Negative Shadows/Highlights in RawTherapee

Hi All,
I am just starting to use RawTherapee, and I have been trying to set negative values to the Shadows and Highlights, but I cannot do it. I know this is possible in Photoshop and Gimp to get dark regions darker and light regions lighter. How can I do this in RawTherapee?

Thank you very much.

@gmp Welcome to the forum!

This tool is meant to push up the shadows and pull down the highlights: http://rawpedia.rawtherapee.com/Shadows/Highlights. (A more effective tool for that is Dynamic Range Compression.) For info on other tools see: http://rawpedia.rawtherapee.com/Main_Page.

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Maybe the parametric tone curve or the LH curve in the Lab module?


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The ‘black’ slider from exposure can darken the shadows.
http://rawpedia.rawtherapee.com/Exposure#Black

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Well, thank you very much for your replies. I wasn’t missing that feature then. I guess I need work a bit more “under the hood” then in the easy approaches provided by GIMP and Photoshop. Thanks!

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In case someone in the future is interested, I found out how to do it. Using @betazoid suggestion to check the tone curves, I realised that when I selected the tone curve to be parametric, the options: “Shadows”, “Darks”, “Lights”, and “Highlights” show up below the tone curve plot, and allow the setting of positive and negative values!

Thank you!

Yes, I told you! You are welcome! (I am just a bit sorry that you needed 2 days to find it out even though I posted screenshots.)

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I feel so dumb now… :smiley:

Please please don’t. I didn’t mean it like that. In fact I am the insensitive idiot. Sorry.

:)) I was just joking because the answer was so obvious and I couldn’t see it! No need to feel bad! It was really funny. I am laughing :smiley: :smiley: No idiots here!

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