Blender / Shotcut / GIMP / Siril / darktable / Krita / Olive Week recap — 9 December 2020

Highlights: new releases of Krita and Shotcut, new features in Siril, Blender, Olive, some interesting ongoing development in darktable.

Graphics

GIMP developers have been doing some bugfixing, especially in the metadata editor code (mostly done by Jacob Boerema). Jehan patched the Input Devices dialog to remove some cruft such as listing virtual devices.

Krita devs released version 4.4.2 (this week, technically, but what the hell :)). It comes with a metric ton of changes, mesh gradients, mesh transform, new gradient editor and more, and there are more improvements in the pipeline. I’d say, the patch by Dmitry to add in-stack transformation preview is one of the most important ones. Let’s hope it will make it to the next release soon enough.

Photography

Darktable has been in feature freeze since November for the coming v3.4 release scheduled for winter holidays (as usual). So there’s no new stuff in the main development branch. However people are busy writing new code in forks and making pull requests.

One such new feature is applying lens correction from metadata that Sony and Fuji (APS-C) cameras write into raw photos. I happen to have a Fuji around, but the module requires unreleased version of Exiv2, so no luck right now.

To a large extent, the module duplicates features of another existing module that uses the Lensfun database, and judging by this Pixls thread and a conversation with Aurélien Pierre, this new feature will most likely have to be moved to the existing plugin instead.

Siril keeps getting more tools for version 1.0.

3D

Geometry nodes landed to the development branch leading up to Blender 2.92. Here is a video on that:

Meanwhile, the 3D World magazine released a special issue dedicated to Blender.

2D World Blender special

Video

Matt KC posted November update for Olive. Highlights:

  • Renderer rewrite with abstraction layer so that Vulkan/Metal could be easily added
  • OpenColorIO v2 support, bringing accurate GPU-side rendering at export time
  • Internationalization support has been reintroduced
  • The transform node is back with better on-monitor handles to transform the video and interpolation settings

See here for more.

A new Shotcut version is out with minor new features and improvements, see 20.11.25 release notes for more info, but grab the 20.10.28 release for latest fixes.

Tutorials

You might find this overview of denoise modules in darktable useful, all done by Stefano Ferro:

In an unbelievable turn of events, Griatch is back with an annotated Krita timelapse:

Here is a very cool speedpainting timelapse in GIMP, by JTRox2020 PH:

We can argue whether drawing over photo references is worse than the original sin, but this is a nice timelapse of doing exactly that with Inkscape:

Or here is an original art timelapse from István Szép:

Some winter holidays FreeCAD goodness from Andrew:

Artworks

I never get tired of posting art by Philipp Urlich (he uses Krita):

Philipp Urlich

This one is by Seefat, also made with Krita:

Seefat

Tom Carlos, “Winter Oak” , made with Inkscape:

Tom Carlos, Winter Oak

Chris Hildenbrand’s unusual yeti-flavored take on the ‘Snowman’ challenge in Inkscape’s Facebook group:

Chris Hildenbrand, yeti snowman


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