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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:

For normal installation copy:

If you are a developer or studying the code you can use:
(The developer version generates the colorwheel if .png file is not found, requires numpy installed, numpy is not automatically installed in Windows)

Python installation:
Python usually gets installed with gimp (option during gimp installation).
Copy appropriate files in:
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 appropriate files in:
/home/[USER]/.gimp-2.8/plug-ins Check if the file is marked as executable.

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

New in Version: 1.7.2
> Fixes an unusual bug in colorwheel redraw
New in Version: 1.7.1
> Fixes bug in headless mode, where the output layer was downsized
New in Version: 1.7
> Optionally use small preview for near instant redraw
> Autosave last filter used as a profile named "latest"
New in Version: 1.6.2
> UI bug fixes
New in Version: 1.6.1
> Minor UI fixes (by jontait2,
New in Version: 1.6
> Instant Preview (by jontait2,
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 also available in GMIC. In GMIC you will find it under: Colors, Color Grading. You may have to update your filters using the refresh button.

GIMP Version: 
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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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