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Luminance HDR – A HDR Image Creation and Manipulation Tool for Linux

Luminance HDR Image Editing Tool
Written by Martins Okoi
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Luminance HDR, (formerly known as Qtpfsgui) is a graphic software application used to create and edit HDR (High Dynamic Range) images.

It is available for use under the terms set by the GPL and while it works excellently with HDR images, it also works well with Low Dynamic Range (LDR) files and file formats.

It received its latest update during the close of April to version 2.5.0 which brought it a handful of new features which include a new optional dark mode, a fast HDR export option, and brand new pair of tone mapping operators.

If you’re in need of a high-performance HDR image creation and manipulation tool then add Luminance HDR to your list of options.

Features in Luminous HDR

  • Cross-platform: available for Linux, Windows and Mac OS X (Intel only).
  • Create and edit HDR (High Dynamic Range) images.
  • Clean minimal User interface.
  • Speedy HDR export: Tools -> Preferences -> Fast export.
  • HDR Creation Wizard with multiple EV value ranges.
  • Works with LDR images in common formats including JPEG, PNG, e.t.c.
  • Supports various High Dynamic Range (HDR) file formats including OpenEXR (.exr), Radiance RGBE (.HDR), Tiff (.tiff), and RAW images.
  • Tone mapping operators: ferradans and mai.
  • Optional dark mode: Tools -> Preferences -> Interface.
  • Automatic adjustment of LDRs levels (optional).
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Install Luminance HDR by adding its PPA with the following Terminal commands:

$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:dhor/myway
$ sudo apt update && sudo apt install luminance-hdr

That’s all! You can now head over to your app launcher and get manipulating!

Got any image creation and/or manipulation apps for Linux? Add your suggestions in the comments box below.

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About the author

Martins Okoi

Martins Divine Okoi is a Computer Science graduate with a passion for Linux and Open Source software. He is studying again for an MSc in Cybersecurity but still makes time to write about the best software the market has to offer.