DF Studio’s search box is designed to make finding images (and other Project assets) as simple as possible by searching across many fields at once, such as filename, Project name, Setup name, as well as keywords and photographer information. For additional control, an advanced search page can be used to search specific fields; alternatively, operators may be used for more fine-grained searches.
Multiple words entered into the search field are joined by a logical AND operator. For example, entering celebrity cover searches for images with the words “celebrity” and “cover” in any of the fields in the search index. A minus sign (-) may be used to specify a NOT. For example, celebrity cover -glamour means to find images that have the words “celebrity” and “cover” but do not contain “glamour”. A * character (wildcard) may be used to search on a prefix. For example, cloud* would match “cloud”, “clouds”, and “cloudy”. Quotation marks may be used around terms to find exact phrases.
DF Studio image search uses field weighting to increase or decrease the relevance of certain fields. The current weighting is:
keywords: 1.3, image_name: 1.2, caption: 1.1, setup_name: 0.9, project_name: 0.8
This means that when searching for “house”, for example, images that have a “house” keyword are ranked higher than those with “house” in the Project or Setup name.
Search results are automatically “faceted” on attributes such as keywords and project names. These facets appear above the search results and make it easy to “explore” within a set of search results. Clicking on a facet filters the results to just images that match that facet’s criterion. For example, clicking a keyword “beauty” facet would limit the results to only images that have the “beauty” keyword. Multiple facets may be clicked to further refine the search. Facets may also be removed to broaden the results by removing that facet from the filter.
The tabbed results screen makes it easy to switch between result types. Clicking on the either of the Images or Projects tabs shows the matching results for the last search term(s). The next search performed will default to the last-used result type.
Working With Search Results
A number of operations can be directly from the Image Search Results by selecting multiple images:
- Add to Bin
- Add to Collection
- Metadata (Batch Metadata editor)
- Send (Messenger)
The Previous button (when enabled) returns to the most recently displayed search results, even after navigating to other parts of DF Studio.
The Advanced button opens the Advanced Search page. This page allows performing very specific searches on selected fields. For example, the Folder menu can be used to limit the search to a particular folder (and any nested folders) or the Date field can limit the search to images from a certain time period.