Template Editor

With the Template Editor you can set various parameters to automatically rename a file or a folder name during the export process.

You can launch the Template Editor from the “Copy to Folder…” dialog as seen on the following screen shot.



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Right next to the “Create Sub-Folders” and “Rename Files” options, you will find small buttons with a triangle. There you can launch the Template Editor independently for file renaming and folder renaming.
By clicking on these buttons select “Customize…” out from the sub menu.

This opens the Template Editor.


 Template Name

If you have chosen a predefined template out from the template list, its name will display in this box. If you started from scratch and did not already save your new template, it will display “Custom Template”.

 Triangle button

By clicking on this button you can select an already predefined naming convention from the sub menu or you can save your own new template. If you click here on “Save Preset as…” you will be asked for a name and the preset will be stored into the sub menu where you can select it later on in the “Copy to Folder…” dialog to apply this renaming template.

 Template Code

This is the text editing area for the template. All selected tokens from the Insert Tag area below, will be placed right here. Here you can also edit your desired template manually by adding any custom text or by adding specific separator characters.
Below the edit area you can see the final result of the selected tokens. So you can instantly see, how your currently selected tokens will affect the final file or folder name.

 Insert Tag

Daminion offers a wide variety of tokens for different purposes of which you can choose from to create a renaming convention. These tokens are sorted into several groups which are reflected by the button set in this area. By clicking on each of these buttons a submenu with a set of different tokens will open.


If you hover the mouse over one of these tokens a help text will pop-up with a description of this specific token. This helps you to find the right token for your desired naming convention.



Definition of a token

Each token begins with a “%” sign followed by one or more characters. Each token has a unique purpose. You can combine any of these tokens by each other.

Following you will see a sample of a token combination and its resulting file name:


             [Token string]                                                    [Resulting file name]
%date-%pxl-%lens-%###.%ext        =        20141005-16 MP-NIKKOR 50mm f/1,4-001.NEF

%date   = Uses the capture date in the format “year month day”
” – ”       = custom text used as a separator
%pxl     = Displays the megapixel of that image
” – ”       = custom text used as a separator
%lens   = Displays the model name of the used lens
” – ”       = custom text as a separator
%###   = Each “#” sign defines the total number of leading zeros for the numerating.
” . ”        = dot separator for the file extension
%ext      = file extension

A full list of supported tokens can be found here.

Notice: To ensure that your self-created naming convention in the result exactly matches your requirements, it is advisable to try this at first on a single test file before you rename a large number of files because there is no undo function for such renaming operations!

Customized Export Presets

The Customize Export Preset dialog allows you to set your own export settings and save them for later use. You can use your customized presets to resize your images, convert image format, rename images and add your own customized watermark.

In this chapter we show you how to create and save a custom preset and how to use it later in the “Copy to Folder” dialog.


The “Customize Export Preset” dialog can be launched from the “Copy to Folder” dialog.


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In the “Transform” drop-down list, choose “Customize” to open the Template Editor (see screen shot above).



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 Preset Name

This is a list of all the existing export presets. Newly created custom presets appear on the bottom of the list. Click any of the entries on the list to see their corresponding settings on the right of the dialog box.

Buttons below the Preset names list:

btn_Add Add a new preset

btn_Delete Delete an existing preset

btn_MoveDown btn_MoveUp Reorder the list of presets


To create a new preset click the plus button (bottom left corner). This adds a new entry in the list and prompts you to enter a descriptive name.  EditNameBox
Override the existing default: “{format} – {sizeto}” with a name that best describes the task to be performed.

Alternatively, click any of the presets in the list, enter your changes, and then click the plus button. This will create a new template based on your new settings. The name of this preset will be generated automatically from the size and format settings you have chosen.


 Image Format

Select the file type your file(s) should be converted to.


 Color Profile

Select the color profile to be embedded in the file. You can apply the default sRGB or let Daminion use the color profile that is already embedded in the image. If you are not sure what to use, just leave it as the default sRGB. This is the most commonly used color profile.


 Size To

Select the units of measurement to be used for the image dimensions in the box below. If you select “Original Size”, the image will not be resized in any way.



Set desired image size in the units of measurement you selected in the previous option (DSize To.



The DPI (dots per inch) setting is only really needed if you intend to print. For screen use, you can leave it at the default 72 dpi. But set 300 dpi if you want to be able to print the images as well. In fact, the DPI setting doesn’t change the image size on-screen, but it can make a big difference to print quality.


 Embed Metadata

Decide which metadata should be embedded in the image. You can choose from:

  • None (No Metadata is embedded in the image)
  • All (All Metadata is embedded in the image)
  • All Except Camera Info (All Metadata embedded apart from the EXIF Information containing Camera Info such as camera type and model or lenses used)
  • Copyrights Only (Only Copyright Information is embedded in the image)

To specify exactly which Metadata tags should or shouldn’t be taken, click theAddTags button to the right of the Embed Metadata drop-down list.

Note: To publish your images on the internet, consider choosing None to avoid publishing private or confidential information by mistake – because all the metadata an image might contain can easily be read by other software!


 Include Synonyms

If the selected tags contain synonyms, choose whether or not they should be included in the metadata.


 Flatten Keywords

If you have created your keyword structure hierarchically, this is where you decide whether to maintain the hierarchic levels or flattened them during the export process.


 Add Watermark

Add an image of your choice as a watermark to each image. See the “Add Watermark” article for details.


 Assign Tag Preset

Select a tag preset that you have created using the “Tag Preset Editor“.



Add some of the sharpness that images have lost after resizing.


Click “OK” to close the dialog box. The new custom preset will be added to the preset list and can be recalled whenever needed.

To start export, select the desired preset from the list and click “Copy”, or press F7.





Exporting Files

With the Export function you can export your media files with predefined export rules. You can scale your images to fit them, for example, for Flickr or Facebook or optimize your images for PowerPoint presentations.

Daminion allows you to convert your media when required during the export immediately in the requested format and size.

How to export files

Select one or more images in the browser that you want to export.

On the command bar click on “Export” and select “Copy to Folder” from the sub menu. Alternatively, you can open the export dialog also directly with the function key [F7].




In the “Copy to folder…” dialog that opens, Daminion offers you a multitude of options that will be explained in detail as follows.


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 Destination Folder

Here you must specify the destination folder path, in which the selected media files are to be copied.

 Create Sub-Folders

Here you can let Daminion automatically create sub-folders in the target folder depending by naming conventions you can set here. By clicking on the small triangle icon on the right side of the entry, you can launch the template editor. In the Chapter: Template Editor you can read more about about how to use it in detail.

 Rename Files

This allows you to use the template editor for naming conventions according to which the files should be renamed during the copy process. In the Chapter: Template Editor you can read more about about how to use it in detail.

 Example File Name

Depending on the currently set parameters under [B] and [C], an example text will appear where you can see if your chosen parameters meet your expectations.

 Existing Files

If there already are existing files with the same name in the destination folder, you can specify how Daminion should behave in this case.
You can choose from:

  • AskDaminion asks for each duplicated file name on how to proceed
  • Skip AllIf there is already a file with the same name the export of this file will not performed
  • Overwrite AllPossibly existing files of the same name will be overwritten with the new files
  • Overwrite All OlderOnly files with the same name that are older will be overwritten
  • Rename AutomaticallyAlready existing files with the same name will be renamed automatically by appending a continuous counter in the file name

You also have the choice to specify if all files should be automatically displayed by the Windows File Explorer after the export. You can also decide, whether the creation date of the files should be set or not. When deactivated, Daminion will set this date to the current date of export.


By clicking on this button a pre defined list of default presets will open where you can select any of the standard parameter settings or launch the Template Editor.

RenameTokenListThe top most entry “Export Original File(s)” is the default. That means, no resizing or file type changes will be applied to the files.


The other presets in this list are predefined settings created for several file sizes and file types where you can quickly choose from.


The “Customize” command at the bottom of the list opens the Template Editor where you can create your own presets or edit an already existing preset.

You can read more about this feature in the chapter Customized Export Presets


The preview area shows the currently selected image out from the current selection list.


If you have selected more than one image for the export, you can switch back and forth through these images by using these arrow buttons.

The figure “1/18” tells you that you are now see the first image from a total of 18.

The magnifying glass icon opens the current image in a separate preview window and displays it appropriately according to the parameter specifications you have selected. So you can easily examine the expected result in advance.

The cross icon is designed to remove images from the selection. If you decide not to export one or the other image, you can quickly remove them from the export list. The image itself will not be physically deleted but only removed from the selection for the export.