Digital Photo Professional main screen

As an introduction to Digital Photo Professional, I’d like to take you on a brief tour of Egypt. When you launch Digital Photo Professional, the main screen opens, as shown in 9-9.

The opening screen of Canon's Digital Photo Professional, featuring thumbnails of images I took in Egypt.

There you’ll have a number of options in the form of buttons for managing the program and your images, as well as drop-down menus for operating various features of the program. The main screen is broken into several key sections:

  • The menu and program management buttons are located at the top of the window.
  • A map of your files and folders appears to the left.
  • Thumbnails of images appear prominently on the screen, to the right of the map of files and folders.

You’ll find that the drop-down menus such as File, Edit, View, Bookmark, Adjustment, and Tools contain basic application functions (save, print, and so on) as well as advanced functions (batch processing, color space adjustments, and editing tools).

The large, round buttons just beneath the menu also provide some quick-access to useful functions. From the main view, you can click the Folders button to remove the folder map portion so you see only the thumbnails. Folders do not reappear until you click the button again, even if you change views and then return to the main view. When you select an image and click the Edit image button, the view changes to show the selected thumbnail at the left and a large view of the image in the main portion of the window. From here, you can click the Thumbnails button to make the panel with the thumbnails disappear, as shown in the view in 9-10. Click the button again to bring the thumbnails back.

The image-specific editing window expands the image to (optionally) a full-screen view in Canon's Digital Photo Professional; all the editing features are still available through the drop-down menus and the large buttons.

More buttons on the top right-hand-side of the page allow you to check and rank images, rotate them, and perform batch processing.

Image thumbnails individually list the image file names; RAW files are further identified by a RAW symbol (see 9-11). In the main (opening) screen and by clicking the Thumbnail button from the editing view, thumbnails can optionally be displayed in small, medium, large, or “with information,” which includes a histogram and essential metadata tags. At the bottom of the screen, below the thumbnails, there is also general information listed about the thumbnails, including the number of images shown, the viewing mode (you can choose either high-speed or high-quality for display of RAW files), the number of images you may have selected, and the recipe data. A Digital Photo Professional recipe is editing data that you have performed on one file and saved so that you can apply it to another image or set of images.

Thumbnail images in Digital Photo Professional displayed with detailed metadata information, which is another selection available from the View drop-down menu.

If you want to look at image histograms and metadata along with thumbnails, you can optionally select it from the View drop-down menu.

Adjusting a JPEG image using the Tool palette's RGB feature.

Digital Photo Professional contains a number of other miscellaneous features that you may find useful for various tasks:

  • Color Support. Digital Photo Professional supports sRGB (Standard Red, Green, Blue), Adobe RGB, and Wide Gamut RGB color spaces. If you’re using Easy-PhotoPrint and/or PictBridge printers, you can benefit from image layout and printing with Adobe RGB given it’s also CMS compatible. You access this and select your desired color space from the Adjustment menu, under the Work Color Space option. Set your default work color space from the Preferences window, found under the Tools menu, and then click the Color Management tab.
  • RGB Adjustment. Even though Digital Photo Professional is primarily oriented towards processing RAW files, JPEG files can be adjusted dynamically using the Tool palette’s RGB function (see 9-12). You have full tonal curve adjustment capabilities along with brightness, contrast, hue, saturation, and sharpness controls. A tone curve assist feature also provides automated suggestions for tonal adjustments.
  • Noise Reduction. You can reduce digital noise for both JPEG and RAW files from the Tool palette. For RAW files, you can reduce both luminance and chrominance noise. The reduction is relatively limited in function, offering only a three-point slider. Also, note that you can only adjust noise in RAW files if your preferences are set to display RAW files in high-quality mode (the option is not available in high-speed display mode).
  • Recipes. Digital Photo Professional allows you to take editing data that has been used with one image and apply it to others. After editing a file, you select Save Recipe in File from the Edit menu, which allows you to save your editing information. You can then apply this to other images by selecting Read and Paste Recipe from File from the same menu when you’re in another file to which you want to apply the same edits.
  • Batch Processing. This is a button on the main screen. With it, you can apply a variety of changes to a group of images automatically, as shown in 9-13. You can batch process file format changes, output resolution, image size, name, and image transfer settings (for opening files in another application, such as Photoshop).
  • Automate. You can automatically create and print contact sheets from the File menu.
  • Bookmark. If you’ve been reviewing images in a large number of file folders, use the bookmark feature to easily remember and return to their locations.
  • Display images in real time. Using the EOS Utility software, you can display images in Digital Photo Professional in real time as they are shot remotely on your camera. In the Tools menu, an option for Start EOS Utility becomes available when the camera is connected and turned on. This also allows you to download images to Digital Photo Professional and your computer.

Photo Professional allows you to make multiple changes to a group of images using the Batch Processing feature.

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