A beginner’s guide to RawTherapee

Who opens the raw converter RawTherapee for the first time will certainly be overwhelmed by all its tools and sliders and curves and settings and other tricks. When to use what and why and how?

Well, you can find all the answers to these questions in the excellent RawPedia documentation that comes with RawTherapee (in English, French and Japanese). That said, I thought it would be a good idea to explain some basic ways of processing raw files in a somewhat more illustrated way. In the months to come you can expect articles about auto exposure, tone curves, sharpening and noise reduction, among others. In this context it is good to point out at forehand that you can use RawTherapee to produce great results with only a couple of tools. Nobody uses them all at the same time (slider maniacs apart)!

Get it

On RawTherapee’s main page you can download versions for Windows, Mac OSX and Linux – for free of course as RawTherapee is open source software. You’ll also see a link to RawTherapee’s forum. One of the forum sections is called Tutorials, that might interest you as well.


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