Photography and Related Musings

My thoughts and explorations of all things related to photography

Me I enjoy exploring the art and science of photography. I am also interested in digital darkroom tools and hope to share them with you.
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Partha

I enjoy exploring the art and science of photography. I am also interested in tools of the trade and hope to share them with you.

McGimp 2.9.6 Update!

September 11, 2017

A showstopping bug in McGimp 2.9.6 has been fixed by Ell (He da man!!). The bug pretty much rendered all the tools related to scaling/shearing etc. useless and crashed McGimp on contact. McGimp has been updated with this fix and re-uploaded. Sorry about the trouble, all.

GIMP Standard Edition Version 2.9.6

September 11, 2017

GIMP 2.9.6 was released recently. Kudos to Mitch and the team on this tremendous achievement. A lot of improvements have been made since the last release. For those who have been following these builds, you are already aware of most of them. If not, please read the release notes above. The default raw editor in these builds currently is NUFRaw version 0.41.

McGimp Std with NUFRaw 0.41

Good News! The Linux AppImages are now available. These images have been kindly provided by Carmelo DrRaw and available here. They should work for all distributions.

Here the image was processed in NUFRaw, and then opened in McGimp-std. The image was exported with the Melissa ICC profile in 16-bit. The image was then subsequently opened with the Color Efex Pro 4 plugin from the Nik Collection. You must install the collection at its default location for the plugins to work properly with GIMP.

McGimp with ICC Profile

Recently G'MIC was updated to version 2.0.3. The version included in these builds is the pre 2.0.4 build. G'MIC handles all its filters in the RGB colorspace. So one should be aware of this while using a color space different from the one expected within G'MIC.

McGimp with G'MIC pre 2.0.4

GIMP developers have been very busy working on layers as well. So, it's important to realize that you are working with the correct layers. There are two sets presented once you create a new layer; the default layers or the legacy layers. Work with the one that best suits your needs.

McGimp with default layers

This version of GIMP has the Mypaint brushes, which seemed to have had disappeared in the past builds. You should now be able to paint with those brushes as you see fit.

GIMP Mypaint Brushes

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PANORAMA STITCHER

How to stitch panoramic images

I have added another plugin that allows you to stich large panoramas from within GIMP. To do this you will need to get the free Panorama Stitcher from the App Store on your Mac and install it in your Applications folder.

It is important to remember that the images need to be loaded as layers. Once done, start the panorama stitcher from the filters menu, and you are good to go. Once the panorama is created, you must save the file in the default location (your Documents folder) and close the stitcher. The panorama will now open in a separate window for further editing.

Please watch the video.

On Windows, please download and install the capable panorama stitcher available free of charge from Microsoft. Install it in its default location C:\Program Files\Microsoft Research\Image Composite Editor. Once installed, you'll be able to use the panorama stitcher on Windows.

Remember that the images need to be loaded as layers. Then, start the panorama stitcher from the filters menu, and you are good to go. Once the panorama is created, you must save the file in the default location (your Documents folder) and close the stitcher. The panorama will now open in a separate window for further editing.

Please watch the video.


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