tap how you want to search: Names, Tags, or Keyword. Then write on the screen or type the item you want to search for. The results display in the pane on the right. Tap an item in the results to open that photo or tap Close to return to the previous screen.
    Figure 11: Searching for a photo by keyword
    Searching for a photo by keyword

Viewing a photo slideshow

These steps describe how to view a slideshow of the photos on your computer. To view a slideshow that you have created and saved, skip to the next section .
  1. Open HP TouchSmart, and select the Photo tile.
  2. Tap the Play Slideshow button in the lower left of the Photo window.
  3. Adjust the slideshow settings by tapping the Settings button, selecting your settings, and then tapping Save.
    HP TouchSmart Photo Settings include:
    Slideshow Transition: Fade (default), Motion, Cell, Cube, None
    Slideshow Timing: increase or decrease the timing. The default is five seconds per picture.
    Select Folders: select picture folders.
    Figure 12: Photo settings
    Photo settings

Creating and saving a slideshow

Use the following steps to create a slideshow of your photos:
  1. Open HP TouchSmart, and select the Photo tile.
  2. Tap the Create Slideshow button at screen bottom to display the slideshow panel on the right.
  3. Tap the + (plus sign) next to a photo to add it to the slideshow. Repeat until the slideshow is complete.
    Figure 13: Creating a slideshow
    Creating a slideshow
  4. To rearrange photos in the slideshow, drag the photo out of the list, and drop it into a different position in the slideshow.
    To delete a photo from the slideshow, touch and drag it to the Trash icon.
  5. To add music, tap the Select music button to browse music tracks from your collection.
    Figure 14: Adding music
    Adding music
  6. Tap the + (plus sign) next to a song to select it. Repeat until the music is complete. Then tap Save to add it to the slideshow.
    Figure 15: Selecting music
    Selecting music
  7. To save the slideshow, type the name of the slideshow, and then tap Save.

Viewing a saved slideshow

Use the following steps to view the slideshow you create:
  1. Open HP TouchSmart, and select the Photo tile.
  2. Tap Slideshows.
  3. Select a slideshow and tap the Play Slideshow button in the lower left.
  4. Adjust the slideshow by tapping the controls on the screen.
    Figure 16: Slideshow controls
    Slideshow controls
    1 - Close button
    2 - Slideshow controls: play, pause, rewind, fast forward
    3 - Music controls: volume, mute

Editing a slideshow

Use the following steps to edit your slideshow:
  1. Open HP TouchSmart, and select the Photo tile.
  2. Select Slideshows at the top of the window.
  3. Select a slideshow.
  4. Tap the Edit button to open the slideshow panel.
    Figure 17: Editing the slideshow
    Editing the slideshow
  5. Rearrange, add, or delete photos, and then tap Save.

Uploading photos to Snapfish

Use the following steps to uploading your photos to Snapfish:
NOTE:The Snapfish Web site is not available in some countries/regions.
  1. Open HP TouchSmart, and select the Photo tile.
  2. Tap the Upload Photos button at the bottom of the window.
    Figure 18: Upload photos to Snapfish
    Upload photos to Snapfish
  3. Tap the green circle with the + (plus sign) next to the photo you want to upload. The photo moves to the list on the right side of the window. Repeat this step until all the photos you want to upload are selected.
  4. If you have a Snapfish account, type your e-mail address (Name) and password, and then tap Login.
    If you do not have a Snapfish account, tap Sign up for an account. HP TouchSmart minimizes and the Snapfish Web site opens (http://www.snapfish.com). Follow the on-screen instructions to create your account, and then open HP TouchSmart. Type your e-mail address (Name) and password of your Snapfish account, and then tap Login.
  5. Select an album for your photos or create a new album, and then tap the Upload button. HP TouchSmart displays a message when your photos are uploaded.
  6. Go to the Snapfish Web site and view your photos.

Creating a CD or DVD of photos or slideshows

Use the following steps to create and burn a CD or DVD of photos or slideshows:
  1. Open HP TouchSmart, and select the Photo tile.
  2. Tap Create CD.
  3. Tap the + (plus sign) next to a photo or slideshow to add it to the Create CD list. Repeat until the list is complete.
    Figure 19: Creating a CD
    Creating a CD
  4. To rearrange photos and slideshows in the list, drag the photo or slideshow out of the list, and drop it into a different position in the list.
    To delete a photo or slideshow from the list, touch and drag it to the Trash icon.
    Figure 20: Arranging your CD
    Arranging your photos
  5. Insert a blank CD or DVD.
  6. Type a name for the disc, and then tap Burn.
  7. To close the panel without burning a disc, tap Close.

Finding the Photo version

To find the TouchSmart Photo version, tap Settings .
Figure 21: Finding the Photo version
Finding the Photo version

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