Range of features
What makes them special?
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.