Editing images / Image Editor
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IDimager offers many non-destructive editing features varying from very basic editing features like brightness or contrast, to advanced features like dynamic range increase or tone curves. It is our goal to cover all basic image editing and it should allow you to do at least 80% the average required image editing. All image editing features are collected in the Recipe Panel's Editing button.
How editing works
Most editing effects in IDimager use so-called "on-screen" editing. Once you activate the editing effect, the adjustment gauges will be displayed on the image.
By dragging the gauge thumb you can change the value of that setting. The result will be displayed immediately so you have a good way of determining the correct setting for your need.
Below the gauges there are a few buttons:
Apply: click this button if you want to apply the setting to the recipe
Cancel: click this button if you don't want to apply the changes
Before: click this button to see the before image (before the changes of the active effect)
Hide: Click this button to temporarily hide the gauges to get a full view of the image.
Saving your edits
When you have applied one or more effects to your recipe then you can press [Ctrl]+[S] to save the recipe for your image. As IDimager is completely non-destructive (sometimes called lossless editing), IDimager will not overwrite the pixels in your original image file. Instead it will save the recipe as a set of editing parameters to the database. When you synchronize the metadata for the image then the recipe information is also stored in the metadata of your file as a XMP schema.
It is also possible to save your edits to the file and overwrite the pixel content of the image file. But, this is not non-destructive...meaning that the pixels are altered permanently and you'll loose the recipe definition. In general it won't be needed to overwrite the pixels because IDimager will always apply your recipe when you want to output your images (like web publishing, printing, upload to photo sharing sites, etc). To overwrite the image file you click one of the storage button in the toolbar of the Image Viewer.