Darktable preferences, part 2

In part 1 of the preferences videos I went through the GUI options tab of the preferences dialog in darktable. If you haven’t watched it, I recommend you take a look here.

In part 2 of the series I go through the rest of the options, divided into four more tabs: Core options, Session options, Shortcuts and Presets.

Core options

These options are all about controlling the inner workings of Darktable. Memory management, color management of thumbnails and how to store thumbnails are only a small part of it. There are also options for image quality, the handling of sidecar files, choose to enable OpenCL for faster rendering using your GPU or not and other options.

Session options

These options control how darktable sets up the folder structure and renames files when you import images from a camera or taking photos via tethering. If you set up a good system here, you don’t have to worry about where to place your images, it is all taken care of for you. You can use a series of predefined variables or your own names, or a combination of those.


Here you will find all the keyboard shortcuts Darktable uses. You can also customize them to suit your taste and build your own personal set of shortcuts. Complete sets of shortcuts can be exported to a file for backup and can also easily be imported.


Just like with the shortscuts, here is a collection of all your presets from all the modules. The presets that come with Darktable as default can not be altered in any way, but you can manage the ones you have made yourself. Change the name, save them as separate files or set them to be applied automatically to matching images or to only be visible for matching images. You can also set the criteria for matching, and you can import presets.

So without further ado, enjoy this week’s video:

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