A Quick Start Guide To Rawtherapee, A Cross-Platform Raw Converter

Start Guide To Rawtherapee

RawTherapee is a highly recommended tool for amateur photographers that need to work with RAW files. It’s a cross-platform application, so you may install it on any operating system and use it.

When it comes to your photographic workflow, you can utilize RawTherapee as a gate. Use it to open your RAW files before moving them to a picture editing program like GIMP or Photoshop for additional editing. RawTherapee is a free app. The GNU General Public License, Version 3, was used to release the software.

You’ll learn how to get the most out of the tool by following this brief lesson.

The Interface Of Rawtherapee

Start Guide To Rawtherapee

The first step in learning how to use RawTherapee is familiarising yourself with its UI. RawTherapee’s user interface is black. You can use the default UI to suit your preferences. Thirteen different themes are available in RawTherapee.

The layout is far more vital than the theme. Three sections make up the UI of RawTherape. Use the left panel to browse RAW files on the computer, the middle section displays thumbnails of RAW files, and use the correct board to make all of the necessary adjustments. When you open a photo to edit it, the center area will become a photo editor.

There are numerous options for filtering the thumbnails in the central region of the thumbnail viewer. If you need to edit many photos, this tool comes in helpful—the filtered thumbnails by several factors, such as their rating and color label.

Choosing A Raw File For Editing

While Darktable and Lightroom both include photo management options, RawTherapee does not. A folder containing the RAW files you wish to modify must be color-color added before you can select any for editing. You’ll first need to use the left panel for this. File Browser, Queue, and Editor shows in three vertical tabs in the panel’s upper right-hand corner.

There is a folder selection at the bottom of the “File Browser” tab. The thumbnail viewer in RawTherapee will display the folder’s contents (in this case, RAW files) (center area). Double-click on the RAW file you wish to edit in the folder to save your RAW files.

When opening a RAW file with RawTherapee, you may double-click on it or right-click on the thumbnail and pick “Open” from the context menu. The “Editor” tab is immediately selected when opening a RAW file.

You Can Make Adjustments Now

Designed for RAW post-production, RawTherapee has a wide range of tools to help you tweak your images to achieve the best possible results. Switch to the right panel once you’ve opened a RAW file for editing. Exposure, Detail, Color, Transformation, Raw, and Metadata are the six key tabs you will use.

Each tab has several settings that you can modify. The “Color” menu, for example, allows you to change the white balance. Many modifications are available, but it would take a long time to go over them all here. As an illustration, I’ll show you how to change the saturation level. You can find the saturation option in the “Experience” tab.

To learn more about each tab, you can visit this wiki page for more information.

As a non-destructive photo editing tool, RawTherapee is an excellent choice. .pp3 sidecar files include RawTherapee’s settings information. It means that unless you export the linked photos, none of the adjustments you’ve made will take effect.


You can conceal both the left and the top panels to make the editor wider. You can also make use of the zoom button. When you open a new photo, the Exif displays the information by default. You can choose to hide this information.

You Can save the Processing Profiles.

Presets should be familiar to anyone who has used Lightroom or Darkroom in the past. You can utilize it to save and reuse the settings you’ve already created—Presets designs to save you time by allowing you to reuse the same settings across multiple images. You can edit a photo more rapidly this way.

It is a feature that RawTherapee has as well. It’s just a case that the name is unique. An alternative term for this functionality is processing profile rather than preset. Once you’ve found the perfect color balance for a photo, you may save the settings and use them on subsequent edits of similar images—Right-click on the arrow button on the right panel to keep the processing profile. The.pp3 file extension signifies that the processing profile is saved as a text file.

You can click the folder icon adjacent to the arrow button to access a previously saved processing profile. The drop-down menu adjacent to the folder icon in RawTherapee allows access to many packaged processing profiles.

Taking A Picture

You can edit multiple photographs simultaneously with RawTherapee. To do this, hold down the CTRL key on your keyboard as you click and drag the thumbnail viewer to the photos you wish to edit. The bulk export feature of RawTherapee has yet to be implemented (as of this writing).

You must first open the photo to alter it before exporting it. Below the editor panel, you’ll see an arrow button. To export an image, simply click the icon.

JPG, PNG, and TIFF are the three image formats available for your use.

Moving A Picture To An Outside Photo Editor

RawTherapee can be used as a gate in your photography workflow, as previously stated. You may want to do more with your photo than just make edits with RawTherapee; for example, you might want to merge two photos. However, if you have a different photo editor installed on your computer, RawTherape will use that instead of GIMP as the default external picture editor.

You can access the external photo editor and edit multiple photographs by clicking the symbol. You’ll see a palette icon below the photo you’re editing in RawTherapee’s editor window. RawTherapee will convert the RAW format to an image editor-recognized design (TIFF) to edit your photos.

Change your default picture editor (GIMP) under the “Preferences” menu by clicking on the mixer icon in the lower-left corner of your screen.


We’ll be using the latest version of RawTherapee (v4.2.0). You can get the binary file for RawTherapee from its official website if you haven’t already.