RawTherapee: the newest open source raw photo editor
Posted Jan 14, 2010 4:20 UTC (Thu) by drag
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What you really want is the ability to easily view the work in the same
sort of color gamuts that your printer will end up supporting.
CYMK is 'ok', but most printers don't really do 'cymk' or at least do it in
different ways. Depending on what type of process your using, the type of
printer, how much money they are spending on the ink, quality of paper etc
etc etc. you end up with a lot of different sorts of combinations of
And you don't want to actually 'work' in CYMK. That would be extremely
lossy. You just want to be able to easily to view your work as if it was
printed out in the colors that your going to print it out into.
And, of course, all that would be rather meaningless without the ability to
make sure that the colors your monitor is producing are pretty close to the
colors that you think it should be displaying. So some sort of way to
calibrate your monitor and your application is needed and then you need
some way to transmit that calibration with the image your working on.
So on and so forth.
All of it is amazingly complex and very irritating to deal with.
As far as 16bit color vs 8bit RGBA the major difference is a sort of
I am thinking that it's like clay. 16bit is like soft clay were you can
work it and work it and it'll stay looking smooth. 8bit is like dry clay
were you can muck around with it only so much before you start to see lots
of cracks and other artifacts appearing.
It just makes Gimp that much more harder to use to produce professional
Of course all of this depends on Gegl for Gimp's further improvement. It's
a different rendering
engine to replace the rapidly obsoleting engine that gives Gimp it's
Been in development since 2000. API stable since 2006. Introduced into
Gimp's development in 2007 and has been introduced into the application and
replacing a piece of Gimp at little bit at a time every since then.
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