CinePaint – deep paint image retouching tool

CinePaint is a collection of free open source software tools for painting, manipulation and image processing. It offers much of the functionality provided by Adobe Photoshop. It’s a fork of GIMP.

CinePaint is used for motion picture frame-by-frame retouching, dirt removal, wire rig removal, render repair, background plates, and 3d model textures. It has been used to make many feature films, including The Last Samurai, Harry Potter, and Scooby-Doo, Spider-Man, and Showtime. It is also being used by professional photographers who need extensive color fidelity.

CinePaint is different from many other painting tools in that it handles high fidelity image formats such as Kodak Cineon, SMPTE DPX, and ILM-NVIDIA OpenEXR. To do that properly requires a 32-bit per channel color engine core so that data isn’t crushed into 8-bit color channels. The CinePaint core is 8-bit, 16-bit, and 32-bit as needed.

Features include:

  • Frame Manager with onion skinning (a technique used in the creation of animated cartoons).
  • 16-bit and floating point pixels for HDR.
  • 16-bit color (48-bit RGB) manager workflow including CIE*Lab and CMYK editing.
  • Handles deep color image formats such as Kodak Cineon, SMPTE DPX, and ILM-NVIDIA OpenEXR.
  • Handles 8-bit images in common image formats such as JPEG, TIFF, and PNG.

Developer: Robin Rowe (Project Manager) – 10 developers
License: GNU GPL v2


CinePaint is written in C. Learn C with our recommended free books and free tutorials.

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