Few of us have started to get into photography and have started to look at RAW images. You have to have a program to let you work with them as well. Most will use Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Lightroom and others, but being a Linux guy there is always GIMP. In this post we will discuss how to add RAW capability to GIMP and open the RAW image.
DSLR cameras bring us RAW images which are big and uncompressed images in which we can make our own changes to the images. By default GIMP does not know how to handles the images so we turn to UFRaw (http://ufraw.sourceforge.net/) project for the needed support.
Assuming GIMP is installed then we search using yum search we see the needed packages.
$ sudo yum search ufraw Loaded plugins: langpacks, presto, refresh-packagekit updates/pkgtags | 333 B 00:00 =============== N/S Matched: ufraw ========================================== ufraw-common.x86_64 : Common files needed by UFRaw ufraw.x86_64 : Raw image data retrieval tool for digital cameras ufraw-cinepaint.x86_64 : CinePaint plugin to retrieve raw image data from digital cameras ufraw-gimp.x86_64 : GIMP plugin to retrieve raw image data from digital cameras
From this we see we need to install ufraw and the ufraw-gimp plugin.
$ sudo yum -y install ufraw ufraw-gimp
And that’s all that is needed to add RAW image support to GIMP! GIMP will open UFRaw plugin when you select the image and show a preview of the image. Once selecting ok it will now be imported into GIMP for further manipulation.
After making changes you can use GIMP’s export feature to save the images in the format of your choice.