Raw PP, how to get smooth colors like OOC Jpeg?

Started Dec 16, 2012 | Discussions thread
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DimitriDV Regular Member • Posts: 361
Raw PP, how to get smooth colors like OOC Jpeg?


I'm trying to learn to PP my raw photos, and I have to say it's quite tricky to get decent results which are better than the OOC Jpegs, at least for me.

One of the issues I'm having is that I seem to be unable to get smooth colors like I see in the jpegs.

I'll start giving a pratical example below with 100% crops from Raw Therapee.

Here what I see in Raw Therapee right after opening the raw:

Here the raw tweaked by me:

Here the OOC jpeg:

As you can see, the second image is much more pixelated than the third one.

I thought it to be noise, but I have applied every noise reduction option I could to quite a high level trying to get rid of this.

Is it me missing some option/pp step, or is Raw Therapee limited in dealing with noise reduction?

I would like to continue using this application as it's free, probably has more features than I will need for a long time, and is cross-platform, so please, no suggestions to use expensive software


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