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Does Gimp support RAW files? n/m

Mar 14, 2012, 04:46
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Does Gimp support RAW files? n/m
Wondering before I get all involved and can't go on ...
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Mar 14, 2012, 07:29
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RE: Does Gimp support RAW files? n/m
Yes. There is a utility called UFRaw that converts raw files, and that can also act as a Gimp plug-in to read in the raw files from various cameras (CR2, NEF, RAW...). This plugin lets you do all the color processing (levels, contrast, saturation...) before passing the data to Gimp.

However... Gimp's own internal processing is done on 8 bits per channel while raw files are typically 12 or 14 bits. So it's best to do all the fancy level processing in UFRaw (which hasn't got the 8-bit limitation of Gimp). And once you have invested some non-negligible time getting that part right, the clever thing to do is to save the image at that point as a TIFF or high-quality JPG. So in practice reading raw files directly in Gimp has little value, and since there is an intermediate step you can use any raw converter you want, including the one from the camera manufacturer.

Gimp remains a good tool for the final processing/doctoring of the picture.

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Mar 15, 2012, 18:11
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RE: Does Gimp support RAW files? n/m
Thanks for the information.

That makes the program much more useful to me.
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