Raw Processing and Film Simulation Setup

This page is going to give a quick update on setting up RawTherapee and GIMP with the G'MIC plugin. This page is dated:
10th March 2019.

RawTherapee Setup

1. Setting up RawTherapee

I do highly recommend this application for processing raw files. It is really complicated! You need a degree in all things inside raw camera files... BUT, with that, it can do almost anything! As good as having a proper chemical darkroom from the old days...

Go to rawtherapee.com and download the latest release.

Today that is:

    RawTherapee 5.5 Released
    2018. Dec. 17. (Monday), 17:01 | DrSlony

This will setup RawTherapee under here: C:\Program Files\RawTherapee\5.5

2. Search for HaldCLUT or 'RawTherapee Film Simulation Collection' to download the film simulation packages needed for RawTherapee.

I found it here today: rawpedia.rawtherapee.com/Film_Simulation

    HaldCLUT.zip: 402MB. 2015-09-20.

rawpedia.rawtherapee.com/Film_Simulation says:

'The first time you run this tool you will see a message informing you that you need to point RawTherapee to a folder which contains the reference images. Once you have them ready in a folder, go to "Preferences > Image Processing > Directories" and set "HaldCLUT directory" to the appropriate folder.'

Then go to "Color" (the third icon from the left), scroll down and turn on 'Film Simulation':

 

Then, you can apply the different film simulations, as required:



 

And here's a screenshot of it applied to an image (click on the image to get a bigger view):



 




GIMP setup with the G'MIC plugin

GIMP is another brilliant open source photography tool. I got this from their site:

GIMP is an acronym for GNU Image Manipulation Program. It is a freely distributed program for such tasks as photo retouching, image composition and image authoring. The terms of usage and rules about copying are clearly listed in the GNU General Public License. There is a nice Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page.

go to: www.gimp.org

The current stable release of GIMP is 2.10.8 (2018-11-08).
    gimp-2.10.8-setup-2.exe

Which installs to: "C:\Program Files\GIMP 2\bin\gimp-2.10.exe"

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G'MIC plug-in for GIMP:

Go to: gmic.eu/download

Use the GMIC installer for GIMP 2.10 (I'm at GIMP version 2.10.8 currently)
    gmic_gimp2.10_qt_win64.exe

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The G'MIC plugin comes with lots of brilliant effects. I am particulary after the film simulations, but it's worth looking up and down the available options (it says there are 536 filters currently):

 


Applying a Black and White film simulation with G'MIC: