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Color Grading

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Color Grading plug-in, creates a cine image look based on user input. For a
contemporary image look, use complimentary colors in shadows and
highlights. It is also preferable to be used on a somewhat neutral image
(ie pre white balanced) for best control of the final result. If it's
not a raw image balance it before with Color Balance 2 (

See samples:

After Color Grading filter:

Color Wheel UI tab:

Levels information tab:

Profiles tab:

Sample 2, Original:

Sample 2, After Color Grading filter:

Download from:

Python installation: GIMP 2.8 ships with python
Copy .py and .png files in:

Vista/7 C:\Users\[USER]\.gimp-2.8\plug-ins
XP and older c:\Documents and Settings\[USER]\.gimp-2.8\plug-ins

Python installation:
Python usually ships with the OS so no manual installation is needed.
Copy .py and .png files in:
Check if the file is marked as executable.
NOTE: Developer version generates the colorwheel if .png is not found, requires numpy installed.

In GIMP you will find it under Colors/Color Grading menu.

New in Version: 1.5.5
> Repositioning in Gimp Menu (Now under Colors menu)
> Profiles Tab scroll bar fix
New in Version: 1.5.4
> Fixes in headless mode
> Small speed enhancement
New in Version: 1.5.3
> Information pane now shows both 0-255 and percentage values
New in Version: 1.5.2
> GIMP 2.8 compatibility fixes
> Code cleaning
New in Version: 1.5:
> Channel Levels Information for applying the corrections in another program
> Profiles
New in Version: 1.4:
> Major engine refactoring
> Speed improvement
New in Version: 1.3:
> Now Double version slider/colorwheel availability, new interface like professional tools
> Midtones bugfix
New in Version 1.2:
> Saturation added.
New in Version 1.1:
> Levels added.

The Color Grading plug-in is now also available in GMIC with a much faster preview and enhanced features. You will find it under: Colors, Color Grading. You may have to update your filters using the refresh button.

For more info and links download the manual in pdf form. Downloads are also available in Sourceforge from "johnlakgimp" (see manual)

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Btw, your other plugin Color_balance 2 works fine :)

Wish List
Is the next version is possible to add recording settings (Profiles: load / update / save as / delete - for example Border Line ) ?

Nice feature, it will be added in the next version(s).

The option to save the settings that is great.
Amazing opportunity to play with colors (from 2.6 to 2.8 RC1).
Thank you very much !

Thanks for the feedback. I had all of the libraries installed. The file was not marked as "executable". All is happy now. Looking forward to exercising your plug-in.


IndyTim (aka DataMan)

Doesn't build in the filters menu. Mint Gnome 10, GIMP 2.6.10.

Have you tired to run any other python plugins in GIMP? If not, there are probably missing libraries. Do you have installed Python 2.x? Do you have installed PyGTK, PyCairo and PyGObject? The .py file is marked as executable (see file properties)?



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