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Old 05-12-2024, 08:03 AM   #1
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Streamline/Shortcut For "Fix Crappy Cover Image?"

So I frequently see a cover image that screams, "Fix Me in Photoshop" but its a pain to open up the folder, open the image in PS, and then replace the version in the metadata. All the "fix cover" plugins have to do with scaling (why?).

Anybody have a way to quickly pop the cover into an image editor and then replace the existing cover? Plug-in I missed?
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Old 05-12-2024, 08:49 AM   #2
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Right-click on the cover, select "Open cover with..."
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Old 05-12-2024, 10:08 AM   #3
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I use the software a few hours every day and I suspect I still don't know 50% of the functionality.
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I use the software a few hours every day and I suspect I still don't know 50% of the functionality.
Well, Calibre is updated twice a month and things change between updates too - new options get added, some features are moved to other locations and so on. It's not easy to keep track of everything.

Still, I prefer to see Calibre actively developed rather than the alternative.
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But I would like to question 'pain to...'

The 'O' key opens the current books location in the file system
right click on cover.jpeg allows you to do edit with Photowhatever
How is that painful?

Only rule while there (under the skirts) is:
Never change a name or add-remove a file Calibre does its magic by using the filesystems EXACT path to the book-metadata pieces
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But I would like to question 'pain to...'

The 'O' key opens the current books location in the file system
right click on cover.jpeg allows you to do edit with Photowhatever
How is that painful?
Heh, I didn't know that. It's true that you can never know everything about Calibre.
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Also unless it's really old PS is now only rented. Some artists I know use the free "The GIMP". The defaults on it are crazy.

Also you can load any image as the cover in Edit Metadata, and use the cover creator plugin to auto add the title, subtitle, author, series, custom text (each is optional) in any size and fontface on your system and re-order the layout. Quick solution for personal use, rather than handcrafted award winning art in PS or GIMP!
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Right Clip on Cover?

I did know how to open the folder and open the cover. However I never saved it directly...are you sure that works?

Also when I right click on the cover image I only have Cut/Paste/Hide Size. Nothing like "Open In..." is there.

I always install the latest version within a few days.

...and yes I still use Photoshop. Been using it since V2. Not likely to change even though they keep raising the annual fee.
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Also when I right click on the cover image I only have Cut/Paste/Hide Size. Nothing like "Open In..." is there.
Click on the cover in the library view, not in the Edit Metadata window.
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Also work if you use the (floating) Book details window (I, i call it the info pane)
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You can assign keyboard shortcuts to Open cover image files with <whatever> :

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The calibre Open With feature inherits whatever you have in the Windows->File Explorer->Open With menu, ditto MacOS->Finder.

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