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Post Processing

 

For further image correction you can use Post Processing. It is available only in the standalone edition because any image editor offers these features, so there is no reason to use this section in the plugin.

The panel includes a Histogram and four adjustable parameters: Brightness, Contrast, Gamma, and Saturation.

Result of Tone Mapping Result of Tone Mapping and Post Processing

A Histogram is a graph that shows the tonal range of an image. On the horizontal line the brightness values are set from the darkest to the lightest. The vertical line sets the number of pixels having this lightness value.

Below the histogram there are three sliders that can be moved to change the image contrast.

Histogram

The extreme point on the right end represents pixels having the maximum brightness (white points). If the histogram does not have such pixels, the image does not contain any white points. If we move the white slider to the left, the point against which the slider is located will assume the maximum brightness (255) and the pixels having this value will become white. The brightness of other pixels will be re-calculated accordingly. The image will get lighter.

The extreme point on the left end represents pixels having the minimum brightness (black points). If the histogram does not start at the left end, the image does not have any black pixels (brightness = 0). If you move the black slider to the right, the point against which the slider is located will assume the minimum brightness value. As a result this tone will become black, while other pixels will be re-calculated accordingly. The image will get darker.

The middle slider defines the tone of the image that will have the brightness of 128 (middle-gray tones). If you move the slider to the left, the mid-gray tones get lighter; if you move the slider to the right, the mid-gray tones get darker.

Near the histogram is a drop-down list with image channels (RGB, Red, Green, Blue, Colors, Luminosity). It is possible to adjust every channel separately or correct a combined channel.

 

The Post Processing panel also contains parameters that correct the brightness and contrast of the image, make gamma-corrections and change the saturation of the image.

    Brightness (-100..100). The parameter is used to change the image brightness. The higher is the value of the parameter, the lighter all pixels are, and vice versa.

    Contrast (-100..100). The parameter is used to increase (if the value is over 0) or reduce (if the value is under 0) the difference between bright and dark parts of the image.

    Gamma (50-250). The parameter is used to change the overall contrast of the image by increasing or reducing mid-tones and gray mid-tones.

    Saturation (-100..100). The parameter is used to change the intensity of colors.

As you adjust the settings, processing is started automatically. The result is shown in the After tab.

 
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