Getting Started

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You've installed Photo Mechanic! Get ready for lightning fast browsing, powerful metadata editing, and a supercharged workflow! Let's get started:

Photo Mechanic is an image browser designed with speed and ease of use in mind. You can call it a photo editor as well. But unlike other photo editing programs that are designed to work with one photo at a time in order to edit its pixels, Photo Mechanic is designed to work with groups of photos together in order to manage them. Professional photo editors who handle lots of photos daily and often under deadline understand this distinction. Their job involves selecting photos, not selecting pixels.

We've prepared some videos to help you understand the basics of Photo Mechanic. Watch these to kickstart your Photo Mechanic education.

Or if you'd rather dive right in, here are some notes to help you:

First Use

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. There are several ways to open a new Contact Sheet.

1. Select File > New Contact Sheet Tab (⌘N) to open a blank Contact Sheet within the main window. Then drag and drop a folder into the main part of the Contact Sheet. Any images within that folder will be displayed as a series of thumbnails.

2. Select File > Open Contact Sheet (⌘O) to open an existing folder as a new Contact Sheet. An Open dialog box will appear so you can navigate to the folder you wish to work with.

3. Drag a folder from the desktop onto the Photo Mechanic icon.

Choose a folder and Photo Mechanic will quickly generate a Contact Sheet of thumbnails for all the image files in that folder.

You can set up Photo Mechanic to start up in a variety of ways. By default Photo Mechanic starts up with an empty Contact Sheet window. You can set it to instead present an Open dialog, or you can have it open the last opened Contact Sheet. This setting can be set in the General tab of the Preferences dialog.