Saving Your Image

When you have finished editing an image, you can hand it over to GIMP. You can also save it as a stand-alone version directly out of UFRaw. The Save tab offers you the following options:

• Path - The path to the folder in which you want to save the file.

• File type or format - The format in which you want to save it: PPM, PNG, TIFF, or JPEG.

Compared to earlier versions, you don't have the option of choosing the color depth (8 bits or 16 bits per channel). The images are saved with 24 bits (8 bits per channel). The first three are high-quality formats. GIMP can read all these formats, but TIFF and PNG are the best options (high quality and widely used) for exporting into other programs.

If you want to save in JPEG, you can select the compression size. Leave it at the default setting of 85% or set it to the maximum level of 100%. You will find more on this topic later in section 2.5.12. If you want to use the image for the Web, choose the JPEG progressive encoding option.

Figure: 2.12

The Save tab with the file type settings, filename, and path

Figure: 2.12

The Save tab with the file type settings, filename, and path

When saving TIFF formats, you can choose the lossless LZW compression for reducing the file size—TIFF lossless compress. In any case, you should choose the option that embeds the camera's own EXIF data into JPEG and PNG files.

For Create ID file, you should select Also. UFRaw ID files have the same name as the output file but with a .ufraw filename extension. ID files contain all the settings for generating the output file. Choosing Create ID file Also is useful for keeping track of the setting used, or for making future changes on top of the saved settings. The only option is useful if one doesn't want to wait while the output file is being generated. The output file can be generated in the background using the command: ufraw-batch ID-FILE. However, therefore you have to use the command-line version of UFraw, ufraw-batch.exe. If you don't need the settings, you can also select Never again. Select Just this once if you want to apply the setting on a case-by-case basis.

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