Range of fea­tures

What makes them spe­cial?

Linux Format - - Roundup -

T he ma­jor­ity of image editors can do much more than crop and ro­tate im­ages. In­deed, the tools fea­tured in this

Roundup can help you turn even the dullest of pho­to­graphs into im­ages sparkling with clar­ity and de­tail. Of course, you have a bet­ter chance of en­hanc­ing im­ages when work­ing with Raw files, be­cause they re­tain more de­tails that are other­wise sac­ri­ficed when stor­ing im­ages as a jpeg, for ex­am­ple.

The tools in our list can all per­form a va­ri­ety of func­tions, but we don’t have enough space in these pages to cover them all. Broadly speak­ing, these image-edit­ing fea­tures can be cat­e­gorised un­der dif­fer­ent sec­tions such as ton­ing, which in­cludes fid­dling the con­trast and light­ing. Then you have colour op­er­a­tions, such as trans­form­ing im­ages into mono­chrome, or other­wise change the colours. The most com­monly used fea­tures, how­ever, fall un­der the image cor­rec­tion sec­tion, and in­cludes sharp­en­ing and haze/spot re­moval. While the oth­ers will only work with image files, Fo­toxx and

DigiKam can also be used to play video files. But note that you would need to use a ded­i­cated video edi­tor such as Kden­live if you wish to edit them. With the exception of Pho­tivo, which doesn’t en­able you to im­port di­rec­to­ries, all the other tools can im­port files from a di­rec­tory, and even some sup­ported cam­eras. The exif and other meta­data in­for­ma­tion can then be used to sort the im­ages, and quickly find the ones you’re look­ing for.

The rea­son why dark­table has been able to gen­er­ate a strong and pas­sion­ate user com­mu­nity is be­cause its de­vel­op­ers are avid pho­tog­ra­phers, and un­der­stand the com­mon chal­lenges faced by users when edit­ing im­ages. This is why dark­table per­forms non-de­struc­tive edit­ing, which leaves your orig­i­nal im­ages un­touched, giv­ing you the op­tion to per­form dif­fer­ent set of op­er­a­tions on them later to cre­ate a new look. It even makes it pos­si­ble for you to up­load files di­rectly to the con­fig­ured Flickr ac­count, or cre­ate web al­bums for your web­site.

Even though these projects don’t make such rec­om­men­da­tions, you should con­sider up­grad­ing to at least 8GB of RAM if you plan on work­ing with im­ages that weigh in at over 100MB in size, or have thou­sands of im­ages lan­guish­ing on your com­puter’s hard drive.

Fo­toxx and DigiKam make it pos­si­ble for you to add artis­tic ef­fects, such as cre­at­ing bor­ders, or ad­ding rain­drops on to an image.

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