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The Index tab

Associate your portrait images to your project on the Index tab. There are two methods to import portraits - either using a database which will associate information to your images, or just the portraits alone.

Importing a database (index file)

Import your database file and portraits by clicking on Import Index File.  

Locate your .csv or .txt portrait index package on your computer. If required, toggle from the .csv option to the .txt option next to the Open button to find your index file.
Click Open when you have selected the file.

If your database contains properly formatted header information, the import will automatically assign categories on the Index tab. If it does not have header information, you will be able to manually assign categories to the data. Learn more here.

After your database has been imported, the images will be displayed in the primary pane, and the categories are displayed on the right side.

Importing portrait images only

If you do not have a database associated to your portraits, you may import the images directly. Rename the image files to the person's name - Memento Composite will be able to use that information to auto-populate first and last name information in the Index tab.

Click on Import Photos to begin.

Locate your portrait images on your computer.  Select all the images to be imported. If required, toggle from the .jpg option to the .png option next to the Open button to display the portraits.
Click Open when you have selected the file.

Choose the rule to use on the file name - your choice will assign first & last names into the project's database using this information.

To learn more about file naming rules as they apply to portrait import, consult the related article.

Editing the database

Update or add information in the right hand column. Changes will be applied to all selected images immediately. (Note that the category names match the column headers in your .csv file.)

When you select a single portrait image, the information related to that portrait is available on the right side of the screen. 

If you select multiple images, you will see only the information common to them.

Select one or more portraits to edit the category information assigned to it. Fix typos, for instance, by typing directly into the category.

Reassign portraits into an existing group by clicking on the V next to the category, where you can choose another item from the list.

Sorting and searching the database

Images can be sorted alphabetically by the last name field.

Use the Filter to show portraits belonging to a specific category. Choose the category name, then the specific category. The portraits belonging to that category will be displayed, excluding all others.

This is useful if you need to reassign a batch of people to a new group to filter - simply filter the group, select all, and reassign the portraits as a batch. In this example, all the portraits in the Group-Jameson have been changed to the Group named Jameson-Davies.

You can also use the filter to find a specific person without scrolling through the entire portrait set, using LName or FName.

If you need to add a new category to manually add information about the portraits, click on ADD CATEGORIES. Give the category a name, then add it.

It will appear in the category list, ready for new data to be entered.

Once your data has been updated, move to the Editor tab to create your layout.

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